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Sigma8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Greatest UWA Lens Available

I purchased the Sigma 8 - 16mm UWA lens to use on my new NEX 7 with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter for landscape and architectural photography. Truly an amazing lens with good contrast and wonderful...Read complete review

I purchased the Sigma 8 - 16mm UWA lens to use on my new NEX 7 with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter for landscape and architectural photography. Truly an amazing lens with good contrast and wonderful color. There is only the very slighest hint of color abberation and not all the time.

One of my early test photos was to photograph the building that I manage here in NYC which is 440 feet high from a distance of 50 feet away and see if I could fit the entire structure in the photo. From street level to the sky with clarity, sharpness and true color rendition. The building looks very impressive and twice as tall as it actually is. I knew then and there that this lens was a keeper.

If I purchase the Nikon D800E at Christmas this will be the first lens for it.

I cannot recommend Sigma 8-16mm highly enough. Every real estate professional and real estate photographer will love it. It makes small apartments look twice their actual size.

Thanks Sigma for this beauty of a lens.

VS

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Disappointed

I bought the lens to use with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter on my Sony NEX 5N. I tested the lens mainly by photographing buildings accross the street at f/8 and f/11 at 8mm,...Read complete review

I bought the lens to use with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter on my Sony NEX 5N. I tested the lens mainly by photographing buildings accross the street at f/8 and f/11 at 8mm, 12mm and 16mm focal lengths; ISO 200,shutter speed in the range of 1/160th. In all cases, the center area of the images was acceptably sharp. Moving off-centre toward the sides, there was strong enough blur to defeat the purpose of using this lens, particularly at 8mm and 12 mm focal lengths. I also noticed that the lens produces more sharpness throughout the image when photographing depth rather than width. That is, photographing a narrow area from near the camera to further away reproduces both the near and far elements rather well; but photographing wide expanses from a distance of about thirty feet encountered the issue described above. I returned the lens to B&H.

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4.0

nice lens

By scout

from Muskoka Canada

Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

I got this lens for wide angles indoors. It works great , focus is great. I am impressed with how little distortion there is. It is not a fish eye and that is what I needed.

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5.0

As wide as the Ocean.

By eagle4571

from Crockett Calif

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

    Scenery and landscape. Have nothing really negative to say about this lense. It was what I was looking for and so has been what I wanted.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Very sharp lens--good value

    By DaveG

    from Northville, Michigan

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Good build quality
    • Sharp All Focal Lengths

    Cons

    • Can't use filters

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

    Surprisingly sharp and easy to use particularly with Sony a77's peaking feature for sharpening confirmation. Perfect for landscapes and for catching those important foreground objects in the frame. Lots of fun to play around with multiple compositions. Unfortunately can't use a polarizer.

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    5.0

    Just phenomenal

    By Victoria Vagrant

    from Victoria BC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

      I recently received this lens from B&H, shipping was instananeous and I've come to expect nothing less from them.I moved to a west coast city, and wanted to treat myself to a lens that would take some great landscape shots and architectural stuff as well. I'm exceptionally happy with my choice, it's incredible to see what this lens can do. Crystal clear glass, great shots, and the angles are incredible, the detail that is in each photo is fantastic. Very glad I purchased this lens. I'm really looking forward to trying some tripod nighttime buildings downtown, should be interesting.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Greatest UWA Lens Available

      By Chris the Res. Manager/Supt.

      from NYC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

      I purchased the Sigma 8 - 16mm UWA lens to use on my new NEX 7 with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter for landscape and architectural photography. Truly an amazing lens with good contrast and wonderful color. There is only the very slighest hint of color abberation and not all the time.

      One of my early test photos was to photograph the building that I manage here in NYC which is 440 feet high from a distance of 50 feet away and see if I could fit the entire structure in the photo. From street level to the sky with clarity, sharpness and true color rendition. The building looks very impressive and twice as tall as it actually is. I knew then and there that this lens was a keeper.

      If I purchase the Nikon D800E at Christmas this will be the first lens for it.

