Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Lens

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76% Tried & Tested
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Principal specifications
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, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
Aperture
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F6.3
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Optics
Elements 16
Groups 13
Focus
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micro-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 470 g (1.04 lb)
Diameter 74 mm (2.89)
Length 89 mm (3.49)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 62 mm
Hood supplied Yes

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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76 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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

User Reviews

4.31667 out of 5 stars
  • camcom12, Oct 31, 2012 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • whyukon, Oct 26, 2012 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • rbebbin2, Oct 4, 2012 GMT:
    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 ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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?

someguy50 asked
4 months ago

ANSWERS

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

VaBoater answered
4 months ago

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

someguy50 answered
4 months ago

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

nandbytes answered
4 months ago

QUESTION

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 ...

yago4 asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

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

Sonyshine answered
7 months ago

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

headfirst answered
7 months ago

Thanks for the input. I think I'll stay away from Sigma lenses as it seems my camera doesn't like them. Continue Reading

yago4 answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

Enthusiast Looking to Upgrade Either Lens or Body

Hi all, First time posting here and I have been torn for weeks so I decided to try posting here. I have read dozens of reviews, articles and other forum posts and I am at a quandary. My current gear- Canon XSi which I have had and loved for 4+ years but am starting to feel its limitations in terms of ISO, processing power for continuous shooting RAW and FPS Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Canon 18-55 kit lens, Canon 55-250 kit lens I primarily use my camera in the outdoors on hiking and mountain climbing trips. It is often subjected to bad weather and getting wet, but this has not yet been an issue with my XSi. I am not really willing to sacrifice image quality to get a true weatherproof camera. I mostly shoot landscapes and action shots of climbers, so I spend most of my time at the extremes of my focal ranges. Low light is also often a critical issue for me when shooting on the move in at dawn and dusk. Because I am a climber who is also a photographer and not the other way around, I must keep ...

Devin2785 asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

I'm not sure about the Sigma lenses that you mention, but maybe the Canon SL1 (100D) camera would be a good upgrade for you since it's relatively light.  It has gotten great reviews.  The Canon 70D would be better in terms of image quality etc., but then it's a size & weight issue that you'd have to decide.  You could consider one or more of the Canon STM lenses, if you thought you might like to take some video pictures too. Continue Reading

Digirame answered
1 month ago

Hello, a lot to answer here, so I'm doing it inline so as to not miss anything.  :) A lot of different uses here.  Low light+landscape usually calls for 35mm format cameras, but they are pricey (5d, 6d, 1d lines).  An original 5D could be affordable, well built, and give you fantastic image quality, but no sensor shake cleaner, etc....  You also have to consider the weight of the thing. There are travel tripods that are small and light enough to use for star/night shots that you could take with you. A better choice would be the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS, fantastic lens.  The 18-35 f1.8 is simply amazing but no OS, costly, and an even more limited range.  Super zooms are going to cost you in terms of image quality and they won't be significantly better than your kit lens in lower light situations, with perhaps the exception of the inclusion of a stabilizer.  It's hard to beat the combo you are using for light weight/performance.  The newer kit lens has better image quality than the one ... Continue Reading

Keith Z Leonard answered
1 month ago

1) What is your price range? 2) How much do you care about weight? The best ways to address your issues via DSLR  are expensive and heavy. Everything else will be a compromise. Continue Reading

Oilman answered
1 month ago

Warranty Information

"Beginning July 1, 2013, all brand new Sigma Products purchased from authorized Sigma dealers are covered under the 1 year America warranty (North and South America) and U.S.A. extended warranties for a period of three (3) years against defects in manufacturing and workmanship only. Your warranty period begins the day you purchase your Sigma camera, lens and/or flash and runs for a total period of four years from that date (please refer to the warranty policy included with your product)."

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