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Sigma18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs
 
4.4

(based on 58 reviews)

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    (28)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (39)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (36)
  • Strong construction (29)
  • Durable (27)
  • Lightweight (26)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Low light (32)
  • Weddings (17)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM

Bought this lens for my Nikon D200. Needing a 50mm format. Nikon has one that's a 18-50MM F3.5-5.6 AF NIKON. But bought one and was not to impress with the workmanship....Read complete review

Bought this lens for my Nikon D200. Needing a 50mm format. Nikon has one that's a 18-50MM F3.5-5.6 AF NIKON. But bought one and was not to impress with the workmanship. It feels cheap.
I had a 18-200mm Sigma DC that I was please with. So I went and bought this lens.
After receiving the lens from B&H. I inspect it and the quality was good. Feels good too. Has a switch for off on for AF and has an another off and on switch for the OS stabalization.
I usually leave the switch on at all times. So when I take a shot. Don't have to remember to switch it on or off.
The result I get is pretty impressive. I used it and get great result without using the built in flash.
I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm noticing I'm having more keepers that I would otherwise delete.
The stabilization works I guess. I used guess coz I still get some shaky result with some of my pictures not allot but I do get some. Why I gave it a 4 Star should be a 4 1/2 star but don't have that to check. If your comparing this with the Nikon 18-50mm. I'd buy the Sigma. Don't take my word check it out yourself.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Versatile lens, but with limitations.

I bought this lens for my Nikon D80 prior to a fall trip to the north shore of Lake Superior. The build quality is the best I have seen on a lens in this...Read complete review

I bought this lens for my Nikon D80 prior to a fall trip to the north shore of Lake Superior. The build quality is the best I have seen on a lens in this price range and while a bit heavy, it feels solid and well constructed. I found the range of the focal length to be easy to work with and I rarely found myself changing lenses while walking around with it. The image stabilization feature seemed unobtrusive, I had no real indication that it was helping or not though it 'felt' like it was working as more shots taken in questionable low-light situations seemed to turn out better than I had expected them to.

Unfortunately, the images produced by this lens cannot compare to my Nikon 50mm 1.8 (non-DX) and 35mm 1.8 (DX) primes - both of which are very inexpensive lenses of seemingly lesser build quality than the Sigma. The chromatic aberration can be distracting at times, especially in low-light images with a bright full-spectrum light source (specifically, the moon on a clear night). The images are not as crisp as I had hoped and seem to be rather lifeless at times, especially compared to images from my cheap 35mm and 50mm primes.

That said, this is a very useful lens for walking around with. I find it quite versatile and feel that it serves as an affordable wide-angle for DX-sensor camera bodies like mine.

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5.0

Nice product

By Frankie G

from Miami, FL

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

Works well, does what it's supposed to do. Pictures come out great. A lot better than my stock Nikon lens. It also feels sturdier.

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5.0

great buy overall

By @derekpics

from richmond,va

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

    this is a very sharp lens. great upgrade from a starter lens

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    4.0

    Nice and sharp.

    By Fred Herrmann

    from Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

    Very Nice! I bought as a substitute to my Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens.
    The Sigma 18-50mm is sharp and well constructed. For today use is awesome and for footage is also very good. The AF system is quite precise and quiet.
    It's working just perfect with my Nikon D5100.

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    5.0

    One of the great things about this lens

    By andrevans

    from Sherwood Arkansas

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • I Havent Found Yet

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

    Is its low light capability! I have not found anything I don't like about it yet.

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    5.0

    Great product for the price

    By Thomas TG

    from East Bay, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

    I have a hand me down Nikon D100 and needed an affordable lens for up close photography and general pictures. I decided to go with the Sigma lens because it was compatible and seemed to have a better feel and options than Nikon's version. Not to mention the staff was great at B&H and let me test out both before I made a decision. Wouldn't have done it differently.

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    4.0

    Works Great

    By Jason

    from Concord, NH

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

      For quick photo's of the kids, portraits. Very good replacement to the kit lens.

