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Sigma 210306 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Nikon APS-C DSLRs (Black)
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Overall score: 86%
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- 18-35mm focal length
- 27-52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F1.8 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 72mm filter size
- 0.28 m / 11.02" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF (EF-S), Sony Alpha (DT), Nikon F (DX) mounts
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|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH780-03|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 3.07 x 4.76 inches|
|Item Display Weight||810 grams|
|Item Weight||1.79 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.28 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||18 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||76.5 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A Lens
The first and fastest of its kind
Truly a revolutionary product, the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM is the first wide-angle to standard zoom lens to achieve a large aperture of 1.8. Designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors, the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 translates to 27mm-52.5mm on 35mm camera. Tapping into Sigma’s long history of lens innovations, the 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM incorporates a wide glass molded aspherical lens with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass to compensate for aberrations and curvature at the widest angle. Internal focusing and zooming allows for more usability and functionality. The 18-35mm is ideal for landscapes, portraits, still life, snap shots, casual, and close-ups and the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures smooth, fast and accurate autofocusing. The use of Thermally Composite Material (TSC) reduces size and weight but increases the lens durability. Its new Global Vision design works with its compatibility with the Sigma USB dock for further customization. A 9 blade rounded diaphragm also creates beautiful background blur. The Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM is a new benchmark in photographic history and a must have for every camera bag.
USB Dock Compatibility
Sigma has developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.
Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.
- Great for video production. See below for a video made with the 18-35mm!
- Unique. fast constant aperture zoom lens
- Front & rear lens caps and lens hood is included with the lens.
Top Customer Reviews
That's what's one of the very nice things about this lens. You get the same performance on the crop body with it that you get with the 24-70mm on the full-frame. And that's important because my crop body with its 8 frame per second burst capability is the best camera for catching action (as opposed to the significantly smaller burst capability of the 5D Mark III).
So let's start with the first impressions:
1. The price on this lens is great. If it had been Canon or Nikon, I would have expected paying far more than what Sigma is charging for a game-changer lens.
2. The build quality is very nice. Holding the lens in my hands, it feels solid and well-constructed.
3. Although the lens is not a macro, I was impressed by how close it could focus...I actually was able to get good, sharp images of my parrot's face when I focused in below the ten inches that the specifications say it can do.
4.Read more ›
I own a Canon 24-105, 70-200, a Zeiss 50mm Makro, Sigma 30mm, previously owned a Canon 24-70, Tamron 24-70, and Tokina 11-17.
This lens is amazing, built rock solid. Sharp as a prime, and wide enough that it doesn't look super distorted like my Tokina did when filming indoors.
The zoom and focus ring are buttery smooth, just like my Zeiss prime.
It works fantastic on my 550D as well.
If you shoot video - this lens is honestly a must have. I do like my Zeiss more, as it is an amazing lens, but I use this one 10x as much due to the focal length.
I wish it had IS - but hey, can't have everything.
Advantages of the 18-35mm:
Both are sharp lenses but the 18-35mm may have the edge. While the 17-55mm has IS, I prefer the wider aperture since it is also helpful for moving subjects and can provide shallower depth of field. The build quality of the 18-35mm is awesome and I love that the zoom is all internal. I worry sometimes when carrying my 17-55mm from a strap and it is swinging around with the zoom extended.
Advantages of the 17-55mm:
The 18-35mm auto focus is fast and quiet but seems to take a fraction of a second longer to lock than my 17-55mm, especially in low light conditions. Focus is accurate though. I have been using the Sigma 30mm f1.4 and compared to that lens, the 18-35mm lens seems to have more consistent results. Obviously the range on the 17-55mm is better and when comparing the two I miss the longer end for close-ups of people since even 35mm can look weird if you get too close.
Overall this is a great lens, and for the price it is fantastic. Like most any lens, it still has a few trade offs though, so after all that, I can't say which lens I would prefer if I had to pick. I can say however that my 30mm f1.4 will be gone soon. This lens stands up well to the prime lenses in the 28-35mm range and for 24mm and below there is no competition.
First, the bad news:
1) It's heavy, and mounted to my K-3, it's a beastly combo. I'll live with it.
2) I wish they could have engineered this quality into an 18-50 or thereabouts. (This is probably impossible...but then, this lens seems impossible.) Usually I can just get a little closer to the subject if needed, so it's not such a hardship.
3) It is prone to lens flare, so shots that include a bright sun can be challenging. This one is a bit irritating, but I have another lens I can use in such situations if need be. And after all, most of my work doesn't feature a mid-day sun.
Because of these things, if I could grade it 4.5 instead of 5, I'd do that. But it's too good to rate a 4.
Beyond that, all news is good! The image clarity from this lens is superb - near perfect at center, and very good even at the edges and corners. What's more, that statement holds true across the focal range, and at any aperture, even wide open. Beautifully crisp at 35mm, it's even better at 18 and, as you might expect, best around the middle of its range.
Construction is very solid with both the focus and zoom rings moving smoothly and holding position once set. Autofocus can be fine-tuned manually without switching to manual mode, and the lens length never changes. (Focus and zoom actions happen entirely inside.) Nor does the outer ring rotate, making polarized filters easy to use.
Vignetting and CA's are modest, and stopping down slightly will all but eliminate them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Insanely sharp, focuses quickly, inexpensive. This lens is a telephoto prime! Just amazing. Highly recommend for anyone with an APS-C body.Published 2 days ago by trav346
I love this lens! Edges are sharp as a knife, even at the widest aperture and the it feels sturdy and excellently built.Published 4 days ago by Cade
I bought this lens a few days ago and I am very impressed! This thing is razor sharp and fast! I do some event photography and I was looking for something bright and wide. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Killer lens in ever way. I have absolutely zero complaints.
I know 3rd party lenses often take heat for being cheaply made but this is truly a solid product. Read more
I bought this lens to use with my Canon 70D and Panasonic GH4 with Metabones. What an amazing lens!! You can see and feel the quality as soon as you remove it from the box. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Chris Majestic
I bought this lens Nov 2014. I am a very active event/party photographer and have taken 40,000+ shots with this lens. Read morePublished 19 days ago by GT
Love this lens. Just love it. The extra opening (f 1.8) for low light work are just enough so I can now capture a concert, or people at a dance, without needing a flash or having... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Barbara D.
Sharp, versatile, fast (lets in a lot of light at 1.8). I use it mostly for video, but when taking photos, the autofocus is smooth and fast. Read morePublished 23 days ago by A. Virili