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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
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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.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||—||Canon EF-S|
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|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters||30 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 millimeters||62 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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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. The lens focuses very quickly and the small number of images I've captured with it appear good and sharp. When I open it up, the bokeh appears very nice as well.
5. The lens is very quiet...I could hardly hear it while it moved to focus.
6. I also think that the lens is fairly low-profile...one wonders if Canon had made it whether they would have made it white which could draw unwelcome attention when doing street photography.
As far as negatives go, nothing leaped out at me. Some might not like the fact that you can only stop it down to F16 but who is going to use a lens like this for landscapes?
I'm writing to update this review now that I've been out with my Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 on an EOS 7D body to two events I photographed. My subjects were both the same...the "Nat Pack" entertainers that give t-shirts away and dance on the dugout roof during breaks in the game.
I can't figure out how to upload photographs to the review site here (I'd welcome any help on that). In the meantime, you can see the photos from one game that I took on my flickr account photostream. Just go to that website and add after the .com suffix "maskirovka77/sets/72157634795619485/" to see the shots.
Frankly, I'm delighted with the lens. Even shooting with it opened all the way up, it was easy to get nice sharp, vivid pictures of the Nat Pack with good bokeh. The lens focused rapidly and I didn't wind up with very many blurry shots at all.
I won't even call this a drawback of the lens, since I'm sure that it's a result of optics and mechanical limitations, but the focal length range of the lens is not as good as the 24-70mm F2.8 lens but that's life.
One other thing I've realized is that I can pretty much put my old 50mm F1.4 on the market because the Sigma gives me so much more flexibility with its zoom.
"18-35mm focal length
27-52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras"
Why call it an 18-35mm if it's "Designed Specifically" for APS-C cameras, but is in actuality a 29-56mm on my Canon 70D?
From what I've read, it won't work on a full frame camera. So, the 18-35mm number is meaningless. I thought I was getting a wide angle lens. It's not.
I recently rented this lens for a 5-night observing run on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. I primarily used the lens for astrophotography and night time lapses of the observatories. For an example photo, see the user image gallery photo of some of the observatories on Mauna Kea. So, when Sigma announced their 18-35 f/1.8 lens I was naturally very excited, given that I don't need VR and just need more light reaching my sensors. The prospect of using a wide angle, large aperture lens was something always desired when it came to night photography. Anyway, here are my experiences on the different aspects of this lens:
Acutence: This lens delivers a remarkable level of detail straight at 18mm f/1.8. I pretty much only used it at this focal length and aperture, and this is where the lens definitely soars. In the months before the lens started shipping, there was speculation that the sharpness would have to be compromised for having such a large aperture. Nope, Sigma defied the odds and created a truly remarkable lens. There is definitely a loss of microcontrast at f/1.8, however this can be easily (mostly) brought back with a bit of sharpening in post processing. The actual detail that is resolved (and that cannot be recovered in post processing) is stunning; I have been able to resolve the guard rails about half a kilometer away at 18mm f/1.8. Checking the resolution figures on DxO or DPReview again confirms this, this lens is truly on a "professional" level when it comes to resolution.
Lens Aberrations: One other characteristic that is touted about this lens is its relatively low levels of lens aberrations. For astrophotographers the worse lens aberration is coma. This aberration is when point sources of light begin to look like they are being stretched more and more in the radial direction the farther it is from the center of the image. Typically large aperture lenses are the worst offenders, however I'm happy to report that the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 has minimal levels of this problem.
BROAD DAYLIGHT AUTOFOCUS: This is where the lens performed the worst. The lens' autofocus was sometimes really off when photographing a high-contrast object in DAYTIME conditions; normally one would have to zoom in a little bit on the image to check focus, but for this lens I can tell without zooming in on the image that it was out of focus. This occurred probably about half the time, when I used the lens in DAYLIGHT situations. Note that when I did the tests I used very bright and/or high contrast targets, on the central AF point on my D7000, and the focus consistency was way off a lot of the times (poor precision as well as poor accuracy). Also the autofocus is very silent so no problems there.
NIGHT TIME MANUAL FOCUS: Since autofocus was useless for my purposes, I MANUALLY FOCUSED using planetary calibrators, i.e. point sources in the sky, this didn't affect me as much. I say again: I did ***NOT*** use autofocus for my astrophotography photos.
Physical Aspects: The lens itself is very well-built and sturdy, I feel like I'm holding a real optical instrument in my hands. The barrel is made of smooth metal, and the lens has a bit of heft to it that suggests it is a pro-grade lens. The rubber on the zoom and focus rings are also the perfect size. The focus ring is on the front while the zoom is on the back, which is how all pro-grade lenses are arranged. The filter size is 72mm which is slightly annoying since most pro-lenses use 77mm filters (and most of us can interchangeably use 77mm filters), but this is a very minor complaint. The zoom ring increases the focal length as you turn it to the right, which is how all Nikkor lenses are. However for the focus ring, infinity focus is reached by turning it to the *left*, which is the opposite from Nikkor lenses. This can cause slight confusion if you are used to Nikkor lenses (as I am). Both zoom and focus rings are very damped, a bit too much for me in fact. This actually gets worse in the cold (my camera sits in 0 C weather for several hours at a time), and both rings get even stiffer. Also the hood is provided and easy to use, but the lens cap was very difficult to put with the hood on or off, especially in the dark. If I were to buy this lens I would get a Nikon cap just because it is better designed and easier to use. The lens flange doesn't have any sort of weather sealing either which was a bit concerning in dusty environment (I wrapped my camera and lens in a plastic bag before deploying). Lastly the AF/M switch is very useful - when AF is on there is a bit of white behind the button so it makes it easy to check whether or not if your AF is on.
Conclusions: This lens would be perfect if the autofocus issues were resolved (pun intended). For some purposes where AF is not required, then this lens would be perfect. It is possible that the copy I rented was a lemon, and that other normal copies work fine. Here are my pros and cons:
- Impressive, uncompromised resolution at f/1.8.
- Good control of coma over most of the frame, good for astrophotography.
- Well built lens.
- AF switch is painted so easy to know if AF is enabled or not.
- Zoom ring turns in the same direction as other Nikkor lenses.
- Autofocus has poor precision (consistency in hitting the same focus whether it is correct or not) and poor accuracy (hitting the correct focus in daylight conditions.
- Coma is still quite evident towards very corner of the frame, may bother people who photograph point sources of light a lot.
- Lens cap isn't the easiest to put on.
- Focus ring turns in opposite direction from Nikkor lenses.
- Zoom and focus rings are too damped for what I like, gets worse in the cold weather.
- No weather sealing at flange.
11/14/2013 Addendum: I've just noticed that the lens is free of coma except in the very corners of the frame. Stars (point sources of light) at the corner do exhibit noticeable coma, although this is still much better than say Nikon's 50mm f/1.4G at f/1.4. It looks more like a smearing in the meridional direction, than actual wings (see Ken Rockwell's 58mm f/1.2 Noct article for an example). For this reason I downgraded the review to 3 stars.
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.
Upgrade to 4 stars because it is really solid and built just like the 35mm 1.4 Sigma which is a fantastic lens. Still, NOTE TO SIGMA: put a DX on it for us folks who don't read too good!