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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon

You Pay: $799.00
Product Highlights
  • 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
  • Four Aspherical & 5 SLD Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon is a wide-angle to normal-length zoom lens that features a fast, bright constant f/1.8 maximum aperture. It is specifically designed for use with APS-C-sized sensors and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28.8-56mm.

The lens integrates four aspherical elements into its construction as well as five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements to help minimize various aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range as well as provide greater image sharpness and clarity. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting to produce images with higher contrast and color fidelity. The lens barrel design is constructed from a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material that is akin to metal in texture and resistance to temperature and environmental changes while also remaining lightweight and compact. An internal focusing and zooming mechanism also helps to maintain a compact and consistent overall length and non-rotating front ring also better enables the use of circular polarizing filters. For control of focus, a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) is used to ensure fast, precise, and quiet focusing capabilities that are well suited to continuous shooting and movie recording.

For updating lens firmware and fine-tuning its nuances to best suit your personal shooting, this lens is compatible with the Sigma USB Dock. The dock allows you to specify certain parameters and other settings through the Sigma Optimization Pro software, such as AF speed and focusing limitations.

Art Lens Line
This lens is part of Sigma's Art line; deeming it well-suited to creative image making due to its large, constant f/1.8 maximum aperture and ability to produce aesthetic bokeh by way of a nine-blade circular diaphragm. The range of focal lengths it covers, from wide-angle to normal-length, is nicely situated for everyday and artistic shooting applications.
Optimized Lens Design
Four aspherical lens elements, as well as the incorporation of five SLD glass elements, help to minimize the appearance of distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range and provide clear imagery with enhanced sharpness. A Super Multi-Layer Coating also benefits the image quality by reducing reflections and flare and contributing to greater overall contrast and fidelity.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing.
USB Dock
Compatible with Sigma's USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software for fine-tuning your lens' performance, updating its firmware, and better suiting it to your needs.
Other Lens Features
  • Constructed using a TSC compound material, this lens is lightweight while also exhibiting notable durability and resistance to environmental changes.
  • An internal focusing and zooming mechanism helps to maintain a consistent overall lens length and a non-rotating front ring facilitates more efficient use of circular polarizers.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 35mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28.8 - 56 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 73.8° - 42.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (27.94 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 17/12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 4.76" (78 x 121 mm)
Weight 1.78 lb (811 g)
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
     
    4.6

    (based on 91 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (63)
    • Nice bokeh (51)
    • Durable (44)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (39)
    • Consistent output (34)

    Cons

    • Heavy (39)
    • Slow focus (10)
    • Blurry focus (6)
    • Inconsistent focus (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (57)
    • Video (43)
    • Weddings (40)
    • Landscape/scenery (39)
    • Night photography (37)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (75)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent lens for 70D (so far)

    I needed a low-light-friendly lens to go with my Canon 70D for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. I originally purchased the Canon 50mm f1.4, but discovered that the focal length was too...Read complete review

    I needed a low-light-friendly lens to go with my Canon 70D for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. I originally purchased the Canon 50mm f1.4, but discovered that the focal length was too tight for many uses (i.e. dinner table, wide-angle shots). Side note: I should have been more thoughtful about the 1.6 crop factor before purchasing the 50mm for this purpose.
    I read many reviews of the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 and decided this was the best lens for this use. I was a little apprehensive after hearing about some of the autofocus issues, particularly with the Canon 70D. But I read enough positive comments that I thought it was worth a try. I noticed that the Canon 50mm f1.4 also struggled to focus correctly when shooting wide open. I don't have experience with other cameras, but I presume that's to be expected for a crop-sensor with apertures wider than 2.8.
    I've had the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 for only a week, but it seems to perform EXACTLY as expected. Image Quality is top-notch and I don't seem to have any more shots with missed focus than I do with the Canon 50mm f1.4.
    I bought the USB Dock just in case the focus needs to be adjusted (how cool is that?), and I may do a little bit of tweaking after I use it more.
    Overall, this is a fantastic lens that seems like it will give even some of Canon's "L" lenses a run for their money.
    Yes, the focal length is ONLY 18-35. I don't see that as a negative: it's clearly advertised as such. Yes, it's heavy (810g/1.75lbs): good glass and (some) metal is heavier than cheap glass and (mostly) plastic. There is NO perfect lens - there are always tradeoffs! I think Sigma nailed it with this lens and I think anyone with reasonable expectations will be very pleased with it!

    I'll plan to post a follow-up after living with it a bit longer. But my initial impressions are very favorable!

