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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Sony

by Sigma
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  • Part of Sigma’s Art line of lenses
  • The convenience of a zoom lens with a fast aperture of a fixed focal length
  • Perfect for landscapes, portraits, still life and close-up photography
  • Internal focusing and zooming allows for easier handling
  • Designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors
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  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm ; 812 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Item model number: 210205
  • ASIN: B00DBL03G6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Jun. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,474 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range. It is a wide aperture, standard zoom-lens for digital single lens reflex camera's with APS-C size sensor's. The lens has a focal range equivalent to 27mm - 52.5mm in a 35mm format and it can cover the angles of view of multiple fixed focal length lenses. This wide aperture, standard zoom lens enables the photographer to expand creative possibilities on any occasion.

Our Art line delivers high-level artistic quality Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, they are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes.

Excellent Usability A zoom lens is very convenient as it offers various angles of view just by rotating the zoom ring. However, the down side was that no zoom lens ever offered a faster aperture than f2.8 which led photographers to select fixed focal length lenses for brighter images. While the aperture value of prime lenses is superior to zoom lenses, their field of view is always the same, and therefore it was always necessary to carry many fixed focal length lenses. SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is a new generation lens that can deliver images at f1.8 aperture throughout its focal length. The bright viewfinder is very helpful for checking the focus and composition of the image. If it is compared with a lens of F2.8, the faster shutter speed and the shallow depth of field of F1.8 further expands creativity. From wide to standard range this lens offers the excellent versatility and performance of multiple fixed focal length lenses.

Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured and monitored from an early stage in the lenses development to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incidental light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. Attaching the matched petal type hood, which is supplied, will provide extra protection from flare and ghosting.

Minimum focusing distance of 28cm With a minimum focusing distance of 28cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.3, this lens is excellent for close-up photography.

Hyper Sonic Motor The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Optimizing AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. It also enables full-time manual focusing capability which allows sensible focus adjustment by simply rotating the focus ring.

Incorporating Rounded diaphragm The 9 blade rounded diaphragm creates an attractive round bokeh at large-aperture settings.

Design concept The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the designs of the lens cap and AF/MF changeover switch have been improved. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, all metallic parts and the new compound material, TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has a high affinity to metal parts, are housed internally. On the lens barrel, the last three digits of its release year are engraved so the lens can be identified according to the year of its launch.

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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM;Lens Hood;Fitted Padded Case;Front and Rear Caps;Instruction Manual;1 Year Warranty Card


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Broy on 16 Sept. 2014
I read all the information from magazines, and reports from those who had bought this lens, though none was for a Sony camera, but it had good reports. As with any subject people have different opinions, so with this in mind I will compare it with what I already have.

Background information -- I used to carry a Canon G5 and a camcorder with me, it was a bit of a pain swapping from one to the other, TVs had gone HD so I looked for a camera which would do both. I went into Jessops they recommended a Canon Power Shot SX1-IS. The photos weren't as good as the G5, but the video was very good. That would have been the end of the story if the photos had been better. Again looking around I went for the Sony A65 which came with a 18-55mm lens, I also bought a Sigma 18-250mm lens at the same time. Comparing the two, the Sony lens was boxed and went into the back of the wardrobe.

Now for the Sigma 18-35mm lens. The lens measures 125X80mm with a 72mm filter thread,and comes with covers both ends in a well padded case. It has manual or auto focus, But no image stabilization. It's unusual in that it's like a zooming prime lens which is done internally.

First the video. I videoed two of the same scenes with both Sigma lenses at 18 and 35mm, ( 8 videos in all ). I couldn't see any difference, so I decided to compare the Canon which proved to be better, this must be down to the format MOVHD against AVCHD for the Sony.

Second the photos. With all my cameras / lenses I do a primary check photographing the house wall. Using both Sigma lenses at 18 and then at 35mm, at the same distance from the wall. Both showed the brick work to be square with very little distortion (barrel/pin-cushion). The centre of all the pictures were in focus.
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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
If you shoot low-light events like dance, performance, or sports you DEFINITELY want this lens 18 July 2013
By maskirovka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review I expect to update as I continue to use my brand new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens. I am not a super-technical pixel-peeper kind of guy but I am a pretty experienced photographer and I'm writing this with a similar audience in mind. I bought this lens because I do a lot of event photography, especially dance (doing volunteer work for a ballet company) and while I've done pretty well with my trusty Canon 24-70mm F2.8 lens, I've felt a bit (sometimes more than a bit) limited when I photograph fast moving dance sequences in the low-light environments stage and dance very often are. That's because the 24-70mm F2.8 simply doesn't do as well on an EOS 7D with its 1.6x (APS-C) crop that it does on a full-frame like my EOS 5D Mark III.

That's what's one of the very nice things about this lens. You get the same performance on the crop body with it that you get with the 24-70mm on the full-frame. And that's important because my crop body with its 8 frame per second burst capability is the best camera for catching action (as opposed to the significantly smaller burst capability of the 5D Mark III).

07/17/2013:

So let's start with the first impressions:

1. The price on this lens is great. If it had been Canon or Nikon, I would have expected paying far more than what Sigma is charging for a game-changer lens.

2. The build quality is very nice. Holding the lens in my hands, it feels solid and well-constructed.

3. Although the lens is not a macro, I was impressed by how close it could focus...I actually was able to get good, sharp images of my parrot's face when I focused in below the ten inches that the specifications say it can do.

4. The lens focuses very quickly and the small number of images I've captured with it appear good and sharp. When I open it up, the bokeh appears very nice as well.

5. The lens is very quiet...I could hardly hear it while it moved to focus.

6. I also think that the lens is fairly low-profile...one wonders if Canon had made it whether they would have made it white which could draw unwelcome attention when doing street photography.

