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

(based on 40 reviews)

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (29)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
  • Strong construction (26)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Durable (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)

Best Uses

  • Low light (33)
  • Night photography (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Weddings (14)
  • Video (10)
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5.0

Better than buying or carrying 4 primes

By NilePhotog

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is well-matched with a crop sensor camera. It is way better than carrying 4 separate prime lenses, with an image quality that can match and most times surpass some high-quality Nikon prime lenses. It is on the heavy side but all good quality lenses are heavier. Some have complained about the short zoom range but that should really not bother anyone as this lens has a good balance between zoom range, weight (size) and wide aperture. I highly recommend it!

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By AZ

    from FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Video

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

      I purchased the lens to use with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. It is a really nice lens. Very well built. It is a little heavy, but I like that.

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      5.0

      Sharp as a knife one great Sigma lens

      By unclemikey

      from Richmond VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Knew I wanted this for my kit but didn't realize how it would be used as I have several other lenses in similar focal lengths. The new Sigma 18-35 f:1.8 HSM Art is sharp as a knife. Heavy and the build shows it. Very bright and great contrast. Get it and you'll love it just like I did.

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        4.0

        Awesome f/1.8 lens

        By mbkid88

        from Los Angeles, 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
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        Fast, clear, and sharp. great for low light.

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        4.0

        F1.8 on a variable zoom lens? Whoa!

        By Anderson Photograpgy

        from Canada

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

        Although much heavier than I would have guessed quite a nice unit. Very fast auto focus with an almost silent motor. Glad to see it is all as advertised. Highly recommended to any DX sensor SLR owner.

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        5.0

        Excelente calidad

        By Jerry Morales

        from México City

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Use por mucho tiempo un Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, cambié a este lente y noté mucho mas calidad en las fotografías, además el precio es mu bueno, ahora voy sobre los otros de la misma serie Art de Sigma.

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        4.0

        Detailed opinion, after a week

        By Satya

        from Worcester, MA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • No Image Stabilization
        • Tough Balance On Tripod
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

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

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

        First, the obvious: F/1.8 allows better shutter speeds. 18mm is useful for most indoor and wide angle shots. I was impressed right away with the first few shots.

        Then, the not so obvious: This zoom lens performs on par with prime lenses! If you tend to enlarge pictures 100% and look for minute details, this lens is slightly better than the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens and a lot better than the DX 35mm f/1.8.

        Color is very slightly different from the 50mm but didn't look wrong to me. The difference is very minor and hard to explain. I only noticed that under indoor CFL lighting and not in daylight.

        I have only tested on stationary subjects and the focusing is as good as any other fast lens I have used.

        In my test shots, f/1.8 had some light fall off towards the edges, but not anywhere near the DX 35mm f/1.8. It improves quickly from there.

        The lens is rated at f/1.8 but EXIF data shows maximum aperture as f/1.6. I don't understand that and don't think that it matters.

        Attaching the lens wasn't smooth every time. Sometimes it doesn't sit in the right place and needs two or three attempts. It is not so bad as to reduce any points for it.

        The zoom ring is close to camera body and not as wide as I would have liked it for the lens size. Again, something to get used to but not so bad as to reduce any points. I think that the focus ring is more convenient for those who use it a lot. I only use AF.

        What didn't work me? I need image stabilization and this lens doesn't have one. In fact, no f/1.8 lens of any brand has IS/VR. I knew that going in and wanted to manage due to f/1.8 aperture. After a week with its weight, I definitely feel the need for VR. Many suggest carrying tripod instead of VR but that doesn't work for me.

        For my use, I do carry around the camera always in my bag but rarely a tripod. For my test shots I did use my cheap tripod but keeping this camera/lens stable was an issue. The setup seems heavy to the front, towards the lens. A tripod collar on the lens would have probably helped balance it better. The combination of this lens and D7100 is heavy and hurt my neck when carried around for an entire event.

