The Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM is another new lens announced by Sigma that should get other lens makers quickly making their own equivalent. Just like the probably more interesting Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM, this is another prime fisheye that should fill the void for APS–C digital SLR shooters who have long been yearning for a fisheye lens for dSLR bodies. Unlike the other fisheye lens, the image produced is not labeled “circular fisheye” which means it will have exaggerated perspective and distortion.
The produced image will have a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees for Nikon APS–C (1.5x crop), while 154 and 167 degrees for Sigma and Canon respectively. Other details worthy of note:
- Fisheye lens designed specifically for APS-C digital SLR cameras
- 13.5cm minimum focusing distance and 1:3.3 maximum magnification allows close up photography
- Equipped with HSM allowing full-time manual focus override
- Equisolid angle projection system is possible for art and scientific use
With two fisheyes coming from Sigma really soon, can we expect other manufacturers to compete with this segment of the market?