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

(based on 54 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (36)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)
  • Strong construction (33)
  • Consistent output (26)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)

Best Uses

  • Low light (41)
  • Night photography (34)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Video (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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Heavy and slow to focus

The built quality is great. It's silent and sharp. What bothers me is how slow the autofocus is. So slow I can't use it for a real job where fast AF is a...Read complete review

The built quality is great. It's silent and sharp. What bothers me is how slow the autofocus is. So slow I can't use it for a real job where fast AF is a must. Also it's bulky and heavy...not comfortable to carry around all day on your neck for sure. Thinking of returning it and get a real pro lens.

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5.0

Incredible lens

By JohnsVisuals

from Berkeley, CA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

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:

It's 3 prime lenses in one! I use this for video on my Panasonic GH4 and it is my primary workhorse lens. It's fast, wide and beautiful. Lens flares look great, super sharp. If you're thinking about buying this lens, do it!NOTE: It's only designed to cover APS-C and smaller, so sorry full frame folks, you'll have to keep looking.

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5.0

Best lens for the price

By DJ Danny Estrella

from NYC

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

This was the best lens for my buck. The versatility and compatibly is so ideal for me. I DJ so I'm not a a photographer or videographer. However, this lens gives me the freedom to use a zoom lens under low light. I can take it anywhere. Great buy and highly recommend it!

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5.0

this lens is as good as we've been told

By pattb

from Seattle WA

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Pros

  • Excellent in low light
  • Fast
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Precise
  • Silent
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I opened this up, as soon as I got it, and was wowed by how fast and silent -the focus makes almost no noise- this lens is.

And then, I began firing off shots and was immediately wowed by the excellent color rendition, the bokeh, and the precise depth of field at f1.8.

I was skeptical that this lens would -as billed- be as sharp across the focal length. And it is.

I can't tell you how happy I am with this lens. I've had it for 2 weeks now and I have yet to put my Nikkor 16-85 back on. This is a particularly appealing focal range.

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3.0

Heavy and slow to focus

By eso

from Soithern California

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

The built quality is great. It's silent and sharp. What bothers me is how slow the autofocus is. So slow I can't use it for a real job where fast AF is a must. Also it's bulky and heavy...not comfortable to carry around all day on your neck for sure. Thinking of returning it and get a real pro lens.

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5.0

Absolutely amazing.

By josieeych

from New Jersey

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

This lens is probably one of the most beautiful gifts humanity has bestowed upon the world. Reccommended to me by a cousin and I got it for myself for my birthday-could not be happier! Photos taken by it are crystal clear and maintain an almost glowy pristine-ness. The manual focus is incredibly sensitive and glides seamlessly as you turn it, allowing you to get just the right shot. While it is heavy, and is difficult to tote around, I definitely prefer it over every other lens I've used. Highly reccommended, beautifully made, and amazing clarity. I'm going to take good care of this one. :)

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4.0

Good, Just short of amazing

By Paul

from Vancouver, BC

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Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharp

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

This is a good lens. It's very sharp at f1.8, distortion is simple and low and easily corrected with one click, color rendition is excellent, focus is silent and acceptably fast. The lens feels great in the hand, the zoom ring has a nice dampening, and the lens is just 'small' enough that it doesn't feel like a behemoth when walking around. If you want an 18-35mm DX range at f1.8, it's absolutely worth it. Does it replace three primes? For many, yes. I mostly shoot at 18mm or at 35mm, but having that flexibility is wonderful. Would I prefer a 17-50mm f2.8? Nope. The 18-35 is sharper at f1.8, and if you shoot at f1.8 at 35mm and crop the frame in, you get a similar depth of field and sharpness to a comparable 50mm f2.8 zoom lens.The cons? My focus ring has a little bit of play to it. Very minor, but noticeable. Takes away from that whole "super high quality dampening on the rings!" bit that all the reviews talk about. If focusing at closest focus (almost macro distance), the foreground and background will take on two different color tones, and that makes this lens not-so great for close shots of certain things (ex. try shooting at closest focus a page on a book, the letters will all have coloration to them that shouldn't be there). The focus isn't amazingly snappy, but is fast enough (not bad at all). The focus accuracy can occasionally be a little here and there, but I'm a picky guy and I find it to be good. For such an "amazingly built lens", I have no idea why they chose to go with plastic filter threading at the front of the lens.Overall, good buy. Feels a little pricey for a DX lens, but for the enthusiast it can really reduce (or eliminate) the desire to go full frame.

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5.0

just perfect

By cannonball

from Ankara, Turkey

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

It's very quiet and fast-focusing lens. I definitely recommend it.

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5.0

WOW Really sharp

By Paulp

from Snohomish, Wa

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Sharp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Read that this is a very sharp lens, but until I tested it, didn't realize how much sharper it was than may old 12-24. Love the fast 1.8 and near silent/fast focus. Wish it was stabilized and was a 12mm or 14mm on the lower end rather than 18mm.

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    5.0

    I Freaking Love This Lens

    By McBob

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    I'll start off with the bad: It's large, and the zoom range is limited.

    That's it.

    You want the good? It's fast. It's sharp. It's parfocal. It focuses internally. It focuses close. It's built smooth and solid. Zoom and focus rings are delightful in form and function. It works with Speedbooster adapters on micro-4/3. Quality is solid enough to displace 3 excellent prime lenses in my 'usual kit'... and at a fraction of the price of all 3.

    It's a great lens, full stop.

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    5.0

    Fantastic lens!

    By Claudio M - SP

    from São Paulo - Brazil

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is magnific. Very fast AF, big colors, maximum luminosity. I bought this lens because its great aperture... the bokeh is very nice. I recomend this lens. Sigma made a great job in this lens.

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    5.0

    Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 art lens

    By Farewell

    from Orange, CA

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

    Superb lens. Fast autofocus, tack sharp. I love this lens.

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    5.0

    Like a Dream

    By Adam, content creator

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Used it to simulate a 'documentary' style of shooting and it was amazing. Highly recommend it.

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        5.0

        Excelente Calidad...

        By AliGlez

        from Hidlago, Mexico.

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • 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:

          Para estrenar este bombon le tome unas fotos a mi hija de un año, el enfoque es muy rapido para una bebe tan inquieta, la NITIDEZ EXCELENTE, mi primera impresión en camara buena clidad en color y contraste aberrasiones minimas en contra luz con F1.8. El diseño y calidad de materiales son excelentes y ergonomicamente muy agradable, Un peso que brinda buen soporte, Solo no me gusto que el anillo de enfoque gira contrario a la linea de Nikon.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          This is very powerful lens.

          By Zuss

          from Astoria, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Low light shooting
          • Portraits
          • 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:

          I bought this lens a couple weeks ago and wasn't sure whether I'll keep it because a very high (for my budget) price. After two weeks of testing the lens I decided to keep it without any kind of hesitation. I use it shooting portraits, streetscapes and interior' details and everywhere it works beyond my expectations, especially in portraits.

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          5.0

          Better than buying or carrying 4 primes

          By NilePhotog

          from New Orleans, LA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          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

            Verified Buyer

            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

              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 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

                Verified Buyer

                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

                Verified Reviewer

                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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