        For outdoor use, travel photography, or as a walk-around lens, I felt that the 35mm reach was limiting. I would like something like Sigma C 17-70mm, which doesn't have constant aperture (even constant f/2.8 would have been a big plus).

        I don't generally use flash. When I did use the built-in flash a couple of times for portraits, the hood caused a small shadow at the bottom-middle of the image.

        What can be changed: A VR version for those who can afford it. The weight cannot be reduced but a tripod collar will help balance it better. A little bit of fine tuning on the mount so that it is as easy as the 50mm.

        After a week's use I give this lens five stars for performance and image quality. In fact, it deserves more in that deparment for being a zoom lens and doing better than primes. For usability in my situation, I reduce one star.

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        5.0

        Best lens on D7100 so far

        By Satya

        from Worcester, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is my first 'expensive' lens for D7100 if you want to call it that, but it is only 200 more than 18-140 kit lens or 300 more than 18-105 kit lens (retal prices, not bundled). It is totally worth losing that extra zoom for the IQ this lens has.I just connected it to my d7100 and took few test shots indoor and outdoor (Auto, No-Flash). The pictures are impressive. I feel that the performance is at least few times the price.I do not have any of Nikon's comparable lenses (which cost two to three times). I have the DX 35 f/1.8 and FX 50mm f/1.8G. This lens outperforms both of them. In fact, I don't have a use for the DX 35mm now (unless I want to forego the zoom for lighter weight).Focusing has been spot on and sharpness excellent. Color saturation is very natural. The picture on the display looks like the real-life object; no effects applied.Only complaint? Just a bit heavier than I would like. It is probably a good fit for D7100 but would make D5300 front-heavy.I will try to post more comments after my upcoming trips.

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        5.0

        Fits the bill precisely

        By TCMcG

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          At the price point, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option for wide shots than the Sigma. I primarily shoot live performance with a DX camera, and it's superb. Fast, sharp when wide-open, I have no complaints yet. Zero.

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          5.0

          Unbelievable Quality!

          By Matt

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Sigma has really outdone themselves with this lens!

            Out of the box, the build quality is unbelievable and feels/looks better than most Nikkor lenses.

            With the 1.8 aperture, It is perfect for any low lighting situations from portraiture to action photos. Crystal clear & super fast internal focus.

            The only very slight negative is it is relatively heavy lens.

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            5.0

            Beautiful Glass

            By JB in Atlanta

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

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

              I'm very impressed with this lens. I solely use it for video on the GH4, with a Metabones Speedbooster, and it is just amazing! It renders beautifully, it's tack sharp...I can't recommend it enough. I did fire a few stills with it and they came out great as well. It's a little bulky, but not too bad. The Art series that Sigma has produced is just all around flawless. If I was swimming in cash I'd get them all.

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              5.0

              Sets a new standard...

              By DIGITAL SCREAMS

              from United Kingdom

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is an exceptional lens. Incredible clarity, detail and sharpness. Its like 3 high quality primes in one. Covers all my daily photography needs. Stick this on a canon 70D or Nikon D7100 and you are getting close to full frame results.------------------------

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                5.0

                The New Gold Standard

                By Burstmode Photography

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                Wow. Even at f/1.8, the sharpness is excellent. With architecture, the distortion is easily controlled.
                I was initially surprised by the size and weight of the lens because I had expected it to be smaller and lighter. However, the lens is well constructed and feels solid. I'm impressed.
                This lens is on my D7100 almost constantly. I used a 35mm as my walk around and always found myself wanting to go wider rather than longer. This fit the gap perfectly and the highly usable f/1.8 is a bonus.
                Today, for the price, this lens is unbeatable.

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                5.0

                incredible lens

                By oafydog

                from Danville NH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I use this lens for landscape photography and its pretty handy as a low magnification macro also, It focuses very close.
                  The first thing that stands out is the sharpness, hands down the sharpest lens I have ever owned. The lens handles very well and contrary to a lot of user opinions, I do not find it to be heavy. The focus and zoom rings are butter smooth, Not too stiff and not too loose.
                  The overall construction is solid but very smooth and elegant.
                  The only complaint I have is that the lens cap could stay on better but its really not a big deal. The lens hood rotates and snaps into the locking position with a muffled snap and stays put. No jiggling.
                  Auto focus o this lens is very nearly silent. I can hardly hear it even indoors. By far the quietest autofocus I have ever experienced.

