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

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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-52.5mm
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
  • Four Aspherical & 5 SLD Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Nikon 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 27-52.5mm.

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.
UPC: 085126210557
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 35mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 52.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Angle of View 76.5° - 44.2°
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
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 4.76" (78 x 121 mm)
Weight 1.78 lb (811 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.8 x 4.7"
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Nikon
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • 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.
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Nikon
     
    4.8

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (48)
    • Strong construction (47)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (43)
    • Consistent output (33)
    • Durable (32)

    Cons

    • Heavy (35)
    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (54)
    • Landscape/scenery (42)
    • Night photography (42)
    • Weddings (29)
    • Video (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (59), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best $ I've ever spent

    This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top...Read complete review

    This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top notch and better than my other Nikkor lenses. The chromatic aberration is much improved over the Nikkor 35mm when wide open. I don't notice any distortion and the

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    Slow Focus

    Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there...Read complete review

    Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there were numerous times when the focus failed and the photos came back blurry on the "auto" setting. And when I say "failed," it simply stalled -- I'd lightly depress the button as usual and nothing would happen. On occasion there was a time delay of several seconds and then it would work, on others it simply failed. This occurred from several feet away, not just on close ups.

    So, for the amount of money this lens costs, and the added weight, I decided it wasn't worth the investment. I can accomplish roughly the same work with a smaller, lighter 35mm prime lens.

    I've got a relatively old Nikon 3100 camera, which I've been told may have something to do with it. However, I have not had any issues with my other lenses -- Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 50mm FX, 18-300mm DX + standard Nikon kit lenses. They all work beautifully.

    My advice to folks with older cameras is to try before you buy -- I did tons of research on the web and purchased the lens online. In retrospect I should have gone to an actual store since the lens isn't a Nikon and compatibility is not guaranteed.

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    3.0

    Slow Focus

    By ACS416

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

      Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there were numerous times when the focus failed and the photos came back blurry on the "auto" setting. And when I say "failed," it simply stalled -- I'd lightly depress the button as usual and nothing would happen. On occasion there was a time delay of several seconds and then it would work, on others it simply failed. This occurred from several feet away, not just on close ups.

      So, for the amount of money this lens costs, and the added weight, I decided it wasn't worth the investment. I can accomplish roughly the same work with a smaller, lighter 35mm prime lens.

      I've got a relatively old Nikon 3100 camera, which I've been told may have something to do with it. However, I have not had any issues with my other lenses -- Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 50mm FX, 18-300mm DX + standard Nikon kit lenses. They all work beautifully.

      My advice to folks with older cameras is to try before you buy -- I did tons of research on the web and purchased the lens online. In retrospect I should have gone to an actual store since the lens isn't a Nikon and compatibility is not guaranteed.

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      5.0

      Fantastic lens!

      By Suz

      from Henderson, NV

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      I took the plunge - decided to go for the best and was not disappointed! I typically buy Nikon lens, but the reviews of this lens sold me.
      Tried out this lens at the beach, with some fantastic photos of the surf and pier, crystal clear
      With the f/1.8 aperture was able to shoot during the Gold & Blue Hour for more amazing photos, wonderful colors
      Works great with my Nikon
      Yes, it is heavy - similar to good zoom or macro lens
      First time I have used a wide angle lens - had a slight learning curve
      BUY IT - you will not be disappointed!!

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      5.0

      A lens to carry always in my bag

      By Daniel Morales

      from Santiago, Chile

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I use this lens with my D7200. It is a superb lens, sharp in every focal distance. Excellent build, strong and soft. I use it on urban trips, indoor, family events and some kind of portraits.

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        5.0

        Incredible and FAST

        By CJ

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I purchased this lens for my BMPCC and couldn't be more happy!
            With the Metabones speedbooster this lens is very fast and has helped the crop factor in a big way.

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            5.0

            Stellar But Limited

            By David-eye

            from Texas Hill Country

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent IQ
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Large

            Best Uses

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

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

            Because of the superb build and image quality of this ground-breaking lens, I must give it a 5 star rating. Having said that, I ended up returning it. Even though this beauty is impressive in so many ways, because I shoot with both FX and DX Nikon cameras, I found the weight, size and short zoom range to be too limited to strictly use on my D7100. As many reviews say, it can potentially be used instead of two or three prime lenses, but I decided to replace it with the new Nikon 20mm f1.8 that I can use on my D600 as a super-wide and on my D7100 as a 30mm. I love the 30mm focal length and on the D7100 it really "pops"and it is so much lighter an more compact. I must say that the Sigma 18-35 was still a pleasure to shoot with, so it comes down, as always, to personal preference. If you want a DX lens with a better range, a constant f2.8 aperture, at nearly one half the size, weight and cost, I would highly recommend the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (non VC). (note: the included images have not had any post-processing.)

