My quick review

Started Nov 23, 2011 | User reviews
Jose Rocha Senior Member • Posts: 1,107
My quick review

This lens could be better for the price I paid at the time (€510). I like this lens a lot for the professional feel, colors and of cours the wide angle. Optically my copy has a flaw and unfortunately I noticed it too late.

- Good (not great) sharpness at most of the frame. My copy is decentered and doesn't give justice to it, but the sharpest side of the frame is good at f/5.6. I normally use it at f/8 or f/11 and the sharpness improves significally.
- Like my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, this lens produces great colors and saturation. When coupled with my Hoya HD polarizer it really shines.
- Great focus speed, and it's really silent. The focus ring feels very professional as well as the full body itself, like all EX lenses.
- Excellent flare resistance, especially for a wide angle.
- No CAs at whatever aperture I use.

- Sharpness could be much better across the frame.

Bottom line:
If you don't expect tack sharp images this lens is a must have, and a great buy considering the current street price. If sharpness is so important to you get the Tokina 11-18 f/2.8, but expect a lot of other optical problems like CAs and flare. All things considered I give it a 4 out of 5.


My copy has a very soft top right corner. Check your copy for this and get another if yours is decentered too.

 Jose Rocha's gear list:Jose Rocha's gear list
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 R WR
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Wideangle zoom lens • Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
Announced: Feb 14, 2005
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