We've been lucky enough to get our hands on an early pre-production sample of one of the most anticipated lenses of the year, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, and bring you a gallery of full-resolution sample images shot with it. This lens is the fastest zoom ever made for SLRs and, in principle, should provide the depth-of-field control and low-light image quality on an APS-C DSLR that you'd get using an F2.8 zoom on 35mm full-frame. We've shot a samples gallery including a variety of subjects, using a range of apertures, focal lengths and subject distances, to try to give an initial flavor of how the lens performs. Note, though: this sample of the lens may not be fully representative of the image quality you'll get from the production version.

What's it worth?

We'll be adding more images and some first impressions to the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM preview we've already written in the coming days. But, in the meantime, how much would you be willing to pay for a lens that gave your APS-C DSLR the ability to compete directly with a 28-50mm F2.8 on a full-frame camera? Let us know in the comments.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview samples gallery

 Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM preview samples: Published June 4th 2013

There are 30 images in our samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Note that the lens used for these samples was pre-production and image quality may not be fully representative of the final product. In particular it may be more prone to flare or autofocus inaccuracy.