So this first part of the review will include some photos and first impressions. I got this copy from B&H about a week ago and it arrived safe and sound. B&H is one of my favorite sources for photographic equipment. They’re efficient and professional. They also seem to get everything first in the US. Anyway I went out and took some landscape and architectural shots.
After that I had a little fun pointing this thing out of the horizontal and enjoying the fun-house mirror effect.
- Wide is an understatement. I have several pictures of my feet in hand held shots. A monopod helps to eliminate this interesting problem.
- A 10mm perspective means you really have to keep the camera in the horizontal if you don’t want some really tilted straight lines.
- If you really enjoy wide angle lenses this thing is a blast.
- While this lens is quite sharp in the center and good in the corners it is extremely hard to focus by eye even relatively close objects. I say this even when using the magnified view. Everything is so small in the viewfinder. Luckily for most distances the hard stop at infinity is the only setting you need. Almost everything is in focus (except your feet).
- It’s a keeper for me.