    I have to give props to B&H - this lens was(is?) out of stock everywhere I looked. It was initially backordered, but B&H was able to ship within 1 week of when I placed my order. Well done!!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Focusing issues

    My copy had serious focusing issues. Used it on my 70d. Even in bright daylight, the lens hunted and ultimately couldn't focus properly where the kit 18-135 stm lens had no problem....Read complete review

    My copy had serious focusing issues. Used it on my 70d. Even in bright daylight, the lens hunted and ultimately couldn't focus properly where the kit 18-135 stm lens had no problem. I didn't try it with USB dock, but if this is requisite to calibrating the lens for normal use, Sigma should have included it with the lens. Otherwise Sigma should have calibrated it at the factory prior to shipping so it works out of the box. DPreview also saw focusing problems. One star for excellent build quality, but if a lens can't focus, it's a heavy, well built paperweight.

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    5.0

    Study and Stunning

    By Krazed Kat

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

      I shoot events and concerts and the lens is amazing in low light. The construction and durability make the comparable cannon lens look silly [and it's less expensive].

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      5.0

      Very fast, clear and versatile with GH4

      By Jason Tighe

      from Corning, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Low Light
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

      Amazing lens for the cost. I've mounted it to my GH4 (using the Metabones speed booster) and have yet to remove it. I use this lens for 90% of my shots and only turn to longer lenses or my macro for specialized shots.Amazing!

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      4.0

      Hard to believe it's this sharp and fast

      By Jake

      from Phoenix

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

      We're using this with a Black Magic 4K camera. It takes a bit longer to find focus if you use auto focus but that's not really a problem for video since most focusing is done manually. It's as sharp as my 24-105L series but 3 stops faster, 500 cheaper and it doesn't extend the barrel length when zooming.

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      5.0

      Sigma's quality is improving.

      By Alex R

      from Miami

      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

      I own one other sigma, the 17-50 f2.8. I love it so much I would marry it. So what did I do? I went aband got myself a mistress. Sigma doesn't cease to impress. Lola (my 17-50) is great, the build quality, the feel the weight, she's solid, she doesn't come off of my canon C100. Until now. The 18-35 has now become my guilty pleasure. The build quality has actually improved, and now this lens is right up there with name brand lenses at the top. An f1.8 zoom is unheard of outside of the eng world, and now it's possible for dslr owners. I'm in love with Betty, I still love Lola mind you but she's going to have to share time mounted on my C100.

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      5.0

      Perfecto 3 en 1

      By Raul Rolando Rios

      from Mexico

      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

      Estuve apunto de comprar en 28 mm y un 18 mm, por casi el mismo precio tengo un lente que me da asta el 35mm. Lo univo que le ouedo de ver malo es que el zoom es inverso al que nirmalmenre usamos y cuando cambias el lente te desconcentras, pero no por ello demerita tu calidad, lastima wue no es full frame

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      5.0

      Perfect pair with the C100

      By Josh Rocklage

      from Overland Park, Kansas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

        Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

        I've had this lens now for 2 weeks. I recently purchased a C100 and got the Sigma 50mm art and this lens. I love the way it looks on the camera and the build is SOLID. I was needing something with a wide angle because the 50mm performs like an 80mm. I love how wide the aperture is because I work in a lot of low light situations. I haven't tested out the auto focus when I calibrate the lens to the Sigma USB dock. I've heard the the autofocus significantly improves on the C100 when this is done. There is a noticeable distortion when on the far end of the zoom. This is mostly noticeable when you have blatant linear objects in the frame. That being said, the other end of the zoom is perfect. I'll be getting an entire Zacuto recoil rig and this will be the primary lens. I'm excited about this combo and I think it will fit perfectly in the system!

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        5.0

        Fantastic, sharp lens

        By Andy

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

        This is a fantastic lens for APS-C cameras. It takes very sharp photos on my Canon 70D, even wide open at 1.8. I was worried about focus reading some other reviews of this lens, but I have found my copy to be quick and accurate, without the need for the USB dock (though I may do some micro adjustments through my camera). I have only used this lens a few times, but I really enjoy the results.

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        4.0

        Love this lens! but...

