As a relative newcomer to DLSRs and associated lenses, can anyone give me a beginner's level explanation of what this lens is all about? It doesn't "look" like a standard lens and it seems to have a very short focus and narrow aperture.
I am guessing that it would be good for landscapes and architectural photography. You will get a really wide view, especially useful if you are photographing the interiors, for example. The smaller aperture will not be an issue since you would typically be using it in good light or with a tripod. An alternative is to stitch a panorama with multiple shots but I am guessing this provides a better perspective.
I've been watching this lens for awhile and was able to pick it up for $300 on craigslist. I've also seen it for about $340 on feabay. This is a solid lens that I use for landscape and I do love it. But it's not as clear as I would like and the f-stop suffers. Good and cheap is my review...
Maisma said: As a relative newcomer to DLSRs and associated lenses, can anyone give me a beginner's level explanation of what this lens is all about? It doesn't "look" like a standard lens and it seems to have a very short focus and narrow aperture. I have been eyeing on a wide angle zoom lens for a while. My only concern is that f4 probably will not be too useful indoors. Might be worth saving up for a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.
I've owned this lens for about 3 years, using on a Nikon 7000 DSLR. It's really a very nice piece of glass, especially when comparing it price-wise to the competition. The aperture is a little slow, but with modern digital camera's having clean high ISO available the lens speed has never been an issue even indoors. Very little unexpected distortion for a super wide angle and fairly tolerant of lens flare. Worth noting, in the world of super wides, even a mm or two really changes the throw of the lens, so 10-20 is very versatile. Auto-focus motor is quick and quiet, and the build is very sturdy. This is the lens I keep on the body 80% of the time. I believe I paid a good Benjamin more when I purchased it, so this is a pretty good deal and Adorama is a reputable dealer. If you're toying with the idea of working with a super wide, this is a great lens to learn the craft with.
Maisma said: As a relative newcomer to DLSRs and associated lenses, can anyone give me a beginner's level explanation of what this lens is all about? It doesn't "look" like a standard lens and it seems to have a very short focus and narrow aperture. - This lens is made for DSLR which has a cropped sensor (vs Full frame or 35mm film). In other words, the lens cast a smaller image circle on the recording media. If you are able to physically mount it on a full frame or 35mm film DSLR, the image will have a big black round border. - This lens belongs to Ultra Wide angle Zoom lens (non-fisheye) which give very wide view especially at 10mm focal length. - The max aperture for this lens is f/4 at 10mm (shorter focal length = wider view) while f/5.6 at 20mm. If you use it for taking landscape photos, f/8 or f/11 maybe a better choice most of the time. If light is not enough, tripod is a perfect tool for that. Or bump the ISO value to achieve a fast enough shutter speed. - This lens allow screw on filter such as ND filter. (Great for smoothing water surface ) and the filter size is 77mm. Bigger filter cost more. But if you have another lens use 77mm filter size, you can use it for both lens. (not at the same time of course) - I have this lens and lens body is made of plastic. But it is a very good plastic and the lens feel very sturdy. (Sigma EX series lenses are better quality lens)
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