8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM

The first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors

The wide-angle view and exaggerated perspective enables the photographer to emphasize the subject. Four FLD glass elements and three aspherical lenses provide high image quality. The incorporation of HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability.

The wide-angle of view from 121.2 degrees

Sigma, the pioneers of wide angle zoom lenses, launched the first wide angle zoom lens, the Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5-4, in 1979. After that, we have continued to develop and apply wide angle zoom lenses with cutting edge technology. The 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is the first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors. This lens has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens with a 35mm SLR Camera.

Exaggerated perspective

The wide-angle of view produces striking images with exaggerated perspective, enabling photographers to emphasize the subject.

Superior image quality

Four FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements*, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, compensate for color aberration. Two glass mold elements and one hybrid aspherical lens give excellent correction for distortion and astigmatism. Incorporating an inner focusing system, the lens produces high definition images throughout the entire zoom range.

*FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion.

These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.

Super Multi-Layer Coating

The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.

Quiet and fast AF

This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability.

*For Pentax mount, AF will not function with DSLR cameras that do not support HSM.

Compact construction

The lens has a compact construction with a diameter of 75mm, overall length of 105.7mm (4.2″) and weight of 555g (19.6oz.). This compact and lightweight construction makes it ideal for travel photography. Minimum focusing distance of 24cm (9.4″) This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 24cm (9.4″) throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.8.

*Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras. * AF will not function with Pentax ist* series and K100D DSLR cameras that do not support HSM. * Filters cannot be attached to this lens.

The first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors

Lens construction

Specifications

Others

8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM

Lens Construction 15 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 121.2 – 83.2 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7 Blades
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 24cm / 9.4in.
Maximum Magnification 1:7.8
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter 75mm x Length 105.7mm / 3.0in. x 4.2in.
Weight 555g / 19.6oz.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-203566
Canon 00-85126-203542
Nikon 00-85126-203559
Sony 00-85126-203627
Pentax 00-85126-203610

The first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors

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The first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors

In the news

‘The ultra-wide zoom has very good handling characteristics thanks to a lovely balance and fully internal focusing that leaves the focusing ring undisturbed in AF. Provided that the lens is appropriately levelled, its ultra-wide angle of view can be taken for granted thanks to very good control of geometric distortions. Sharpness at the 8mm setting is excellent right across the aperture range.’

‘The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM is a solid performer and offers a unique – and very wide – focal length range for those shooting with an APS-C DSLR. If you want an ultra-wide optic and feel restricted by the current crop of wide-angle lenses on offer, then the 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM from Sigma definitely warrants further investigation.’

‘One of the great things about this lens is that despite being so wide, distortion is minimal. This lens is really about fun and taking advantage of the 24cm minimum focusing distance to get in close to subjects for extreme effects. Image quality is very good and the lens is available in most of the main mounts and the price is a reasonable £610. Thanks to its compact size and reasonable price this remains an attractive and fun option for APS-C DSLR owners.’

‘This super-wide lens boasts impressive image quality, capturing sharp detail across the frame even with the aperture wide open. We didn’t detect any chromatic aberration in the test images we shot, and found test pics sharp across the aperture and zoom range.’ – Best in Test” award

‘The distortion is so slight it beats many midrange or lesser wide-angle zooms, and compares well to fixed focal length wide angles. If you were ever happy with a Hasselblad 40mm Distagon, you should be delighted with the Sigma 12-24mm or 8-16mm. Not only do the lenses cover a much wider angle, they render straight lines perfectly. For room interiors, you simply can not include all four walls unless your lens covers more than 90 degree gorizontally. This Sigma covers slightly over 100 degrees which makes it one of the best working tools for interior and architectural photography.’

‘Sigma once again creates a design that exceeds all the ambitions of every camera maker. Not only is there no other 8-16mm, there is no other 8mm or 9mm lens of any kind. The 12-24mm has had a long career, revitalised by the arrival of full-frame digital. It looks set to run for many years to come, and in the annals of optical design, it ranks alongside Thomas Sutton’s 220 degree wide angle lens of 18-59, or the Zeiss Hologon 15mm f/8 for Leica, of 1972. Now the DX-format, two thirds scaled down to 8-16mm, joins it.’

‘I expected to get usefully wider views than my 10-20mm, a quantitative improvement. I’m surprised by how much difference those 2mm less in focal length make, and impressed by how much easier this – and the easier manual focus – make it to use. Altogether for me it’s an unexpectedly qualitative jump past the 10-20mm.’

‘Sigma’s newest offering in the APS-C category really does put the ‘ultra’ into ultra-wide, offering a similar effective zoom range as its more established 12-24mm lens for the full frame market. HSM autofocus is on a par with Canon’s USM for speed and quietness, and comes with full-time manual override. The main selling point is that this Sigma enables you to go considerably wider than with any other non-fisheye lens on small sensor cameras.’

‘This lens gives the widest viewing angle of any DX-format lens.’

‘Sharpness is respectably right into the edges and corners of the frame, and this is retained very well even when shooting at the largest available apertures. The HSM autofocus is quick, quiet and accurate, and comes with full-time manual override.’

‘Build Quality is very good, and handling benefits from a smooth-acting zoom ring and ring type ultrasonic autofocus system. The 8mm zoom setting gives an incredible viewing angle of 121 degrees – noticeably wider than any of the other lenses in the group. This lens is unbeatable if you’re after the widest possible viewing angles.’

‘This lens is unbeatable if you’re after the widest possible viewing angles. The difference is clear to see when swapping between this and the other lenses in the group. It’s the one to go for if you want to maximise your viewing angle.’

The first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed especially for APS-C size image sensors

Accessories

Padded Case for 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM

Part No. CS0301

£24.99