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

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (76)

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    (13)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (56)
  • Strong construction (53)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (50)
  • Consistent output (40)
  • Durable (37)

Cons

  • Heavy (39)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (61)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Weddings (33)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), 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

Great Lens

By Rob

from NYC

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

Very Sharp lens & fast. The 1.8 f stop is great in low light. Do recommend

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5.0

5 Star Sharpness, Clean Image Heavy Duty Lens!

By RoyalCodeFilm

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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 Art Lens for Nikon:

Everything about it is great. The image it helps produce on the BMPCC alongside the metabones bmpcc speedbooster is amazing. Literally the only lens speedbooster combo that should be on the BMPCC and never come off.

A great buy for any camera, but a golden image with the bmpcc.

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  • No

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5.0

Sigma 18-35

By MSBIRD

from MS

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Very Sharp

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I purchased this lens based on very positive reviews to use on a Nikon D7200. I used the Sigma Dock to tune the focus per Sigma instructions. So far I have only used to for close ups of flowers which worked very well. It compares favorably with Nikon lens that I own. I plan to use it during a trip to visit lighthouses

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5.0

very sharp lens

By Roger S.

from Jersey city, nj

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

Great lens for a crop sensor. Very sharp! Build is solid

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5.0

Great Lens

By Joe T

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Best resolution I have seen from my D7100.

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    • No

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    5.0

    One of my faves

    By Goofy

    from Tripping Out, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

    Fantastic lens, has needed no fine focus adjustments out of the box and in almost a year attached to one of my D7100s. I second all the findings in all the reviews out there. Use it in my fashion and editorial work.... but... it has me so spoiled.... Now, please, Sigma, give us a FF Art version of this lens, F2-2.8 will be fine, just so the zoom ring is next to the mount so focal length can be easily adjusted while attached to a D750 or D810 seated inside a PCB Ring Flash.Best third party lens Ive ever bought, hands down.

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    • No

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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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              (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  • No

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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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