Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Sony | A Lens
|Compatible Mountings||Minolta Alpha DT|
|Lens Description||35 millimetres|
|Max Focal Length||35 Millimeters|
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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
- 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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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Circuit City||Pro Deals!||Digital Village||Deal-Expo||6ave|
|Compatible Camera Mount||Minolta Alpha DT||Canon EF||Sony E, Sony E||Canon EF-S||Sony E, Sony E||—|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Autofocus||Ultrasonic||Autofocus||Manual Focus|
|Item Dimensions||4.76 x 3.07 x 3.07 inches||3.70 x 3.03 x 3.03 inches||3.60 x 2.80 x 2.80 inches||3.62 x 3.31 x 3.31 inches||2.30 x 2.10 x 2.60 inches||3.50 x 3.20 x 3.20 inches|
|Item Weight||1.79 lbs||1.47 lbs||0.89 lbs||1.25 lbs||0.61 lbs||1.00 lbs|
|Lens Type||Wide Angle||Wide Angle||Wide Angle||Standard||Full Frame||Standard|
|Maximum Aperture||1.8||1.4||1.4 millimeters||2.8||f/56||1.5 millimeters|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||35 millimeters||16 millimeters||50 millimeters||19.7||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Aperture||16||16||16 millimeters||22||16||22|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||35 millimeters||16 millimeters||17 millimeters||56||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||77 millimeters||66.5 millimeters||72 millimeters|
First wide-angle to standard zoom lens to achieve a large aperture of 1.8
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I'm sure you can find a million reviews on this lens out there better and more in-depth then mine but I thought I'd give my two cents. I've never broken away from buying Canon before and and there are many out there like my old self. If you are one of those people you can't ignore this beauty. It's a GREAT lens and you won't regret picking one up.
So a few weeks after writing this post I shot a friends wedding and I found that when taking pictures at around 20 feet or so away I had very soft focus. I learned that day there were a few sweet spots with this lens but the further I got from my subject the softer the focus got. I initially thought it was my 70D camera was at fault after reeding that they had an inherit flaw when shooting in apertures above 2.8. I learned later that this did turn out to be an issue with my camera (not all 70D's do this by the way but it's worth checking out if you're in the market for a fast lens). I decided to keep my aperture at a minimum of F2.8 but my images were still soft.
I thought I'd always have issues and was contemplating selling the lens then I discovered that Canon recently came out with 80D and I wondered if this might fix my issues... it sadly did not (but don't get me wrong, the 80D did fix the inconsistent autofocus at shots greater then F2.8). I dug back into researching and found a docking device that Sigma sells that allows you to update the firmware of the lens from your computer. I dug a little deeper and found it also allows you to make micro adjustments to the auto focus.
Now before you go out and pick on of these up ($60 by the way) let me tell you a few things. It takes FOREVER to micro-adjust your lens. There are a few video tutorials that tell you how to do it but let me tell you now, set aside about 4 hours or more and do it right. You'll need to buy a lens calibration alignment ruler (there is a paper one sold on Amazon for $6 that works fine) and get set up on a tripod with a computer near by. There are 16 adjustments that need to be made on this lens and each adjustment takes multiple times of undocking and redocking the lens from the computer. Also for the infinity shots, find something very very far away like mountains or a water tower you can focus on with good contrast. This one will be a bit more trial by error but do your best and you should get it pretty close to sharp.
After multiple times of calibrating. taking a day to shoot, and recalibrating this lens now shoots AMAZING!!! It's like I have a new lens and it's finally trustworthy. It is razor sharp especially in the 2-10 foot range and the images that are coming out of this lens are down-right stunning.
I moved my rating from a 5 at first (until I really got to know the lens) down to a 3 as a result of the year of uncertainty it put me through and wedding images I found to be sub-par (glad my buddy wasn't paying me and was fine with the quality otherwise I would of been furious). If you buy this lens buy the USB dock and a lens calibration ruler first thing and get it set right and you'll love this thing until the day you die. I'll add a photo of my dog that I just shot yesterday. This is what I'm getting at F1.8 from about 3 feet away.
This is an excellent lens with really good picutre and video quality. I took a few pictures and asked a few of my friends to guess the camera setup and nobody imagined it to be a crop sensor. The wide f1.8 aperture is awesome for bokeh and low light performance. Also the focal length basically covers 3 prime lenses! The zoom and focus rings are sleek with an overall build quality of a boss. This is the closest you'll get to full frame on a crop sensor body. It's crazy sharp!
Now for the drawbacks.
This lens is very heavy considering. I have the Canon 200d and 77d, and the lens almost feels heavier than both the cameras together. Make sure you have the correct tripod or Gorillapod if you plan to mount it. At times I'm even afraid to not hand cradle the lens as it just doesn't feel right with my hands on the camera body alone.
