When looking for a wide lens, Sigma was the first brand I looked into. I love my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and was hoping to have the same success with a wide lens from them. Well, Sigma amazed me once again.
I searched quite a bit from all brands and decided that I wanted a zoom that went anywhere between 10mm and 70mm and had a no more than a f/2.8. Image stabilization would be great too! Canon offers an 18-55mm but with how poor the 28-135mm was, I did not want to risk it. I love L series but I didn’t have the funds for it. I looked at the Tokina 11-16mm but it was not available for Canon mounts. The Sigma seemed to be a perfect choice and gave me the range and f stop I was looking for along with optical stabilization (OS). The steady f stop of 2.8 is a must have for shooting video. For those of you that don’t know, this means as you zoom in or out, your iris stays the same size. AKA; the image won’t get darker as you zoom in.
Sigma lenses come in a nice soft case, lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and all the warranty information. The OS seems to work very well and I will post test shots soon. The zoom and focus rings are well made and very smooth. When in photo mode the focus is very fast and accurate.
One thing I do not like, and is a big deal for some is how short the focus pull is. Anyone who pulls focus knows that this is already a downfall for DSLR lenses. You have a little over an inch to go from 11 inches to infinity. Not saying it is hard to focus with this lens, but you won’t be doing much focus pulling.
Overall I recommend this lens and will be looking forward to using it. I can easily use this in all my shoots. The only negative is the short focus. I will definitely look at Sigma for my next lens.
(A few more pictures can be seen here)