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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM available in July for around $799 / £800

By dpreview staff on Jun 14, 2013 at 05:46 GMT

Sigma USA has announced its 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens for APS-C DSLRs - the world's first constant F1.8 zoom - will be available from July at a street price of around $799. Meanwhile the recommended retail price will be £799.99 in the UK, and €999 in Europe. The company has also said the lens will be available for Pentax and Sony mounts, as well as the Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts originally announced. It covers a 27-52.5mm equivalent range and offers the depth-of-field of a constant F2.7 lens on full-frame. Click through for more information and to link to our first impressions of shooting with the lens.

Note that the 'Recommended Retail Price' of £799.99 (€999 in Europe) is a subtly different thing from the US $799 'street price': it'll probably settle down to a lower figure after the lens has been on sale for a bit. UK prices also include VAT, while US prices are quoted without sales tax, and of course EU buyers get more favourable warranty terms. So the discrepancy isn't quite as great as it may appear from a simple currency conversion.   

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Press Release: 

Sigma Corporation announces pricing and availability for new 18-35mm F1.8 lens

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — June 14, 2013Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced that its new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens will arrive in the United States early July for the street price of $799.

As the market’s first zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture of F1.8 throughout the entire zoom range, the 18-35mm was created for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors, which translates to a focal range of 27-52.5mm on a 35mm camera. This lens will be available early July in Sigma and Canon mounts, with Nikon, Sony and Pentax mounts to follow.

“Sigma users are really excited about this lens. They’ve been watching the new Art line very closely – and their reaction to our initial announcement of this lens has been fantastic,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “More than 50 years of innovating with photography equipment has helped us build new generation lenses like the 18-35mm F1.8. We’re confident that photographers who focus on landscape, portrait, still-life, studio, close-up and casual shots will love this lens.”

The 18-35mm F1.8 is the latest addition to the company’s Art line of lenses, designed under the new Global Vision. The Global Vision lenses have a sleek new design with the manufacturing year stamped on the barrel, and are categorized by use into one of three groups: Art, Contemporary and Sports. The Art category delivers high-level artistic expression through sophisticated and abundant expressive power.

The new 18-35mm F1.8 lens features Sigma’s improved AF/MF switch and the use of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens. The lens’ Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images, even in backlit conditions. Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function, while its nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive, round bokeh at large-aperture settings.

The 18-35mm F1.8 lens is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which is available for the street price of $59, enabling photographers to update lens firmware and adjust focus parameters from their computers.

For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–35 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.8
Minimum apertureF16.0
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Optics
Elements17
Groups12
Special elements / coatings5 SLD glass elements, 4 glassmold aspherical elements
Focus
Minimum focus0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification0.23×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight810 g (1.79 lb)
Diameter78 mm (3.07)
Length121 mm (4.76)
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Filter thread72 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeLH780-03
186
I own it
437
I want it
20
I had it
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Comments

Total comments: 327
123
mosc
By mosc (10 months ago)

There are definitely some guys at Canon and Nikon that just pulled out some hair reading this pricing announcement! Not only does it hit their lens business but it puts the entire FF sensor format on notice.

4 upvotes
harold1968
By harold1968 (10 months ago)

afraid not
f1.8 APS-C is equiv to f2.7 on FF
not to mention the zillion of other benefits of FF over smaller

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Akanosora
By Akanosora (10 months ago)

I am not saying that APS-C is better but f1.8 is always f1.8, not matter APS-C or FF. It is just the bokeh that is equivalent to f2.7 on FF and bokeh doesn't mean everything. An f1.8 lens on APS-C is still gonna be faster than a f2.7 lens on FF.

9 upvotes
klavrack
By klavrack (10 months ago)

Harold--agreed that there are other FF advantages. However, having something equivalent to a FF 2.8 zoom helps to equalize one big APS-C disadvantage. The newer APS-C sensors are also pretty good with high ISO and improved DR, as well. I'm personally picturing one of these on a $499 Pentax K30 IBIS body for a really capable non-pro kit.

6 upvotes
Branko Collin
By Branko Collin (10 months ago)

On the other hand their APS-C cameras are their biggest sellers, and a lens like this could boost those sales even further. Without reporters of online camera magazines asking Canon and Nikon how they feel, we'll never know (hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge).

