Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sigma HSM 10-20mm

A very useful lens, if you know how to use it. Spectacular for artistic work

+ great image quality, nothing worth worrying about
+ super-wide for DX, really much difference from the 18- kit lenses
+ mechanically great; fast and silent autofocus.

- big and heavy
- slightly on the expensive side, considering the applications
- huge artistic distortions; you need to know  how to use ultra-wide lenses, otherwise you're better off with the 18- kit

Only an ultrawide will give you such a perspective

Like I said, amazing cloudscapes

A different approach in flower photography

Intended Users
Great for:
  • Artistic photos with pronounced perspectives
  • skyscapes; cloudy sunsets can look incredible with this lens
  • learning about composition; using (and gradually understanding) this lens will teach you some things

Not for:
  • general purpose; way too short for people
  • group photos; ultra-wide lenses are NOT for "fitting everyone in the frame" - this way you just make sure that the people on the sides look like they've entered a black hole
  • users not willing to learn about ultra-wide photography. Every positioning and every centimeter of composition counts with ultra-wides; you can make spectacular, breath-taking images, or...incredibly boring ones

Final Verdict
Another lens that I own and regularly use. I warmly recommend it, provided you know (or are willing to learn) how to use it. Forget those silly reviews saying nonsense such as "soft corners", "soft wide open", or what not. It's perfect. wide-open, fully closed, you name it. With this lens, sharpness and things like that are quickly forgotten, because you are forced to pay attention to composition.

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