Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM

Sigma is the sur­prise win­ner of the ul­tra-wide con­test this time around

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Along with rais­ing its game with sev­eral highly at­trac­tive lens launches over the last year, Sigma has sur­prised us with the qual­ity of its older 10-20mm f/3.5. We’ve tested this lens in the past and been gen­er­ally im­pressed with it, but the newer re­view sam­ple sup­plied to us on this oc­ca­sion out­classed all other com­peti­tors in terms of sharp­ness. Cou­ple this with the fact that the price has dropped con­sid­er­ably over the last year – at least, it has in the UK – and it’s an out­right win­ner.

Its sib­ling Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 is the least ex­pen­sive lens in the group and continues to be great value. Com­plet­ing its hat-trick, Sigma also makes the widestangle rec­ti­lin­ear lens for DX-for­mat cam­eras, which is an­other very tempt­ing buy.

Of the Nikon lenses, the 10-20mm is the one to go for but it’s pricy com­pared with the Sig­mas and, in our most re­cent tests, was beaten by the con­stant-aper­ture Sigma 1020mm for out­right im­age qual­ity.

What’s good: Con­stant-aper­ture de­sign, out­stand­ing sharp­ness, fast ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus.

What’s bad: The 82mm fil­ter thread is un­com­monly large for a DX-for­mat ul­tra-wide lens.

Our ver­dict: It’s a su­perb lens that’s also ex­cep­tional value for money in the UK.

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