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

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  • Nice bokeh (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

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    • Landscape/scenery (3)
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    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 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 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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    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 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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