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06-30-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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Architecture & Landscape - Sigma 10-20 or 8-16 + DA 12-24?

Im an architect by trade and really getting back into my photography in the last 12-18 months.

I have a decent copy of the Sigma 10-20 /4-5.6, but have been wondering about selling it to buy the Sigma 8-16 for its extra wide angle capabilities for internal architecture shots (and supposedly better resolution) and wondering about trading up to push my architectural photography side business of things more.

Beyond that, I have the DA*16-50 as a walk around (noting it has some barrel distortion at 16mm) and was wondering whether the 12-24 would be a good crossover, and whether i'd miss the 10-20 seeing it can actually take polarising filters (for creative effects & colour saturation) in landscapes or would I just be wasting my cash?

I use primes a lot (FA31, FA50/1.4 & FA77) for my studio/portrait/art nudes but for architecture prefer the idea of zooms for flexibility.

Maybe its just LBA.

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8-16 for architecture
12-24 for landscapes, since even 16 is too wide for the them in most cases, the ≈28-31 FF equivalent is much better
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ok, should be more precise

rather than just straight focal length decision, Im wondering about IQ and whether splitting across two zooms is worth my time and money, though timing aint as bigger deal with architecture if you get me.
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i have Sigma 10-20 /4-5.6 and Sigma 8-16
you dont dave to sell the old lenses
sigma 8-16 hase no filter so you can not use in bad whether conditions
for arhitecture photography sigma 8-16 more usefule.Mostly you use panoramic programs to joint differents fraims- realvithc stecher for example.I had better sucess with sigma 10-20 for stichng frames

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QuoteOriginally posted by JayR Quote
Beyond that, I have the DA*16-50 as a walk around (noting it has some barrel distortion at 16mm) and was wondering whether the 12-24 would be a good crossover
Unlike the sigmas, the DA 12-24 supports in-camera distortion correction, which fixes the barrel distortion that often spoils architecture shots. Is that important to you?

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QuoteOriginally posted by asp1880 Quote
Unlike the sigmas, the DA 12-24 supports in-camera distortion correction, which fixes the barrel distortion that often spoils architecture shots. Is that important to you?

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doesnt lightroom have the ability to fix that easily also?
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Sigma 8-16 can't take filters although it would be useful for indoor architectures. the DA12-24 can take filters (slim type), if you don't mind merging images to show an indoor panoramic shots, it would work just as well.

I'm starting to cease using filters nowadays and would most likely resolve on doing it during post-processing.
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hmmm

still no closer to deciding whether selling the 10-20 to buy both the 8-16 & DA12-24 would be worth my while

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I find the Sigma 8-16 wonderrful and useful.







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