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            5.0

            Best lens for DX. Period.

            By Albert

            from New York, NY

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

            This lens has some of the most creamiest bokeh I've ever seen. I was about to get a D750, but this lens + D5300 can create some magic. yes, there's art lens for FX. But add the cost of FX camera + both art lens, and you easily are 3x the price of DX combo. Don't just use this lens at f1.8. move to f4 or f8, and compare it to any of your other lens. The colors and contrast that comes out of this lens is unmatched. I love it so much that I now only carry this lens in the past 6 months. Even on my entire Disney trip!!!

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            5.0

            very nice

            By john

            from kingman az

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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
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this lens outdoors flowers,plants, etc

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            4.0

            Video Considerations, Using with Speed Booster

            By SMG

            from Southeast USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I echo the other reviews on the quality of the lens. Here are some thoughts on my application for video with a Lumix GH4 and a speed booster. The use of a speed booster results in a wider field of view, meaning that zooming in to frame a headshot interview puts the end of my lens about 2 feet from the subject. For me, a 50mm prime gives a more comfortable working distance for this shot. It is a wide zoom lens so if you are considering this lens to replace several other primes, remember that, with a speed booster, it's a little short at the long end of the zoom.

                If you're using the lens to capture wide shots outside in the daytime, decide if you need the speed of 1.8. There are less expensive lenses if you're not shooting wide open. f1.8 is great for late evening exteriors and night time city shots.

                I'm happy with the lens and will keep it, but with my video setup, I would give up some of the wide end to have a little more reach.

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                5.0

                Super Lens for APS-C Cameras

                By Richard

                from Jacksonville, FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

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

                I just got this lens in last week with the primary consideration of landscape and nighttime when I purchased it. I haven't gotten out to do night time yet, but so far this lens has been an absolute joy to work with. The images have been tack sharp with consistent output.

                This lens is a hidden gem and well worth the price. The quality that Sigma is putting into their gear is raising the rung higher and higher. This is now my 3rd lens of theirs to my lineup.

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                5.0

                Impressed !

                By Mateo

                from Whittier, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction
                • Super sharp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This lens is phenomenal ! Extremely sharp, great AF speed and accuracy, pro quality construction and lets not forget the f/1.8. Used on my D7100, this lens has completely replaced my standard 17-50mm lens for indoor and low light applications. For my use, the focal range is perfect and lack of VR hasn't been an issue. The Sigma USB dock is a great tool and makes me feel more secure that this 3rd party lens will continue to be compatible in the future. Yes the lens is heavy, but the upgrade in image quality makes it worth it.

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                4.0

                Replaces three lenses, with better results

                By Satyaa

                from Worcester, MA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Limited zoom

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is my second take at this lens and it is the best. The reason I returned it the first time was due to its weight and limited zoom.

                Since then, I have used at least four different zoom lenses. While those lenses are more flexible in terms of their zoom range and weight, they are limited in image quality.

                I finally bought this lens again. It is now a replacement for 20mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm prime lenses.

                The reason I came back to this lens is that its image quality surpasses all those wide-angle primes. This 18-35mm, 50/1.8 prime and a 70-200/2.8 zoom cover about 95% of my needs.

                I use the lens in low light and anytime image quality is top priority. Otherwise, I think twice to carry the weight around.

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                5.0

                Grand Slam

                By WayJeff

                from WayJeff

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                You don't own this lens?
                Sucks to be you.

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                5.0

                This has become my everyday lens

                By Tom

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                After having this lens for about a month, it has become my standard lens for day to day shooting, and only rarely is switched out for something longer. The lens is absolutely amazing. I have it paired with a D7200 and everything works perfectly. Focuses fast and reliably even wide open. Pictures are sharp across all apertures and focal lengths.

                With this lens and the D7200 high ISO capability, I am able to shoot my kids, running, indoors, with low light and no flash, and still capture the scene perfectly with a fast shutter and great image quality.

                The 2x zoom range is limiting, but I've learned to extend that with the 1.3x crop factor, which I rarely used before, but now have learned to use regularly.

                If you are on the fence, buy it.

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                5.0

                One of the best

                By DCS

                from NYC

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

                One of the best lenses for a crop sensor camera that I've ever owned. Images are tack sharp. Super fast lens. Constant apature throughout all focal distances. And it's cheaper than most competitive Nikon lenses. A can't mis.

