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Experiences with Sigma 10-20mm?

Hello all, I would like to know wether any of you own this lens and what you make of it. Any problems, limitations one should be aware of?

I work for a small university newspaper and need to photograph in small spaces, like offices and small shops (occasionally). I don’t really have the money to go for the 12-24mm Nikkor and Tokina is impossible to get here in Hungary so I’m stuck with this choice. Thanks, András.

by Kalmár Nagy András at 2006-03-13 08:55:38 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Pécs , Hungary | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Kalmar, I’ve no experience with that lens in particular but I’ve had a Sigma 15-30mm for about 3 years, on a Canon 20D, 10D and an Elan7E and is a great lens.

In general, I’ve had good experience with sigma lenses, much more so than with Tamron lenses, for example. I would say the same should apply to Nikon bodies…


by Luis E. Andrade | 13 Mar 2006 11:03 | Philadelphia Metro Area, United States | | Report spam→
Good value for money. Sharp. Better than the Nikon equivalent. Some compatibility problems with the Nikon D200 which are supposed to be fixed with a firmware update. A little “slow” – f5.6 at 20mm. You have to be careful about ligning things up correctly to avoid distorsion. I end up using quite a lot of lens correction in my raw converter, Silkypix, but the results are good generally. I bought mine before Christmas and have used it extensively on every job since…

by DPC | 14 Mar 2006 13:03 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Hi, I don’t have the 10-20, but have used a number of Sigma lenses on Nikon, including the 12-24, which, apart from its bulk and weight is one of my favourite lenses (the exposed front element is always a worry though.) The build quality is generally pretty good – much better than the first Sigma I bought in 1975!

This also has the ‘bug’ with the Nikon D200, but I won’t even bother with the firmware update, as it only effects the lens if you choose to work in a particular (and to me peculiar) way.  I did fiddle around with the camera to actually confirm the bug existed, but quickly put the camera back to my normal configuration where it works perfectly. 

So I’d happily buy the Sigma 10-20. I’ve also heard very good things about the 18-50 f2.8 which would go nicely with it and give a bit more speed at the top end of the range.


by Peter Marshall | 14 Mar 2006 13:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Kalmár Nagy András, Wonderer Kalmár Nagy András
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Pécs , Hungary
Luis E. Andrade, I shoot and I write Luis E. Andrade
I shoot and I write
Philly Metro Area, Jersey Side , United States
DPC, Photographer DPC
Paris , France
Peter Marshall, Writer-Photographer Peter Marshall
London , United Kingdom


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