Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F

B&H # SI1830035N MFR # 886306
Expected availability: Dec 28, 2018

Product Highlights

  • Nikon F Lens/APS-C Format
  • 27-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3
  • One SLD and Four FLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Stabilization
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15"
  • Lens Hood Included
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 overview

  • 1Description

An all-in-one zoom for APS-C cameras, the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens from Sigma provides users of Nikon F-mount cameras with an extremely versatile focal length equivalent of 27-450mm. This version also offers optical image stabilization for reducing the effects of camera shake at longer focal lengths and slower shutter speeds. The lens also has a maximum aperture range of f/3.5-6.3 and benefits from the inclusion of one SLD and four FLD elements. Additionally, a Super Multi-Layer coating on the elements results in less flare and improved contrast.

Utilizing a Hyper Sonic Motor for autofocus ensures quick, quiet, and accurate focusing, all the way to the lens' minimum focus distance of just 15". A lens hood is included with the lens and it is compatible with Sigma's USB Dock for installing firmware updates and adjusting focus.

Lens construction with 17 elements in 13 groups
Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting for higher contrast images
"F" Low Dispersion, or FLD, glass is designed with performance similar to flourite elements with a low refractive index and low dispersion for minimizing chromatic aberration as well as clearer and sharper imagery
Special Low Dispersion, or SLD, glass elements assist in providing greater clarity and contrast to an image
Maximum magnification ratio of 1:3 or 1:2 with optional AML72-01 close-up lens
Features a front 72mm filter thread
Eligible for Sigma's Mount Conversion Service
UPC: 085126886554
In the Box
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    • 1Description

    Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 specs

    Focal Length 18 - 300mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 450 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 76.5° - 5.4°
    Minimum Focus Distance 15.3" / 38.86 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.11 x 4.00" / 79 x 101.5 mm
    Weight 20.6 oz / 584 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.0 x 4.0"

    Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 reviews

    18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 60.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around lense I photograph flowers and landscapes. So I tend to use a macro lense. So with a macro lense on the camera the most beautiful landscape shows up. I Have to change the lense. 18-300 lense is the perfect solution. I set the Sigma 18-300 to 105mm adjust the aperature to F.18 and the results compare very favorable to my macro lense. I find this lense is as sharp as any other lense in my collection. I think i have a very good sample. I have the Sigma 18-250 which is good but this lense beats it all the way. I usually find that after owning a product that something could be better, yet to find it on this lense. Color is very good also.
    Date published: 2016-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased With This lens I use this on a D7100. Needs light on the long end, center's sharp at 300 f/6.3, by f/8 to f/11 very good across the frame. Good build quality, not too heavy. With previous super zooms I've had there were times I regretted not having a different lens on my camera. I don't have those concerns now with this lens. Auto focus is very good, though the manual focus ring is narrow and does rotate in auto focus. Even on days when I want my best quality shots I find myself including this kens in the mix of what I take with me. I'd recommend this lens highly
    Date published: 2015-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Major improvement over the 18-250mm This lens is pretty much the ultimate walk-around, all purpose lens for the crop sensor bodies from Sigma. It is sharper on the long end than the Tamron 16-300mm model, and has a better feel to the barrel and build quality. Minor distortion at the wide end is easily correctable, but it does not play well with filters, it will vignette even the slim mount filters at 18mm. It is nicely sharp even at 300mm and wide open if you have good light, it does have the unusual characteristic of getting soft wide open in poor lighting conditions.
    Date published: 2014-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact but Powerful A solid all in one zoom, perfect for travel photos. Well built, no lateral play at the extreme range. Focus ring is quite narrow but the zoom ring is wide allowing easy zooming from 18-300mm. Lens creep is minimal at all focal lengths. Sharpness of lens at both 18mm & 300mm is excellent (See examples below).Both pictures were taken standing in the exact same location.
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comparison shows the differences If you're deciding on this Sigma lens vs. the equivalent 18-300 Nikon lens, you should consider some of these important differences. I'm writing this from the standpoint of someone who has used both the Sigma and Nikon lenses which may be helpful if you're trying to decide which is a better solution for your needs. I bought this lens as a replacement for the Nikon 18-300 that I dropped and damaged beyond repair. I'm comparing new for new. The Good The Sigma has a nicer build quality and feels more solid and less plasticy than the Nikon. The rubber rings also feel more substantial. I like the minimalist look and black finish over the flashy gold accents on the Nikon. The Sigma looks like a Zeiss. The zoom ring is wide and can be adjusted even when the lens hood is reversed. The lens hood is included with the Sigma, it's $50 option with the Nikon. The optics of the Sigma seem to be a bit better with one more fluoride element than Nikon's ELD elements. I didn't notice less chromic aberration with the Sigma. Sigma has a 1.2' minimum focus distance versus Nikon's 1.6'. The focusing mechanism is quieter on the Sigma. The Sigma holds its zoom position better than the Nikon, especially if the camera is hanging lens down. The Sigma has the distance marked on the focus ring. Nikon does not. The Sigma's focus ring also allows for attachments of third-party focus-pullers. The Sigma is about $200 less than the Nikon. The Same Both lenses have an 18mm zoom lock stop. Both have excellent optics given the wide focal lengths. Both have a very solid metal lens mount. Both lenses exhibit substantial lens flare when shooting directly into a light source. The weight and dimensions are similar, but the Sigma is about 34 grams heavier and slightly longer, but not really noticeable. The Bad The Sigma's zoom action isn't smooth. It could be a difference in individual lenses, but it shouldn't be significant if it is manufactured consistently. It appears to stick a little right around the 50mm range, where the movement switches elements, but is smooth at both extremes. The Nikon is smooth and even throughout its zoom range. The zoom ring on the Sigma rotates in the opposite direction than the Nikon. Not a big deal if you have other Sigma lenses or recently switched from a Canon system, but it's really hard to get used to if you still use other Nikon lenses. The Nikon has a focus ring that works even when the lens is in auto-focus mode. If I want to change the focus, I simply turn the focus ring to immediately override the auto-focus. The Sigma doesn't work that way. Its focus-ring only works if I switch the focus from auto to manual, making it a bit more clumsy to quickly focus manually. On the other hand, it's more difficult to use a focus-pull on the Nikon. Although both lenses have quite a bit of distortion, especially barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom, the Sigma also introduces a lot more pincushion distortion in the normal range of the zoom and only becomes less apparent at the 300mm telephoto end. Not a huge issue if you're using Lightroom to post process. The feature that was the deciding factor for me, however, was the image stabilization. The Sigma OS didn't work. At all. I couldn't really tell the difference whether it was on or off, and I couldn't tell if it was even working. Perhaps it only works when the shutter is fully depressed. Nikon's VR is excellent. When I half-press the shutter button, I could immediately see the vibrations stopped instantly. So much so that I could easily read signs at a distance. Conclusion I really wanted this lens to work for me, but there were a few too many small issues and a major issue that all added up to a lens that was just not up to par. If I didn't have the Nikon lens for comparison, I might not have known what I was missing, and possibly would have been happy with it. As it is, I returned this lens and spent the $200 more for the Nikon lens.
    Date published: 2016-11-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Travel Lens! I bought this lens for camping and travel photography. I'm a photography enthusiast. I also bought it to replace my Nikon 18-200mm VR. First things I've noticed are that build quality is very nice. It's got a good solid feel to it. OS works well. I really like that it has a lock button at 18mm, to prevent lens creep when hiking or on the go. My old Nikon 18-200 would constantly creep out on me when I was hiking. Being able to zoom to 300mm is a big plus. I love it for travel because I don't have to constantly be changing lens over and over. As for sharpness, I feel that it's been very sharp in most cases, especially when you're stopping down. I've needed to bump up my ISO when shooting wildlife around 300mm, but I expected that being f/6.3 at the long end. Overall, this is a very good lens for travel photographers.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ! Build quality is surprise, it's built in Japan. Lens very smooth with a comfortable grip. Images are crisp and clean and colours are reproduced true to life with deep saturation throughout the focal range. Very impressed with this piece of glass with the added bonus of no longer having to switch from one lens to another. Selling my 18-70mm and my 70-300mm so this new lens will end up costing me next to nothing. Unless you are a pro, this could be the only lens you will ever need. Further, the Sigma USB Dock allows you to keep your lens current, longer by being able to update the on-board firmware. Couldn't be happier with this purchase ! Well done Sigma...very well done !
    Date published: 2017-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent travel and special event lens January 2015 - I purchased this lens from B&H Photo & Video in NYC. At B&H there is a lounge area in the front of their super store. I unpacked the new lens and mounted it to my Nikon D3200 dSLR. I took sample photos across the street through a plate glass window standing from the same position at 18mm, 60mm, 135mm and 280mm zoom settings (see sample test 4 at 280mm zoom). Right out of the box, the SIGMA lens performed very satisfactory. There is very low chromatic distortion. In test 4, the new SIGMA lens can even resolve very faint blue scratches in the vertical diner sign at a 280mm setting. That shows excellent optical resolution. The day of purchase, I took some evening photos (test 5) of Times Square showing good detail in shadow and window areas. The provided LOCK lever stops the lens from 'seeping or slipping' zoom position when the lens is tilted way up or down. My photographer friends who I have showed this lens to all have said it focuses quickly and quietly. At an overall length including the mounted sun shade of 4.8 inches (about 125mm) and weighing 22.3 oz (about 632 grams), it fits very nicely in my camera bag. NOTE: The weight and length includes the provided lens cap. And a purchased high quality 72mm multicoated UV filter that I strongly recommend. My main reason for getting this lens is I wanted more convenience for composing a photograph where it would be awkward to change lenses. SIGMA provides a three year warranty provided the lens is registered with SIGMA. SIGMA also provides a way to customize the firmware inside the lens with a SIGMA App. One needs to buy the USB lens mount from SIGMA. I look forward to trying that programmable lens firmware option someday.I did notice when the lens locks-in with FOCUS or IMAGE STABILIZATION, the image may shift a tiny bit in the viewfinder. Also, use caution when using this lens with a camera pop up flash. The lens barrel may cast a very noticeable shadow of the pop up flash in the lower area of a photograph. Check for a cast shadow sometimes. A mounted or off-axis external flash unit solves that cast shadow situation as a compromise. I trust the new line of SIGMA lenses (all made in Japan) for excellent conservative optical performance and quality. I feel this lens is excellent for travel and journalism photography. Easy to use right out of the box. Buy a high quality 72mm multicoated UV filter. Then leave the sun shade on most of the time. Thanks. UPDATE from the reviewer: The Lock slider only locks the position of the zoom barrel in the 18mm position. It doesn't 'lock' the lens in any desired zoom position as previously stated. I apologize for the oversight.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D7500
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