        By Stephen C.

        from New York, New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

        First off, this is an amazing lens. Being the first lens that has a fixed f/1.8 aperture on a zoom lens pretty much made all my prime lenses obsolete in that zoom range. The bokeh is fantastic, image quality is on par with L series glass that I have, and the construction of the lens itself feels wonderful. Those are all the great things about the lens, but it isn't 100% perfect. After using the lens for a better part of the year, one thing sticks out the most for me. The auto focus in low light, dark scenes seems to be all over the place. Your subject(s) have to be relatively still and your AI focus very on point for it to be focused correctly. Be it, in daylight and normal lighting, the AI works well. Although the more I've been using it at night, whether it be engagement or wedding photos or just trying to capture moving subjects, I tend to miss more than half my shots. It's almost a struggle for the AI to focus correctly that I rather change to manual and track my target. Comparitely to L series glass, this Sigma doesn't match up as far as low light Autofocus is concerned. Once I switch up to the Canons, I instantly notice how fast the lens is tracking back and forth to follow a subject and doesn't have to struggle determine where they are. If you're worried about using it with a speedlight in low light situations like snapping away at a wedding on a dance floor, with a flash attached on ZONE AF, I didn't notice having too many problems. The pictures are definitely usable, and the AI finds the subjects faces alright. Usually the faces are closer so it's easier for the lens to pick up. The problem is mostly anything beyond 15-20 feet, the lens struggles to find anything on Zone AF, where you have to go into Manual AF point to make sure the lens is looking in the right area to focus. Even then, the lens is constantly move back and forth trying to find the subject even if they're very still. Everything else besides that, I am absolutely in love with this lens. It is on my camera 90% of the time. If you can afford L series glass for low light, then by all means it blows this lens out of the water. But for a APSC lens, this is my favorite lens by far. If you can deal with the low light auto focus issue, I say purchase this and never look back. You'll definitely love this lens for all that it can do!

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        5.0

        6 stars out of 5. A plus.

        By Roguerye

        from Silverlake, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

            great: video, photos.
            great: build
            great: low light
            great: price
            put a red stripe on it and call it an L
            Love this lens. Going to get 24-105 sig art and 50 sig art.

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            5.0

            Times are Changing.

            By Walt

            from Milwaukee, WI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video

            Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

            Once upon a time, you had to buy a full frame camera to get a lens this good. But Sigma has changed the game with their new lenses for crop sensor cameras. The reality is, the vast majority of cameras today are crop sensor, and with this lens, in it's range, you can shoot on par with the pro's. Always wondered what that fancy L glass with the 2.8f was all about? Try this lens and see. 1.8f on a crop is equivalent to 2.8 on a full frame body. Bokehlicious. The pro's are raving about this lens for good reason.

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            5.0

            Happy with my purchase

            By RLF

            from Dublin,OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  I love this lens. I love the clarity, the speed, the constant aperature, and the ability to leave three other lens at home when shooting. Love the price, too.

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                  5.0

                  Good focus performance on 7D

                  By Louie Ahliss

                  from San Carlos, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  Great lens. Using it on a Canon 7D, the lens focuses quickly and accurately in all but the darkest scenes. Works wonderfully for capturing kids at play, and for capturing people in general. Good bokeh for shooting plants and wildlife.

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                  4.0

                  Great product

                  By Lena

                  from NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  Sturdy and well built (though heavy as a result) and I appreciate that it comes with a hood.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again and again

                  By Hal

                  from Québec

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  With my BMPCC
                  Wonderful result, this lens plus a 35-100 panasonic and I can cover any situations, indoor, landscape, low light,

