The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens for APS-C DSLRs is the world's first constant F1.8 zoom. The lens, designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors, covers a 27-52.5mm equivalent range, and is currently available for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mounts. The 18-35mm offers the light-gathering and depth-of-field equivalent of a constant F2.7 on full-frame, which may under-cut the need for some photographers to change formats. The use of Thermally Composite Material (TSC) reduces size and weight but increases the lens durability. It is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for further customization. A 9-blade rounded diaphragm also creates beautiful background blur, and SLD glass compensates for aberrations and curvature. formats. Front and rear lens caps and lens hood are included with the lens.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens
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“ The 18-35mm isn't just sharp for a fast zoom; in terms of outright image quality, it's a match for many fast primes, even when shot wide open.”
- 18-35mm focal length
- 27-52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F1.8 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 72mm filter size
- 0.28 m / 11.02" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF (EF-S), Sony Alpha (DT), Nikon F (DX) mounts
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||18–35 mm|
|Lens mount||Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||Rounded diaphragm|
|Special elements / coatings||5 SLD glass elements, 4 glassmold aspherical elements|
|Minimum focus||0.28 m (11.02″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||810 g (1.79 lb)|
|Diameter||78 mm (3.07″)|
|Length||121 mm (4.76″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||72 mm|
|Hood product code||LH780-03|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is an extraordinary lens, offering prime-level image quality in the fastest zoom ever made for SLRs. Its 28-50mm equivalent range is a little limiting though, and inconsistent autofocus means that it can be difficult to make the most of the excellent optics when shooting at large apertures.
Enthusiast APS-C users looking for the very best image quality available from a normal zoom, and willing to spend a bit of time setting up autofocus micro-adjustments or using live view focusing for the sharpest results.
Not So Good For
Photographers who like to travel light, or need a wide-ranging zoom.
I'm usually a slow upgrader, waiting until at least a year after release, but with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 I just went for it. First impressions: wow! This lens ... (1) ... is an APS-C equivalent to a full-frame 29-56mm f/2.8 lens (same shallow DOF and same light gathering ability). (2) ... can replace a collection of primes. (3) ... has better ...
Sharp, Accurate, Fast Aperture, Great Colors & Contrast, Well-built...
It is just what everyone else has said about it: sharp, accurate, fast aperture, well-built, great colors and contrast. I've also been very pleased with the focusing accuracy; it is infinitely better than my nifty-fifty. Focusing speed is decent, not lightening fast. Yes, it's heavy. Feels fine on my Rebel (front heavy but not too front heavy) but it certainly takes some getting used too. The weight seems appropriate for the very solid feel of the lens. CA is noticeable on the edges of the ...
Nikon D7100 with Sigma 18-35 f1.8
Lens is amazing, would be nice to see a bit more range. so far it has been on the D7100 since I got it last week. Focus is fast and hasn't had target issues. No issues with that on mine. I like the size however it has a bit of weight to it, not used to that with my f1.8 primes. Will be trying it for video; with the zoom and steady f stop I think it will work out nicely.
It is what it is
This lens is most of everything that everyone says about it: it is heavy, it has a limited range, it does occasionally misfocus, and it is indeed SHARP and FAST. You've all read the reviews, so I'll just add my personal experience and perspective. I got this lens because I wanted a professional-quality lens to add to my mostly mundane set of consumer-grade lenses for my Canon EOS 60D. My consumer-grade lenses consist of a set of three zooms/superzooms/telezooms, the Canon nifty-fifty 1.8, ...
Best alternative to Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 for mft?
The Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 is lens I would like to use, because it is wide, fast, zoomable with constant aperture. Mostly for video making indoors with not ideal lighting. But it has no M43 mount version. So my question is what is the closest alternative for m43? Or would you use it with adapter? But how difficult would it be to focus manually? We are talking about filming moving people indoors (not in studio). Any other ideas? Is sigma planning to make this lens for m43? Is for example the panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 usable alternative for average low light conditions? Thanks for your ideas urza
The 18-35 is pretty much a lens without compare. It's third of a stop faster than the fastest zoom ever designed for the Four Thirds format (which were previously the fastest zooms designed for any interchangeable lens camera), and the 18-35 is also designed for a larger format. In terms of lens equivalency, it has even more light gathering ability than full frame f/2.8 zooms do. If you do any follow focus work, the best native MFT lens for your purpose is probably the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8. It lacks image stabilization (but so would the Sigma), and its advantage is it has a manual focus feature where you pull back the focus ring to instantly engage manual focus that's calibrated according to a distance scale, so it doesn't have the same problem as most other MFT lenses where racking focus quickly shifts your focus point more than racking focus slowly over the same angular distance (a digital scaling just like how most mouse cursors work; moving slowly moves the cursor less per ... Continue Reading
Per chance stumbled on these photographs: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-image.html?adId=1000594522&image=0 Google "panasonic gh4 sigma 18-35" and you'd find even demo videos shot with the combination. And even threads about it here on the DPR forums. Continue Reading
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 and Pentax K-01
Have anybody used this combo? How good is it for indoor event shooting without flash? How fast and precise is the autofocus? I love my "brick" but want something much better than the kit zoom: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_virt/sets/72157639014313554/
I believe the Sig is not yet availble in Pentax mount.... Continue Reading
Having just taken ownership of a good cheap used K-01 body and using the sigma 50mm f1.4, I was gobsmacked at the sharpness. The mirror less seems to maximise the sharpness of any lens due to not having to worry about micro adjustment and having a lens not quite right on a body. I'd say that combo, used carefully will be uber sharp..... Continue Reading
Is the new RayFlash universal Ringflash adapter Sigma-compatible?
I'm wondering, whether I could use this newly introduced RayFlash universal Ringflash adapter on the Sigma DP3M (possibly also DP1/2M, and also an old DP-series-cam), when supposedly using it in combination with the Sigma EF 610 DG Super flash. Would it also likely work on the SD1(M) when the new 18-35mm 1.8-lens is attached, in combination with that same EF 610 DG Super flash? I just haven't any clue whatsoever, which is why I'd happy, if someone here (or wherever really...) could tell me or at least attempt taking an educated guess on this matter. Thank you so much in advance for your truly valued and assumedly helpful replies ;-)
I don't think there's any way to tell without trying, but it looks very promising. I may see if I can fine one at a local photography shop and see how it fits. Continue Reading
Why? The other one has adjustments to fit multiple flashes and bodies, the one you listed is specific to a Canon flash and a set of Canon bodies... Just looking at it I am almost certain it would not work on an SD-1 with an EF flash. Continue Reading
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