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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
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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
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rgarijo
By rgarijo (10 months ago)

Sigma has just revived APS-C market. I am sure there is a grat party going on right now in Pentax headquarters.

18 upvotes
klavrack
By klavrack (10 months ago)

Yep. I'm already thinking of getting one to replace my 17-50/2.8 for my K-5.

0 upvotes
Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (10 months ago)

Considering the stallar optical performance (assuming no severe QC issues), that price point is nothing short of spectacular!

One can expect that sales of this lens will go at the cost of Sigma's own 20/24/28mm f/1.8 primes, and even the 30/35mm f/1.4's, but somehow I think this lens will become so popular that the net result will be a huge boost to Sigma's sales. And, as someone noted, it might have people think twice about going full frame. APS-C just became a worthy contender again!

10 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

I don't think they will affect the 20/24/28's that much as they are FF lenses predominantly, but the 20mm might have been purchased as the widest lens at f2 or faster available in crop sensor land previously.

30mm might falter a bit, still has a speed, size and price advantage. The 35mm shouldn't be a contender due to price and being aimed at FF, the 30mm 'should' be more popular for crop.

But yes, this lens on it's own will be a major boost for crop sensor shooters - Especially given some of the speed and prce advantages of crop cameras.

2 upvotes
Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (10 months ago)

Don't forget that APS-C owners (especially those bying primes) often buy lenses with the intention of "going full-frame" at some point... Or maybe I should say "bought" now that the 18-35 could change people's plans ;-)

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

this lens does not compete with 20mm or 24mm primes on 35mm full-frame. 28mm up depend on performance tests.

0 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

@ yabokkie - Why do people always assume we must be talking FF? I don't care in the slightest about your mythical FF. Get it? Got it? Good.

9 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

we can talk about both.
don't have to be holed or hanged up in one place.

2 upvotes
eyefuse
By eyefuse (10 months ago)

I think the price is more likely supposed to be $1799.. At least my local retailer here in Finland sells it for 1499,90 €...

799$ would have been crazy anyway! :)

0 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

It's $799. BH Photo it's $799, in Australia it has been $799 for a week or so. That $1500 price was a placeholder because many presumed it would be expensive - Remember there has NEVER been a lens like this to benchmark from.

3 upvotes
eyefuse
By eyefuse (10 months ago)

If this is the case then it's superb! And I hope that the local resellers will update the prices here too!

0 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (10 months ago)

They will very soon. This is official pricing from the manufacturer.

0 upvotes
attomole
By attomole (10 months ago)

Sigma doing the diametric opposite of Leica's X Vario announcement A great performing, market relevant product with outstanding value

29 upvotes
fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (10 months ago)

I'm impressed!

Sigma have always been able to offer something a little different and at prices that undercut the Camera manufacturers but I was really expecting this to cost a lot more considering how they have upped their quality control recently, it seems like they have improved their manufacturing processes and not increased prices, that is a fantastic price for what is a unique lens that nobody else, not even the camera makers themselves can offer an alternative to.

1 upvote
Treeshade
By Treeshade (10 months ago)

Wow! I guess it would be out of stock until 2014. It is pre-order time! (And it causes me to reconsider getting that speed-booster.)

3 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (10 months ago)

Will definitely consider this lens. From the photo, it looks like the zoom rotates in the usual direction of a Nikon. I thought Sigma always made lenses that rotated the other way, like a Canon. Did this change recently or does it depend on the mount?

0 upvotes
maksa
By maksa (10 months ago)

It depends on a lens. Some have zoom ring rotating in Canon's way, some in Nikon's. And the same about focus ring, as I remember.

0 upvotes
Benarm
By Benarm (10 months ago)

With Sony SLT bodies, this would be extremely awesome low-light lens since you can take advantage of image stabilization. Easy 2-3 extra stops.

12 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (10 months ago)

"With Sony SLT"... and Pentax, of course.

I thing they decided to spare on OIS, because it is known to be very challenging with bright lenses: the glass element for IS is too heavy and hard to stabilize.

2 upvotes
Manny E
By Manny E (10 months ago)

Thank you Sigma! good price. I for one will be buying one.

1 upvote
ebsilon
By ebsilon (10 months ago)

you may want to check out the new review of the lens at IR/Slrgear. Not saying too much that they're quite impressed. This is going to be one hot seller!

2 upvotes
GeekBrains
By GeekBrains (10 months ago)

I pinched myself to see whether it's real..

4 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (10 months ago)

I was expecting this lens to cost twice as much. But kudos to Sigma for such an aggressive pricing.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Absolutic
By Absolutic (10 months ago)

Sigma is moving in a right direction unlike Leica with its latest fiasco

7 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (10 months ago)

leica and hasselblad are just trolling the photography market. which is all good, because they do it very well.

sigma, on the other hand, wants to make money.

5 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (10 months ago)

crop crowd just had an orgasmic moment

5 upvotes
OldSchoolNewSchool
By OldSchoolNewSchool (10 months ago)

Wow, I fully expected $2,000 to $3,000. At this price, they won't be able to make them fast enough! Cheers to Sigma.

5 upvotes
technotic
By technotic (10 months ago)

Did dpreview miss off a zero?

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

We asked Sigma if they'd missed a 1 off when they told us.

35 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (10 months ago)

This can ironically help Nikon and Canon to sell more crop-sensored cameras.

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

And, perhaps, Pentax and Sony too.

23 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (10 months ago)

doyou have any news that these lenses will be made in pentax and sony mount? in the sigma website they are not available in k and sony mount.

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

The press release from Sigma - included above, says there will be Pentax and Sony mount versions.

2 upvotes
panos_m
By panos_m (10 months ago)

I thought it would be much more expensive. I was wrong. It make a lot more sense now against a FF with a 24-70 f/2.8. It gives APS-C a big boost.

ADDED: At this price exposes other lens manufactures on their pricing policy.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
18 upvotes
fz750
By fz750 (10 months ago)

and arguably their strategy towards quality lenses..

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

Sigma, if you are reading, please give APS-C another big boost by announcing the 50-135 f/1.8 OS. And sell it for $899 USD or under.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (10 months ago)

Nikon and Canon, since you guys are no longer innovative with lens design, may I suggest selling D7100 and 7D with this lens as a kit. LOL.

0 upvotes
Scrozzy
By Scrozzy (10 months ago)

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.

0 upvotes
lesnapanda
By lesnapanda (10 months ago)

Simply wow!

0 upvotes
privater
By privater (10 months ago)

My jaw dropped

0 upvotes
Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (10 months ago)

I stand corrected (suggested it would be 2k).

Comment edited 12 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Ivan Glisin
By Ivan Glisin (10 months ago)

I was expecting the same, around 2K. At this price it will be selling like hot cakes! Great job Sigma!

1 upvote
Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (10 months ago)

Still would have no use for a 28-50/2.8 equivalent, though.

0 upvotes
Abhijith Kannankavil
By Abhijith Kannankavil (10 months ago)

I thought they'd get it out at a much higher cost.
Sigma is doing a great job

1 upvote
Giacomo Longo
By Giacomo Longo (10 months ago)

wow! What a good news!

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
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