Second is the focus motor, it's not the quietest and a tad slower than the canon stm lenses. In fact, its so loud that I can hear it even with my on camera Rode mic in auto focus. Just something to consider if you shooting an interview or a video where you require auto focus. Shoot in manual focus instead.
Thirdly, lack of IS. Yep, no IS. Ultimately it's wide-ish focal length makes it acceptable.
Lastly, this lens only works on crop sensor cameras. So for the price, many believe it to be a bit limiting. So weigh your options and decide if you willing to stick to crop sensor bodies.
If you willing to deal with the drawbacks like I was, then it's an excellent lens. It's fast aperture with a versatile focal length makes it's almost impossible to pass up if you have a crop sensor camera.
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.
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The reason I gave it 4 stars in stead of 5 is not because I had to send it off, not because I had to pay £30 insured postage (they paid for sending it back to me). The reason I gave it only 4 stars is the length of time it took. They held on to my camera for a week and a half! I cannot think what took them so long. Any one reading this is probably into photography and would understand the hardship of parting with a camera for so long.
I deliberated for months before buying this lens. I was looking for a lens that I could leave on the camera for most of the time, that had a bit more reach than the kit lens in both directions, was fast and light, had optical stabilization and was optically brilliant. There isn't such a lens, so then it was about where to compromise, which resulted in 'deciding' on lots of different lenses before this one.
Prior to buying the Sigma, the Nikon 16-80 was ticking most of the boxes. However, when I looked at pictures taken with it on Flickr, they were good but nothing special. I upgraded to a Digital SLR from a compact because I wanted to take pictures that were wow, and the Nikon 16-80 wasn't going to deliver on that front. Before buying any lens, I recommend that you go to Flickr and check out pictures taken with that lens.
I had been looking at just Nikon lenses, assuming that they would be best. Having not found a lens after many months, I went to DXOMark to check out how the third-party lenses compared. To my surprise, other than Carl Zeiss lenses, the sharpest lens they have tested on a D3300 is the Sigma 18-35, even beating the Nikon primes. The Sigma 18-35 failed to tick a lot of the boxes, it wasn't light, it didn't have the range I was after, and it didn't have optical stabilization. However, the pictures on Flickr looked fantastic, I wanted to take pictures that looked wow, so I ordered the lens. I then wondered if I'd made a big mistake.
Firstly the concerns I had. The weight hasn't been a problem. The Sigma is a lot heavier than the kit lens, but the D3300 isn't that heavy so it hasn't been a problem having the two of them round my neck all day. The lack of reach hasn't been an either. I do not print my pictures, so with the pictures being as sharp as they are, I can crop them quite heavily and still have great results. The lack of optical stabilization is balanced by the fast F1.8 aperture to a large extent, although at F1.8 the depth of field becomes very narrow. I have used the lens indoors at the Harry Potter Studios and it worked just fine.
Now the good stuff. I can't tell you how sharp this lens is, the pictures it returns are awesome. Going from my compact camera to the digital SLR was a big jump in quality. Upgrading the kit lens to this Sigma has been another big jump. Also, being able to open the lens to F1.8 has been more rewarding than I imagined. At F1.8, the progressive blurring can bring pictures to life.
So should you buy this lens to replace the 18-55 kit lens? If you want to take pictures that are wow, this lens delivers big time. For me, having that quality outweighs its limited zoom range, weight and lack of stabilization. The F1.8 aperture gives you options for being creative with each photo you take, and it is great fun having it available; I would now take F1.8 with no stabilization over F3.5 or whatever with stabilization any day. This lens feels lovely in the hand and it is great fun to use. As an update to the 18-55mm kit lens, I am delighted with this lens and I thoroughly recommend it.
A note about the auto-focussing. Some reviews of this lens mention problems with the auto-focussing. I don't know if this is something Sigma has improved on (most of the reviews were written when the lens was first released, about two and a half years ago now), but the auto-focus has been spot on for me.
Nach den ersten Probefotos konnte ich einen kleinen Front-Fokus feststellen.
Da ich davon aber schon ausgegangen bin, hab ich damals gleich den USB-Dock mit bestellt.
Nach etwas herumprobieren und immer wieder Testfotos schießen und nach-kalibrieren hab ich nun das Optimum aus dem Objektiv herausgeholt.
Und das ist echter Wahnsinn! So scharf bei einer Blende 1,8,....UNGLAUBLICH!
Klar ist der Schärfebereich bei Objekten in der Nähe relativ bis sehr klein, aber da wo es scharf sein soll ist es das! Und wie!
Ich verwende eine Nikon D7200 und kann dieses Objektiv nur weiterempfehlen !
An der Verarbeitung lässt sich meiner Meinung nach nichts herum meckern. Solide und gut verarbeitet.
Gerne stelle ich Euch von mir gemachte Beispielfotos zur Verfügung!
Money? save up for this one.
Worth it? Of course.
When to buy? Yesterday.