Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM

Im­proved qual­ity and a re­duced price give this lens the edge

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Wide-an­gle zoom lens > £399, $650 > Con­stant aper­ture ul­tra-wide lenses usu­ally com­mand big bucks, but re­cent price drops (in the UK at least) have made this lens tempt­ing. Com­bine that with the stand­out sharp­ness and colour fring­ing per­for­mance of our most re­cent re­view sam­ple and it’s a bar­gain.

Dis­tor­tion lev­els are also im­pres­sive, with well-con­trolled bar­rel dis­tor­tion at max­i­mum wide an­gle that’s elim­i­nated at mid-zoom. By 20mm there’s only a hint of pin­cush­ion dis­tor­tion.

Fac­tor in the ben­e­fits of that con­stant f/3.5 aper­ture and you’ve got a near-fault­less win­ner.

Up­grade if you own... a stan­dard 18-55mm or 18-135mm Nikon DX-fit kit lens and want to go much wider with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity.

run­ner up... Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Almost a decade old but still go­ing strong, Sigma’s clas­sic ul­tra-wide is now quite a bar­gain. It’ll worry far pricier lenses with its re­spectable sharp­ness and dis­tor­tion lev­els.

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