Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Review (fstoppers)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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Jaron Schneider over at fstoppers reviewed the latest addition to Sigma’s “ART” line-up, the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, the world’s first zoom lens for APS-C DSLRs that has a constant f/1.8 over the zoom range. And at a really competitive price, $799/€999. They used a Canon EOS 60D for the test. Some excerpts from Jaron’s review:

  • […] this lens is beautiful […] a gorgeous blend of metal and rubber with only a few plastic parts
  • […] the autofocus works […] very well in daylight. It’s fast and, generally speaking, very accurate
  • At night, the lens is a bit less accurate, but it correctly focused (in nearly pure darkness) ten out of thirteen times
  • Chromatic aberration is extremely well controlled in this lens
  • Flaring is decently controlled at most apertures
  • […] sharp at all focal lengths and apertures
  • For Sigma’s first run at a previously never before seen lens concept, this is a rousing success.
  • This is so far Sigma’s best APS-C only lens, and it’s the best by leaps and bounds

The following images have been shot using f/7.1, the first at 18mm and the second at 35mm. Click the pics to see them larger.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM – Test sample: 18mm, f/7.1 (image credit: fstoppers)
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM – Test sample: 35mm, f/7.1 (image credit: fstoppers)
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Win A Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens (UK Residents)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM ($799)
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Want to get the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for free? There is an application for that. Sigma UK started a competition open to all UK citizen. The rules:

To enter this competition simply email your best landscape photo to competition@sigma-imaging-uk.com along with up to 80 words telling us how you would benefit from a 2 day landscape photography workshop. Ensure your submitted image is between 2 and 3 megabytes in size and saved in JPEG format. Please include with your entry your Name, Phone Number(s) and Postal Address. Sigma Imaging UK Ltd and Lea Tippett will select one winner from the entries and the judges’ decision is final. Closing date for entries is 31st July 2013.

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More Pre-Order Links For Sigma’s UFO (18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM)

More shops have the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 available for pre-order: Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev. Price is $799, I think it is a more than fair price for such an amazing lens, especially if compared to the likes of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II ($1499) or the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS ($1050). The Sigma is the first lens for APS-C DSLR to deliver constant f/1.8 across the zoom range. Availability: July 31 2013

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC First Impression By DPreview

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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dpreview posted a first impression review of Sigma’s UFO (Unbelievable F-stop Object), the amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC. The lens delivers constant f/1.8 through the zoom range and is the first zoom lens for APS-C DSLRs with this property. As dpreview writes, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC “offers APS-C DSLR users access to some of the depth-of-field and low light capabilities that full frame shooters get from their F2.8 zooms”.

Overall the Sigma seems extremely promising and I’ve been pretty pleased with the results[…] Its range means it’s unlikely to be the ‘one lens to rule them all’ for many people, but if I were an owner of an APS-C DSLR that I liked, this might help dispel the idea that APS-C is somehow just a stepping-stone to the quasi-mythically ‘optimal’ full-frame format (an idea Nikon and Canon have no incentive to challenge). The fact remains that APS-C is by far the most widely-used format in the DSLR era, and this lens could help strengthen the cost/size/flexibility proposition that it offers.

The updated sample pics gallery is here.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

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