2 upvotes
PK24X36NOW
By PK24X36NOW (10 months ago)

LMAO. Yes, it puts the FF sensor format "on notice" that FF looks more intelligent than ever. This is a lens that would be equivalent to a 27-50 f2.8 lens on FF. It has less wide angle on the wide end and less reach on the long end compared with a FF 24-70 f2.8, while being almost as wide, longer, and heavier than Sigma's 24-70 f2.8 FF. Since it covers much less range, you'll need more such lenses to cover a similar range of focal lengths for APS-C as you would for FF. This would result in spending as much as you would on the equivalent FF lenses PLUS the difference in cost between the APS-C and FF bodies, while leaving you carrying more weight than the comparable FF system. AND, you're STILL stuck with the crappy APS-C viewfinder.

Thanks for putting us "on notice" of all this, Sigma! :D

0 upvotes
Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (10 months ago)

Akanosora, lenses do not have speed.

0 upvotes
Thomasbd
By Thomasbd (10 months ago)

fuji X please!!!!!!!!!

0 upvotes
mosc
By mosc (10 months ago)

Works through a Canon mount adapter already doesn't it? At least MF wise.

0 upvotes
Digimat
By Digimat (10 months ago)

i will never get why people by a small, compact and light mirrorless camera, just to put a big heavy lens in front of it? makes little sense to me. really, wheres the advantage?

7 upvotes
Pritzl
By Pritzl (10 months ago)

Bloody hell! Now that's what I call a bombshell.

Exceptional build quality - check.
Unique f1.8 zoom - check.
Sub-$1000? You gotta be kidding me.

I was leaning towards their new 17-70 but am having serious second thoughts now.

8 upvotes
The Big One
By The Big One (10 months ago)

Same here... the new 17-70 looks nice, but for just a bit more you get constant f/1.8!

Sigma is a very appealing company these days... 80% of my current lenses are Sigmas (95% if you count percentage by cost), and I think this will be the next lens I buy.

5 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (10 months ago)

Go Sigma Go!

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

At that price, it is absolute must have for any aps-c DSLR owner. At last you will have the ability to get right framing and perspective outside of studio. :)
Especially great on Sony and Pentax, with stabilization.

Now Sigma, make the same for mirrorless - must be easier (and the result smaller) without the retrofocus design. :)

5 upvotes
qianp2k
By qianp2k (10 months ago)

Indeed. I paid $600 for Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS for my Canon 60D under discount rebate. No brainer for this one for $200 more. The only issue is that relative small FL range.

0 upvotes
Akanosora
By Akanosora (10 months ago)

@qianp2k The FL range has no issue. It well covers 28mm, 35mm, 50mm (equivalent).

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (10 months ago)

Great price, Sigma is killing it. I hope this lens sells well, encouraging them to keep pushing the boundaries.

8 upvotes
fz750
By fz750 (10 months ago)

Very disappointing european prices, $800 is around 600 euros which makes 720 euros with 20% sales tax, not 1000 euros as announced!!

Ah well, will keep the grey importers busy..

1 upvote
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (10 months ago)

European markets (including UK) work rather differently from the US - manufacturers give MSRPs but the actual price most shops charge floats (downwards) from there.

In the US Sugma has quoted a 'street price,' which is closer to what most shops will charge.

Of instance, when the Sigma SD1 was originally announced with an MSRP $10,000, Sigma US said the street price would be nearer $6899. (This is before the price was adjusted).

2 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (10 months ago)

Great value!!! Makes me believe that there is a God afterall. I sort of lost my faith in God recently after reading about Adobe Cloud, Flickr Pro, and Leica X Vario.

5 upvotes
photofan1986
By photofan1986 (10 months ago)

Wow if that is what you call faith, I think God should better leave business.

3 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (10 months ago)

Well, I don't know about your God. My God tends to let people down 99% of the time. If it were up to me, I rather have him leave business too.

3 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (10 months ago)

Anyhow, let's stick to photography. Religions and politics shouldn't be discussed here :)

0 upvotes
Aris25
By Aris25 (10 months ago)

Ha Ha!!!
$799 in US | £799.99 in UK | €999 in EU | very fair pricing!!!

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

Now price the healthcare over the lifetime and college for kids in the US and the price of toys is NOTHING.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (10 months ago)

What's the street price in the EU or UK? Since that's what you're quoting for the US.

