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Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon
 
4.7

(based on 183 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (117)
  • Nice bokeh (92)
  • Durable (85)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
  • Consistent output (62)

Cons

  • Heavy (70)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Inconsistent focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (107)
  • Video (90)
  • Landscape/scenery (79)
  • Weddings (74)
  • Night photography (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (55), Pro photographer (41), Photo enthusiast (32), Casual photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (141), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Art Lens earns the name

I'm a retoucher and illustrator; have made thousands of photos pop for ads and commercials. In budget situations, have taken shots myself (these usually need LOTS of retouching lol).
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I'm a retoucher and illustrator; have made thousands of photos pop for ads and commercials. In budget situations, have taken shots myself (these usually need LOTS of retouching lol).
Recent purchase of Sigma 18-35mm and Canon 70D is reshaping my workflow. This lens, even with inexpert lighting is so crisp and depth of field precise, with such naturally expressive bokeh that my "intervention" is reduced to almost nil in most shots.

Lots of research went into its purchase; these reviews are correct in its exceptional build quality (and concordant weight), its AF front-focus tendency and that its AF servo noise is problematic for video— but these are negligible considerations vs its price and its exacting zoom ratio for both product shots AND architectural/ interior uses I predominantly put it to.

Sorry for the cat pic cliché (that's Scanlon, rescued Parking garage refugee)— natural light, MF @ 1/50sec, f1.8, 32mm, ISO 500...eyes focused, nose & whiskers softly forward, gently falling-off focus halo around his face with *artfully* placed pin-sharp highlighted hairs — I only lit his left eye a bit in post.

I expect many years of use from this tool which will save me countless hours of photoshop (and I don't even care if that sounds like I've become a traitor to my species).

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

Better than a Canon L lens!

By sidneyd

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens with excellent image quality! The only downside is that this lens is on the heavy side.

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4.0

nice lens, bit noisy when hunting in AF

By Dave

from Fiji

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens, using it for Video on a Canon 70D. My only issue is the Mechanical noise it makes when hunting for the subject in AF mode.

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5.0

Great lens, but with a bad twist.

By Larry

from Houston, Texas

Verified Reviewer

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

I first bought this lens cause I wanted a daily walk around lens that was sharp, but did not want to deal with the hassle of carrying/buying a bunch of prime lenses(love the feeling that a prime lens gives to a picture). Reviews on multiple sites stated that this lens was super sharp even at f1.8, and across the board gave a similar look to a picture as a prime lens. Also at the same time people were saying that there were major autofocus issues. Knowing this I bought both the lens and the sigma docking station at the same time to give it a try. Sure enough, straight out of the box there was major front focus issues across the board and no pictures were usable. I spent 5 hours adjusting the focus via sigmas docking station and software, and now I get incredibly sharp pictures that definitely do remind me of my nifty fifty prime lens. I give this lens 5 stars cause it does perform great when it is calibrated right, I however give sigma 2 stars for poor quality calibration from their factory. So overall, absolutely great lens, hopefully you are lucky to get a good copy, if not, be prepared to spend hours calibrating to get it working right. Also, I love the build quality, metal construction and focus rings that move more smoothly then any other lens I own.

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4.0

As good as it gets for APS-C cameras.

By Angel

from San Juan, PR

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast f1.8 apperture
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Doesn't work out of the box
  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Be prepared to use the micro-adjustment in your camera. It WILL NOT focus right out of the box. I had to return mine the next day. I applied the micro-adjustment in my Canon 80D to the max (+20) and still could not reach the focus point. B&H sent me a replacement right away and after minor twerking worked fine. If you need a fast (f1.8) wide angle zoom and are looking for a "full frame look" from your APS-C camera, this is it. It's super sharp and very well constructed. Some people complain that it's heavy, to me, it's of perfect size and weight.

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  • No

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5.0

Great Lens!!!

By Aristokat Media

from Los Angeles

About Me Pro Photographer

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
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

Awesome lens! So sharp and the auto-focus on my Canon DLSR is lightening fast! Built like a tank it makes your camera look sexy! Can't wait to test this on my new RED coming soon. Recommend this lens 100%! Great for stills and video.

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5.0

Freakin awesome lens

By DHanley

from Fort Myers, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use mostly for video, but it's an amazing still lens too... If you buy this - for $800 - you will NOT be disappointed. Highly recommend.

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    5.0

    This lens is awesome!

    By FilmSaints

    from Somers, MT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      We shoot TV commercials both regional and national. We shoot on Blackmagic Cinema Cameras with various lenses. We just got our Sigma 18-35mm ART zoom lens and this thing is excellent. Love the image that comes from this lens. Focus is smooth, zoom is smooth, it's built like a tank and it looks sexy on our cameras.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens...

