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Comments about 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Sigma:
I own the following lenses from Sigma:
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Apo EX DG OS HSM
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 Apo DG OS HSM
This new Sigma lens is the best of the five. Sharpness, bokeh, workmanship quality are a step ahead of the usual Sigma production, especially for the latter feature. If you are used to Sigma lenses, you will notice right out of the box the manufacturing quality of this new lens. Everything is more sturdy, from lens rear cap to lens hood. The overall feeling you get when you take this lens in your hand the very first time is that it's made to last and built for use in hard conditions.
This is a first impression report after two weeks owing it, and this lens impresses me so far. I only had a chance to use it outside, for night photography, and I am very, very pleased with the result. I bought it with a Sigma mount and I use it with a SD1 Merrill camera. Sharpness was outstanding from the very first shot. I did not try the autofocus, since I manually focus most of the time.
The only peculiar feature on the lens, though, regards the zoom ring. On all my three other Sigma zoom lenses, you go from the smallest to the longest focal length by rotating the ring from right to left; that is to say from 18mm to 50mm, or 70mm to 200mm by rotating the ring from right to left. It's the opposite on this one; it goes from 35mm to 18mm from right to left. Why? I don't know, but it is a bit confusing when you're used to the other way round with the other lenses.
Other than that, the lens is so far impressive with regard to image quality. Very happy with this purchase.