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Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Pentax Digital DSLR Camera

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Pentax Digital DSLR Camera
  • A DC series lens designed exclusively for use with smaller chip APS-c or 4/3 cameras
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus
  • FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass for compensate for color aberration
  • One Aspherical lens and two glass mold elements
  • Produces images with exaggerated perspective with its wide angle view from 121.2 Degree
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Product Description

Style: Pentax Digital DSLR Camera

The only one of its kind A DC series lens designed exclusively for use with smaller chip APS-c or 4/3 cameras HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass for compensate for color aberration One Aspherical lens and two glass mold elements Produces images with exaggerated perspective with its wide angle view from 121.2º

Product Details

Style: Pentax Digital DSLR Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 106 x 75 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003G2A71G
  • Item model number: 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 Pentax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2008

Technical Details

Style: Pentax Digital DSLR Camera
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 Pentax
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 8 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 16 mm
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Customer Reviews

I think it's very well made and feels good and solid right out of the box.
Chris Newman
It will certainly take some practice before I can really get great shots - the distortions that go with extreme wide angle shots take some getting used to.
P. Werner
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142 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Chris Newman on June 15, 2010
Style Name: Nikon Digital DSLR Camera Verified Purchase
I am going to give my opinion comparing the Sigma 8 - 16mm to the Sigma 10 - 20mm lens and not to other manufactures WA lenes.

I take around 200,000 pictures a year with the Sigma 10 - 20mm lens. The lens has held up well, feels solid and in my opinion works well with little chromatic aberrations. My only real issue with the 10 - 20 was when taking photos of dark home interiors (which is what I do) and there is a very bright window in the image then sometimes a blue flare appears just off center in the image. This can be reduced by, say 90% in Photoshop. It does not happen every time but when it does even moving to a slightly different shooting position often does not eliminate the problem. The blue flare seems to be not the same problem one might expect to see outdoors shooting in bright sunlight where flare spots can run diagonally through the picture, but then maybe it is the same type of flare. Also by even adding a "thin" filter it can cause some vignetting. The filter issue is forgivable on such a wide angle lens. One last point, there is some slight curvature noticable on verticals close to the sides of the frame.

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. Some WA lenes (fisheyes) allow fitting a filter in the rear of the lens. Forgive me but I have not looked to see if this lens allows that. The front of the lens has a fixed petal lens shade that allows the lens cap to slide/push over it and creating a nice tight fit. The lens cap is in two parts for reasons someone else will have to explain.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
Style Name: Pentax Digital DSLR Camera
Overall the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 is an excellent lens, but not being able to accept filters will be a turn off for some people. However, the advent of HDR and exposure fusion, external filters are less necessary. I find I get better results using bracketed exposures, but this is more work in post processing that not everyone is going to want to do.

Strengths
- Ultra wide field of view
- Architecture (14-16mm)
- Landscapes/Cityscapes
- Build Quality
- Quiet and Smooth Focus

Weaknesses
- No lens filters
- Architecture (8-12mm without correction)
- Extreme corners are soft
- Focal lengths less than 10mm aren't recognized by camera (Pentax specific)
- Slow focus in Live View (Pentax specific)

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. Nearly every shot I took in my walk was at 8mm. I imagine after some of the newness wears off I would use the other focal lengths more, as 8mm is bordering on too wide for a rectilinear lens. I honestly would not see a point in going wider than that, as at 8mm perspective distortion can become extremely distracting for some subjects near the edge of the frame (especially people). CA is well controlled at all focal lengths and apertures, but is sometimes visible at extreme corners and at certain apertures (worst is about 1.5 pixels on my 14.6 MP camera) The Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 remains an affordable alternative, and can still use filters.

I do recommend this lens if you are looking for an ultra wide. It offers a lot over the alternatives, even the camera manufacturers own wide angles.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Chris Newman on June 15, 2010
Style Name: Canon Digital DSLR Camera
I am going to give my opinion comparing the Sigma 8 - 16mm to the Sigma 10 - 20mm lens and not to other manufactures WA lenes.

I take around 200,000 pictures a year with the Sigma 10 - 20mm lens. The lens has held up well, feels solid and in my opinion works well with little chromatic aberrations. My only real issue with the 10 - 20 was when taking photos of dark home interiors (which is what I do) and there is a very bright window in the image then sometimes a blue flare appears just off center in the image. This can be reduced by, say 90% in Photoshop. It does not happen every time but when it does even moving to a slightly different shooting position often does not eliminate the problem. The blue flare seems to be not the same problem one might expect to see outdoors shooting in bright sunlight where flare spots can run diagonally through the picture, but then maybe it is the same type of flare. Also by even adding a "thin" filter it can cause some vignetting. The filter issue is forgivable on such a wide angle lens. One last point, there is some slight curvature noticable on verticals close to the sides of the frame.

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. Some WA lenes (fisheyes) allow fitting a filter in the rear of the lens. Forgive me but I have not looked to see if this lens allows that. The front of the lens has a fixed petal lens shade that allows the lens cap to slide/push over it and creating a nice tight fit. The lens cap is in two parts for reasons someone else will have to explain.
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