As far as negatives go, nothing leaped out at me. Some might not like the fact that you can only stop it down to F16 but who is going to use a lens like this for landscapes?

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07/28/2013

I'm writing to update this review now that I've been out with my Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 on an EOS 7D body to two events I photographed. My subjects were both the same...the "Nat Pack" entertainers that give t-shirts away and dance on the dugout roof during breaks in the game.

I can't figure out how to upload photographs to the review site here (I'd welcome any help on that). In the meantime, you can see the photos from one game that I took on my flickr account photostream. Just go to that website and add after the .com suffix "maskirovka77/sets/72157634795619485/" to see the shots.

Frankly, I'm delighted with the lens. Even shooting with it opened all the way up, it was easy to get nice sharp, vivid pictures of the Nat Pack with good bokeh. The lens focused rapidly and I didn't wind up with very many blurry shots at all.

I won't even call this a drawback of the lens, since I'm sure that it's a result of optics and mechanical limitations, but the focal length range of the lens is not as good as the 24-70mm F2.8 lens but that's life.

One other thing I've realized is that I can pretty much put my old 50mm F1.4 on the market because the Sigma gives me so much more flexibility with its zoom.
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Quick comparison with the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 18 July 2013
By C. Heffernan - Published on Amazon.com
There are several in depth reviews available so I just wanted to add a few impressions after using this lens compared to to my Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS lens since the two lenses might be competing for a spot in someone's camera bag.

Advantages of the 18-35mm:
Both are sharp lenses but the 18-35mm may have the edge. While the 17-55mm has IS, I prefer the wider aperture since it is also helpful for moving subjects and can provide shallower depth of field. The build quality of the 18-35mm is awesome and I love that the zoom is all internal. I worry sometimes when carrying my 17-55mm from a strap and it is swinging around with the zoom extended.

Advantages of the 17-55mm:
The 18-35mm auto focus is fast and quiet but seems to take a fraction of a second longer to lock than my 17-55mm, especially in low light conditions. Focus is accurate though. I have been using the Sigma 30mm f1.4 and compared to that lens, the 18-35mm lens seems to have more consistent results. Obviously the range on the 17-55mm is better and when comparing the two I miss the longer end for close-ups of people since even 35mm can look weird if you get too close.

Overall this is a great lens, and for the price it is fantastic. Like most any lens, it still has a few trade offs though, so after all that, I can't say which lens I would prefer if I had to pick. I can say however that my 30mm f1.4 will be gone soon. This lens stands up well to the prime lenses in the 28-35mm range and for 24mm and below there is no competition.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
My second favorite lens for my Canon C100 15 Feb. 2014
By Dan M - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this lens. Love it, love it, love it.
I own a Canon 24-105, 70-200, a Zeiss 50mm Makro, Sigma 30mm, previously owned a Canon 24-70, Tamron 24-70, and Tokina 11-17.
This lens is amazing, built rock solid. Sharp as a prime, and wide enough that it doesn't look super distorted like my Tokina did when filming indoors.
The zoom and focus ring are buttery smooth, just like my Zeiss prime.
It works fantastic on my 550D as well.
If you shoot video - this lens is honestly a must have. I do like my Zeiss more, as it is an amazing lens, but I use this one 10x as much due to the focal length.
I wish it had IS - but hey, can't have everything.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
World's fastest zoom nears perfection 30 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The fastest zoom lens ever made, Canon and Nikon owners have had access for a while. As of July 2014, Pentax shooters can get one, too - which I did. And I am very, very happy about it. This lens will be on my camera probably 80% of the time.

First, the bad news:
1) It's heavy, and mounted to my K-3, it's a beastly combo. I'll live with it.
2) I wish they could have engineered this quality into an 18-50 or thereabouts. (This is probably impossible...but then, this lens seems impossible.) Usually I can just get a little closer to the subject if needed, so it's not such a hardship.
3) It is prone to lens flare, so shots that include a bright sun can be challenging. This one is a bit irritating, but I have another lens I can use in such situations if need be. And after all, most of my work doesn't feature a mid-day sun.
Because of these things, if I could grade it 4.5 instead of 5, I'd do that. But it's too good to rate a 4.

Beyond that, all news is good! The image clarity from this lens is superb - near perfect at center, and very good even at the edges and corners. What's more, that statement holds true across the focal range, and at any aperture, even wide open. Beautifully crisp at 35mm, it's even better at 18 and, as you might expect, best around the middle of its range.

Construction is very solid with both the focus and zoom rings moving smoothly and holding position once set. Autofocus can be fine-tuned manually without switching to manual mode, and the lens length never changes. (Focus and zoom actions happen entirely inside.) Nor does the outer ring rotate, making polarized filters easy to use.

Vignetting and CA's are modest, and stopping down slightly will all but eliminate them. Barrel distortion and pincushion are to be expected with any zoom, but it's controlled and I'm sure a Pentax corrective profile will soon be available for Lightroom 5 users. (It's already there for Canon and Nikon versions.)

While no lens is perfect, this one comes closer than any zoom I know of, and it's on par with the best primes in this focal range, making them redundant. Portraits, landscapes, street shooting - this is a versatile, very high quality lens.

Sigma has come a long way in this business, and they've now asserted themselves as innovation and quality leaders. Yet somehow, they still price like a "value" player. I love this lens and I'm becoming a big Sigma fan, too.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
People say this is like three primes lenses in one 30 Dec. 2014
By Pat J. Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
People say this is like three primes lenses in one. It is. The f/1.8 is not a gimmick. You can shoot wide open and your images are sharp and free of chromatic distortion. It is a big, heavy lens. But it takes beautiful photographs and lets you blur out backgrounds to perfection. It is also very sharp, much sharper than any kit lens. It has some competition, but it will see a lot of time on my A77ii body.
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