A poster below says a British shop is offering it if £649 already.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 14 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
mononoke
By mononoke (10 months ago)

£649.00 pre-order at Clifton Cameras UK

3 upvotes
JurijTurnsek
By JurijTurnsek (10 months ago)

I'm guessing no rebates will be necessary to push the sales of this gem.

1 upvote
audijam
By audijam (10 months ago)

what a game changer!!!

5 upvotes
mogando668
By mogando668 (10 months ago)

absolutely great price. originally i feared somewhere close to US $1250-1750. This new price of $799 will absolutely make a killing (if only i still have my APS-C camera)

it may not be perfect optically at f/1.8, but if it approaches prime-lens level with minimal CA, distortion, and great MTF by f/2.8, this thing would make both canon and nikon eat its own lunch (and this is coming from a nikon fan)

1 upvote
trac63
By trac63 (10 months ago)

That is a very attractive price.

I thought it was going to be in the $1,200 to $1,500 range.

1 upvote
Aris25
By Aris25 (10 months ago)

Your Thoughts are correct!!! It is $1.330 in Europe and $1.250 in UK!!!

1 upvote
NetMage
By NetMage (10 months ago)

Did you read the article?

0 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (10 months ago)

Do note that it's not stabilized. Not a huge issue at these focal lengths, but something to consider.

0 upvotes
DonThomaso
By DonThomaso (10 months ago)

It will be if you use it on Sony or Pentax bodies.

6 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (10 months ago)

Excellent point!

0 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (10 months ago)

Yeah, not stabilised but it will give 2 stops better performance than most of my current zooms, buy being 2 stops faster.
I'm happy with that.
:-)

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (10 months ago)

WOW! 300 below what everyone thought! This should sell really well!

5 upvotes
Tom Elst
By Tom Elst (10 months ago)

$ 799 at todays rate is € 599. Or vice versa € 999 is $ 1332 . I know where I am going to spend my euros on this lens! I might even buy two, and sell one in Europe.

8 upvotes
Thorbard
By Thorbard (10 months ago)

Don't forget VAT and any import duties. Sigma also offers a 3-year warranty for lenses bought locally, but only 1-year for grey imports. Things to bear in mind!

3 upvotes
labophoto
By labophoto (10 months ago)

I know the US price $799 is without sales tax but since Sigma is a Japanese company, i would expect the import duties to be similar.

VAT in Europe is about 20% depending on the country; that doesn't explain the 67% price difference with the US :-(

3 upvotes
jwhig
By jwhig (10 months ago)

$799 is also only about £512 GB. Even with 20% VAT added, it's £615. Why the premium pricing outside USA? Unfair.

4 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (10 months ago)

The European prices are MSRPs - they're a headline price, not what you'll expect to pay on shops after it's available.

The US has announced a 'street price,' which is what you're likely to pay in the shops.

Please bear this in mind.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

"I know where I am going to spend my euros on this lens!"

Flying to NYC? Don't forget to add about 10% of the local sales tax and duty when you return home. :)

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
1 upvote
white shadow
By white shadow (10 months ago)

Easy. Go to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or Hong Kong for your holiday, have a few beers, watch some girls go by, do some street photography, surf, buy some lenses and cameras and you may get a great tan.

Camera and lenses are duty free.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
1 upvote
CanonKen
By CanonKen (10 months ago)

Wow! If they can keep the quality/variation in check, this will be a winner. Remember, the only reason to buy this lens is the ability to shoot between 1.8-2.8. If the lens doesn't perform 'well' (for being wide open) there, then what is the point (other than bright/easy manual focus)?

Stopping this down to f/4 will be like stopping most zooms down to f/8!

4 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (10 months ago)

I don't understand your last sentence.

1 upvote
mgblack74
By mgblack74 (10 months ago)

He means that the sharpness sweet spot for most lenses is when it's stopped down 2 or 3 times. So on a f/2.8, it's sweet spot is 5.6 or f/8. But on this Sigma lens, 2 stops is f/4. It's at it's theoretical sharpest earlier than other zoom lenses.

3 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (10 months ago)

Thanks, very helpful reply.

1 upvote
VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (10 months ago)

For that price, I will definitely buy one once it is released for the Sony mount (providing it comes out before I decide to go full frame). On my A77, my current kit is missing the 17-24mm range (I've got 11-16mm covered and 24-210mm covered). This will fill that hole quite nicely.

