Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye

Review of Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye lens. Review created 2008,latest update 2013.

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Facts

  • a modern autofocusing diagonal fisheye lens
  • estimated retail price 570 EUR
  • in my use from 4/2008 to 11/2009
  • while manual fisheyes are fun an autofocus fisheye is even more fun

Pros

  • sharp photos with nice colors even wide open (the image quality is so good that it is almost non-comparable with the Peleng fisheye)
  • has fast and reliable autofocus even in low light (I bet it was an engineering challenge due to the extreme depth-of-field that 10 mm focal length provides)
  • focuses extremely close
  • gives almost 180 degree angle of view on a 1.6x crop body

Cons

  • significantly more expensive than most manual fisheye lenses
  • shows some chromatic aberration around strong contrast edges (but show me a fisheye lens that doesn't)
  • is for 1.6x crop bodies only
  • the two-piece thing acting as lens cap is weird