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Sigma8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Strong construction (37)
  • Consistent output (33)
  • Durable (25)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (11)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Slow focus (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (52)
  • Weddings (17)
  • Low light (12)
  • Night photography (11)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ultra Super Wide

I use this lens for the ultra wide shots. I use it in low light, tight spaces, and large areas. Very versatile lens. It has a manual focus override, and is built...Read complete review

I use this lens for the ultra wide shots. I use it in low light, tight spaces, and large areas. Very versatile lens. It has a manual focus override, and is built solid. Image quality is sharp from 8mm to 16mm at f/5.6, and diffraction is not noticeable until f/14. Hand held is easy with the ultra wide in low light even at f/5.6 1/8second. AF is accurate, fast, and quiet.

The bad: it is a ultra wide, and requires ultra wide angle skills to make the lens perform in many ways. ISO performance is on par with any DX lens. Also, this lens is compact but heavy.

The Sigma 8-16mm is one of the best ultra wide angles for DX, and I use it way more than I would like. I also purchased a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 to complement this lens. They are a great pair.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not bad quality but very affordable angl

imprisive wide angle for dx bodies even wider than 14-24 lens on fx bodies !!
but the sharpness is some how bad

imprisive wide angle for dx bodies even wider than 14-24 lens on fx bodies !!
but the sharpness is some how bad

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5.0

This has been a fun lens

By clicky

from lovell,wy

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

      Lots of fun for interesting points of views,and it is very useful indoors and other small spaces.

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      5.0

      Love the lens

      By ddmmll

      from Spartanburg, SC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

        Use the lens for Real Estate Photography. Ultra wide angle is great for real estate photos. Was using a 11-16mm 2.8 before I purchased this one. Lens was well worth the price. This lens is a must for my work.

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        4.0

        The Best?

        By Cyrus the Virus

        from Fort Lauderdale

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

        The best wide angle lens I've ever used.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sharp And Wide

        By Cape Cod Don

        from South Yarmouth, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Angle Of Coverage
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Sharpness
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

          Solid, well built lens. Bulbous front element well protected by an integral lens hood and supplied storage sleeve. Coverage at 8mm on the Nikon D7100 is amazing. Very pleased with the overall sharpness of the lens.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharing Some Images

          By spidermonkey.money@

          from nevada

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

            This is my main lens on the D7100. Even for low light indoors and video. The slow aperture properties allow less diffraction at smaller aperture settings like f/13 to f/22. Thus making it great for huge depth of field landscape shots. And, pulling small details from distant objects. Also, the bulbous front element prevents a lot of glare.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More than expected!

            By the fl-Ash

            from Mauritius

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

            Used mainly for outdoor and landscape/architectural photography. I can say that when I received the lens I was already impressed by the build quality, and after checking the optics, all I can say is WOW! This is a VERY SHARP lens even wide open and even at widest angle. Totally impressed and no regrets at all. After using the Nikon 16 85, I wanted a wider lens. At 16mm equivalents, the SIGMA is much sharper than the Nikons 16mm!

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            5.0

            Great Wide Angle Lens

            By Fluffyshotme

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Beatiful Image
            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

              I call this lens my "Money Lens" because I tend to sell prints shot through my 8-16mm lens. This is a wonderful lens for landscape photography. The lens has a great light gathering ability and does a great job taking long exposure shots at night.
              The lens is well made and comes with a lens cover that slides on over the end.

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              • Yes

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              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              UWA update

              By Toxictabasco

              from Nevada

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                This is an update for my last post.
                of all my lenses, this one has dead on accurate exposure in low light and bright light. Also, lens glare/flare performance is one of the best. I can shoot into the sun without much glare.

                The Lens also has the ability to allow your camera to maximize the dynamic range of the image. Ideal for DX cameras with high dynamic range sensors. Great for landscape and night photography. IMO this lens is worth the money.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Amazing Image Quality

                By Uncle Earl

                from Saratoga, CA

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                Pros

                • Excellent IQ
                • Low distortion
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Sensitive To Af

                Best Uses

                • Extreme Perspectives
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                After using this lens for a couple of years on my Canon bodies, I had to get a copy for my Nikon bodies. With lens correction postprocessing, it'll produce up close poster size prints. Distortion free, vignet free, CA free, corner-to-corner sharp at f/10-f/11 apertures. Even wide open, you get good central sharpness with only a bit of corner softness visible at gallery print size.

                So why only 4 stars? Like many of my Sigma lenses, I notice a soft spot off center that appears to be symptomatic of slight decentering or possibly a molded lens element fault. But only on this Nikon mount copy, not the Canon mount one. It almost disappears at f/8.

                And, in general for the current generation of high resolution DSLR's, focus accuracy is a challenge. This seems to be the case especially for ultrawide angle lenses. So, as expected, I have to either use live view AF or manually focus. The good news is that once you determine the correct focus setting, the DOF makes it almost unnecessary to move it for any situation other than macro. Set and forget.

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                (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ultra Super Wide

                By Toxictabasco

                from NV

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image quality
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                I use this lens for the ultra wide shots. I use it in low light, tight spaces, and large areas. Very versatile lens. It has a manual focus override, and is built solid. Image quality is sharp from 8mm to 16mm at f/5.6, and diffraction is not noticeable until f/14. Hand held is easy with the ultra wide in low light even at f/5.6 1/8second. AF is accurate, fast, and quiet.

