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Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM

8-16mm_f45-56_DC_HSM
Review Date: Sep 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, colour rendition very good, distortion very acceptable. Build quality good.
Cons:
Exposed front element and lack of filters

This was bought as a landscape lens to be used on a Nikon D200. I also looked at a Tokina 11-16 and Sigma 10-20. The 8-16 won out on colour and sharpness. Despite reading all the favourable reports I didn't like the Tokina that much. The Sigma 10-20 was OK.
The AF on the 8-16 is fast and accurate, (despite what Ken Rockwell says in his review of the lens) and the build quality is very good. It is just a very easy lens to use. During the purchasing phase I took some test shots at 1/10th, F5.6, ISO 100 handheld indoors and got more than acceptable results. The level of distortion considering how wide this lens goes, is excellent.
I agree with the previous reviewer, Sigma have kicked a goal with this lens.

The only detraction so far is the very exposed front element. One has to take a little more care than usual.