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                5.0

                18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Nikon

                By kitkool

                from Prescott Valley, Arizona

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                I thought the zoom range of the 18-35 F1.8 would be too short. But in use, the zoom range has been just fine. I have been using the lens on a Nikon D7200 for three weeks. The lens is fast, which turns out to be very useful when I use the lens as a walk around lens. The extra speed of the lens allows me to use lower ISO settings in some situations. It really behaves more like a very good prime. The flare characteristics are extremely good for a zoom; it's the best zoom for flare I have ever used. You can do sunsets, no problem. I love to shoot back light so this is a big issue for me. It has the added benefit of very close focus, which adds to the walk around abilities of the optic. Picture quality it top notch. It has become my go to optic for general photography. I am not a sports photographer so auto focus abilities are not as important for me, but so far Autofocus has been fast and accurate. This has replaced my Canon 5D MkIII 24-70 F2.8 MkII setup as my primary setup; mainly because it is lighter and easier to carry around. I have been surprisingly happy with the lens.

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                5.0

                Nice Zoom

                By David

                from Seattle

                Verified Buyer

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

                Hi,
                I bought this together with the GH4 and Metabones Speedbooster. This is my first DSLR dedicated to video. This lens is solid and smooth in manual settings. Haven't shot much with it yet, but it seems like I'll be using it quite a bit. It's fairly fast aperature makes it ideal for the GH4. I do primarily corporate video work.

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                5.0

                Excellent imaging characteristics.

                By Skydancer

                from Rochester, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 115-225 Zoom With Boost
                • Becomes A 115-225mm
                • Becomes A 115 To 225mm
                • Becomes Eleven-22mm
                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • F 105 With Metabones
                • F105 With Speedboodter
                • Fast Super 35 Like
                • F One Point Five
                • F One Point O5 105
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Inner Lens Cap Is Loose

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

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

                You can use this on just about anything (with the right adapter) and be pleased with the results.
                I use it with a BMPCC and speedbooster and have a wide range of latitude in which I can now get shots. Thank you B&H.

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                5.0

                Go Get It!

                By Cam the Camera Man

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I use this on GH4 paired with Metabones. It works like champ when you turn focus peaking on. The only thing I wish Sigma could improve is the focal length. I know I know. Im just greedy. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy 18-55 f1.8 if Sigma is pushing the Art series to the limit. ;)

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                5.0

                It's sharp, heavy, and awesome!

                By Scott the photographer

                from Colorado Springs, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                2013 Lens of the Year Award...x3. That's pretty interesting. The very first of its kind zoom with a constant f/1.8 aperture. That's pretty amazing, groundbreaking even. First off, this lens is as sharp as you think it can be; however, with that sharpness comes a warning. Don't use this lens with anything but a superior auto-focus system. Nothing lower than a D7000. The D5300's and below are great cameras, but they don't have the refined auto-focus systems of the Nikon flagship APS-C cameras. What will end up happening is instead of getting tack-sharp focus on the eye, it will be tack-sharp focus on the eyebrow or right above it...unless you use single point auto-focus. There's your caveat. On a D7000/7100, it's incredibly sharp. On rare occasions, I will take it off f/1.8, but the lure of this lens is the incredible image quality and sharpness at f/1.8. This is a replacement lens for someone ready in skill, to set up to full-frame, but without the budget. F/1.8 allows TWICE the light as a f/2.8 lens. My Auto ISO has never reached above 1600. Your pics are going to be grain-free. There was a comparison between perhaps the best zoom lens ever made, the industry benchmark, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8. You could barely tell the difference in bokeh, IQ, and sharpness. What the industry gloats about is that with crop sensor cameras, you get that extra 1.5 zoom range. What they don't tell you is that same 1.5 is also multiplied to the aperture. DxOMark uped the ante with this lens. It's evaluation deemed it to be a f/1.6 lens. 1.6 x 1.5 = 2.4. That's the aperture you are actually getting in comparison to FF cameras. That fast f/2.8 you have is a medium f/4.2 and your f/5.6 zoom lenses, you ready for this, f/8.4. Are you kidding? You will not go wrong with this lens. The one true downside is the weight. Go to your local camera store and either put this lens on your camera, or if they don't have it, Nikon's 24-70. They're roughly the same weight. You have to ask yourself if you are prepared to carry around this lens, camera body, and maybe an extended battery grip (I have large hands) all day on a shoot. It essentially hits the top weight bar for hand holding. Any additional weight and you're looking at a tripod collar. 1.5 lbs is that heavy. Silky smooth zoom ring and full-time manual override focus. Ferrari-type sexiness and construction. I don't mind the lack of image stabilization since I shoot at 1/125 sec or faster. No motion blur there. A minor setback would be the range. Your crop sensored 27-52.5mm range is limiting; however, all you have to do is take a step forward to get additional zoom. Overall, an incredible lens. Happy shooting.

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                4.0

                Beautiful!

                By NMM

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

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

                  I really love this lens! I bought it because I work in wedding videography and needed a lens that worked well in low light but gave me the range I was lacking from my primes and I have to say this lens really does that. The only thing I will say is that the auto focus isn't especially fast/accurate. Though manual works fine and I'm not bothered by it I'm sure that would be a major con for others.

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