Sigma 8-16mm lens

Sigma 8-16mm is the widest lens available for cropped-sensor cameras

Review by Scott Gietler


The new Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 lens ($699 in the US) is the widest available lens for cropped sensor dSLRs. I'm a big fan of ultra-wide lenses and love putting my Sigma 10-20mm lens on my camera. Let's see how I liked the Sigma 8-16mm on my Nikon D300, and look at some real-world photographs.

sigma 8-16mm lens review

This photo makes the Sigma 8-16mm lens look larger than actually is!


Specs, Design, Focus and Operation

  • Find out how the lens is constructed, how the auto-focus works, what kind of build quality it was, and how the close-focus performance is

Comparison with other wide-angle lenses & fisheye lens

  • See what other wide-angle lenses compare with the Sigma 8-16mm. See test photos taken of the same subject with the Nikon 10.5 fisheye lens and Sigma 10-20mm lens.

Chromatic aberration, vignetting, barrel distortion, flare

Sharpness tests

  • Find out which apertures give the best results, and what strange exposure problem I encountered

Sample outdoor photos

  • See how the lens actually performs out in nature

Sigma 8-16mm underwater photos

  • Underwater photos taken with the sigma 8-16mm lens

Conclusions for topside photography

Conclusions for underwater photography

  • Find out if this lens is a good choice for underwater photography. Also includes comparisons with the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye

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Further Reading

Best underwater lenses for underwater photography

Review: Canon 8-15 mm Fisheye Lens

Sigma and Tokina fisheye lenses on a Nikon D800



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A wonderful review of this

A wonderful review of this new lens. I have been looking at the Tokina 11-16mm as an option, but I had heard several things (negative) regarding Sigma. In fairness, I wanted to keep my options open, as either lens is in the $600-$700 range.

This article has been tremendously informative. The comparisons between the Tokina and Nikon lens allowed me to evaluate the three independently and objectively. With all three lenses compared, I am strongly leaning now towards the Sigma lens!

Thanks again,


Read your entire review -

Read your entire review - thanks for the complete testing...this has helps me decide to go down to my camera shop and try one out on my Nikon d300s. Since I shoot both stills and video (underwater and above) I'm quite sure that I'll have to save my nickels and dimes and invest in this tool.