Sigma Ultra Wide angle used..

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by vicious1, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. vicious1 macrumors newbie

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    Ok I just got back from Japan and bought a 10-20mm Sigma lens for my Nikon D90.
    I think the lens is nothing short of spectacular (I am an amateur), but the lens was used (though in absolutely perfect condition) when I bought it for ~220 euros.
    Now my question is, how can I check that the lens is in perfect working order since new this thing costs used about 375 pounds in the UK.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    I would probably run a focus test (link) and a resolution test (link) with the lens. Perform the test again with another lens of known quality to establish a baseline. Comparing the two results with each other should be enough to give you an indication of whether the lens is ok or not.

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  3. toxic macrumors 68000

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    when you do tests, forget about front/backfocus and just look for optical aberrations, and probably uneven sharpness across the frame (as in the left is sharper than the right, not the center is sharper than the corner). test for focusing issues if your "real" images come out misfocused all the time. a lens can "fail" a focus test but be fine when you actually go take photographs.

    make sure you expose the same way for every photo (so manual mode), and make sure your shutter is fast enough if you don't have a tripod.

    and like cliff3 said, a second lens for comparison is always a help.
     
  4. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    If a tripod isn't available, then setting the camera on a table (on top of a towel or a beanbag) and using the self-timer would be preferred. It is largely pointless to test for optimal resolution when the camera is not absolutely steady.
     
  5. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    It's a great lens, used at f8-11, nothing short of fantastic, I've got one, and it's really sharp, use it on a D70s & D300, what surprised me is how much jessops sell it for now, i paid £329 about 3 months ago...........
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Don't be to upset if the lens will not focus on test targets on a wall. Many lenses are not "flat field". In fact most are not. Flat field means that there is a plane of focus. That is rare with a zoom. Most likely the "plane" is a curved surface. test the lens on real three dimensional subjects
     
  7. vicious1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the replies guys, I will test the lens tomorrow with a tripod and analyze the results. Really appreciated.

    //Vic
     
  8. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    You think the lens is "spectacular". So what else do you need to know? Trust the evidence of your own eyes and enjoy your new lens... :)
     
  9. vicious1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    just for those who are interested..

    the lens came out excellently, the tests showed no "bad optics " or " bad focus", so overall I am very happy as this was a steal considering the shape the lens is in.

    Anyone looking for a super wide angle for Nikon Cameras, this is an excellent choice.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Exactly.
     

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