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                  2.0

                  slow inaccurate AF, ZOOMS WRONG DIRECTIO

                  By The weekend shooter

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus
                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  I had to max out my Canon 70d's micro AF adjustment for horrible front focusing, it hits about 80% of the time now, unacceptable. I feel this lens has a hard time focusing, HOWEVER, if everyone can correct for it in their cameras or with Sigma's dock, then it's clear, they send them out either un calibrated or worse, de-calibrated, forcing you to buy their dock to fix the problem. One of those two MUST be true, how sad.It does however focus well in live-view, but right now only the 70D has decent live-view AF. It is tack sharp then, but it's slower to focus and uses way more battery power, albeit harder to pick where you want to focus.So, you'd think this lens would be great for wedding video (what i bough it for) WRONG! It does what OLD Sigma lenses do, and ZOOMS in the opposite direction! Need to zoom out? go ahead and try it, OPS you just zoomed in, yeah that'll look professional in your video! I had to put a cheat sheet sticker on my tripod head so I don't mess it up again. ALL my other lenses are Canon, this is impossible for me to get used to. If sigma is going to sell the most of one mount, don't you think they'd match the zoom direction? This is horrible! But most brands zoom the Sigma way, so they were CHEAP and didn't switch it.This lens is for people who do not shoot demanding work. This lens is not for professional photography (I guess i'm keeping my 5D3) nor is it for professional video.If you are a hobbyist, great, buy this lens. It is very sharp if you can get it focused.Oh yeah, it's heavy. Now, just skip over that and tell yourself you don't care if it's heavy just like I did. Let me re-phrase... it's much heaver than you will expect it to be. THEREFORE... won't work on my glidcam 1000, like my 70d + 10-18mm lens (great combo in good light btw).Being heavy might help you keep it stable.-1 star for backward zoom (some people will take 5 off for this)-1 star for un correctable slowish, inaccurate AF-1 star for shipping lenses that aren't calibrated to sell the dock to people+1 star for sharpness+1 star for build quality, the zoom is so smooth, BUT does make it hard to zoom quickly if needed.I bought it elsewhere (paid more too) cause BH was out of stock. I think they are going to get a return. I'll do what so many others have done and toss the DSLR for a large sensor video camera for professional video.In this review i mention professional work. I'm a CPA M-F, but what i mean by professional is someone who makes money shooting. I only pull in $15k/yr but still, I consider that professional work. Sure there are much more costly options out there, but for even semi pro work this lens does not cut it. Their 35 f1.4 is killer, however. Will buy the 50mm soon too.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing lens

                  By Reekshow

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                  Amazing lens. Sold my canon 5d mk III and bought a 70d just so I could use this lens. If you love strong contrast and poppy colors then you will love this lens. Works amazing wide open. Super creamy bokeh. You will love this lens. If I had to find a negative it would be the size and weight of this lens - not very conducive for stuffing in your backpack and traveling.

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                  5.0

                  Super Bright Lens Almost a Prime w/Zoom

                  By PhotographybyWAM

                  from Broomfield CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                    Love this for landscapes, night photography, star images.
                    Very good for any natural light photography, portraiture
                    I would recommend the USB docking station so you can adjust the lens to your liking
                    Awesome build quality
                    Tight

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens!

                    By Matthew H.

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                    Very clean images, even open at 1.8. The auto-focus works well, although in low light it does have some difficulty. My only complaint is that the zoom ring needs a bit more force to turn it than any other lens I've used, and that makes quick zooming in/out just a teeny bit harder/slower than I'd like it. Apart from that, I'd highly recommend this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens for 70D (so far)

                    By Mark Johnston

                    from Owensboro, KY (USA)

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Image quality
                    • Rugged
                    • Silent focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                      I needed a low-light-friendly lens to go with my Canon 70D for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. I originally purchased the Canon 50mm f1.4, but discovered that the focal length was too tight for many uses (i.e. dinner table, wide-angle shots). Side note: I should have been more thoughtful about the 1.6 crop factor before purchasing the 50mm for this purpose.
                      I read many reviews of the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 and decided this was the best lens for this use. I was a little apprehensive after hearing about some of the autofocus issues, particularly with the Canon 70D. But I read enough positive comments that I thought it was worth a try. I noticed that the Canon 50mm f1.4 also struggled to focus correctly when shooting wide open. I don't have experience with other cameras, but I presume that's to be expected for a crop-sensor with apertures wider than 2.8.
                      I've had the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 for only a week, but it seems to perform EXACTLY as expected. Image Quality is top-notch and I don't seem to have any more shots with missed focus than I do with the Canon 50mm f1.4.
                      I bought the USB Dock just in case the focus needs to be adjusted (how cool is that?), and I may do a little bit of tweaking after I use it more.
                      Overall, this is a fantastic lens that seems like it will give even some of Canon's "L" lenses a run for their money.
                      Yes, the focal length is ONLY 18-35. I don't see that as a negative: it's clearly advertised as such. Yes, it's heavy (810g/1.75lbs): good glass and (some) metal is heavier than cheap glass and (mostly) plastic. There is NO perfect lens - there are always tradeoffs! I think Sigma nailed it with this lens and I think anyone with reasonable expectations will be very pleased with it!

                      I'll plan to post a follow-up after living with it a bit longer. But my initial impressions are very favorable!

                      I have to give props to B&H - this lens was(is?) out of stock everywhere I looked. It was initially backordered, but B&H was able to ship within 1 week of when I placed my order. Well done!!

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                      4.0

                      Amazing Quality and a reasonable price!

                      By T Shasta

                      from Hutchinson, KS

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon:

                      Great companion for my Canon 70D. Takes sharp images even in low light thanks to the f/1.8. Nice depth of field and the best part is the stunning video quality. Again because of the constant f1.8. Love the lens!

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