This is the first lens I ever bought. I bought the D70s body and then purchased this lens at the same time. I have to say it has treated me very well. This a very wide angle lense and has let me capture quite a few moments. It is half the price of the Nikon 10-22, but it is lacking the vibration reduction and the better glass inside. For amateur photographers it will definitely do the trick. Check out the Sigma 10-20mm product page.
I have used it in a few situations so far, including…
- Inside churches and buildings where I can’t back up any more and need to capture as much of the scene as possible
- Making distorted pictures
- Capturing large amounts of landscape scenery.
- Really capturing scope. You can take a picture of someone up close, but it still captures a huge amount of the background scene.
I have had a couple of annoying things with the wide angle aspect of this lens. Photographers will already know this, but for the novice like me it was new.
- The built in flash does not have enough cover for this lens. There will be a shadow underneath the lens. And I mean a sizeable one. I couldn’t use this with a flash until I bought the SB-600 which has a wide angle diffuser on it or I could point the flash to bounce off the ceiling/wall.
- The lens cap that comes with it is really annoying. Doesn’t always stay on very easily. The cap on the Nikon 18-200 is a lot better as it has strong springs and you have to pinch the cap on the inside to remove it.
I have written an article called Understanding the Value of Wide Angle Lenses.
Here are two photos taken one after the other. I made sure the size of the front of the lens remained the same size in both photographs. The first photo is zoomed in at 20mm and the second is at the widest angle possible. This gives a good example of what a wide angle can do. It can keep the subject you are close to fairly large, but it gathers in more and more background into a shot the distance increases.
Sigma At 20mm
Sigma At 10mm
A technique I will commonly use is to walk as close as I can to a subject I want to be large in the shot, but keep them in one side or to the bottom of the frame. Then the wide angle can pull in all the detail to the side of top of the subject and really show the surroundings of the subject and set the tone for the photo.
Here are a few photos.
Check out how long it stretched it upwards.
Trans Siberian Train Washroom
I was able to get the whole washroom in this shot.
This piano fills a lot of the photo, but I was still able to grab parts of the room and add them to the photo.
St. Anne de Beaupre
There is no way I could have gotten the whole cathedral in without backing way up and having a lot of empty space around all the sizes.
My dining room is a bit tight. To capture the whole table I would have to move out past the wall with a normal lens. I was able to capture the whole scene here.