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      4.0

      Good Lens for the price

      By TheMush

      from Nashville TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

      Nice lens for general shooting. Could be my camera settings but the autofocus seems a little slow/inaccurate. Other than that it is a decent lens for the price.

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      4.0

      BOOM

      By goose

      from austin

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

        Although this is not the more expensive fixed 2.8, this lens easily gets the job done. sharp focus,barely noticable soft edges. I would recommend a larger lens hood but otherwise great buy.

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        5.0

        Great lense, good price

        By Ben

        from Pittsbugh, PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

            Replaced my Nikon kit lense with this, I'm not a pro, but I liked the f2.8 without having to spend a lot of money to get it.

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            4.0

            WELL....

            By g-dad

            from schaghticoke,ny

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                  Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                  Bought this sigma lens to be used on an older D70s. So far everythig is good. Images are what I have expected. Going to Ghana ,Africa in couple weeks will write another review after.

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this again

                  By UJ

                  from Indianapolis IN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                    I purchased this lense for indoor low light photos. I used it while on a recent vacation and was able to capture some really great shots.

                    As some other reviews also metion it does have a noticable sound but was not objectionable for the way I use it.

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                    4.0

                    Good multi-purpose lens

                    By Jake

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                      This is a good lens for the price. It is great because it is wide when you need it to be and the 50mm is a very useful.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens

                      By Jen

                      from Chicopee, MA

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                          I only received this lens a 1 1/2 weeks ago and haven't had much chance to use it but when I have used it, it's been great! love that this is a 2.8 on the wider end instead of the 3.5 of a kit lens. I have to admit that I wasn't so sure about this lens though because of the fact that it wasn't a Nikkor (this was my first non-Nikkor purchase) but I can't wait to get out and use it.

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                          4.0

                          great lens for the price

                          By arlopear

                          from bismarck, nd

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                            Solid lens, does not feel cheap.
                            great for out doors. have used indoors a little and does a great job when the lighting is not great. Bought this for shooting the sky at night and it beat my expectations. Use it with a D7000. Auto focus is fairly fast and spot on. When using manual focus I have a little trouble telling exactly where my focus is at when shooting stuff up close, not sure if it is me, camera or lens.

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                            5.0

                            Love it

                            By Kate

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                              I shoot a lot of local band shows. This lens is perfect for the low lighting and faced paced movement of the bands. Great product.

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                              4.0

                              Fun!

                              By OneBarnOwl

                              from Oakland, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                                This is the first wide angle I have owned. I thought perhaps I would be disappointed considering I've rented some super fast lenses, but considering the price, this one performs nicely. I've only played with it briefly for an upcoming trip to Death Valley and I enjoy it so far. I'll see how it goes in the field!

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                                4.0

                                Great lens, very versatile!

                                By T. Hester

                                from Raleigh, NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light
                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                                Great lens, perfect for close-up situations. As a photographer for a university, it is key that I have different types of lenses, and this is a wonderful grab-and-go lens. Super easy to change, very lightweight, but still built well. The only issue I have is the poor low-light pictures. Easily editable with software like photoshop, but not great for lesser editing capabilities.

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                                5.0

                                Just what I was looking for!

                                By Babsby

                                from Chico, Ca.

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                                  I'm new to photography. I was looking for a lens with a wider angle than the one sold with my camera and this lens fit the bill. I've used it several times already and am totally happy with it.The price was great and it shipped right on time. Another great purchase I've made from B&H. Thank You!!

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                                  4.0

                                  Just what the doctor ordered

                                  By Big Gil

                                  from Chno Hills California

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                                    For the price this us a really good all around lens. It is a advertised a light well made multifunctional lens. Just started to shoot with it but I really like the way it handles. I would recommend this lens to all my friends

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice and Cheap

                                    By Mer-C Grafik

                                    from Moca PuertoRico

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Nikon D-SLRs:

                                      Nice & cheap semi-Pro use

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