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    The new Sigma 8-16mm

    Hi all,

    I've just got myself a new Sigma 8-16mm from HK for $720.

    Very impressed with it so far, the focussing is very fast thanks to the HSM, the only thing I can fault it on is that it slightly under exposes, but I shoot in RAW, so no issues really.

    Solidly built, and contrary to some of the reviews I've read, it does come with a slip over threaded mount for filters & the lens cap.

    I'm constantly adding to this set if you want to see some shots:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/philbur...7624038130448/
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    $720, huh?

    sounds good to me.

    about the underexposure; out of curiosity, which metering mode are you using?

    What size is the 'filter threads' on the slip on mount? I'd expect with such a wild FOV that any attempt to place a standard circular filter of any description would cause mechanical vignetting, at least at the very wide end(8-10mm).

    the review results from this lens seem astonishing.. I think this is going to be my next (gear)purchase, even though I don't need it and am going to move to full frame in the not too distant future.

    my only problem is that I have the necessary $720 locked away in a full frame warchest.. and depleting that account by $720 delays the inevitable move to full frame... but who cares.... this lens is going to be mine!

    took a while for the flickr images to load, but they're up now. do you have any higher res images taken with the lens?
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    Well thanks for telling me about that....another lens to add to the I need list!

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    here is the review of what Arthur is talking about

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/51...56apsc?start=1

    it looks exactly like its full frame brother the Sigma 12-24, and performs like it too

    one of the gems of Sigma that not many know about, punching far above its weight for IQ and sharpness, and beats the Canon 17-40 L easily

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    +1 Jackie ... the 12-24 is next on my list, unless I succumb the the goodness (and $$) of the CZ 16-35.
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    Yer 12-24mm is on my list as well ... but with the bub arriving, I might have to hold off for a while.
    Regards,
    Phil

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    looks mighty fine to me!

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    Phil,

    did you purchase over the internet from HK or were you travelling? they are $899 from DCW in Oz?

    cheers,

    Tim

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