Sigma 10mm F2.8 Fisheye EX DC HSM A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#9153 date: Jun-18-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 fisheye
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 UWA
price paid:500GBP (new)
positive:Fast & silent focusing
Low distortion when used for landscapes
Produces sharp images at centre
F2.8, suitable for low light conditions
negative:Hard to get hold of lens gelatin filters.
A bight on the heavy side.
comment:I was always thinking about getting Sony's 16mm F2.8 fisheye at some point but as I have no real intention of going Full Frame at any point, I went with this little corker of a lens and I have never regretted making that choice.

I've used the lens mostly for extreme wide angle shots, where even the 100+ deg FoV of my Sigma 10-20mm UWA just couldn't hack it. The low distortion when used in this way makes the lens ideal for a city panoramic shot or something along those lines.

reviewer#9143 date: Jun-16-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:600€ -> 845 USD
positive:sharp
F2.8
Great angle
negative:no filter
some CAs but they can easily removed in Lightroom
expensive
comment:Great sharpness! Would buy it again, of course!
reviewer#7524 date: Jun-2-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 1
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:835 USD
positive:+Sharp at close distance (center only).
+Can produce very creative pictures
negative:-Chromatic Aberration is very bad with this lens :(
-Price
-Too heavy
comment:I love to play with this lens, since the distortion is amazing. Though I hate the chromatic aberration and lack of sharpness compared to my classic Minolta lenses.
Still I manage to get some very cool pictures with this lens. For landscape, I would not recommend this lens. Not sharp enough!
Price is also a killer.
reviewer#7505 date: May-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 11-18mm
price paid:555 Euro (new)
positive:Very sharp center from f/2.8
Wonderfull color and contrast at least from f/3.5
fantastic, solid build
negative:expensive
comment:You can use this great lens so creative! The content of your images will be enormous. Although its a very special lens an for that very expensive. But that does not matter if you know how to use it.
Fantastic sharp in center, the corners are soft. Who wonders when you look at that (typical) distortion.
The sigma answers my needs, so i just can rate it nearly perfect. It is the best 180 degree fisheye for APS-C.

Perfect on APS-C its almost useless on FullFrame in my opinion...

The autofocus is great: silent and accurate. Prefocus is not a problem at this focal length too.
reviewer#6851 date: Feb-1-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18-70
Minolta 50 f/1.7
Tamron 90 f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 100 - 300 xi f/4.5-5.6
price paid:650 USD (amazon)
positive:APS-C
Very sharp in center
Great Colors
HSM
Lens Quality
minimum focus distance
negative:Price
umm nothing important to say
comment:What a Fabulous Lens :D
The World is going to be so damn interesting with this Lens
it's so fun to use .. I'm so happy with it :)
worth its Price
reviewer#5944 date: Aug-30-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 15 fisheye (FF)
Sigma 10-20
price paid:700 (new)
positive:180 degree for ASP-C, sharp, QUIET, well made
negative:price
CA
comment:This lens is so quiet that at first I thought the autofocus was broken since I didn't hear it moving. Now I am wanting more HSM lenses because of this.

I am mostly a landscape photographer and I love this lens for nature shots, especially when looking down towards the ground. There is a lot of CA when taking landscape photos.

I originally had bought a Sigma 15 fisheye which was for full-frame cameras. At the time I didn't understand the difference. I wasn't happy with it on the A700. When the Sigma 10 fisheye was announced for ASP-C cameras, I thought and thought and thought and finally acted and bought one. I am so glad I did. The distortion is amazing and so far I have not seen any flare.

I highly recommend this lens to anyone thinking about a fisheye.
reviewer#5652 date: Jul-6-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sigma 10-20/4.5-5.6
- Minolta 17-35/2.8-4
- Minolta 28/2
- Minolta 85/1.4
price paid:656 EUR (new)
positive:* 2.8
* Sharp (above expectations, very good even at 2.8)
* Flare (impressive)
* Macro
* Bokeh
negative:* Built-in (not removable) hood (casts shadows when shooting close-ups, limits FF capture)
* HSM (I guess it would be louder but lighter with screw-driven focus) = not really an issue :)
* Gelatin filters
comment:Short use results so far.
I'm VERY pleased with this lens so far. Great sharpness, macro ability (you can almost touch the subject with the hood), perfect flare handling.

One of my best lenses whatsoever.

Works fine even on A900 when cropped. I really hate the non-removable sunshade, it would work like a circular fish-eye on A900 without that :-(
reviewer#5639 date: Jul-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 1
flare control: 5
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 SAL-1870
F-717 (L shaped camera)
price paid:1020 USD
positive:Fast focus
Sharp
Min focus distance
negative:Price
"It Does not zoom?" (by girlfriend:))
comment:This is my first not kit lens.
Compared to them are really good. I like the new perspective, it makes some people sick.
It is really interesting to see people get out of the photo (they think...)
My previous camera the F717 was not a dslr but had a zeiss lens, and made really good pics. The pics quality is closer to this than to the kit lens.
It really distortion, but it suppose to do it...
I'll try to post some photos after I select some.
reviewer#5587 date: Jun-24-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:km 17-35 2.8-4
m 28-135 4-4.5
m 50 1.4
sig 90 2.8 macro
sig 70-200 2.8 II
sig 12-24 4.5-5.6
price paid:599Euro
positive:Sharp
Ultra wide angle
Min focus distance
f2.8
Fast and silent AF
Built
Good bokeh
Good flare controle
negative:Price
APS-C
comment:A realy good fisheye, ultra wide, 180 degrees view.

Did not like the sigma 12-24. The 12-24 was not as sharp as the 10mm. But the 10mm has far more distortion.

I sold the 12-24.
Now I was looking for a good ultawide lens for 360-180 foto's and the 10mm does a great job.

I like the min focus distance aspecialy at 2.8!

This is a keeper.
reviewer#5119 date: Mar-29-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16mm fisheye
price paid:460 euro (new)
positive:Ultra wide
Fast & silent AF
negative:Distortion, but that is inherent to fisheye lens
comment:This is the only available rectilinear AF fisheye lens for APS-C sensors. It will give you an ultra wide 180 degrees field of view.
At the edges you will have a good amount of distortion, but that is something too expect from a fisheye lens.
The 16mm minolta fisheye is slightly sharper on the A900, but the 10mm sigma is a good competitor on the A100.
The build is very solid, with fixed hoods to prevent flaring. These fixed hoods work against me in my case, since I want to put the lens in an under water housing behind a dome port. The hood is slightly too large to put it behind a 6" ikelite dome, it needs to go behind the large 8" one.

The lens itself is 10% larger than the 16mm minolta.

Some examples shots compared to the 16mm fisheye on A900 can be found in my photobook at:
http://www.fotoboek.biz/gallery2/main.php/v/fisheye/
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.55
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.20
  • flare control: 4.10
  • overall: 4.45

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