The Nikon d750 is an extremely popular DSLR camera from the Nikon range that just keeps on going from strength to strength with more and more people picking it up to use as their camera of choice each and every month. Due to more and more photographers and videographers adding the d750 to their setup, we have noticed more and more questions being asked about the various camera accessories available to help ensure that people are getting the best image quality possible.
With camera lenses being such an important part of any photographer or videographers setup, its not surprising that we are seeing so many people reaching out and asking a ton of questions about the various lens options available. One of the most frequently asked questions that we see asked is based around the best wide angle lens for Nikon d750 cameras and due to seeing a steady increase in the number of people asking this, we have decided to make this the focus of today’s article.
As there are an absolute ton of wide angle lenses available that will mount to your Nikon d750, with some of them being a waste of time, we are hoping that our article will be able to help any of our readers looking to add some wide angle glass to their d750 accessories. In our opinion, there is no better option on the market right now than the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 and it is our primary recommendation for anyone in the market for a decent wide angle lens.
Our regular readers will probably know that we are huge fans of the Sigma lens range anyway but the massive number of excellent, independent reviews that have been published for the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 by other photographers and videographers would suggest that the community agree with us too. As you would expect from Sigma, they have hit the nail on the head and knocked out an outstanding camera lens with a very fair price tag when you factor in what you are actually getting for your money. The lens is a huge hit amount Nikon camera users and more specifically, the Nikon d750 user community due to the excellent image quality that you are able to capture with the lens.
Our regular readers will know that we always try to go into detail for any of the products that we recommend to our readers to try and emphasize why we feel that it is the best option and beats the competing products on the market. Although many of our readers may have already heard of the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 due to its excellent reputation, we will still be covering a number of different points for the lens below to explain why we feel that it should be your primary wide angle lens of choice for your Nikon d750.
Performance And Functionality
With Sigma having an excellent reputation when it comes to the performance, clarity, and functionality of their lenses, it should come as no surprise that the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 gets a five out of five for all five sections and ensures the sharpest image quality possible. Although the 10-20mm focal length can be a little wide for some people, using the lens at the 20mm focal range is close to a regular wide angle lens where as the 10mm focal length offers excellent ultra wide angle functionality too.
The f/3.5 aperture on the lens is pretty fast too offering some solid low light performance for any landscape or wide angle photography and videography where the lighting may be questionable. This is more for those in the landscape photography niche but it can be common for you to hike out to some epic location with beautiful views only to realize that the lightning is less than idea. The solid low light performance on the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 helps to ensure that your hike to the location won’t be wasted and that you are still able to capture some excellent photographs when on location.
The latest generation of Sigma lenses that includes the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 offers some of the best high cross image quality too while also ensuring superior peripheral brightness during use for your Nikon d750. Depending on the type of wide angle photography niche that you are working in, this can be a god send and score the lens a ton of points over the contrast that the competing lenses on the market are able to offer you, especially for this price point on the market.
Although it is pretty standard for modern lenses these days, it also comes with some of the best multi-layer coating that we have ever seen on a lens. Although the different lens manufacturers go about layering their lenses with slightly different technologies for slightly different goals, the Sigma lens coating prioritizes sharp image quality over everything else ensure you are able to capture every little detail in the frame. The various coats on the lens elements also help to drastically reduce the chances of flare or ghosting occurring during use too further improving the image quality you can capture.
The aspherical lens elements on the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 also reduces chromatic aberration from occurring when capturing your photographs or video footage as well as ensuring you get perfectly balanced coma too. Although this will depend on the niche that you are working in as well as what you are actually planning on doing with your camera lens, this can really help to push the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 out ahead of the pack for your Nikon d750.
The aspherical lens elements also ensures that you get both extraordinary low dispersion as well as special low dispersion out of the same lens. This offers the best possible correction right out of the box to reduce the potential post production work required when checking over your photographs or videos. The lens offers a 9.4 inch minimum focusing distance throughout its entire zoom range meaning that at a close distance you can capture the subject and foreground in excellent quality while also being able to capture the surrounding scenery too.
The built-in hypersonic motor from Sigma offers some snappy, silent auto focus too. Again, though, this will depend on the type of photography you are doing and we know that many people like to use manual focus but if you are planning to use your Nikon d750 for videography, then the auto focus system is second to none and can competing with rival systems at higher price points in the market too.
