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Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Light-gathering wide-to-normal zoom lens for APS-C cameras (Canon mount)

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Our take on the Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

by Woody Sherman
Sigma Photo

Convenience and capability

If you've spent time shopping for lenses in the past, you know you are often forced to make a difficult choice. Do you get the go-anywhere composition convenience of a zoom lens, and trade off light sensitivity and the gorgeous out-of-focus backgrounds that large apertures can generate? Or do you go with a large-aperture fixed focal-length "prime" lens, and take its superior overall image quality in exchange for having to walk to the point where your framing seems right?

Now Sigma has created a lens for your APS-C sensor camera that gives you the best of both worlds. Its generous f/1.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range means you'll have the light-gathering power to make quick work of a challenging lighting situation — and the shallow depth-of-field that leads to striking isolation of your subject in space. Plus, you'll have a variable zoom focal length that takes you from landscapes and group shots to a human-eye perspective on the world, perfect for everyday snapshots and candid portraits. The expert build quality of this lens means that you'll get the sharpness, clarity, and performance of a prime lens, while enjoying the creative flexibility of a zoom.

Highlights:

  • Canon EF-mount
  • 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM wide-angle zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 28.8-56mm on Canon cameras with APS-C sensors
    • not recommended for full-frame cameras
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for fast, silent focusing
  • aspherical and super low-dispersion elements ensure minimal color fringing and distortion
  • ideal for landscapes, group shots, portraits, and everyday shooting in low-light conditions
  • minimum focus distance: 11 inches
  • constructed of 17 elements in 12 groups
  • filter size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-1/8" in diameter, 4-13/16" long
  • weight: 28.6 oz.
  • carrying case, lens hood, front and rear lens caps supplied
  • warranty: 4 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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4 out of 5

Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Written By JZ, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 
The lens is almost perfect except it does miss auto-focus from time to time, in particular in cases such as when the object is back-lighted, or contrast is low. For over 200 photos I took so far, more than a dozen such cases.
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1 out of 5

Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Written By Anatoliy, Mequon, WI on Thursday, August 14, 2014
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My copy had serious focusing issues. Used it on my 7d. Even in bright daylight, the lens hunted and ultimately couldn't focus properly where the my 18-135 stm lens had no problem
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5 out of 5

Well done Sigma.

Written By Jonny, Ewa Beach, HI on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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This lens is a tank, solidly built, ...unlike the latest crops of Canon L lenses. This lens is super sharp, taking details of individual facial pores of my subjects 10-15 feet away. I love the smoothness in the zoom and focusing, ...like buttered metal. I first used this for a wedding in an extremely dimly lit church and what a great tool as my kit STM lens was practically useless. Btw, mahalo Crutchfield for sending this for free all the way to Hawaii in 2 days! More than perfect timing giving me a day to quickly go over the lens before the wedding. Now if only this lens could reach to at least 50-55mm and have image stabilization all while keeping the f1.8, we'd have the World's most perfect lens. I'd pay a little more premium if that was engineeringly possible. Although even so, this lens now primarily sits mounted to my Canon 70D rather than my 18-135mm STM. What an excellent quality lens from Sigma's new Art Series of lenses. I'm confident the rest of the series must be top notch as well. Sigma/Crutchfield, take my money!!!
Pros:
Built better than many Canon L lenses. Sharp, sharp, sharp! Fast lens covering 2-3 primes.
Cons:
No image stabilization (although it may not be needed since it's so fast). Limited reach, ...but in many cases, your legs can cover this issue.
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5 out of 5

Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Written By REVtv, New York,New York on Monday, March 17, 2014
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The Sigma Photo 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens is a wonderful lens. The quality is superb, the zoom is effective,it works well in low light and it's a wide angle lens. To me it's an all in one power house. I would definitely recommend this lens.
Pros:
Great Quality footage,great in low light situations,wide angle shots and good zoom capabilities
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5 out of 5

Perfect combo.

Written By Sean, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, February 03, 2014
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An absolutely perfect compliment to the bmpcc.
Pros:
Produces a beautiful image, well made and looks nice too.
Cons:
Slightly large for the bmpcc.
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5 out of 5

great great lens

Written By jd, tampa,fl on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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What a great lens. I am a professional and have used this lens for two weddings. A little heavier than my previous wide zoom but tack sharp.
Pros:
Sharp...great in low light
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Nikon Mount

Written By Ger, Guam on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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This is a very sharp lens from 18-35 focal length wide open. Sharpness is comparable or better than fixed lenses I own (35mm f1.8G and 50mm f1.8D) Focusing is precise and there is no need to use the micro focus adjustment on my Nikon D7000. Build quality is outstanding. Comes with a free hood too.
Pros:
Very sharp and precise focus.
Cons:
I wish they added vibration reduction. Using it without a tripod indoors without flash would soften the image when you pixel peep in the monitor. Totally acceptable in prints 5x7 and below. Also, can only be used is APS-C sensor cameras.
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