Customer reviews for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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Customer reviews for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Review 1 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:mud314
Title:

Awesome Lens

PostedJuly 11, 2012
Yes, I would recommend this product
Got this lens for my husband and he absolutely loves it. He did have to perform an update after first trying to use it, so don't panic if yours doesn't work right out of the box and update to your Nikon Camera should fix it.
He has taken some pretty amazing shots with this camera and I have to say, Dell actually had it at the lowest price!!!!
Pros:amateur photographer
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Review 2 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:revel8or
(Hamilton, OH)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Excellent lens, better than anticipiated.

PostedMarch 16, 2012
Yes, I would recommend this product
The packaging for the lens is very, very good. It comes with a padded case whose foam is cut to hold the lens without crushing or extraneous movement.
The build quality of the Sigma 10-20mm is very good. It is heavy and feels like a modern lens - somewhat plastic like. The action for focus and zoom are smooth and viscous. Some of the modern Nikon lenses feel way cheaper. Out of the box, the Sigma had no inside dust or outside imperfections.
The lens focuses quickly and accurately. The D70 works as it should with the Sigma mounted. The camera doesn't "hunt" trying to focus on an object.
As far as image quality: every lens has its own quirks and its own bonuses. This lens has very, very little chromatic aberration [CA]. CA is when light is broken into its component wavelengths as it passes through a lens or prism. It appears as a rainbow around edges, especially toward the outside edges of wide angle shots. Poor optics yield CA throughout the image. When looking at photos taken with the Sigma in photoshop at an ungodly zoom level you'll find CA. When looking at 5x7s or 8x10s, you probably won't. Then again, when zooming anything to 1000% in photoshop, you'll find imperfections in *every* shot made with *every* lens.
The sharpness of the Sigma is between very, very good (almost excellent) to very good. In this department, it does better than some extreme wide angle lenses that I have used, but doesn't match to the Nikon (which comes in at twice the price). The difference in sharpness, however, is so minimal that I can't justify $1000 for a Nikon. Believe me, I *am* picky enough that if the Sigma's sharpness was just "good," I'd buy the Nikon.
Sharpness tends to do even better after stopping down a couple of clicks. F4.0 still produces fine results - but this is hardly used when the Sigma is attached as I like broad DOF when I'm outdoors (this isn't a portraiture lens). Again, every lens sharpens when stopping down, so this phenomenon shouldn't surprise photographers.
When the zoom is fully open at 10mm there is a slight darkening/vignetting around the outside of the frame. This may bother some as it can be argued that the full 10mm isn't completely usable. Frankly, I like the effect as I tend to take arty photos. If I don't like the effect I move the zoom up *slightly,* and it goes away. As an additional note: I placed a thin frame UV filter on the lens and did not notice that the edge darkening became worse.
Horizontal straight lines tend to have a very slight wave to them: not a barrel "arc" found in most ultra-wide angle lenses. It is a gentle wave, so if architecture photography is your thing, you may want to consider a different lens.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6. It works well with my style of photography, which varies from art, landscape, and surreal. Occasionally I will take pictures of buildings or architecture. I don't take "realtor shots," but pics that highlight craftsmanship or style.
Pros:landscapes, art photography, design photography
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Review 3 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:Joselms
(San Diego, CA)
Title:

Sharp lens, fully supported in LR3

PostedOctober 9, 2011
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Yes, I would recommend this product
This lens is sharp, at f5.6 to f8 specifically. Focusing is fast thanks to the HSM, but it's not discreet either (the sound is not annoying though). I love the 10mm which gives you a real wide angle at 15mm equivalent on a Nikon DX body and also I like the extra 20mm tele end. 10mm is really an impressive angle (15mm on Nikon DX), its worth the extra compared to others that start at 12mm.
The only thing is that its not Stabilized (no Image Stabilization) as I also use it as an all-around lens on my D90 as 20mm is sometimes good enough for my use as the lens is sharp.
The best thing is that this lens is fully supported in Adobe Lightroom 3 lens profile which makes corrections on distortions, CAs and vignetting if any at one-click away. I have no issue with CAs and vignette on this lens but I use LR3's profiling anyway.
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Review 4 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:FabianGomez1
Title:

Great Lens, Great Price, SUPER WIDE AND SHARP

PostedOctober 10, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
Have only had the lens for 3 days but i already LOVE IT. Lens is SHARP and SUPER WIDE. Focuses quick, has great color. Cheaper then nikons 12-24 and it works just as great if not better IMO.
Pros:cars, landscapes, models, friends
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Review 5 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:Marnedog
(Dyersburg, TN)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Great Bang for the Buck

PostedSeptember 8, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
This lens will get you into places most lens can't. Very good color and detail. Very fast focus.
Pros:weddings, group photos
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Review 6 for Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:hamsalad
(Anaheim, CA)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Nice super wide

PostedMay 12, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
This is an excellent lens for super wide angle landscape shots as well as other funky views if you are creative enough. Optics are clear and the AF is very fast and quiet. Every so often the AF will get a little confused and I have to try again, but that doesn't really matter if you are planning your shots and not rushing. Does the job of lenses costing 2-3x as much. Also, lots of vignetting at wide open apertures. That's common on these types of lenses of any brand.
Used on a Nikon D5000.
+3points
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