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Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha
 
5.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (8)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Night photography (9)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than primes

By Marco Fisico

from Calgary, AB

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Very 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 Art Lens for Sony Alpha:

Best lens purchase I ever made. This lens is ridiculously good. I found it consistently performed better than my 35mm 1.8 prime. Its like having 17 primes in 1 lens! Be forewarned, this is a very heavy lens, nearly as heavy as the Zeiss 24-70 2.8, and it's fairly long as well.

The build quality is exceedingly good, nice machined metal and high quality plastic. The lens hood is also high quality plastic with a bit of rubber. The rubber grips feel nice and are large and easy to grab. The focus and zoom rings move very smoothly, so smoothly it's easy to brush past and change your focal length.

The autofocus is buttery smooth and silent. I found the focus to be a bit innacurate at times if using full scene or zone AF. Try to use spot AF or manual focus to get the best performance. Or you can use the USB dock to adjust focus as well. The focusing is all done internally. I'm not sure if the lens is weather sealed, but the fact that the lens doesn't extend will reduce the chance of dust entering.

The smallest aperture you'll get on the lens is f16, so I found myself using ND's a bit more often than my other lenses just to get the shutter speed down. Takes 72mm filters, but I'd buy 77mm+ filters and use a step up ring.

I found that this lens shines when you treat it like a manual focus prime. The 18-35mm limited reach will force you to move around almost as much as using a fixed prime, but you have the 18mm wide angle advantage. Set your focal length, and use the focus magnifier feature on your Sony camera to zoom on exactly what you want in focus. When you slow down and take the picture with manual focus, you'll get astounding shots. The colour is unbelievably good, sharpness is insane, and as good if not better than primes even wide open. Distortion and vignetting are kept to a minimum.

There is no lens on the market that gives us APS-C shooters an 18mm 1.8, let alone a zooming constant 1.8 from 18-35mm. I use it wide open quite frequently and get amazingly sharp pictures, even at 18mm. You will be astounded at the quality of pictures you will get from this lens. In my opinion, this is a must have lens for any Sony APS-C shooter. I would very very HIGHLY recommend it.

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5.0

My first Sigma lens, Love it.

By Penelope the pro

from Cheyenne, Wyoming

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    I bought this mainly for the large aperture for night photography. Its a little heavy, but, It feels like a good lens and not a toy. Its smooth movements and quiet focus was a joy.

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    5.0

    Can't live without it

    By D.R. Leo

    from Curitiba, Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      The gear is amazing. Covers very good angle, with excellent quality in all aspects of optical view, and the drive is very fast and silent. Great to take photos indoor, and also portraits. Very sharp photos and with great quality starts at f/1.8 unlike some others that are built with f/1.4 but only start to be good at 2.0. Really amazing quality.

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      5.0

      One lens = three primes!

      By Kenny N

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Build quality
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Industrial Design
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Smooth And Quiet Af
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow AF
      • Slow Focus

      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 Art Lens for Sony Alpha:

      Time to ditch those primes and go with SIGMA!
      I know why you are here! the lens speak for itself, true innovation in technology and design from SIGMA. If you are reading this, Add to cart while you are at it because you'll never regret it.
      This lens is amazing because you don't need to change your primes when you're out shooting, zoom in to get that good nifty fifty crop or zoom out to get that good wider 35mm crop.
      I am selling all my lens under 55mm because this lens just does it all!

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      5.0

      A New Level of Sharp

      By Nick

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Optically Perfect

      Cons

      • Bad Lens Cap

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is optically phenomenal in every way. From the utter lack of chromatic aberration to the beautiful bokeh, I have found no reason to rate the lens's optics as anything less than excellent. One thing to keep in mind is that in order to accommodate the exceptionally fast constant maximum aperture, the lens is physically quite large. I do not mind the size, but some may. Additionally, be sure to purchase a third party lens cap. As fantastic as this lens is, it comes with one of Sigma's notoriously bad lens caps.

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      5.0

      Big win for Sigma, nothing else like it.

