The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is Sigma’s latest super-zoom for APS-C SLRs, distinguished from the previous version by the addition of ‘Macro’ to its name. It’s is one of the best lenses of its type, with decent optics, fast autofocus and effective image stabilization. The 18-250mm is available in mounts for all current SLRs, although the Sony and Pentax versions don’t include image stabilization and drop ‘OS’ from the name. Overall it's a reliable performer, and its close-up capability is handy too.
Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Lens
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“ The Sigma 18-250mm is compact, has decent enough optics, offers fast autofocus and effective image stabilization, and tops this all off with impressive close-up ability. We'd be inclined to conclude that it's the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market.”
- 18-250mm focal length, only compatible with APS-C DSLRs
- 27-375mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 28.8-400mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- Micromotor-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, Up to 4 stops claimed
- 62mm filters
- Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||18–250 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (Up to 4 stops claimed)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F6.3|
|Motor type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||470 g (1.04 lb)|
|Diameter||74 mm (2.89″)|
|Length||89 mm (3.49″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||62 mm|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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The Sigma 18-250mm F3.6-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is one of the best of the current bunch of SLR superzooms, with decent optics, fast autofocus and effective image stabilization. It's a reliable performer, and its close-up capability is handy too.
Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight, all-in-one general purpose and travel lens.
Not So Good For
Anyone unwilling to sacrifice image quality for convenience
Good All-around, Convenient Lens
I have to agree with the other 2 reviewers on this lens. The 883-306 model is for Nikon DX DSLRs. It's a new lens from Sigma. I purchased it a few months ago. So far I'm satisfied. Very compact & lightweight, and a good value. Build and operation is very good. Seems to auto-focus at the speed of my Nikon lenses. As for sharpness, it's on par with my other zooms. I have noticed softness in the upper left corner at 250mm, but it's probably acceptable given the purpose & price category of this ...
Works well, well-priced
I have been using this lens for about a month now, and am generally pleased with it, although it does have some limitations and shortcomings, as does any lens. Firstly, this is a VERY compact superzoom lens. You can tell that from its specs, but when you actually use one, it is still a surprise how small this is, for what it does. This is a strong contributor to its value as an all-day walk-around or hiking/backpacking lens. Secondly, it is well-built (for its price), and the controls work ...
Small, Fast and quiet
I have this lens on a Canon 450D body with battery grip and have found its size and weight well suited to this setup. I tried out the Tamron 18-270, Canon 18-200, Sigma 18-200 and older 18-250. To be quite honest didn't really have an issue with any of them regarding image quality and reach is actually fairly all similar. Didn't like the way the Tamron image jumps when using image stabilisation and the Canon is pretty big. In the end I even bought this lens without trying it in the hope that ...
Sony SAL18135 18-135 or Sigma 18-250 HSM Macro?
Hi All, I've done hours of research into these two lenses and I can't decide between the two. I have an A57. I'll be dumping my kit 18-55 for one of them. Looking for a versatile lens to compliment my primes. I can pick these up for the same price, and I just can't decide between the two. Does anyone have any experience with both or recommendation?
I can't tell you anything about the Sony but I have the Sigma using it with the A65. I am very impressed with it. Stopped down a little I have achieved some very nice images. Well really it's my wife's and she uses it most of the time. But we really like it. Great price for a great walk around lens. Continue Reading
Thanks! I realize there are compromises with zooms, but how is the sharpness compared to any other lens you have? How noisy is it when recording video? Continue Reading
I cannot also not talk for sony but the focussing on the sigma in fast and fairly quiet thanks to the HSM. I had it on my A57 and was one of my fav lenses. Its good as long as you understand the compromises. Also if you are in no particular hurry I suggest holding out for tamron 16-300mm, at least till some reviews are out. Continue Reading
OEM vs 3rd party stabilized lenses
I discovered this yesterday using a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO HSM lens, but wonder if the root cause is inherent in 3rd party lenses. I went to a butterfly conservatory with a friend yesterday; I used my Canon T3i with my Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO HSM, and she used her Canon T3 with the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. It was decently lit, and we used long focal lengths to get close-up shots of the butterflies. We're relatively new to the DSLR world, and so took all our pictures with the cameras set to aperture priority, and ISO set to auto. When we compared our pictures, what I noticed is that my camera generally selected faster shutter speeds and very high ISO (3200, 4000, and many at the maximum 6400), whereas her pictures used longer shutter speeds and a more reasonable ISO in the 400-800 range. As you'd expect, mine were significantly noisier, and we couldn't figure out why. My theory is that her Canon camera recognized that she was using a stabilized Canon ...
Trouble with Sigma lens and Sony A-57 camera
I've been looking for a telephoto lens for my Sony A-57 camera that can travel with me and not be too heavy. I have tried Sony, Tamron and even Tonika lenses and there were no problems, so I didn't have qualms about buying a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens recently. The lens I bought fit onto the camera okay (though a bit tight), and the lens cap flew off & was hard to get back on and secured, but the main problem was that I couldn't even take a picture with it. When I pressed the shutter button the camera gave me an error message that said to check the lens connection or to adjust settings in the custom menu to read the lens. I called Sony tech service and their only advice was to enable the "Release w/o Lens" setting. This did allow me to take a picture, but only with manual focusing. The auto-focus did not work and the aperture was only displayed as "F--" in any setting I tried. This particular lens is being returned, but since I'm relatively new to photography and ...
Its not unheard of for some Sigma lenses not to work with Sony SLT cameras - send Sigma an email. If in doubt stick to Sony, Minolta or Tamron lenses. Continue Reading
it's not just Sony. Look at the recent issues with Sigmas on Nikons (Df, D5300 etc.) for example. http://nikonrumors.com/2013/12/03/some-sigma-lenses-have-af-and-os-issues-with-the-nikon-df-firmware-update-coming-soon.aspx/ Sigma reverse engineers mount protocols rather than licencing & oft-times is caught out between generations. Frequently they are willing to release firmware updates to correct this but only for lenses going back so far. Tamron & Tokina don't seem to have these issues ... Continue Reading
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