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
CanonShooter1958
 
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Bought one of these lenses recently and although not used a great deal yet have found the IQ outstanding even wide open and the bokeh from it (IMO) is superb. Sigma have certainly upped their game recently.

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I have owned this lens for some nine months. And while I'm not a professional shooter in any way, this lens is top notch quality from one end to the other. I was a bit skeptical at first, evidently being blissfully ignorant with my trusty old Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM. However, I quickly came to realize that the Sigma outperforms the Canon in every possible way. A pleasant wake-up call from my then current Canon slumber. The optical and image quality is superb. When (and if) I do get bad ...

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I bought this lens a few months ago. It's till now my favorite one on my Fujifilm S5pro. It's ultra-sharp from corner to corner wide open, which makes F1.8 completely useful in low light wedding shots. The color is as good as the mid-range Nikkors, though not as vivid as the pro-grade with N coating. No obvious distortion, CA or vignetting in my daily shots, so basically not a problem. HSM is quiet and fast, no focus shift throughout the focal range. The build quality is superb, far better ...

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I bought this lens to match my 70D. It is a real 'Swiss Army knife' lens. Sharp throughout the zoom range and sharp at f1.8. The build is excellent and the zoom and focusing rings are very smooth. I paid $720AU from a bricks and mortar camera shop, so it also represents extraordinary value. If Canon had made this lens it would have been an 'L' at 3 times the price. The only downside to this lens is size and weight, but that's the price you pay for having a zoom with a constant f1.8 aperture.

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whyukon
 
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This lens is most of everything that everyone says about it: it is heavy, it has a limited range, it does occasionally misfocus, and it is indeed SHARP and FAST.  You've all read the reviews, so I'll just add my personal experience and perspective. I got this lens because I wanted a professional-quality lens to add to my mostly mundane set of consumer-grade lenses for my Canon EOS 60D.  My consumer-grade lenses consist of a set of three zooms/superzooms/telezooms, the Canon nifty-fifty 1.8, ...

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VafaB
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Lens is amazing, would be nice to see a bit more range. so far it has been on the D7100 since I got it last week. Focus is fast and hasn't had target issues. No issues with that on mine.  I like the size however it has a bit of weight to it, not used to that with my f1.8 primes. Will be trying it for video; with the zoom and steady f stop I think it will work out nicely.

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It is just what everyone else has said about it: sharp, accurate, fast aperture, well-built, great colors and contrast. I've also been very pleased with the focusing accuracy; it is infinitely better than my nifty-fifty. Focusing speed is decent, not lightening fast. Yes, it's heavy.  Feels fine on my Rebel (front heavy but not too front heavy) but it certainly takes some getting used too.  The weight seems appropriate for the very solid feel of the lens. CA is noticeable on the edges of the ...

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David Naylor
 
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I'm usually a slow upgrader, waiting until at least a year after release, but with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 I just went for it. First impressions: wow! This lens ... (1) ... is an APS-C equivalent to a full-frame 29-56mm f/2.8 lens (same shallow DOF and same light gathering ability). (2) ... can replace a collection of primes. (3) ... has better ...

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