3 upvotes
vroger1
By vroger1 (10 months ago)

What we are seeing here is the fallout from the Lumix FZ200. We will probably now see several lenses manufactured with constant apertures throughout the zoom range, at competitive (meaning reasonable) prices. Finally a useful product- a REAL useful product.

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
6 upvotes
Photato
By Photato (10 months ago)

Standing Ovation.
This lens disrupt the APS-C vs Full Frame dynamics.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
7 upvotes
JakeB
By JakeB (10 months ago)

Don't get so excited, people.

Leica has just announced they're coming out with their own challenge to the Sigma.

It's also 18-35mm, features manual focus, and boasts a class-leading maximum aperture of f6.4 for just $7999.

Lens hood is extra.

27 upvotes
vroger1
By vroger1 (10 months ago)

AFTER MY COMMENT- (ABOVE) I FELT LIKE SAYING..."TAKE THAT LEICA"!. I SEE I AM NOT ALONE IN FEELING INDIGNANT. VRR

0 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (10 months ago)

JakeB, you are very wrong. Leica will include a lens hood. They're not Olympus.

3 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (10 months ago)

silver box too?! WOW!!! silver box!!!

0 upvotes
rishardana
By rishardana (10 months ago)

I will definitely be buying one in Pentax mount. Good job Sigma!

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

probably before they announce 18-45/1.8

0 upvotes
Münchhausen
By Münchhausen (10 months ago)

Just do it in PENTAX mount, Sigma! Come on!!!!!

2 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (10 months ago)

Uh, they are doing it in Pentax mount. Re-read the release. ;-)

2 upvotes
xiod_crlx
By xiod_crlx (10 months ago)

I love prices here in UK!!!!! THE ARE SO NICE!!!

$800 USA -> £800

it is not THAT sad with current pound->dollar rate of ~1:1.6 like it used to be - few years ago the rate was 1:2.1 effectively doubling the price (!)

but still, it is huge overpayment...

you can opt for grey market-no-manufacturer warranty to chase the lower price, but for honest, normal users it is a robbery IMHO

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (10 months ago)

And that UK price includes taxes which pay for things like decent medical care for UK citizens (unlike in the US) and much better maintenance of things like public roads.

4 upvotes
rb59020
By rb59020 (10 months ago)

The United States has the best medical "care", and technology in the world. Try again.

4 upvotes
vroger1
By vroger1 (10 months ago)

Better- take a cheap flight to New York (discount capital of the Western world) and get one at Adorama.

1 upvote
Dheorl
By Dheorl (10 months ago)

Better maintenance on public roads... You've got to be having a giggle.

2 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (10 months ago)

"much better maintenance of things like public roads"

Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Good one.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/uks-potholes-now-a-tourist-attraction-2013042666803

3 upvotes
AdamT
By AdamT (10 months ago)

We pay Road tax and a ludicrous tax on Fuel supposedly to fix the roads (though you`d never notice by the potholes) - even with the Tax and Import Duty added it`d still be only £650 - not £800 .

Comment edited 44 seconds after posting
1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (10 months ago)

The price difference can't just be explained by taxes. It's too big, unless Brits pay taxes to Sigma so they offer their lenses cheaper in the US.

I don't think the difference will be so dramatic in reality though. The just introduced Sigma 35mm F1.4 is now going for $899,- in the US. And For £699 pounds in the UK and €850 in europe. So this one will probably be more like £629 and €750

1 upvote
jwhig
By jwhig (10 months ago)

There has not been Road Tax in the UK for years. You pay vehicle duty.

US may have good medical care but it is certainly NOT state funded. No insurance - no treatment as I understand.

1 upvote
Josh152
By Josh152 (10 months ago)

@jwihg You understand completely WRONG. You can get treatment just fine without insurance. In fact many hospitals offer discount pricing and payment plans to those who do not have insurance. It is precisely because it is not state funded that the U.S. has the best medical care in the world. Of course now that Obama Care passed that will probably no longer be the case in a decade or so.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
swpars
By swpars (10 months ago)

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/10/19/mitt-romney-health-insurance-and-the-myth-that-no-one-ever-dies-because-of-lack-of-health-insurance/

"In 2002, the Institute of Medicine estimated that over 18,000 Americans between the ages of 25-64 die annually because of lack of health insurance, a number comparable to the number who died of diabetes, stroke, or homicide in 2001."