The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 comes with a lens filter thread size of 82mm and due to the 82mm lens filter thread being so popular amongst modern camera lenses, this ensures that you will always be able to easily source decent filters for your lens. In our opinion, as an absolute minimum, you should be looking to use a decent UV lens filter with your lens to offer that additional layer of protection for the forward lens element against any accidental bumps, knocks, or drops to protect your lens from damage.
In our opinion, the Gobe UV lens filter range is a the obvious option if you are looking to pickup a decent UV filter. The Gobe range offers some of the best performance possible at the lowest possible price points too due Gobe innovating away with their filter manufacturing process allowing them to keep their costs as low as possible to pass the savings onto you, the customer.
At the end of the day, Sigma have done and excellent job with the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 and it is easy to see why the lens has such an excellent reputation amongst the community that just keeps on getting better and better with each month that passes. It is rare for a lens to be loved by both the photography and the videography community as much as the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 due to it being such a flexible little wide angle lens that will work well with your Nikon d750.
User Interface And Control System
When it comes to the user interface and control system of the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, it couldn’t be easier, the lens will mount directly to your Nikon d750 without the need for a lens adaptor or lens convertor. This allows you to quickly and easily mount the lens to your camera and go about capturing your video footage or photographs without having to waste any time.
The manual focus ring on the lens is smooth and easy to rotate if you do like to use your lens in manual focus mode too. This allows you to smoothly adjust the focus of your image as needed and the focus ring has a slight level of resistance that helps to prevent you from accidentally over or under rotating the ring during use too. This allows you to accurately make adjustments as required and although it only ends up saving you a few seconds here and there, these all end up adding up and making your photography session go smoothly.
As we mentioned above, the lens comes with an 82mm lens filter thread ring and although the threads are not metal, the are high quality plastic meaning that they are easy to use. This allows you to quickly mount or unmount your lens filters without accidentally cross threading the filter to the lens when mounting. This prevents the filter from accidentally getting stuck in place and although this is rare for modern lens filters, it could definitely be a pain with the older filters on the market.
If you are going to be using any type of lens filter with your Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 and your Nikon d950 for your wide angle photography then ensure that you only ever fasten it until it is finger tight as although the reinforced, high-quality plastics on the lens do help to prevent cross-threading, over-tightening can still sometimes make it difficult to remove the filter after use. Again, as we touched on above, we would always advise our readers to pick up an 82mm UV lens filter for their Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 as a minimum but there are plenty of decent Cpl, ND, and solar filters available in the 82mm thread size depending on the niche that you will be working in.
Build Quality And Design
Sigma are definitely up there when it comes to innovating for both the build quality and design of their lenses ensuring that they are able to offer their customers the best lenses possible to capture excellent image quality every time. The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 is no different and although the lens only has an intermediate price tag, it offers you some features that are usually only seen on professional level camera lenses.
Although the majority of the outer lens is made from plastic, it is high-quality plastic that is solid and tough meaning that the lens should easily be able to take any bumps during use. On top of this, the robust plastics used for the lens also offers you peace of mind that any knocks coming the lenses way when in your photography bag while in transit will not break the lens either. The lens elements are made from high-quality Japanese glass too and although they are scratch resistant, as we have mentioned multiple times above, we highly recommend that our readers always use a UV filter with their lenses to protect their forward lens elements anyway.
The actual lens mount is made from cast metal too and although this is to be expected at this price point in the market, a number of brands are starting to try and get away with using plastic lens mounts again to reduce their costs. Thankfully though, Sigma are not one of them as the plastic lens mounts usually end up warping in shape over time and can potentially result in the lens getting stuck to your Nikon d750 but this is not an issue with the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5.
That brings our article going over why we feel that the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 is the best wide angle lens for Nikon d750 cameras to an end. As we have explained throughout our article, the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 is an outstanding lens, especially for its price point in the market and we have no doubt that it will be able to provide you with the best image quality possible for your wide angle photography with your d750 without you having to break the bank to do so. If you would like some external, independent opinions on the lens and its performance then you can check out some of these external reviews of the lens from other photographers and videographers who use it as their wide angle lens of choice for their cameras.