                  I believe sigma could get a lot more money for this lens. It is certainly a great deal at its current price. I feel that I got more than I paid for.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing lens.

                  By mballif

                  from Spanish Fork, UT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This lens is incredibly sharp, produces beautiful colors, and covers the ideal focal length that I had been looking for on my BMPCC. If you're shooting with a cropped sensor, this lens is ideal. The build quality feels heavy and strong. For BMPCC shooters: pick up this lens, you wont regret it. Combined with the BMPCC Speedbooster, a dummy adapter (to cover longer focal lengths when not using the booster) you really wont need another lens in your arsenal.

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                  5.0

                  Creat for APSC's

                  By Mike

                  from Capistrano CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    I'm absolutely thrilled with the purchase and results of this new Sigma lens! It's a perfect lens for the D7100. I am always impressed with B&H, they have never let me down in thirty plus years as a client!
                    I'm looking forward to all the new primes from Sigma Art series as well!

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                    5.0

                    This is a real Sharpie!

                    By Photoman Chris

                    from Hayden, ID

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is great for night sky/Milky Way photography. I also use it for landscapes. It is tack sharp, even wide open. It has a wonderfully solid feel to it. In fact it is kind of heavy, but I don't mind, I'm a big guy. It does have a limited range for a zoom lens but it is very good for waterfall and deep forest shooting. It is pemanently attached to my second camera body. Love it!

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                    5.0

                    Superb

                    By Vertigo

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Photography Student

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • F 18 For A Zoom
                    • Light Gathering At F 18
                    • Low F Stop For Zoom
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Smooth manual focus
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Super sharp focus
                    • Well constructed

                    Cons

                    • Autofocus At Infinity
                    • Heavy
                    • Limited Zoom Expected
                    • Very Heavy Expected

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Excellent product.

                    Super sharp focus. Photos taken as close ups have really nice bokek even at F 5.6. Pretty sharp at F 2.8. Abilily for really close focus. Used this lens for a macro application and it out performed a lens designed for macro. However at 35mm you can't be far from the subject as a macro. Only limited range 18-35mm is the price to pay for an amazing F 1.8 zoom. Weight is a factor if you want to travel light. Only real con experienced so far was autofocus at infinity at low F stops. For this I used manual focus and a higher F stop. High recommend this lens, its the best third party lens I have.

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                    5.0

                    Ineed this

                    By LESBOB

                    from Columbus, Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      I am very happy to have this.

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                      5.0

                      Yes, It's All That!

                      By Aaron in LA

                      from West Hills, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Superior Optics

                      Cons

                      • Auto Focus Hunting

                      Best Uses

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

                        I sold my Nikon 17-55 2.8 and bought this beauty. I am in love. Who knew you could have creamy bokeh at 18mm? No problem with this lens when shooting at 1.8. The build quality is excellent and I have not had any backfocus issues.

                        I decided to shoot a test comparing this zoom to my Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens shooting both wide open and 1 1/3 stops down at f2.8. The Sigma resolution is superior with almost no chromatic aberration while the Nikon prime has crazy chromatic aberration (easily corrected in Lightroom). The Sigma has slight vignetting at 1.8 which goes away at 2.8 (also easily corrected in Lightroom). Image sharpness is more consistent across the entire frame on the Sigma than on the Nikon. Sure, the Sigma 18-35mm costs four times as much as the Nikon 35mm prime but the Sigma optics are remarkable considering this is a zoom lens.

                        The only real negative with the Sigma 18-35mm is that the auto focus tends to hunt a bit but that has not prevented me from getting superb images. I highly recommend this lens!

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