Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Review

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Review
Snow Horse Snow Horse
A girl stands behind her snow horse creation. Using an ultra-wide angle lens positioned close to the horse creates a perspective that makes the horse appear larger than it really is - in relation to the girl. The sky provides a clean background to the primary subjects.
10mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 100
Snow-lined Trees Snow-lined Trees
A strong snow storm left tree trunks vertically lined with snow. A downward-angled camera position causes the essentially-straight tree trunks to angle outward in this picture. I wanted to keep the bottom and most of the sides of the frame free of intersecting lines (other than the shadows).
10mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Girl with Little Hands Girl with Little Hands
Even at the longest focal length this lens has available, this girl appears to have an enlarged head when framed this tightly. The effect can be interesting, but you don't want to over-use this one.
20mm  f/5.6  1/50s  ISO 500
Monochromatic Winter Scene Monochromatic Winter Scene
Snow, ice and fog work together to create a black and white winter scene (this is a full color photo).
17mm  f/8.0  1/60s  ISO 160
Dog in Your Face Picture Dog in Your Face Picture
To get a dog face this large in the frame at 10mm requires a very close focus distance - which results in a abnormal-sized nose. DOF does not cover this dogs entire face. I chose to keep the eyes in focus since I rarely like out of focus eyes.
10mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Playing in the Snow Playing in the Snow
A dog looks up with a hint of fear at a large snowball on a stick her young girl is holding overhead while standing in her impenetrable snow fort with a snow cat watching over things. A lot going on in this picture, but another great childhood memory captured.
10mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Resting Resting
A dog and girl rest on the floor - apparently after playing hard with the toy also visible in the picture. With an ultra-wide angle lens, it is easy to get above your subject. In this case, I have a clean background with only part of an upholstered ottoman entering the frame on one side.
20mm  f/5.6  1/40s  ISO 500
Ice-covered White Pine Tree Ice-covered White Pine Tree
In the foreground, sharp-focused individual white pine tree needles show heavy icing, in the second layer and in less focus is a larger portion of a white pine tree and in the background, entire out of focus trees show a hint of ice-coloring.
20mm  f/8.0  1/60s  ISO 200
Winter Woods Winter Woods
Trees, fallen trees and their shadows in the snow create many lines throughout this winter woods picture.
10mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Mushroom-Laden Log in Snow Mushroom-Laden Log in Snow
A mushroom-laden log melts out of the winter snow.
10mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Big Oak Frames Snowy Field Big Oak Frames Snowy Field
A large oak tree provides strongly contrasting lines that frame a snow-covered field.
10mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Background Blur at 10mm Background Blur at 10mm
There is not much. At 10mm with a wide open f/4 aperture and a near-minimum focus distance, even the distant background does not become strongly-blurred.
10mm  f/4.0  1/320s  ISO 100
Windswept Snow Patterns Windswept Snow Patterns
Snow takes on interesting patterns after being windswept. A camera position close to the most unique patterns, combined with a wide angle focal length lens, emphasizes the snow design.
10mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Lichens and Snow Picture Lichens and Snow Picture
Lichens on a log melts out from under the snow. This picture represents the approximate maximum magnification that this lens can produce.
20mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Big Oak Tree Big Oak Tree
Aim upward into trees for a new perspective on something regularly seen.
20mm  f/11.0  1/50s  ISO 100
Dog in a Snowy Field Dog in a Snowy Field
A Golden Retriever and her shadow look out across a large, snowy field. Peripheral shading is visible on the right side of this image even though a narrow f/8 aperture was used.
10mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Ice-stormed White Pine Trees Ice-stormed White Pine Trees
White Pine trees hang low under the weight of the results of an ice storm. For this picture, I lined the lower limbs along the bottom of the frame.
10mm  f/8.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Snow-covered Log Picture Snow-covered Log Picture
The white line along the top of the snow-covered log curves its way through the frame.
10mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100

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