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

(based on 17 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Low light (4)
  • Video (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

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

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Best Wide Zoom on the market

By Highside

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • 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:

    I purchased this lens to capture everything in small tight indoor spaces. It works great with my Sony A580 DSLR and has an auto focus!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Ultrasharp Ultrawide

    By Matt

    from Palo Alto, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Super Wide For Moderate

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

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

      By putting this lens on my Sony A77, this gives me the ultra wide perspective of a 12-24mm lens in 35mm format. I need to use f 8 to be sharp at the corners, just like I used to do with my Voiglander 12mm on my Leica cameras in the old days.

      These unique perspectives can be used for interiors, architecture or landscapes or just for the distortions for creativity.

      Ironically, when I put my 12mm Voightlander on my Sony NEX 7 with an adapter, I get magenta artifacts towards the edges but when I put the Sigma 8-16mm lens on a Sony Alpha to Sony E adapter, I don't get the magenta artifacts.

      It has been a lot of creative fun to go back to old photo sites and see them with new perspectives

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing lens

      By Jeff

      from Seattle, Wa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Lens Creep
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • 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:

      I bought the lens for my Sony alpha 55 which is a full-frame camera and I wanted to add an ultra wide lens along with my other lenses. I am satisfied, I planned on using it for mostly outdoor features as well as other times when I need it. I think it's well made and feels great and solid right out of the box. This lens offers a superbly corrected 13-16mm f/5.6, or an extremely wide field of view at focal lengths wider than that, but will start showing barrel distortion and corner softness. Sad that I can't add a filter to it.

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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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          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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          • 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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          • No

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          4.0

          Exactly what you'd expect

          By Larry

          from Albuquerque, New Mexico

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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

          Verified Buyer

          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

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Verified Buyer

            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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              • No

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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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