Anyone use Sigma 10-20/3.5?

Started Jul 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Phil Reese
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Re: Anyone use Sigma 10-20/3.5?
In reply to osu9400, Jul 24, 2012

The Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 is not regarded very highly in terms of optics. The f/4.5 is much better in this regard, and the Sigma 8-16 is even sharper and better.

I tried the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 on my Sony A77 and didn't keep it. I ended up paying more for the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (extremely sharp) and haven't regretted it at all. I highly recommend the Tokina over either Sigma 10-20mm. The Sigma 8-16 is a hair better than the Tokina in sharpness, but you can't add any filters and it's not as fast. It's all about what's important to you.

In short - get the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 or the Sigma 8-16mm.

I'll leave you with this bit from Photozone

"The new Sigma 10-20 mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM leaves us with mixed feelings. The build quality of the lens is certainly excellent, distortion is a little high at the wide end (but excellent for the rest of the zoom range), there's also a fair amount of vignetting and CA, but that's typical for this lens class. Resolution in the center is excellent, borders also are nothing to complain about and corner performance is ok at 15 and 20 mm, but very disappointing at 10 mm.

In summary, it makes one wonder who's supposed to buy this lens. Those who already own the older and slower Sigma 10-20 most likely don't feel the need to upgrade, especially if they already own filters to go with the lens. Even those who purchase new will probably find the older design with its lower price point more attractive. Unless you really need the speed of this lens, but for those use cases the Tokina 11-16/2.8 is probably the more attractive option. "

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