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

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (54)
  • Strong construction (52)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Consistent output (38)
  • Durable (35)

Cons

  • Heavy (37)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (59)
  • Landscape/scenery (47)
  • Night photography (47)
  • Weddings (32)
  • Video (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best $ I've ever spent

This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top...Read complete review

This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top notch and better than my other Nikkor lenses. The chromatic aberration is much improved over the Nikkor 35mm when wide open. I don't notice any distortion and the

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slow Focus

Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there...Read complete review

Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there were numerous times when the focus failed and the photos came back blurry on the "auto" setting. And when I say "failed," it simply stalled -- I'd lightly depress the button as usual and nothing would happen. On occasion there was a time delay of several seconds and then it would work, on others it simply failed. This occurred from several feet away, not just on close ups.

So, for the amount of money this lens costs, and the added weight, I decided it wasn't worth the investment. I can accomplish roughly the same work with a smaller, lighter 35mm prime lens.

I've got a relatively old Nikon 3100 camera, which I've been told may have something to do with it. However, I have not had any issues with my other lenses -- Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 50mm FX, 18-300mm DX + standard Nikon kit lenses. They all work beautifully.

My advice to folks with older cameras is to try before you buy -- I did tons of research on the web and purchased the lens online. In retrospect I should have gone to an actual store since the lens isn't a Nikon and compatibility is not guaranteed.

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5.0

18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Nikon by Sigma

By Omar

from Richmond, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • 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 Art Lens for Nikon:

So far I am very happy with this lens. Seems very sharp, focusing is fast, on par with other Nikon lenses I own. The build quality of this lens seems excellent, it is built like a "tank", which takes me to one of the inescapable characteristics of this lens, it is heavy. If you do not care for heavy lenses, then this lens may not be for you. The only issue I have with the lens is that zoom range is 18-35 mm, I wished it was 18-105 mm.

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5.0

An f/1.8 zoom Lens ? Amazing !!

By Cape Cod Don

from South Yarmouth, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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 Art Lens for Nikon:

    Sigma keeps rolling along with some outstanding lenses. This 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom lens is no exception. The first Art series lens designed for a DX sensor camera. The lens is by no means small but it balances nicely on my Nikon D7100 body.
    As with all Art series the lens is very well built with a modern cosmetic appearance.
    Auto focus was quick and accurate, no in camera adjustments were required. Colors were true with minimum chromatic aberrations. Both the zoom & focus rings rotated smoothly.
    Sigma supplies a well designed lens hood as well as a nice case with their upscale lenses.
    While basically a DX lens, I have used it on my Nikon D810 body at the 35 mm setting with good results(also on the DX mode from 18mm to 35mm)
    Well done Sigma !

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    5.0

    BEST. LENS. EVER.

    By Lacey

    from Evansville, IN

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

    I've been renting and plan to buy this lens. Best lens I've ever used!!!!

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By Tre' B.

    from Columbia, South Carolina

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

    Got it today & it's great. I haven't been able to test it on my automotive subjects, but so far quality is amazing.

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    5.0

    Best crop sensor lens

    By Conner Mowatt

    from Nanaimo, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography

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

      This lens is the top of top as far as crop sensor lenses go. The continual 1.8 aperture all the way through to 35 mm is a great tool to have and the quality of the images is great. The AF is good as well.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Amazing lens!

      By Buzz Killington

      from Toronto, Ontario

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Build quality
      • Focuses Really Close
      • Internal focus
      • Internal zoom
      • Sharpness
      • speed

      Cons

      • Loud Af In Video
      • Really Heavy
      • Weird Focal Range

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Video With Manual Focus

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

      Great Glass

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Sharpest lens I have experienced

      By Gopikrrishna

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        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 Nikon:

        I have realized what I have been missing since I got hold of DSLR. I had been wondering what difference does the lens make going from $ lenses to $+ lenses when every photographer in youtube points out. The photos taken from this lens is very sharp. Build quality is top notch. I was using 18-105mm Nikon earlier, i end up zooming in each photo. This Sigma 18-35mm is not a lot of "zoom" but makes you to move and use different perspectives which is important in photography. Long time amateur photographers having basic lens for so long and want to upgrade - this sigma 18-35 is the best. Just try it, you will love it.This lens is worth every $.

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        5.0

        Super fast & Super Sharp Lens

        By Running Shush

        from Mexico

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        I had invested in other lenses previously, but finally I got the budget to get this one too. I'm impressed by the quality of images I'm getting on each shot. It's heavy and a little bit bulky, but you will forget that once you start shooting. Don't forget you're also able to shoot in low light conditions with great quality. I recently did a New York photo shoot and I got some of my best pictures ever. Buy it with confidence!

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        4.0

        Get this lense! Now!

        By Brian

        from New York

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

        Performs great & feels really handy

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        5.0

        AWESOME LENS

        By nk

        from sf

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            my favorite lens hands down.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Slow Focus

            By ACS416

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

              Unfortunately I was one of the rare individuals that had a significant issue with the auto focus feature. When the lens focused, the pictures were stunning -- particularly the bokeh. However, there were numerous times when the focus failed and the photos came back blurry on the "auto" setting. And when I say "failed," it simply stalled -- I'd lightly depress the button as usual and nothing would happen. On occasion there was a time delay of several seconds and then it would work, on others it simply failed. This occurred from several feet away, not just on close ups.

