OL: Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Review

Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN:
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The Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 is yet another great value from Sigma and Optical Limits posted its full review which is very positive. You can read the full Optical Limits review here or look over the excerpt below:

The Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary is a bit of a surprise. You’d expect that a designated “Contemporary” lens comes with a couple of compromises compared to Sigma’s ART lenses…. However, there are surprisingly few. The aspect that stands out the most is high sharpness at all relevant settings. The center quality is superb but borders and corners are still very impressive… Lateral CAs are also low and with activated auto-correction, vignetting is restored to acceptable levels and image distortions are basically absent then. This is different in RAW images but that’s hidden from most users. Sun star lovers may not be overly thrilled with this lens whereas the bokeh is comparatively smooth for such a lens.

We always liked the build quality of Sigma lenses ever since the introduction of their ART/Contemporary/SPORTS lineups – and that’s no different here. While the lens body is made of engineered plastics (Thermally Stable Composite (TSC)), it feels sturdy while still being fairly lightweight – also helped by an internal zoom mechanism. An aspect there the “Contemporary” grade does show up is weather-sealing – it only features a gasket at the lens mount. Unlike it’s ART cousin, the 16-28mm f/2.8 also accepts front filters. The AF speed is pretty good although not really an important aspect on an ultra-wide lens.

Overall, Sigma has created a winner that combines high optical and mechanical qualities with an attractive price.

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