Exclusive Deal: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens – $719 (compare at $799), EDIT: deal over

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Update: the deal expired yesterday.

We are excited to offer an exclusive deal for Canon Watch readers, kindly sponsored by Adorama.

For limited time you can get the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM “Art” lens for $719 using coupon code CWLENSADRM (click here). That’s $80 off the regular price. The offer will expire sunday night at 11:59pm EST (May 17).

Specifications:

  • This lens is part of Sigma’s Art line; deeming it well-suited to creative image making due to its large, constant f/1.8 maximum aperture and ability to produce aesthetic bokeh by way of a nine-blade circular diaphragm
  • One aspherical lens element, as well as the incorporation of SLD glass, help to minimize the appearance of distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range and provide clear imagery with enhanced sharpness
  • The Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, quiet and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing
  • Constructed using a TSC compound material, this lens is lightweight while also exhibiting notable durability and resistance to environmental changes
  • An internal focusing and zooming mechanism helps to maintain a consistent overall lens length and a non-rotating front ring facilitates more efficient use of circular polarizers
  • Compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software for fine-tuning your lens’ performance, updating its firmware and better suiting it to your needs
  • Focal Length: 18 – 35 mm (comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28.8 – 56mm)
  • Aperture: Maximum: f/1.8, Minimum: f/16
  • Angle of View: 73.8deg. – 42.2deg.
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.3
  • Groups/Elements: 12/17
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Filter Thread: Front: 72 mm
  • Dimensions (Dell): Approx. 3.07×4.76″ / 7.79×12.09 cm
  • Weight: 1.78 lbs / 0.80 kg

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art Lens Now Supports The Canon EOS C100

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Sigma released a new firmware for their amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, and now the Canon EOS C100 is supported. Very brief statement by Sigma:

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.

Fine! Before updating the lens’ firmware you have to update the SIGMA Optimization Pro software to version 1.2.0.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Pic of the Day: Good Morning Himalaya (EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8)

EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

23mm, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100

Good Morning Himalaya by CW Steve on 500px

On my way back after the motorcycle accident, I had to sleep in the truck that was taking me and the bike back to Manali. The picture was shot at 5:30am, the sun was rising over the mountains.

Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.

I can tell you: the EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 are a killer kit!

Pic Of The Day: My Neighbors In Old Manali (EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8)

Old Manali

35mm, 1/800, f/2, ISO 100

Neighbors #6 by CW Steve on 500px

Unfortunately I had an accident with the motorbike while travelling to Ladakh. I injured my left hand and now I am stuck here in Old Manali, India, for some time. I spend most of the day walking around this mountain village, chatting with the people and taking pictures.

The pic above is one of my favourites so far. Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.

Pic Of The Day (EOS 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art) – And Some India Travel Advice

EOS 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art

Canon EOS 70D w/ Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 – shot at 1/80, f/2, ISO 400, 29mm

 

Just a pic to show you what amazing things you can do with the Canon EOS 70D and the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens. The both together make a fantastic kit. I am still working on a review of the Sigma, so stay tuned despite my laziness.

I shot the pic using the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF. I get better results when using Dual Pixel AF with apertures below f/2.8. Possibly my Sigma sample has a back- or front-focusing issue. Not a real problem since Canon’s Dual Pixel AF copes very well with such issues. In other words: you have not to worry about back-focusing as long as you use Dual Pixel AF, it always gets it right. The pic was shot at night time, no flash, just an f/2 aperture at ISO 400 – not bad, isn’t it?

If you are backpacking in India and start from Delhi I recommend the Cottage Ganga Inn (no, I am not getting money for writing this). It’s a small hotel in the Paharganj district in New Delhi (the main backpacker hub in Delhi). An inexpensive hotel, clean, safe, and with a very helpful staff. Highly recommended. I am travelling with a lot of gear and had no problems letting my stuff in the room.

Have a great day wherever you are :-)