              So, for the amount of money this lens costs, and the added weight, I decided it wasn't worth the investment. I can accomplish roughly the same work with a smaller, lighter 35mm prime lens.

              I've got a relatively old Nikon 3100 camera, which I've been told may have something to do with it. However, I have not had any issues with my other lenses -- Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 50mm FX, 18-300mm DX + standard Nikon kit lenses. They all work beautifully.

              My advice to folks with older cameras is to try before you buy -- I did tons of research on the web and purchased the lens online. In retrospect I should have gone to an actual store since the lens isn't a Nikon and compatibility is not guaranteed.

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              5.0

              Fantastic lens!

              By Suz

              from Henderson, NV

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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
              • Night Photography

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

              I took the plunge - decided to go for the best and was not disappointed! I typically buy Nikon lens, but the reviews of this lens sold me.
              Tried out this lens at the beach, with some fantastic photos of the surf and pier, crystal clear
              With the f/1.8 aperture was able to shoot during the Gold & Blue Hour for more amazing photos, wonderful colors
              Works great with my Nikon
              Yes, it is heavy - similar to good zoom or macro lens
              First time I have used a wide angle lens - had a slight learning curve
              BUY IT - you will not be disappointed!!

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              5.0

              A lens to carry always in my bag

              By Daniel Morales

              from Santiago, Chile

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                I use this lens with my D7200. It is a superb lens, sharp in every focal distance. Excellent build, strong and soft. I use it on urban trips, indoor, family events and some kind of portraits.

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                5.0

                Incredible and FAST

                By CJ

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I purchased this lens for my BMPCC and couldn't be more happy!
                    With the Metabones speedbooster this lens is very fast and has helped the crop factor in a big way.

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                    5.0

                    Stellar But Limited

                    By David-eye

                    from Texas Hill Country

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent IQ
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Large

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Because of the superb build and image quality of this ground-breaking lens, I must give it a 5 star rating. Having said that, I ended up returning it. Even though this beauty is impressive in so many ways, because I shoot with both FX and DX Nikon cameras, I found the weight, size and short zoom range to be too limited to strictly use on my D7100. As many reviews say, it can potentially be used instead of two or three prime lenses, but I decided to replace it with the new Nikon 20mm f1.8 that I can use on my D600 as a super-wide and on my D7100 as a 30mm. I love the 30mm focal length and on the D7100 it really "pops"and it is so much lighter an more compact. I must say that the Sigma 18-35 was still a pleasure to shoot with, so it comes down, as always, to personal preference. If you want a DX lens with a better range, a constant f2.8 aperture, at nearly one half the size, weight and cost, I would highly recommend the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (non VC). (note: the included images have not had any post-processing.)

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                    5.0

                    Best lens for DX. Period.

                    By Albert

                    from New York, NY

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

                    This lens has some of the most creamiest bokeh I've ever seen. I was about to get a D750, but this lens + D5300 can create some magic. yes, there's art lens for FX. But add the cost of FX camera + both art lens, and you easily are 3x the price of DX combo. Don't just use this lens at f1.8. move to f4 or f8, and compare it to any of your other lens. The colors and contrast that comes out of this lens is unmatched. I love it so much that I now only carry this lens in the past 6 months. Even on my entire Disney trip!!!

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                    5.0

                    very nice

                    By john

                    from kingman az

                    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
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I use this lens outdoors flowers,plants, etc

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Video Considerations, Using with Speed Booster

                    By SMG

                    from Southeast USA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I echo the other reviews on the quality of the lens. Here are some thoughts on my application for video with a Lumix GH4 and a speed booster. The use of a speed booster results in a wider field of view, meaning that zooming in to frame a headshot interview puts the end of my lens about 2 feet from the subject. For me, a 50mm prime gives a more comfortable working distance for this shot. It is a wide zoom lens so if you are considering this lens to replace several other primes, remember that, with a speed booster, it's a little short at the long end of the zoom.

                        If you're using the lens to capture wide shots outside in the daytime, decide if you need the speed of 1.8. There are less expensive lenses if you're not shooting wide open. f1.8 is great for late evening exteriors and night time city shots.

                        I'm happy with the lens and will keep it, but with my video setup, I would give up some of the wide end to have a little more reach.

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                        5.0

                        Super Lens for APS-C Cameras

                        By Richard

                        from Jacksonville, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Tough To Attach

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

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

                        I just got this lens in last week with the primary consideration of landscape and nighttime when I purchased it. I haven't gotten out to do night time yet, but so far this lens has been an absolute joy to work with. The images have been tack sharp with consistent output.

                        This lens is a hidden gem and well worth the price. The quality that Sigma is putting into their gear is raising the rung higher and higher. This is now my 3rd lens of theirs to my lineup.

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                        5.0

                        Impressed !

                        By Mateo

                        from Whittier, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Super sharp

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This lens is phenomenal ! Extremely sharp, great AF speed and accuracy, pro quality construction and lets not forget the f/1.8. Used on my D7100, this lens has completely replaced my standard 17-50mm lens for indoor and low light applications. For my use, the focal range is perfect and lack of VR hasn't been an issue. The Sigma USB dock is a great tool and makes me feel more secure that this 3rd party lens will continue to be compatible in the future. Yes the lens is heavy, but the upgrade in image quality makes it worth it.

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