The Infrequently Used, Vital Ultra-Wide Lens

My photography world usually lives between 24mm and 105mm. Portraits, events, and urban fit nicely in this frame. But, there are those times when nothing else but an ultra-wide will work. It's an investment that I initially resisted, but praise the heavens ever time I use it.

Wide Angle Interior Interior captured with a 10-20mm Sigma on a Pentax KP. Photo by Derrick Story.


Such was the case last week during an assignment. I had few details about the shoot, and wasn't sure exactly how to prepare. My Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM sits in the bottom of the bag beneath the Pentax KP DSLR because I don't shoot with it as often as my other optics. But on this day, I really needed it.

When the client pointed to a interior staircase and asked, "Can you capture all of that for me?", I smiled, and replied, "Indeed I can." I mounted the Sigma 10-20mm on the Pentax, and just left it there for the rest of the day.

I like to shoot this way. Two camera bodies with the two optics that I'm using most at the time. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 II had the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom that covered 24-70mms with the crop factor. And the Pentax/Sigma combo covered the 15-35mm range.

From that point on, the shoot went as smooth as ice.

The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM is available in mounts for Nikon, Canon, Sony-Alpha, Pentax, and Sigma. It originally sold for $649, but is now available for $399 thanks to an instant $250 rebate. I hemmed and hawed a bit before making this purchase last year. Now, I can think of at least a dozen photo shoots where it saved the day.

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