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Jun 29, 2010 23:47 |  #61

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Any QC issue with this lens?

It's a brand new lens, but I haven't heard of any. I have seen two reviews and they were both very positive. I tried one of these babies out at the local camera store and was quite impressed. The build is really nice (although the zoom ring was very stiff) and the lens was very sharp at all focal lengths I tried with great colors. I even took a little movie clip on a 7D that turned out nice.


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Jun 30, 2010 05:54 |  #62

So apart from the extra 2mm, how does the IQ compare to the 10-22? Is it sharper to the edges? In the centre? Is there any CA?

I would probably be paranoid about the bulb protruding, but I am interested if the lens is sharper than the 10-22 - I am not quite ready to buy.


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Jun 30, 2010 06:49 |  #63

I just let go of my 10-22, and am missing UWA (never realize how important something is till you sell it.) maybe this will be my next option! -2mm on the wide end, YEAH!


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Jun 30, 2010 07:32 as a reply to  @ Livinthalife's post |  #64

I HAVE to ask, guys who own this lens (or are planning to), how do you keep the lens clean if you can't put filter on it, given how much it protrudes. Also, wouldn't reaching it's crevices be difficult?


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Jun 30, 2010 07:48 |  #65

So when you shoot straight in front of you, how close are you to capturing your feet?


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Jun 30, 2010 12:42 |  #66

powerslave wrote in post #10452768 (external link)
I HAVE to ask, guys who own this lens (or are planning to), how do you keep the lens clean if you can't put filter on it, given how much it protrudes. Also, wouldn't reaching it's crevices be difficult?

I generally keep the hood protector on most the time when walking around, sort of as a big lens cap. I even used a bit of contact cement to keep the lens cap from popping of the hood all the time.


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Jun 30, 2010 12:48 |  #67

The field of view and design of this lens are pretty similar to the 12-24 Sigma make for FF. I thought keeping that lens clean, especially in this corrosive atmosphere, would be a hassle, but in reality it's a non-issue. And with the lens pointing strictly horizontally my feet aren't in the image - quite.


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Jul 02, 2010 21:31 |  #68

Coppatop85 wrote in post #10449435 (external link)
What size is the filter thread that goes on this lens?

it's like it's big brother the 12-24mm and "doesn't take filters", but you CAN use filters if you're creative:
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I'm considering switching from FF to a 7D with this lens as this version is sharper than the 12-24mm I already love.


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Jul 02, 2010 22:00 |  #69

I got this lens today. Tested out on D300S, looks like it's pretty good.
Ben, with the Nikon lenses you have, why 7D over D300S?


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Jul 03, 2010 02:18 |  #70

powerslave wrote in post #10452768 (external link)
I HAVE to ask, guys who own this lens (or are planning to), how do you keep the lens clean if you can't put filter on it, given how much it protrudes. Also, wouldn't reaching it's crevices be difficult?

I use a lenspen to keep mine clean. Works perfect! :)


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Jul 03, 2010 02:30 |  #71

Only for dry dirt. Down here (Belize) the air leaves a salty greasy residue on everything. I keep filters on all the lenses I can, and periodically (every three or four uses) I remove the filter and wash it in warm soapy water. You'd be amazed at the crud that comes off it even when it looked clean. As my Sigma can't take a filter I have to wet clean the lens, and I can tell you that I have to use several tissues. The first one often comes away black. And that's starting with no visible dirt at all.

An indication of how corrosive the atmosphere is is that stainless steel rusts, and electronic equipment deteriorates very quickly. A computer turned on occasionally may only last 6 months before dying terminally - which is why my laptop has been on permanently since I bought it last year. The heat prevents the humid salty air condensing inside.


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Jul 03, 2010 02:38 |  #72

jacobsen1 wrote in post #10469342 (external link)
it's like it's big brother the 12-24mm and "doesn't take filters", but you CAN use filters if you're creative:
http://gear.benjacobse​nphoto.com …s-that-cant-take-filters/ (external link)

I'm considering switching from FF to a 7D with this lens as this version is sharper than the 12-24mm I already love.

I was thinking it would have to be some sort of setup like that to work - I'm surprised sigma didn't try to produce some sort of filter holder or filter holder mount, given that filters and wide angle lenses are so commonly used together.


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Jul 03, 2010 02:42 |  #73

Can you imagine how enormous and costly a front-mounted filter would have to be? I agree it is a shame they didn't come up with a way of adding a rear-mounted filter, but the extra cost and bulk might have been prohibitive.


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Jul 03, 2010 02:59 |  #74

True but as shown above you can work a regular filter holder to fit the lens and allow filters - just seems odd that sigma didn't cotten onto that and make something that directly fitted the lens. At the moment that seems to be the only downside to this lens.

However I would be interested to see how well it performs with extension tubes and if the curved front element causes any strange effects/problems there.


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Jul 05, 2010 21:06 |  #75

The only reason I am thinking about getting the Canon 10-22 over the Sigma 8-16 is the fact it can have filters mounted. I don't like the idea of a lens worth that much being exposed while shooting, I remember my WA conversion lens for my FZ50 used to get ocean spray and dust on it from time to time, I don't want to have to clean the Sigma bulb.


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