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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
- Minimum Focusing Distance 28 cm/ 11.0 in.USB Dock Compatible, MC-11 Compatible.
- Available in Canon EF (EF-S), Sony Alpha (DT), Nikon F (DX) mounts
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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.
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH780-03|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|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|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|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||2.45 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Micromotor|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 4.76 x 3.07 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 3.62 x 3.31 in||2.91 x 2.48 x 2.91 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.83 x 3.82 x 2.83 in|
|Item Weight||1.79 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.25 lbs||0.96 lb||0.53 lb||0.89 lb|
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|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||50 millimeters||17 millimeters||30 millimeters||10 millimeters||90 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||62 millimeters||67 millimeters||55 millimeters|
First wide-angle to standard zoom lens to achieve a large aperture of 1.8 Due to the very shallow depth of field (DOF) of fast glass and focus variation between the cameras, users may experience focus shift and inconsistent AF. This can be fixed by using the AF fine tune ( For Nikon System) or AF Micro Adjustment( For Canon System) in the camera’s Menu to calibrate the lens to specific cameras. Also shooting at smaller aperture values will increase the DOF which reduces “focus issues” as the result of the variations and decreases the amount of fall of (Vignetting).
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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.
The lens is verrrrry sharp even wide open at 1.2 I was shocked! It doesn't have IS but that doesn't effect me because I use a glidecam or tripod, you'll only see a little shake while your filming hand held. It's also around 2 pounds in weight for those wondering.
I purchased this for many reasons after countless hours of doing my research. Besides other people praising it.. This is also why I purchased:
- Very sharp lens. I read that it is basically a few primes built into one lens. I'd have to agree as it looks great no matter what.
- I could go to 1.2 with an adapter and that could help a ton in low light situations.
- It has much more DOF compared to the panasonic 12-35 lens and can go to 1.2 instead of 2.8.
- I needed help with the low light issue and the Panasonic 12-35 isn't good for low light while this can help me make up for ISO.
- Panasonics 12-35 mark II is apparently coming out with the GH5 so I'll wait to see if it's worth the buy later.
- Sigma Art lenses have always been worth the money. I've never met someone who has something bad to say about them.
I shot an interview this morning for a local gym and had this on my GH4 the entire time. I'll Post a screenshot of the video (ungraded) for you to see.
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Used on a Sony A6000 + LA-EA2 adapter.
I always have reservations about buying something that's so highly regarded, since usually the hype never matches the reality, or my expectations. This is one of the rare occasions that it does, and even surpasses it. This is the sharpest normal zoom lens I've ever used. And I've used the Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8, Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8, and Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8. Wide open, it's as sharp as or sharper than some high quality primes! The contrast kicks in around F/2.8, but that's not to say the lens is hazy at wider apertures. It's perfectly usable, and stopping down only makes things even more impressive. I took this lens to the New York International Auto Show two days after I got it, and when you're not in pixel peeping mode, it's hard to tell which images are shot at F/1.8 vs F/5.6, besides the out of focus areas.
The fit and finish on this lens is top notch, even though it's only made of plastic. The lens is a bit hefty, but you'll see that in most top tier fast zooms, and nothing is faster than this one. The zoom ring is nicely weighted, and the focus ring doesn't stick or feel loose while manually focusing like some modern lenses can. The AF/MF switch is in just the right place when holding the camera, and has a positive click. The AF is also quick and nearly silent (only the photographer would hear it) for photo use. A bit noisy for video with the camera's built-in mic, so you'll want to use an external mic instead.
In the end, if you're thinking about getting this lens, the only question on your mind should be "is 35mm long enough for me?" As far as anything else in the equation, Sigma has you covered better than anyone else. If 35mm is long enough, there's no reason to hold off on this lens. If not, go out and get this lens and a 50mm prime! ;)
PS: I'd HIGHLY recommend getting the Sigma USB Dock with this lens, at only $60 extra. All zooms are known to be a bit off on focus on one end or the other to varying extents. Initially, mine was mostly off at 18 and 24mm, while 35mm was nearly perfect. After calibration, this lens is spot on, tack sharp, every time. Not only do you get the best normal zoom available, it can also be your most consistently accurate autofocus lens, too!
I've been having some serious AF consistency issues with this lens. With static subjects, is as good as your average lens in locking accurately, but with moving subjects, it's a whole different story. The lens tends to lock in front of or behind the subject at least 1/3 of the time. Of course, you can't expect accurate focusing 100% of the time with phase detection, especially when shooting wide open at F/1.8, but the amount that the focus is off is more than just an inch or two, even when stopped down. On a large percentage of shots, the lens will lock onto the background of the image, whether it be a wall or another person standing behind the subject, even if the focus point isn't even in the neighborhood of the background.
I purchased the Sigma USB Dock for Sony A-mount lenses (not available on Amazon at the time) when I initially purchased this lens, and calibrated it so focus was spot on. Took a few hours to complete, due to the multiple focal lengths vs calibrating a prime. But all of that work did nothing to improve the accuracy on moving subjects. I learned that the hard when when I shot an event the weekend after receiving the lens. Whether it was broad daylight or very dim overhead lighting, the inconsistency was consistent. I spent a few weeks after that refining the calibration, but nothing has changed.
Temporarily moving the rating down to 3 stars, as the optics are still incredible (the in-focus photos at the above event were outstanding!), but without reliable AF, the lens isn't useful for what it excels at: events, especially in low light. I'm sending the lens back to Amazon for a replacement, which will hopefully have proper AF ability.
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