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (10 months ago)

rb59020:

Hope you're just being ironic.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (10 months ago)

josh152--

Please don't just repeat lies about how those who can't afford to pay may or may not get decent health care in the USA.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (10 months ago)

The Lotus Eater:

Right, roads, bridges, many public buildings really aren't maintained well in the USA. It's better in the UK, is it perfect, no of course not. But taxes pay for some of that difference.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (10 months ago)

I think we might be getting a /little/off-topic here (and into topics that can't be resolved within the confines of a comment section).

However, please re-read the explanation in the news story. Street Price and MSRP are not the same thing, so you're not comparing on equal terms.

1 upvote
Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (10 months ago)

First serious review here:
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=1609

9 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

and compare against
Nikon 24-70/2.8: product=1121
Canon 24-70/2.8L2: product=1494

feel sorry they didn't test it on 1Ds3
need a 30+MP APS-C camera to challenge D800 + 24-70.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (10 months ago)

Serious?
Look at this statement:
"For Nikon users, there is the similarly-spec'd 17-55mm ƒ/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX lens, featuring an identical focal length range, ƒ/2.8 aperture and Vibration Reduction".
Enough said. These guys do not know what they are talking about.
This doesn't mean that this Sigma lens is not great, I'm just saying that this slrgear website has lost all credibility for me.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

probably the guys were in a hurry and didn't have time to manipulate the results.

0 upvotes
hwttdz
By hwttdz (10 months ago)

Or you have to read it in context where it reads...
The canon 17-55 blah, blah, blah, or the similarly-spec'd nikon 17-55 offering an identical focal length range....

4 upvotes
ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (10 months ago)

Dude, I was refering to the fact that Nikon's 17-55 does not have Vibration Reduction!

2 upvotes
a1strank
By a1strank (10 months ago)

Holy crap! I am totally getting this for my August's wedding reception shoot if this price is real! It should go well with my D7000!

2 upvotes
Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (10 months ago)

Sigma has done the impossible again!!

If they glue this lens on a DP body, let Leica place their red dot on it, it would be bargain selling at $11799 (at least relative to the F3.5 to F6.4 Leica just released at 3K...)

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
8 upvotes
lasuther
By lasuther (10 months ago)

This will be amazing on the Sony SLTs with in-body stabilization.

6 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (10 months ago)

and Pentax bodies which also have IBIS.

4 upvotes
MirosIav
By MirosIav (10 months ago)

Great price! Kudos to Sigma!

1 upvote
AdamT
By AdamT (10 months ago)

Ripping off the UK as usual . Tax is only a fraction of the difference the rate is 1.56 Dollars to the Pound - that means the lens should be £512 + Tax + Import duty , about £650 not £800 Greedy Barstards

9 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (10 months ago)

First complaint of the day! :P

But I agree with your entirely

1 upvote
Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (10 months ago)

As the article takes the trouble to remind us, the UK price will settle further than the US price, bringing them even closer together.

When I was thinking about buying a 120-300 OS a few months ago, the UK price was significantly lower than the US price.

4 upvotes
FritsThomsen
By FritsThomsen (10 months ago)

Sigma Germany says the recommended price is 999 Euros...

0 upvotes
Branko Collin
By Branko Collin (10 months ago)

Sigma Benelux says 759 EUR. The price seems to be all over the place!

Source: http://www.digifotopro.nl/content/sigma-hangt-scherp-prijskaartje-aan-18-35mm-f-18-dc-hsm-art

1 upvote
Thorbard
By Thorbard (10 months ago)

Fascinating lens at a great price. I'll be great to see it in the wild.

1 upvote
random78
By random78 (10 months ago)

WoW is all I can say!

3 upvotes
Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (10 months ago)

$799. SERIOUSLY?

1 upvote
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (10 months ago)

The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for my NEX was the best £99 I ever spent.

This new Sigma 18-35mm could equal that, albeit at significantly higher cost, as I'd barely ever change lenses.

BTW, I wonder how much this lens will be in the UK. $799 is £510, right Sigma?! ;)

2 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

The 30mm is certainly a superb lens - Though making excellent f2.8 primes should not be problematic nowadays, especially so close to 'normal' FLs.

0 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (10 months ago)

no... it is £800 ...

0 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (10 months ago)

Source?

0 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (10 months ago)

Ah yes, at the top! Sure it didn't say that before, though I was half awake at the time.

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (10 months ago)

Shut up and take my money Sigma!
This price also gives a VERY good idea about how ripped of we get from CaNikon!

