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Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
 
4.6

(based on 101 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (67)
  • Nice bokeh (53)
  • Durable (45)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (43)
  • Consistent output (37)

Cons

  • Heavy (44)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Blurry focus (6)
  • Inconsistent focus (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (62)
  • Video (47)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Weddings (42)
  • Night photography (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (21), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (81)

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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4.0

Impressed with Sigma's new line

By Gruvdiva

from Los Angeles

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Firmware Tuning
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Just got this lens so I may come back to edit this review. First, was suprised at how heavy it was. But hey, cowboy up. Second was how sharp it was looking through the viewfinder. Third, smooth, quiet focus. The new HSM motors are fabulous, almost imperceptible on audio track of video. I quickly adjusted to the weight and love the feel and heft of it. A well made lens.

A lot of people have complained about focusing issues. You can fine tune the focusing firmware on most all the new Sigmas with the USB Dock, something I pray I don't have to do.

Hope to do more work with this beautiful lens soon and will update.

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5.0

Sharp!

By Anon

from CA

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

Great build quality, a little heavy but manageable, quick focus, and sharp images! Love this lens!

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5.0

Great lens.

By Tesla

from Chicago

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

Great shallow DOF and super clear.

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4.0

Killer crop sensor or m4/3 video option.

By Gmccurdy

from Ohio

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

I have found the autofocus to be fairly underwhelming on my t3i, especially in low light.

However, this lens is a phenomenal addition to the gh4 + speedbooster for video. I've been flying it on my MoVI M5 and loving it. Great clarity and depth of field options.

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5.0

This lens is freaking amazing!

By Pmk

from Seal beach ca

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

If you own a comers that has a crop sensor this camera should be in your bag or on your camera. So sharp and so fast! Get this lens NOW!!!

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5.0

Sigma's Art Series Lenses are great!

By YeLLoWxxxMaN

from Seaside, Ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events

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

This is a fantastic lens. The second you hold it in your hands you can feel the build quality is an A+. Its got some weight to it and feels well built. I mostly use it for taking photos of my children and the bokeh looks great with this lens, very smooth bokeh. I can't think of any flaws about the lens its worth every penny I paid for it. Some people might not like the weight but for me the weight just makes it feel like a solid piece of equipment.

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5.0

Love it!

By SkyP

from Hoboken, NJ

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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 Lens for Canon:

Using it with my 70D. A sister to my favorite 5O 1.2L - great bokeh, colors, contrast. RIP the old EF-S 17-55 2.8! A little too heavy for the movies, but tripod or even monopod needed anyway does the trick.

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4.0

first new lens for the GH4

By lougood

from boston,ma

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Crazy Fast Wmetabones

Cons

  • Just A Bit Too Heavy
  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Video

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

Preforms beautifully w/Metabones. Fast and sharp. Feels heavier than the camera but I really like the heft and solidity. The focus assist on the GH4 is great so the loss ofAF isn't that big an issue. Wish the camera to matabones contact had zero play.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Photo Enthusiast

from Israel

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Excellent Mechanics
  • Fast
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • 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:

I've got the lens about a week ago. I was somewhat wary because I have heard some horror stories about the Sigma QA. Either I was lucky or there are some changes in the Sigma QA procedures but my lens worked perfectly right out of the box. Razor sharp, excellent contrast. The mechanics gives a feeling of a highest quality. I have not used it enough so far to give a final verdict but the first impression is very good. I use it as a walk around lens, although it is pretty heavy. It can be used though whenever you need a fast wide lens.

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5.0

Fast and amazingly sharp lens

By Cory

from Reno, NV

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I'm using this with the GH4 and a speed booster and it's quite an amazing set-up. It then becomes an 18-35mm F1.2 lens! My only gripe with the lens is the lens hood is tough to get on and off, but maybe it just needs to break in more.

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5.0

Study and Stunning

By Krazed Kat

from NYC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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      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

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      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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