Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM

Last updated (14 April’11):
- Review by Kim Brebach

The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM features 8-16mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 Elements in 11 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 114.5 degrees with Closest focusing distance at 24 cm/9.4 in. The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens weighs 555g/19.6oz and it measures 3.0 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long.

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Reviews

Kim Brebach reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“It’s not the cheapest ultra-wide out but it’s more affordable than Nikon’s 10-24. And better built. The only weak spot is the lens glass at the front, so you need to keep that well protected. Sigma’s design helps with the tough, inbuilt lenshood and the sleeve with the lens cap. It’s a bold design but well thought-out..”
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Stockholmviews reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“The Sigma 8-16mm 1:4.5-5.6 HSM is very nice put together and would have qualified to get an EX label if it wouldn’t have been a DX only lens. AF is silent focus and zoom ring spins so smooth that I can’t complain and it is equipped with a switch for AF/MF so I don’t have to set this by entering the menu of my Nikon D60.”
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Adorama reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 HSM is a solid lens, and produced the kind of images I’d want out of a specialty ultrawide zoom lens: Funky, clear and fun. Distortion is there, as expected, but the lens can double as an almost-standard wide angle lens at the 16mm setting, “
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Photoreview reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“Lateral chromatic aberration was very well controlled and remained within the ‘low’ and ‘negligible’ bands throughout our Imatest testing. The FLD elements appeared to have played an important role here as few wide-angle zooms perform quite as well.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“We are very pleased that Sigma did so well with a difficult task of presenting such an atypical construction with no equivalent in any of the competitors’ line-up. Designing ultra wide angle zooms is nothing easy as several companies personally have found out. “
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Photozone reviews the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM and writes;
“It’s very sharp across the whole range straight from the max. aperture. Lateral CAs are also very well controlled.. The build quality of the Sigma lens is very good although some may not like the vulnerable “bulb”-like front element which prohibits the use of filters. The AF is both fast and nearly silent.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM User Reviews

Compared to the Sigma 10 – 20mm lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“So to the Sigma 8 – 16mm. I think it’s very well made and feels good and solid right out of the box. I was thinking “20% wider” but forgot also 20% taller in image coverage. It is noticable different in angle of view from the 10 – 20mm. Because of the bulbus front element forget about ever adding a filter…” – by Chris Newman

Widest APS-C Lens, and it performs well, | Rating: ★★★★★
“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. It is definitely a good wide angle lens, offering and extremely wide field of view. CA is well controlled at all focal lengths and apertures..” – by E. J Tastad

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Specifications

The Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is the only one of its kind. This is the first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors. It has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on digital camera with an APS-C size image sensor. Sigma’s new FLD glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, compensate for color aberration.

One hybrid aspherical lens and two glass mold elements give excellent correction for distortion and astigmatism. An inner focusing system produces high definition images throughout the entire zoom range and the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting while superior peripheral brightness ensures high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.

HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4 inches throughout the entire zoom range which allows photographers to emphasize the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives. This lens has a compact construction with an overall length of 4.2 inches and a maximum diameter of 2.9 inches and is perfect for shooting landscape photography, architecture, building interiors, photojournalism, wedding photography, group pictures and more.

Please Note Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras.

See also: Lens Reviews | Sigma Lenses

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