13 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (10 months ago)

Good price for constant f 1.8 aperture zoom! Let's hope the street price would be lower :)

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (10 months ago)

Sigma has been doing their homework lately and it shows.

A few tired, old, Jurassic, lost-the-plot brand names are just rebadging cameras these days...

Keep on truckin' Siggy!

.

18 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (10 months ago)

$799? Eh... I think they forgot the extra 1?

2 upvotes
stanislaff
By stanislaff (10 months ago)

$7991 would be too much, wouldn't it?

9 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (10 months ago)

Their next interchangeable Foveon would be cheap. Hopefully.

2 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

The SD1 is already cheap

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

looking forward to DPR's review on this lens at 35/1.8 and f/2
against Canon 35/2IS on 35mm format

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

Uhm, why?

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

just wait for the review and you will know it.

0 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

Are you saying it will work on FF @ 35mm?

0 upvotes
Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (10 months ago)

Though, comparing a prime lens to a FASTER zoom is quite unique for APS-C.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

keep an open mind and you will see a beautiful world. I don't mind it's 35mm format or 1" whatever, I'm just interested in what we can get out from the equipment.

0 upvotes
Northgrove
By Northgrove (10 months ago)

This will become a new APS-C classic from Sigma after their 30/1.4 unless they have some notable and surprising quality issues, given their latest efforts in that department. That's a pretty high ratio of good lenses from them lately. Admittedly still few to draw conclusions from, but I do think this new intitiative should have even Nikon and Canon worried.

I'm so tempted right now to rearrange my setup to just have this one and a Nikkor 70-200 f/4.0. Getting so much from so few lenses.

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eyefuse
By eyefuse (10 months ago)

Any mention of when one could expect the Sony version?

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StyleZ7
By StyleZ7 (10 months ago)

Ok, well... this is something :) Thank you Sigma for miracles!
But then question arises - why to sell other worse lenses on much higher price tags?
And I realy do hope again, that first party Lens makers will learn from this again.

5 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (10 months ago)

BRAVO.!!!!

Now, I can consider buying the Pentax K-5IIs.

That would also give all the other brands a run for their money.

After all the disappointing news from Leica, at least we can end the week with something exciting. Sad Leica need Sigma to show the way.

However, please don't say too much yet before they revise the price.

Now, DPR has to get on their job to give us a full review.

Shall we all say GOODBYE to Leica eventhough we are Leica fans.

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Bogdan_M
By Bogdan_M (10 months ago)

Now I'm just waiting for my 24-50mm f2 for full frame that I have always wanted from Sigma :)

Sweet price, and the review on slrgear is superlative.

2 upvotes
HowardLive
By HowardLive (10 months ago)

My checkbook would have been a lot safer if this had come in for the four-figure price I expected.

Now? Well ... I'll have to avoid creating 800 imaginary dollars (read: more credit card debt) that I'll talk myself into having. ;-)

1 upvote
ShatteredSky
By ShatteredSky (10 months ago)

Yep, this makes me reconsider to stay with the good old DSRL, except if this would come in Fuji mount ... heck, would even put this on m43. Now if only Olympus could make its 14-35/2 available as an updated, smaller version. But certainly never at this price point.

Count me in as impressed.

Cheers

4 upvotes
Mapel
By Mapel (10 months ago)

I'm in the same boat of you! I was looking for a new mirrorless camera and now this lens makes me think again about my photographic future, the olympus version for 4/3 mount is almost 3 times the price and weigther! I hope sigma will come out with a micro 4/3 version of this beauty...

2 upvotes
mytake
By mytake (10 months ago)

comparable weight really...oly 14/35 f/2 is much more expensive, as you say...but with the oly you get weather sealing, auto-focus, and legendary image quality that I doubt the sigma can touch. With that said I'm looking forward to trying Sigma's 60 dn on my em5...

0 upvotes
Michael Scrip
By Michael Scrip (10 months ago)

I have the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G and it pretty much stays on my camera all the time. I love it! The only problem is I have to step back in order to get more of the scene (which sometimes I physically can't)

This new Sigma lens will give me a much wider angle on the 18mm end... all the way up to the 35mm I'm already used to!

And the price isn't too bad either! Very excited!

0 upvotes
Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (10 months ago)

That is a simply awesome price.

1 upvote
AshMills
By AshMills (10 months ago)

unless you are in the uk..

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