Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Ultra-Wideangle Zoom
lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with Sony Alpha mount cameras.
What type of photography is the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Reasons to Buy Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens
Here, we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Distance Scale
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Internal Focusing
| Extreme Wide-angle capability
| Minimum focus distance of 0.24m / 9.4 inch
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| No Weather Sealing
| Slow Aperture at Wide end
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is compatible with cameras that have Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A68, Sony A77 II and Sony A58.
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is also available in Canon EF , Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA and Nikon F (DX) mounts.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM has a maximum diameter of 75mm and total length of 106mm. It weighs 555g / 19.6 oz.
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM has a focal range of 8-16mm and 2.0X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 12-24mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM features Rotary (internal) zoom method where the length of the lens doesn't change while you are zooming in or out. Even though this design has a size disadvantage in general compare to extending designs, it has the benefits of better sealing against dust and moisture, no zoom creep and no weight balance shift while zooming.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.13x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.24m. 0.13x means that the max magnification ratio is very low and not suitable even for modest close-up shots.
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f4.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 8mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f22 at 16mm .
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM's optical formula consists of 15 elements in 11 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Four FLD glass elements
- 1 SLD glass element
- 2 glass mold aspherical
elements 1 hybrid aspherical element
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM comes with a built-in lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos.
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