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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Nov 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast & silent AF, solid build, sharp, goes all the way to 10mm, excelent for its price, quality pictures
Cons:
incredibly stupit; once you attach the lens hood, you cant take off the lens cap. Rear cap's worse


I can say that this is the only 3rd party lens I have- after testing it with its much expensier Nikkor 12-24mm and Tokina 12-24mm.


Fast focusing, silent focusing, immidiate response!
It is not as sharp as the Nikkor -but is still extremely sharp!
It wont reveal that except when you use aperture f/8 - f/16

Other pros are that its the widest of all zoom lenses of its category and I found those extra 2mm very very handy some times, especially if you are shooting buildings and objects from which you cant go very far away.

Distortion is "fair" between 10-12mm, colour rendition is more than great! It gives slightly warm results, that I prefer anyway.

I've read many reviews before buying it - refering to some poor quality or smooth lenses - in store I asked 3 of these lenses and tested them all before buying one of 'em.
In my surprise - all were excelent!

Despite all these, when you buy this lens, remember to throw away its lousy caps and spend some 4 for a new front lens cap, because the one its supplied with, can be really annoying when trying to put on or remove from lens with the hood attached.

(at least it comes with a hood)

Finally, for half the Nikkor's price, it is a top deal and if you're looking for an ultra wide angle lens, you cant go wrong with this.


Wide angle photography is the most fun of all, and it comes cheap!


I strongly recommend this lens, but be very thorough testing it before buying, as you should with any lens, not just Sigma.