Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM

Announced Apr 18, 2013 •
Zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
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Announced Apr 18, 2013

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is the world's first constant F1.8 zoom. Designed specifically for SLRs with APS-C sized sensors, it covers a 28-50mm equivalent range, and is initially available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts with Sony and Pentax versions to follow. The 18-35mm offers the depth-of-field equivalent of a constant F2.7 on full-frame, and allows the use of lower ISO settings in low light. The lens uses Sigma's Hypersonic Motor for fast, silent focusing, and is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for fine-tuning autofocus calibration. Optically it's one of the finest zooms we've seen.

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Article, Dec 18, 2013
Review, Sep 2, 2013
Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 18–35 mm
Image stab. No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
Max aperture F1.8
Min aperture F16.0
Min focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Max magnification 0.23×
Weight 810 g (1.79 lb)
Length 121 mm (4.76)

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Our review

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.

Good for: 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.

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