      By homerc67

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • 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 Sony Alpha:

        What a lens, I'm using on my Sony FS100 which is already superior for low light video and with this attached it is a true game changer. This lens really got me back on board with third party lenses, owned Sigma lenses in the past and the performance was always good but never this good and the fact that no one else offers a zoom lens of this speed is truly unprecedented. I don't have a single complaint about this lens other than not being available in e mount. I really look forward to trying it out on a Sony A77ii which this lens makes me want to buy. In camera stabilization with a f/1.8 zoom lens? Yes please.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A fantastic lens, I would buy again

        By Frankfranco

        from Livermore, CA

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

        I purchased this product to be used with my Sony NEX - EA50UH for video work. It's been perfect the quality of the product is great with great focus and the smooth zoom is nice for weddings. The f1.8 is awesome for all my reception footage with low light. Overall I really like this lens.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Multiple Primes In One Lens

        By VirtualMirage

        from Southern Maryland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Internal focus and zoom
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Nice contrast
        • Sharp At Large Apertures
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bf At Infinity Fixable

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Street photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        First off, it felt like a long wait getting this lens. It took one year from the day I pre-ordered the lens until the day it finally shipped. But it was worth it. This is certainly one of my favorite lenses to use as a daily walk around and is on my camera most of the time.

        Many will describe this lens as less of a zoom and more of a multiple prime lenses in one, especially due to its "odd" focal range for a crop sensor. But when you figure in Full Frame equivalent focal lengths, it covers the focal length of popular primes such as 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm, then it doesn't seem as odd. Truly, that is probably the best description for this. The image quality this lens produces is so good, even at wide open, I decided to get rid of my primes that overlapped its range.

        Build quality of the lens is very nice and solid. It definitely exudes confidence. While it isn't weather sealed, it helps that the lens is internal focusing and internal zooming. This should help reduce the likelihood of dust or moisture making its way into the lens. It's got some heft, but isn't too heavy. I am not huge fan of the ridged bottom between the focus and zoom rings, but that is just personal preference. I have on more than one occasion mistook it for one of the focus/zoom rings only to find I was gripping the wrong section. But it isn't a big deal.

        The lens through most of its focal length range is very sharp with good contrast and resolution from F/1.8 through F/5.6. I'm using this on a 24MP A77II and it pulls in quite a bit of detail with that camera. When shooting up close and with good background separation, and luckily you can get pretty close with this lens, you can get some really nice bokeh.

        Focusing speed is adequate, but it won't be breaking any speed records. If having to focus from rack to rack, it may seem slow, mainly because it seems to make quite a few turns from around 2 feet to its closest focusing point. But so long as your subject is constantly around 2 feet or further out the focusing speed is decent and it is pretty quick if it doesn't have to move too much through its focusing range. Seems to do a decent job tracking too.

        With it using HSM, it is pretty quiet focusing. This makes it a decent lens to use if you plan to shoot video.

        If I have one complaint, it would have to be its focusing accuracy out of the box for subjects that require it to focus to infinity. Out of the box, mine had a strong back focus when attempting to lock on to subject at infinity. Luckily, this is fairly easy to correct with the use of the Sigma USB Dock. I strongly encourage anyone buying this lens or any of Sigma's other Global lenses to invest in the USB Dock. It's a small investment that is worth every penny. It'll allow you to fine tune the lens' focus accuracy among other things. Plus, it allows you to update the firmware of the lens if Sigma releases updates without having to send the lens back in to them.

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        5.0

        Like getting four fast primes in 1 lens

        By pmrphoto

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not Available For E Mount

        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 Art Lens for Sony Alpha:

        This seems almost too good to be true, but it performs very well indeed. I use this on a Sony A77II body. AF is smooth and very quiet and quite fast (I'm used to Canon and Nikon fast glass). Build quality is excellent and the weight makes me feel good about the lens, not worse as some complain about. The lens is plenty sharp but lacks a little contrast but thanks to post processing software like LR, it's no big deal to crank that in after your shoot. It becomes a 27-52.5mm f/1.8 lens on an APS-C crop sensor body (7DII, A77II, D7100). I shoot this for both stills and video and almost always wide open. It blows backgrounds out nicely, simplifies the look of my images, and overall performs even better than my expectations.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Like having several prime lenses in one

        By Edm

        from San Leandro, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Not A Long Zoom Range

        Best Uses

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

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

        Solid build & superb optics had me grinning from the very first time I used it. Worked so well in the studio I can't wait to see how it does in other situations. I sure wish it had been available when i went to Italy last April. The quiet auto focus, wide angle, & fast f1.8 would have served me well in the cathedrals & palaces there.

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