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Sigma releases updated 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM superzoom

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2014 at 22:00 GMT
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CES 2014: Sigma has announced the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C, a superzoom lens for APS-C / DX format SLRs. Wth a 28-300mm equivalent zoom range, it uses a revised optical formula compared to its predecessor from 2011, however it's smaller and lighter, and has a shorter minimum focus distance giving 1:3 magnification. It will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony mounts; as usual the Pentax and Sony versions won't have optical stabilisation, but rely on the camera body' built-in stabilisation.

The lens employs an ultrasonic-type focusing motor, and according to Sigma uses improved autofocus algorithms. It's also compatible with Sigma's USB dock (allowing the user to update the firmware when required), and Sigma's Mount Conversion service. Availability is still to be confirmed but Sigma USA has set a recommended price of $399.

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C | Contemporary Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

As entry level lenses for digital SLR cameras, standard zoom lenses are capable of many types of photography. With this lens, you can enjoy the variation of different angle-of-views covering from a wide-angle of 18mm (equivalent to 27mm on a 35mm camera) to a tele-photo of 200mm (equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm camera), as well as Macro. Moreover, thanks to the OS (Optical Stabilizer) functionality, while pursuing convenience of handheld photography for close-up, indoor and night time photography, SIGMA incorporated the latest technology freely in order to achieve its compact size as an everyday lens. SIGMA proposes a new standard zoom lens.

  • Accessory: Petal-Type Hood (LH676-01) supplied
  • Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Pentax
  • The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice
  • For Sony and Pentax, the OS function is not incorporated

Special Features

1. Contemporary line that covers a wide range of photography

SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Among the three, the Contemporary line is a high performance line which incorporates the very latest technology making it possible to accommodate both high optical performance and compactness for use in various photography situations. Sigma has solved the difficult problem of keeping the size and weight down without compromising optical performance and function with the latest technology. This lens covers frequently used wide-angle to tele-photo, as well as macro photography.

2. New standard zoom up to 200mm

SIGMA has always been producing a high performance standard zoom lens, dedicated for digital DSLR cameras, that covers up to 200mm by reflecting the latest technology.

In 2005, SIGMA released 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC as a smallest and lightest all-rounder lens in class that covers from wide-angle to tele-photo range. SIGMA, in 2007, incorporated OS (Optical Stabilization) functionality, and in 2011, has successfully made the size of the lens even more compact.

Now, this new lens has been redeveloped as the standard zoom lens from SIGMA’s new product line, which has higher performance, is even smaller and lighter-weight, and on top of that, includes “the macro feature”. As an entry level interchangeable lens, it is capable of many photographic scenes.

3. Diameter reduced by 4.6mm compared to its predecessor

We pursued the compactness as an ideal everyday lens. From an early stage of development, SIGMA was determined to make the lens size compact, for example, by incorporating double-sided aspherical lens elements and downsizing the motor. As a result, while the predecessor had a diameter of 75.3mm, this lens has reduced it to 70.7mm, which has the difference of 4.6mm. It also achieves -11% in volume ratio compared to its predecessor. It is one of the smallest in its class of lenses with more than a 7x zoom ratio, and is more comparable in size to a generic standard zoom lenses.

4. High rendering performance throughout the entire zoom range

With our Contemporary line, the lens is required to fulfill the maximum potential while achieving a compact and light-weight construction. This lens incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that have a high refractive index, and corrects chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end very well. Moreover, aspherical lens elements, including double-sided aspherical lenses, ensure a compact size and excellent correction of distortion. This also helps to produce superior rendering performance throughout the entire zoom range from wide-angle to tele-photo and macro photography.

5. Close-up photography

One of the biggest features of this lens is that it is possible to shoot subjects as close as Macro lenses. This lens features a minimum focusing distance of 39cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. It offers the versatility for shooting close-ups of fashion accessories, cuisine, flower arrangements and much more without changing the lens. Its working distance is 14.7cm, and it is suitable for shooing images with natural light as it keeps the shadows of camera and lens off of the image. On its lens barrel, it indicates the maximum shooting magnification at each focal length, and it is so convenient for a photographer that the size of the object in the image sensor becomes easily recognizable. Uncompromising in every aspect of lens design, Sigma has even chosen to engrave the product name on the front of the lens to prevent reflections of the letters during close-up photography.

6. Incorporating new composite TSC

In product development of cameras and lenses, it is crucial to lay out main components, metal parts and polycarbonate, to optimize and ensure each feature. This lens has incorporated TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) that has the same level of thermal shrinkage as aluminum and little elasticity, especially in temperature changes. Since thermal shrinkage is low, it has a high affinity to metal parts that contributes to high precision in product manufacturing. It also results in slimmer mechanical parts, such as the zoom ring and scaling.

Other Features

Optical Stabilizer

This lens incorporates an OS system which offers superior stabilization, making it possible to compensate for camera shake even in macro range photography where a small blur can be easily identified.

*1. The closer the lens is to the object, the less effective the OS function is.
*2. For Sony and Pentax, OS function is not incorporated.

Designed to minimize flare and ghosting

Flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured and monitored from the lens development stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incidental light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. Attaching the matched petal type hood, which is supplied, will provide extra protection from flare and ghosting.

Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm

The 7 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image. Hyper Sonic Motor HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) delivers high AF speed and extremely quiet performance. With the latest AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.

Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

Ease of use

The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch has been improved.

Newly developed “SIGMA USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.

Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”

We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

“Made in Japan”

The vast majority of Sigma's manufacturing - right down to molds and parts - is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service

As an experienced lens manufacturer that has been creating a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, we have started the innovative chargeable service “Mount Conversion Service”. With this service, the mount of your current SIGMA lenses can be changed to another mount of your choice. It gives a new life to your favorite lenses when you wish to use it on a different camera body.

Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–200 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Sony and Pentax versions don't have OS)
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F6.3
Minimum apertureF22.0
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Special elements / coatingsSLD glass elements, Double-sided aspheric lenses
Minimum focus0.39 m (15.35)
Maximum magnification0.33×
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualUnknown
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Weight430 g (0.95 lb)
Diameter71 mm (2.8)
Length86 mm (3.4)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread62 mm

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Total comments: 19
By Lanidrac (3 months ago)

Bummer. I love the II version. I shoot with it mainly with a 7D. Amazing range and quality of images despite what some folks say online about these types of lenses. I'd really like the macro option. This lens looks kinda cheap though compared to my version II and doesn't even have the red trim ring. Hmmm? I wish lens makers would get it right sooner than keep releasing updated glass which just annoys past buyers. That's version #3 of the 18-200 from Sigma?

By VeSimon8 (3 months ago)

What is the expected price, because I wanted to buy the previous model, because of the good price and quality

By hea (3 months ago)

Why all third-party super zooms, aperture at tele end is 6.3, vs 5.6 ? is that a difficult to attain ?

By Lanidrac (3 months ago)

Its going 18mms to 200mms. In a single lens. What 18-200mm lens has F5.6 at the long end... and dosen't cost the price of your first born???

By barracuda62 (2 months ago)

How about the Canon EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6?

By brownie314 (3 months ago)

Interesting. I am not really into super zooms, but this one looks pretty nice. If it is cheaper than the Nikon version, I might be tempted.

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By PeterBM (3 months ago)

What mean "minimum focusing distance of 39cm" and " working distance is 14.7cm" ?

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Henrik Herranen
By Henrik Herranen (3 months ago)

1) Focusing distance is the distance between the camera sensor and object.
2) Working distance is the distance between the lens front element and object.

For most things, focusing distance is more convenient. Example: if MFD is constant over zoom range, your minimum camera distance to object stays the same even when you zoom back and forth.
For macro use, working distance is usually more relevant, particularly when shooting shy things like insects which will fly away if you put your scary camera lens too close to them.

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By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Only 430g... pretty impressive. I bet it hits f/5.6 already at something like 40mm.

By uengels (3 months ago)

Hi There,

I own the 18-200 OS HSM (Nikon) from 2008. Very reliable and multi-purpose. That one hits 5.6 at 100mm and 6.3 just at the very end at 200m.

Anyway it is the opposite of a low-light lens, but very useful under almost every other circumstance

Best Regards


By mosc (4 weeks ago)

if engineers ran the world, they'd have to release and entire curve for max aperture at each focal length.

By maksa (3 months ago)

Ten Sigma lenses were equipped with OS for Sony and Pentax mounts, starting from 80-400mm (2002) and up to recent 180mm F2.8.

Four lenses had OS initially (in 2009 and 2010), but then lost it. Both standard zooms and telezoom.

Two lenses (120-400mm and 150-500mm) were launched without OS, but afterwards Sigma added this feature to them.

And four (now five) OS lenses never had this feature for Sony and Pentax mounts.

Thus the history of optical image stabilization feature for Sony and Pentax mounts is not so straightforward.

By Alphoid (3 months ago)

I hope Sigma changes its mind, and the Sony version has OS. Sony now has both IBIS cameras, and non-IBIS ones (in e-mount, with adapters).

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By 5inchfloppy (3 months ago)

I think it's precisely because Sony and Pentax cameras have IBIS, that is why they are omitting OS on the lens itself.

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By maksa (3 months ago)

I hope also. I use IBIS with non-stabilised lenses, but prefer OS when it presents. OS makes its work better, it is more quiet in video mode, and it really helps when a viewfinder is used. So if Pentax and Sony users pay as mush as Sigma, Sony and Nikon users, why they can’t get the same option?

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Dave C 150
By Dave C 150 (3 months ago)

What do you mean "as usual" the Pentax versions won't have OS? The Sigma 150-500 certainly does.

By lescrane (3 months ago)

interesting. Shorter, lighter and longer zoom range than the canon 18-135 STM. probably lower price and better IQ.. waiting for the reviews.

By tkbslc (3 months ago)

I doubt it will have better IQ. The 18-135 STM is very good.

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By Mindcontrol (1 month ago)

I believe the 18-135 STM is better than the non-STM. I had the non-STM and it was terrible. Either way, I just purchased the Sigma 18-200 and if you were impressed with the last version of this one then you'll really love the new one. I know there is no such thing as a perfect walk-around but this gets close.

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