Sigma 10mm F2.8 Fisheye EX DC HSM A-mount lens review by voets

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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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/

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 13
  • sharpness: 4.54
  • color: 4.77
  • build: 4.77
  • distortion: 4.31
  • flare control: 4.15
  • overall: 4.51
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