Happy with Sigma 8mm f/3.5
- I received a lot of helpful advice from list members recently when I
asked about various fisheye lenses. I was concerned to reduce both the
number of stitches and the amount of post processing required, and
also (if possible) handle crowd scenes better than I could with the
"six around + one up and one down" that I had been taking with a
10.5mm Nikon full-frame fisheye, a tripod, and a Nodal Ninja head.
After reading this advice I purchased a Sigma 8mm f/3.5 circular
fisheye lens and have just finished processing the first few panoramas.
The improvement in build quality since I first encountered Sigma lenses
forty years ago when I arrived in Japan is truly remarkable.
I am very pleased with this lens. I have not found it difficult to go
over to hand-held/monopod shooting, and I ventured into some pretty
crowded scenes, finding that PTgui greatly reduced the amount of post
processing I needed to do to eliminate partial bodies, third legs,
and slightly displaced doppelgangers, etc.
I am still clawing my way up the learning curve, but wanted to say how
grateful I am for all the informed advice I got. The new Sigma lens,
with my new D300, are already producing panoramas with far quicker
turnaround times than I could manage before, and the results look at
least as good as I was getting with the Nikon 10.5mm lens, unless you
look very closely at high degrees of magnification. It is clear that
the Nikon has a slight edge in image quality, but there's not a great
deal it it, and the quality I am getting is more than good enough
for my application (websites introducing beauty spots and other
Just thought I'd write this for the record. What a great resource we
have here in this list and its helpful members!