Nikon 12-24mm vs. Sigma 8-16mm vs. Nikon 10.5mm

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    Top Left: Nikon 12-24mm
    Top Right: Sigma 8-16mm
    Bottom Left: Nikon 10.5mm
    Bottom Right: Nikon 10.5mm with Fisheye Hemi filter

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    1. Andrew Lichtenhan 58 months ago | reply

      Did you use any sort of filter besides the Hemi It looks like a good CPL? The colors are vibrant and pleasing. Did you do a lot of post processing, or is this straight off the shutter? (or is it an HDR. I'm sorry for the multiple fired questions, but it is a very nice image)

      Great comparison as well. I shoot Canon, but shots like these help me see the focal length difference as I am eying the 8-16 if I can't get a hold of a 11-16mm Tokina.

    2. Line in the Sand Shooter 58 months ago | reply

      I didn't use a CPL but the images are HDR (Photomatix and then Photoshop tweaking). If you do get the 8-16, you won't be disappointed. It's just as sharp in the middle and corner as the Nikon.

    3. Keenan Adams 57 months ago | reply

      Hemi filter ????

    4. mikey.mike.mikey.mike 54 months ago | reply

      Was the sigma taken at 8mm? How is there less field of view than the 10.5 fisheye that's been rectilinearized? 8mm versus 10.5mm I would assume it would be wider?

      It seems the top right image would be the fisheye after it's been straightened out?

    5. Line in the Sand Shooter 54 months ago | reply


      Every lens was taken at its widest focal length. The sigma at 8mm has a field of view of 121 degrees. The fisheye has a field of view of 180 degrees. If you look at the two fisheye photos, they have almost exactly the same field of view, just that one is curved and one is straight.

    6. mikey.mike.mikey.mike 54 months ago | reply

      ah yeah i forgot that the 10.5 has a 180 degree FOV. The manual tells you not to kneel under the lens if taking pictures hahaha

      Okay thank you for the clarification.

    7. ljlacayo208 53 months ago | reply

      Great Information, you just made my decision a lot easier ThanX!

    8. regipet 49 months ago | reply

      Very interesting montage. I wont to buy the sigma 8-16 mm lens and I think now, that I have a greater wide angle if I use my nikon 10.5 fisheye with the Hemi-Filter. Is it so?
      I do not understand why the wide angle of the 8 mm sigma is smaller than a 10.5 mm Nikon Fisheye.

    9. kaybee07 48 months ago | reply

      have you tried using the sigma 8-16mm with the hemi filter?

    10. Line in the Sand Shooter 48 months ago | reply

      Nah, there's no need to. Fisheye hemi was designed to straighten curved lines caused by the fisheye lens.

    11. Li Muzhi 43 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much for sharing!
      It is really helpful for choosing a fisheye lenz indeed!

      You mentioned that a fisheye lenz has 180 degree of FOV, would you please tell the difference it makes for the various fisheye lenzes at 10.5mm or 15mm or 8mm? Just some give more curved image and some give more straight ones? Thank you very much!

    12. Line in the Sand Shooter 43 months ago | reply

      The 10.5mm and the 15mm are "full frame" fisheyes and the 8mm is a circular fisheye. The full frame fisheyes will fill up the entire frame of the sensor while the circular fisheye will give you a circular image inside of the borders of the sensor. The 10.5mm is for DX cameras and the 15mm is for FX cameras. Hope this helps!

    13. Li Muzhi 42 months ago | reply

      That is indeed helpful! Thank you! I benefit a lot from you:)

    14. SuperWench1 41 months ago | reply

      Can I ask what camera you used for these shots? Was it a full frame sensor?
      I only ask because I'm looking at wide angle lenses and the Sigma 8-16 is top on my list, however I have a Nikon D90 which is not full frame and I'm wondering how different it will be.

      Many Thanks!

    15. Line in the Sand Shooter 41 months ago | reply

      Hi, all the shots were taken with a D90. If you get the 8-16, you will not be disappointed!

    16. harmondo 27 months ago | reply

      I use a 8mm Samyang on a Nikon D7000, and use the adaptive wide angle filter to correct the curves in Photoshop CS6. I also use a 11-16mm Tokina which I'm thinking of trading in for a 8-16mm sigma. Thanks for posting the comparisons.

    17. jgillean 2 months ago | reply

      Awesome post. Thank you!

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