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Sigma Photo 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

Wide-angle to telephoto macro zoom lens for APS-C sensor SLR cameras (Sony/Minolta mount)

13 Reviews | 3 questions - 8 answers

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Our take on the Sigma Photo 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

The above description pretty much covers what you can expect from this well-appointed, 18-250mm wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens from Sigma Photo. If you own any of today's popular APS-C cameras, this rugged, lighweight lens is the perfect one to have mounted when you have no idea what your next photo opportunity will be. A wide cityscape from across the river? You're covered. A close-up of the kite your son is flying over by the marina entrance? Yes again. Everything in between? But of course.

Compact, versatile, and capable

The above description pretty much covers what you can expect from this well-appointed, 18-250mm wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens from Sigma Photo. If you own any of today's popular APS-C cameras, this rugged, lighweight lens is the perfect one to have mounted when you have no idea what your next photo opportunity will be. A wide cityscape from across the river? You're covered. A close-up of the kite your son is flying over by the marina entrance? Yes again. Everything in between? But of course.

And we do mean everything, because this lens is also a good macro zoom, so close-ups of the world of nature are a breeze as well. A close working distance of 13.8 inches and a magnification ratio of 1:2.9 means you'll be able to fill the frame with subjects like flowers, stamps and coins, or insects, among others.

The lens boasts solid optical build quality, of course, and uses Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material in order to give the lens enhanced stability in temperature extremes. Three aspherical elements and one special low dispersion glass element keep color fringing anomalies to a minimum through the entire zoom range.

Product Highlights:

  • 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC HSM telephoto zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony/Minolta A-mount digital APS-C sensor cameras
  • not recommended for full-frame cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 27-375mm with Sony/Minolta A-mount APS-C sensor cameras
  • optical stabilization not available for this mount
  • 3 aspherical elements and 1 special low dispersion glass element for impressive contrast and clarity
  • super multi-layer lens coating minimizes flaring and ghosting
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • minimum focus distance: 13.8"
  • constructed of 16 elements in 13 groups
  • filter size: 62mm
  • lens is 3-11/16" long, 2-15/16" in diameter
  • weight: 16.6 ounces
  • warranty: 4 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens cap

Excellent product great price speedy deliver

matt j, centreville, MD

What's in the Box:

  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM zoom lens for Sony
  • LCF-62 III Front lens cap
  • Rear lens cap for Sony
  • Lens hood
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Sticker
  • Sigma's Americas Limited Warranty

Sigma Photo 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)


matt j from centreville, MD on 2/26/2016

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Excellent product great price speedy deliver

Pros: sharp pictures with my Sony a77


The only lens you will normally need

MLTaylor from New York on 9/28/2015

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I purchased the lens for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary cruise, and only wanted to carry one lens, that would cover all of my needs. I wanted to spend my time taking pictures of the family, and not changing lenses. This lens allowed me to do that, as the focal length was wide enough, at 18mm, to get my group shots, and long enough, at 250mm, to get the portrait and candid shots as well. As of right now, this is the only lens I carry, and unless I need something with more reach, like the Sigma 300-600mm telephoto, I don't see any reason, to get another lens. This one covers it all.

Pros: Build and Image quality are great. Price is very reasonable.

Cons: Lens creep can be an issue. Focus can be a little soft at the extreme edge of the picture.

Perfect For What I Need

MofoH from Ohio on 5/20/2015

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Perfect fit for what I needed. One lens for many views. Perfect for wide angle and handy for zooming in on subjects. Lens creeps slightly but my lens has a lock button to stop this action. A little heavy, but good for when not able to pack multiple lens.

Pros: Muti-use

Cons: Slightly heavy

Handy and Neat Lens

Geotech from California on 4/29/2015

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The lens is a replacement for the Tamron 18-250 which is almost identical in specs. However, after almost 7 years, it has some problems and I needed to replace for my Pentax K-30 kit. The touch and feel of the lens is very tight and firm. On testing it, the focus is quick and it does not hunt very much. Also it is a very quiet lens when focusing. The lack of lens creep is very nice also.

Pros: Fast focus, quiet, and generally very sharp for a wide range of focal length.

Cons: Have to get used to turning the focal length ring the other way.

One lens can do it all!

AJayZed from Charlottesville, VA on 4/24/2015

I had just sold a 70-300mm lens, and was in the market for a zoom lens with a range like this. And I just stumbled upon this deal at Crutchfield, $200 off list! I pounced on this deal. I had a quick 2 day trip to a big event, and carrying just ONE lens for it was perfect! Maybe I should list my other lens for sale...

Pros: Price Focal range Savings over a Nikon branded lens with similar focal range.

Cons: None just yet...


Cristino from Puerto Rico on 3/28/2015

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This Sigma lens has replaced the two 'kit' lenses that came with my D5200 camera: a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm. It takes some time to get used to the zoom because it goes counter-clockwise, unlike the kit lenses which go clockwise. Zoom is very smooth, very fast. Autofocus is very fast too with little, if any 'hunting'. Lens creep is avoided by using a lock button, which will keep the lens at the 18mm position. It is 62mm wide which means new filters to buy. Unless you zoom your pictures to pixel-level, you'll find this lens is sharp. All in all, I'm very, very happy with this lens.

Pros: Only one lens to carry! Picture quality is very good. Lots of bang for your buck!

Cons: Nothing bad to say!

I just put my two nikon lenses up for sale

Dominick B from New Jersey on 12/3/2014

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This Sigma lens performs beautifully! Smooth action, quality built, no problem. I am an avid amateur photographer who takes thousands of pictures year-- of family, landscapes, and especially grandchildren. I simply can't say anything negative about this lens. My kit lens, a nikkor 18-55 and my nikkor 55-200 went on sale today.

