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

8-16mm_f45-56_DC_HSM
Review Date: Dec 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Close focus, flare resistance, sharpness
Cons:
Exposed front element, terrible lens cap

After using the Canon 10-22, Tokina 11-16, 12-24 and Sigma 8-16, the latter became my favorite UWA lens for crop (and 1.3x) bodies.

The Sigma focuses closer than the Tokinas and resists flare better. 8mm is Crazy Wide and provides lots of fine. My copy was sharp across the field and at all focal lengths.

Even after selling my APS-C body I still kept the lens and used it on my 1D and 5D. It was that good.

The only drawback was that front element. Forget about using any ND filters and you're gonna struggle with the lens cap. That is a bummer. They should instead have a cap that attaches like a lens hood with a twist lock motion.