1st time out with my new Sigma 10-20 (4 pics)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cutsman, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. cutsman macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    I finally got the chance to try out my new Sigma 10-20. These shots were taken on the University of Toronto campus. It's so much fun shooting with such a wide angle lens! I'm loving this 10-20 so far.

    As always, any criticism and/or advice is highly encouraged!

    10mm, f/8 @ 1/640sec, iso 200

    10mm, f/8 @ 1/500sec, iso 200

    10mm, f/8 @ 1/160sec, iso 200

    10mm, f/4 @ 1/100, iso 1600
  2. Optimus Rhyme macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    London, UK
    Very nice pictures. All of them are pictures even the U of T could use on their own website :D

    I'm going to purchase a DSLR in the coming months so it's nice to see all these wonderful lenses that people have.
  3. jbernie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2005
    Denver, CO
    For my Australia trip I used a Canon 10-22 lens and took probably in the order of 4-500 shots with it. Have some great scenic shots as a result, it surprised how few times I really felt the need to use a telephoto.

    These lenses are great for shots like #2 & 3 when taking pics of tall objects, you can stand pretty close and yet not miss any detail.
  4. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Nice pictures !!! Just a few questions:

    1. When you were deciding on buying the lens, did you also have Tokina´s 12-24 mm. as a choice for a wide angle?? If so, why didn't you get it ??

    2. How sharp is the lens, (some people say Sigma lenses are not always very sharp objectives), how has it done for you ??

    3. My main purposes for a lens like yours would be architecture and documentary photography. Do you think this lens is not very convenient for these purposes ??

    Thank you very much,

  5. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005
    P.S. In question number three, when I asked "if if the lens may not be very convenient", I meant if distortion may be too much. Thank you once again.
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    Great shots. I really need to invest in a wide angle lens.
  7. odaiwai macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Hong Kong
    I love #1: beautiful tonal range all the way from deep black to pure white without blown highlights. Lovely mid-tones too. Excellent work on the exposure.

    Composition wise, I really like how it brings your eye past the foreground detail onto the building in the gap.

    Also, the trunk detail on the trees is very Ansel Adams. And as for the brick detail... Wow!

    This is a stunning picture.
  8. phiberglass macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    Very nice. Makes me want to get an UWA!

    #2 is my favorite.
  9. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    1. I did consider the Tokina 12-24. From what I've read, the Tokina may have a VERY slight edge over the Sigma 10-20 in the sharpness department. However, there were a number of factors which ultimately led me to purchase the Sigma over the Tokina:
    a) 10mm vs 12mm.... this is a BIG difference and if i'm buying wide angle, I want as wide as possible.
    b) The tokina supposedly has noticeably more CA
    c) Tokina does not have an official Canadian distributor... meaning "technically", the Tokina warranty does not apply... and I didn't want the hassle associated with this issue.

    2. The lens seems reasonably sharp. I did some informal testing with my tripod and tested it against the Tamron 17-50 as well as the 18-55 kit lens. In terms of sharpness, it is noticeably sharper than the kit lens when stopped down at least 1 stop. It's a little soft wide open (about on par with the 18-55). Compared to the Tamron 17-50, the Sigma falls short in terms of sharpness at all apertures... not a huge deal in practice, but if you pixel-peep at 100%, it's quite obvious which is the sharper lens. Overall it's still a pretty sharp lens... it's just that the Tamron is a remarkably sharp lens to begin with. Ultimately, I don't mind the softness too much as I'll likely use the Sigma stopped down to f/8 or f/11 for landscapes most of the time anyways.

    3. I guess this depends on what you're going for. For me, the wide angle distortion is a big reason why i wanted a wide angle lens to begin with. If you dislike distortion, you could always correct for it in PP. At 10mm, the distortion is quite significant... so i would be somewhat weary of using such a wide angle lens if distortion is a real concern for you.

    Thank you Odaiwai! #1 is also my favourite... I really didn't like the photo too much at first... but once I did the B&W conversion... and tweaked the contrast... everything just sorta popped. Thanks again. Your comments definitely made my day! :D

    With my last 2 photos, I definitely wish I could go back and retake them, paying more attention to the exposure to avoid the blown highlights.

    Thanks to everyone else for their comments/advice too. Those of you considering a WA lens... go for it! It's really a lot of fun shooting with it and definitely opens up photographic possibilities I never knew existed.
  10. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    Do you go to UofT? I'm REALLY counting on getting into Ryerson photog; just wondering if student (?) life in tdot is good or what. cheers
  11. LaJaca macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2007
    Near Seattle
    Fantastic shots. I love my Sigma 10-20; I'm glad you've discovered yours. Talk about creative possibilities. Nice post production as well - these days that's half the makeup of a great pic.

  12. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Nope. I don't go to U of T, but I did graduate from Queen's University a few years ago. As for student life in Toronto... I think if you like downtown toronto (I do), you'll likely love going to Ryerson. I would've loved to have gone to Ryerson for photography... best of luck with that! :)
  13. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    Oh word cuz I'm in Kingston now but am still really hoping on going to t. otherwise it's english here at queen's blurgh. I LOVE DOWNTOWN TORONTO sorry small town emotion
    though I didn't say this the first time, your shots are great; now I have a third lens to look at for my XSi. cheers
  14. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Kingston is a nice town. It was definitely tough going from Toronto to a small town like that at first, but after living there for 4 years, there's definitely a part of me that misses it. Queen's is a good school too... i think you'll enjoy university life whether its UofT or Queen's or some other school. Having been done for a few years now, I totally wish I was still in school... maybe I'll go back one day.......
  15. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005
    Hey Cutsman,

    Thank you very much for your answer : ) !!!
  16. Mark Morb macrumors regular

    Mark Morb

    Dec 19, 2007
    Great shots, I've just bought one of these lenses for my K10D I'm even more excited for it to arrive now....Nice one
  17. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    No problem at all, igmolinav. Always glad to help! :D

    Thanks Mark! I hope you'll love this lens as much as I do. Be sure to post some pics and let us know what you think of it.
  18. NeXTCube macrumors member

    May 14, 2002
    Upstate NY

    Thanks for posting those great photos. Now I'm even more inspired to get an ultra-wide.

    I think that Tamron make an 11-18 as well, but obviously, you're giving up zoom range on both ends there! The Sigma won Pop Photo's 3-lens ultrawide shootout, though they said that Canon's 10-22 was superior if you're using EF mount.
  19. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2007
  20. Whorehay macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    I love UWA shots. And you did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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