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Yet Another Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Review and Sample Pics (slrgear, shockingly sharp images)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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slrgear reviewed a pre-production model of the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens, the first to give you a constant f/1.8 across the zoom range, and at an affordable price ($799). An “an incredible lens at an amazing price” that’s “shockingly sharp”. I am sure this will be the most interesting lens this year (and easily also next year). Can’t wait to have it. Simply speaking: Sigma made everything right with this lens!

Some excerpts from the review:

  • This is an amazingly sharp lens, even wide open at ƒ/1.8, which is typically not the case with very wide-aperture lenses.
  • The Sigma does quite well in controlling chromatic aberration
  • […] well-controlled vignetting
  • […] distortion is nicely controlled, although not eliminated altogether
  • The Sigma 18-35mm lens autofocuses very quickly, racking from closest focus to infinity in about 1 second
  • […] build quality of this lens seems excellent

Sample pics shot with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 can be seen on Imaging Resource’s Flickr page. Conclusion:

The Sigma 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM “A” lens packs a big punch in features and image quality without a big punch to the wallet. Shockingly sharp images at all apertures, even at ƒ/1.8, with excellent flatness of field and good control over chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting make this lens a no-brainer for users of APS-C cameras looking to upgrade from their kit lens.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM specs:

  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28.8-56mm
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
  • One Aspherical Element and SLD Glass
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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