      I cannot recommend Sigma 8-16mm highly enough. Every real estate professional and real estate photographer will love it. It makes small apartments look twice their actual size.

      Thanks Sigma for this beauty of a lens.

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      • No
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      • Nikon F 24mm f2.8

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      4.0

      Really Wide!

      By dustd

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Indoor real estate
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

      I didn't realize how much of a difference 8mm to 10mm makes. This camera is really wide. There is distortion which should be expected. However, its not too much distortion and usually can be fixed mostly in post. You have to be careful in the angle and placement of objects in the frame.

      This lens is a lot of fun and I'm excited to continue learning how to take better ultra wide shots.

      If you need wide, this is the widest you can get for these types of cameras.

      Wish it was easier to attach a filter.

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      4.0

      Exactly what you'd expect

      By Larry

      from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Distortion reasonable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • At 8mm distortion is high
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

      A well made lens- somewhat heavy but very usable. It shows the distortion expected in so wide a lens- especially at 8mm focal length but it becomes very well controlled by 12mm. Altogether I am quite pleased with the lens's performance and recommend it.

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      5.0

      A remarkable piece of glass

      By Dale

      from Bellingham, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

      This is without a doubt, a great lens. It has great contrast and color. The images look sharp across the whole range. On a Sony a65 with the APS-C size sensor the 8mm position makes the best super-wide I have ever owned. I can't speak for a full frame camera but on the a65 APS-C size sensor the image is clean corner to corner.

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      1.0

      Disappointed

      By Mark

      from Toronto Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

        I bought the lens to use with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter on my Sony NEX 5N. I tested the lens mainly by photographing buildings accross the street at f/8 and f/11 at 8mm, 12mm and 16mm focal lengths; ISO 200,shutter speed in the range of 1/160th. In all cases, the center area of the images was acceptably sharp. Moving off-centre toward the sides, there was strong enough blur to defeat the purpose of using this lens, particularly at 8mm and 12 mm focal lengths. I also noticed that the lens produces more sharpness throughout the image when photographing depth rather than width. That is, photographing a narrow area from near the camera to further away reproduces both the near and far elements rather well; but photographing wide expanses from a distance of about thirty feet encountered the issue described above. I returned the lens to B&H.

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        • No

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        5.0

        wow - wide and sharp

        By western runner

        from la, ca

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulbous front element

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

        excellent wide angle with really sharp imaging capability. i was surprised at how wide this actually is. i've owned and used a tokina 11-16 2.8 and think the sigma is as sharp, though slower. not being 2.8 doesn't really matter for how i (maybe most people) use wide angles. solid and very nice build. comes with a great case.

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        5.0

        8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM on Sony SLT A77

        By yigal

        from ISR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

          I just mounted the lens on my new SLT A-77 and amazed of its focus speed and accuracy.
          I am satisfied of a lens that fits my expectations for wide view pictures. In order to get the best results you rather use the range starting at 10 to 16 and prefer f>= 8.

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          5.0

          I'm happy with this product

          By Doyle

          from Vancouver, Washington-USA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

              this lens is a good match with the Sony Ziess 16-80 and is about the same size. It has allowed me to extend into the ultra wide and make images from very close which imho adds an intimaticy not otherwise obtainable. I love the deep depth of field and 9 inch min focus distance.

              I don't really care much about the technical stuff and find this lens to be just fine.

              You can't put a filter on it and the lens hood extender is useless unless you want a round image filling only half the frame.

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              5.0

              very happy with it

              By Marc

              from LA, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

                  I researched a couple wide angle lenses before.
                  Don't have it for a long time now but can say it was definitely the right choice.

                  Nothing to complain about it. Easy to use, really cool shots. Might become my favorite lens
                  Might add more later

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                  5.0

                  Great Interior Lens

                  By Quadra Designs

                  from Charleston, SC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLR:

                    Having had a Sigma 10-20mm lens I knew that this would be even better. The HMS motor is so quick and silent that the first few times you look to make sure the camera is on!

                    Architectural shots look great and the lens is very clear. Mounted on a Sony a700.

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                    • No

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