Pros: One lens, not two

Cons: nothing , except for lens creep, a problem all lenses like this have. A lens lock solves the creep.

lens for cannon rebel 5

lens 18-250 from Malott, WA on 7/6/2014

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So nice to have this range in one lens instead of two, a 18-55 and a 75-300 that came with the camera. You don't have to constantly change lens. You already have it. Thanks.

Pros: One lens instead of two that does the same thing. Smaller and easier to handle then the 75-300 lens and does practically the same thing.

Cons: Can't think of any except maybe you don't have the extra 50 feet that the 75-300 lens has, but for me that is not a problem.

Very good lens

Miro from Richland, WA on 6/3/2014

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Very good lens. I have tested it for last two weeks. Everything works well. I am satisfied with the purchase



Sigma lens 18-250

phillip from CA on 1/16/2014

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Lens creep is a big issue with this lens. Please fix it Sigma!

Pros: nothing to brag about .. maybe the low price

Cons: lens creep ... big time. Didn't expect this for a made in Japan product. The auto focus without manual overwrite is annoying.

Great range at a good price

FrankB from Charlottesville, VA on 11/11/2013

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So far no sign of lens creep, common to many extended range zooms. Seems sharp throughout range, and the macro setting is an added plus.

Pros: Price, range

Cons: Might seem heavy to some, but not this old guy.

Sigma 18-250 Zoom

Evan from Co on 8/13/2013

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This is an almost perfect walk around lens. With this lens you can cover almost every need.

Pros: Zoom Range, Picture quality, light and sturdy.

Cons: Non yet

Sigma Photo 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens

Shorty from Charlottesville on 7/22/2013

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Haven't had a chance to use it much but It works on my Nikon D40 just like the original! It's easy to focus, set the range, and is very sharp. A good lens. It is heavier than the original and you will need a confortable strap if you plan to carry it for a long period.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 18-250mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 6.3 (T)
Weight 16.6 ounces
Parts Warranty 4 Years
Labor Warranty 4 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Sigma AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM (Model #883) is a multi-purpose 13x zoom lens that covers wide angle to telephoto to macro photography. The lens is designed to be used with cameras with APS-C size sensors. It is a great lens for travel, landscapes, family, and nature and wildlife, as well as macro photography. The lens has the Sony A-mount, and comes with a padded carrying case, lens hood, and front & rear caps.

Lens Hood: The 18-250mm lens includes a lens hood to help prevent stray light from entering the lens, causing flare, and to protect the lens from rain, snow, and dust. When not in use, the lens hood can be inverted and mounted onto the lens backwards for storage.

Focus Mode Switch: The lens features a two-way switch for setting the focus mode: AF (auto focus) or MF (manual focus).

Sigma Technology: The lens has the following Sigma technology built-in:

  • Thermally Stable Composite (TSC): The lens utilizes a thermally stable composite material in the lens barrel, which has a high degree of elasticity, and exhibits little variation in its structure in extreme temperature conditions.
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM): The Hyper Sonic Motor uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. This extremely quiet operation helps avoid disturbing photographic subjects, and isn't picked up by the microphone while recording video.
  • Super Multi-layer Coating: Sigma's own Super Multi-layer Coating suppresses lens flare and ghosting by preventing reflections within the lens.
  • Rounded Diaphragm: Using a rounded diaphragm instead of a polygonal shaped one produces pleasingly rounded out-of-focus light points when opened to near maximum aperture.


  • Lens Construction: 16 Elements in 13 Groups
  • Angle of View: 76.5° to 6.5°
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 7
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (18mm), f/6.3 (250mm)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 13.8"
  • Filter Size: 62mm
  • Maximum Magnifications: 1:2.9
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.919", Length=3.656"
  • Weight: 16.6 ounces

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

3 questions already asked

This reply is a day late. The Lens worked exactly like the Nikon lens on my Nikon. The only thing I've noticed is that the field of view is a little wider than what the view finder shows, which is a great help anyway as I won't miss anything and I often crop the shot anyway, to get the picture just like I want. The lens works great and I'm very satisfied with it. The lens stays on my Nikon and I don't use any other lens now. I researched and found that it would be a match but I have not researched the Cannon mount. [ FRANK  Jul 04, 2014 ]
Yes, it works "FULLY" and my wife loves the mount to capture beautiful pictures. The product is everything and more she was looking for at a great price. I would recommend this to anybody. As always, Crutchfield's expert, life time support staff is always there to answer your question. I rate this product, 5 STARS! [ MICHAEL  Jul 04, 2014 ]
yes, it will only work with cropped sensor cameras such as the T2 [ ERIC  Jul 03, 2014 ]
My application was different. Ordered for my Sony A77. It took beautiful pictures for the first few shots on any focal length but it created error on my steady shot. I kept initializing the camera to its default. Same thing happened all the time.. Few shots after initialization, "error" re-appeared on my LCD and my steady shot does not work, [ EUFEMIO P  Aug 24, 2015 ]
I can't speak for the d5100, but it works as advertised with my d7100, so I think you should have similar results. It's a good everyday or travel lens, of course not as sharp as a prime, but fairly versital. [ christopher  Aug 24, 2015 ]
The lens is large in diameter and interferes with the use of the internal flash. Otherwise the lens works well with my Nikon D3200, and I have used the combo on many vacations. [ Michael  Aug 23, 2015 ]
They make different mount options. Be sure to order the right one. [ MYLES  Aug 23, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This Sigma lens will work on your Nikon D3300 DSLR camera. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 02, 2014 ]  Staff