                The bad: it is a ultra wide, and requires ultra wide angle skills to make the lens perform in many ways. ISO performance is on par with any DX lens. Also, this lens is compact but heavy.

                The Sigma 8-16mm is one of the best ultra wide angles for DX, and I use it way more than I would like. I also purchased a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 to complement this lens. They are a great pair.

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                2.0

                Focus problem

                By Big Bear Tom

                from Big Bear City, CA 92314

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                The good: very sharp, compact, light works good outside. The bad, inside well lit room, auto focus continue to hunt for focus. It could take 1-2 seconds to focus sometimes and then it might be out of focus. I returned the lens for a refund.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                amazing wide

                By mhd

                from Amman

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                landscape

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                4.0

                even wider than Nikon 14-24 on FX body!!

                By muhammad obaid

                from Amman

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • No filter thread
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                Amazing amount off space you can handle by this lens, so it's basically for landscape.

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                5.0

                Outstanding Lens.

                By AlThePhoto

                from Southwest Lower Michigan

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Extreme wide angle

                Cons

                • Not a fast lens
                • Slow F45~56
                • Slow F45-56

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                There was a time when I would only buy Nikon and perhaps limited Tokina lenses. But recently, it seems Sigma has been making some awfully good lenses in the DX market segment.

                Thing is, Nikon (and Canon for that matter) do not seem to be too interested in manufacturering premium DX lenses - with the 17-55 f/2.8 and 35mm f/1.8 about the only ones you could call "premium".

                So those of use that want premium lenses have to go to the 3rd party market.

                I have two such ultra wide angle lenses, this Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5~5.6 and the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.

                Like all ultra wide lenses - especially in the short focal lengths required for DX use - there is a significant amount of perspective distortion. So you have to be a bit creative in composing for this lens - which is no different than my Tokina 11-16.

                But this review is not about the Tokina.

                The Sigma lens @ 8mm seems to be some 30% wider than the Tokina @ 11mm. So I use the lenses as follows: If I want the most in a landscape or wide view, I'll go for the Sigma, but if I am looking for low light capability - especially inside of a museum where flash photography is not allowed - then the Tokina gets the job.

                So I really see both of these lenses as mutually compatible, with one excelling at wide views, and the other at low light.

                I really cannot find anything wrong with this lens. It is not an EX lens, but it is every bit as well built as my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8, which is an EX lens.

                The lens also seems to be pretty sharp, even in the corners.

                There is no provision for a filter, but other than an ND or graduated ND filter, I cannot think of why you would need one. And I suppose you could "jury rig" a Cokin filter in front of the lens if needed.

                The lens hood is intergal to the lens, and protects the beautiful bulbous lens front element well enough. The bulbous front element is just... cool. We've nicknamed it "HAL"

                I do like the integrated lens hood though as it is a smaller diameter than almost any other lens hood I have, which means it fits into my camera bag all that much easier.

                You could hit the lens I suppose if you smacked it against a table edge, but I prefer to have my lenses insured rather than buying UV filters for them (my insurance policy is about 1% of value per year... a lot cheaper than a good filter).

                Long term is unknown, but I have bought enough lenses that this one just feels like a great lens.

                The only downside I suppose is the relatively slow f/4.5, but there is no other DX type lens that can match the 8mm, so I suppose it is this lens or nothing. And as I indicated earlier, I can use my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 if I need low light capability.

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                3.0

                Super wide, great price

                By WDW Ben

                from Orlando, FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                Before I knew the difference between crop and full frame lenses, I picked this up to use with my Nikon D60. It's a great lens for bright, handheld landscapes, but in low light, even the ISO sensitivity of my D7000 struggles. If it's dusk or later, I find myself needing a tripod. In bright light, however, this is fantastic, and being able to have 114 degrees at 8mm is amazing, especially for the price. This camera is also rugged, having taking a small fall onto a floor with a minimal dent to the built-in lens hood.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By sleepejeanne

                from ny,ny

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                I bought this mostly for landscape photography, and group shots (I have a very large family) for my Nikon D7000.
                I love the ultra wide angle. Composition can be a bit tough at the 8mm range, but I love playing with it and coming up with some funky, fun photos.
                No lens filters, but the colors are really outstanding without a filter, don't know if there's some sort of polarizing coating on the lens?
                Haven't had this too long, but happy with it so far.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By nikkic

                from burlington, ia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • 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 Select Nikon DSLRs:

                  I am a photographer and I purchased this lens for portrait shoots, and free-lance photography of nature, architecture, etc. This lens is great for capturing more of your surroundings in the picture. I definitely recommend this lens to anyone. You will love it! One thing that I've been told is that you have to have something in your foreground with this lens. So far, I am enjoying my lens and the results I am getting!

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                  3.0

                  not bad quality but very affordable angl

                  By muhammad obaid

                  from Jordan

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Very wide

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't Have Filter Place
                  • No Filter Place
                  • Not sharp
                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                  imprisive wide angle for dx bodies even wider than 14-24 lens on fx bodies !!
                  but the sharpness is some how bad

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                  4.0

                  Sigma 8-16 mm Nikon APS-C

                  By Per

                  from Norway

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Clean
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                  Taking wide-angles photos.
                  Extreme wide-angle.
                  Difficult too use filters.

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                  4.0

                  wider than you can imagin

                  By muhammad

                  from damascus

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Bad Sharpness
                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                  landscape only

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