      By Charles

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens has quickly become a main lens staying on my camera most of the time. Or it is the lens I grab first from my bag. It is a bit heavy but on a sizable body like an 80D or 7DMII its a good balance. Incredibly sharp and fast focusing. I consistently get great images from this lens. If you mainly shoot at wider angles this should be a must have lens for you.

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      5.0

      Extremely satisfied

      By Brian

      from Connecticut

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

      I was on the fence about purchasing this lens due to some reports of it's focus being soft in some cases and the price being that I'm not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination.
      I'm glad I pulled the trigger on this. I found that the focus is not only sharp, but extremely sharp. The bokeh is smooth and impressive. Sigma has a winner here.

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      4.0

      One of the best all-around lens!

      By Jerome

      from Liverpool

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Shaky In Video

      Best Uses

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

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

      Used this lens in my Canon 70D, BMPCC, and Sony a7s. It's super sharp and it's amazing in video. Coming from a nifty fifty, I think this is a worthy upgrade. However, this lens is so heavy for me especially when travelling where I don't have a tripod or monopod. But overall I really love this lens. It's like having 3 set of primes.

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      5.0

      Buy it. Don't think about it.

      By Jimmy

      from Mississippi, Jackson

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

      Easily one of the best lenses on the market. I use this for my Blackmagic Ursa mini, and I really enjoy the versatility, sharpness, and overall quality of this lens. This makes me Very much excited about the new 50-100 1.8 that sigma is about to roll out.

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      5.0

      Stellar lens

      By NYfilmprod

      from NYC

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

      I can't stop using this lens! Paired with the metabones speedbooster and the GH4 this thing is golden.

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      4.0

      A good lens for the price

      By Awni

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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

      The main reason I purchased this lens is to take a picture of Orion Belt, I wanted a lens to give me a nice wide angle as well as a telephoto, first of all, every lens I purchased I ran a serious test to see how good they are.
      Unfortunately I purchased three sigma 18-35mm lenses and the first two were not good which made me return the first two and kept the last one as you will see the results.

      The first one was used and the left side of the frame was really out of focus

      The second one from was brand new and the it was good but when I went to the field there was a lot of coma so I returned it.

      The third one was better when I checked it again the flat field tester, and when I went to the field it was also good but not perfect which I can live with it.

      I am using a modified Canon SL1 and the test picture is ISO3200 F2 120Seconds 28mm exposure
      I zoomed in on the corners so you can see the quality of the lens, which like I said it was good and can be removed by cutting the edge of the picture.
      This picture was only color modified, no stacking or intense processing.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME LENS

      By Brittany C.

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I was lacking a wide lens for my Canon 7D with a low aperature for low light wedding situations which is all to common and I felt a little held back. It's a lot to get used to when you are so wide you have to expose for everything so for me that was not a set back but something I have to keep in mind. But having 1.8 wide or zoomed in is really a big plus!

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        5.0

        Awesome!

        By Brooklyn Filmmaker

        from Brooklyn

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

        Amazing lens - if you own an camera with a cropped sensor, go an buy this lens immediately. Light pours in and noise is reduced to almost nothing. Night and day from any kit lens.

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        5.0

        AMAZING LENS FOR VIDEO!!!!!

        By John Carter of Media

        from Silverdale, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful Image Quality
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        This is a very versatile lens that offers a wide variety of filming options. The zoom is fantastic and smooth, and the focus is very precise. The best part about the focus is the range is wide, so you have the ability to be quite precise. The depth of field is shallow and creates a wonderful effect when pulling focus, but it opens up when doing a long/wide shot so it is easier to get a group or large object into focus. The construction is solid and durable. This is the lens to get if you are new to shooting video. I am not a photographer, so I can not comment on that. But I would imagine you would get great results with photography as well.

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        5.0

        Beautiful Lens!!!

        By Pietro

        from Redding, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • No Is

        Best Uses

        • Video

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

        At first I wasn't sure if I needed this lens. After taking it out on different types of shoots, I have now fallen in love with it. It is sharp sharp sharp! I use it with a Metabones on my GH4. Beautiful image and great in low light. It's my top lens.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid & Fast

        By Eric

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

          This lens is super solid, and built like a tank. The construction is very impressive, and the performance is great. I believe it is the fastest zoom lens currently on the market. The zoom and focus rings have a nice smooth feel, with a fair amount of resistance so they don't slip. I find that when shooting wide open, it can easily miss your intended focus point, but that is a problem to be found with all extra fast lenses. All in all, this is a superior lens at a great price.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wowza! on a 70D

          By Jason

          from Colorado

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            Usually don't do reviews. But this lens is AWESOME! Super sharp. Great focusing with my Canon 70d. I heard there was some focus problems with the 70d... but not the one I got It works perfect. I have already shot a short film with it. I don't think it will be coming off of my camera anytime soon!

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            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Must Have Lens

            By oshy

            from new york

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This Lens is a must have. I've been using it on all my short films and the look has been amazing.

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            • No

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