Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount

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Product Highlights

  • Wide-Angle to Telephoto Zoom Macro Lens
  • For Nikon APS-C Cameras Only
  • Optical Stabilization (OS)
  • Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM)
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 13.7"
  • 4 Special Low Dispersion (SLD) Elements
  • 3 Aspherical Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Lens Coating
  • Brass Made Bayonet Mount
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Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Overview

  • 1Description

If you have a Nikon camera with a smaller-size APS-C sensor and F mount, then the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM from Sigma is an incredibly versatile lens that is a real jack-of-all-trades lens you can carry in any situation. With a focal length spanning from a wide-angle 18mm up to a 250 mm telephoto zoom, with macro capabilities to boot, Sigma's 18-250mm could easily be your camera's first all-in-one lens, or a great replacement for several smaller lenses that you're looking to consolidate.

Sigma redesigned the optical and structural design of this lens in order to achieve a relatively compact size, at 4.0" long, as well as a close minimum focusing distance of 13.8" for macro photography. Their Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) construction maintains the structure of the lens, with little variation despite changing temperatures. The lens also incorporates a brass-made bayonet mount, to further reinforce the lenses durability and resistance to wear and tear over time.

The minimum focusing distance is the same throughout the focal length of the entire zoom range, and provides a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. As an added benefit over fixed focal length macro lenses, the size and framing of subjects can quickly and easily be adjusted by rotating the zoom ring. For even further convenience, at each focusing distance on the side of the lens barrel, the maximum magnification ratio is also displayed.

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM has been built with Sigma's exclusive Optical Stabilizer (OS) function. This provides approximately 4-stops of effective camera correction, allowing for lower-light shooting, or greater sharpness in adequate lighting situations. This benefit is even carried into the macro range of photography, where the slightest bump or blur could easily ruin an image. This stabilizer is also adaptive to moving subjects, detecting your movement as you pan the camera and lens, offering effective correction there as well.

For high image quality, you know you've got to have high quality glass, and Sigma has incorporated their Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element into the 18-250mm. In addition to the SLD element, three aspherical lenses, including a double-sided aspherical lens, have been used in the lens' construction--offering excellent correction of color aberration, for better clarity and quality of images throughout the zoom range.

A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been employed to reduce flare and ghosting with this lens. This makes it resistant to strong incident light, such as backlight behind a subject, providing sharper, high contrast images even shooting into a light source. To prevent internal reflections from occurring, the included petal-type lens hood can be attached in order to block out extraneous light.

For a lens that offers a wide-angle to telephoto focal length, the ability to zoom-in with macro photography, and provides Optical Stabilization built-in, Sigma's 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM made for Nikon cameras is more than a match. Whether you're on a macro product shoot, a walk in the park, or have a wedding to go to, this lens will help you shoot high quality images in any situation.

Possibilities as Wide as its Zoom Range
Going from an 18mm wide-angle lens in the park, to an 85mm portrait lens at a wedding, and later attaching a heavy 250mm lens for wildlife or sport photography means you'll have to carry pounds of gear around with you, by hand or on your back, all day long. With the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, you won't have to risk dust entering your Nikon camera body, dropping one of your lenses as the bride's aunt runs into you with a glass of wine, or fumbling to switch to your zoom lens as you watch an eagle soar away--missing opportunities because you had the wrong lens at the time
In Close, or Wide Open
Not only is the zoom range excellent for a variety of situations, but the focus range is also conducive to macro photography--with the added benefit of zooming in on the tiniest textures or creatures. With a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9 you can get an up-close and personal shot of the petals of a flower, then immediately zoom out and catch a group photo before anyone blinks
Compact Construction
Incorporating double-sided aspherical lenses, and redesigning the lenses construction, Sigma has made improvements in keeping this lens at a relatively compact size, yet still achieving an outstanding zoom range. The filter thread diameter has been reduced to 62mm--while, with a 13x zoom range, the length of the lens still remains a mere 3.4" long
Tough Exterior, yet Quality Interior
While the design and construction of the lens has kept it relatively compact, the new Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material has been used to keep it strong and resistant to weathering effects. In addition, a brass made bayonet mount reinforces the strength applied to the surface of the lens. The combination of these features leads to reduced contractility with changing temperatures, a higher quality of lens construction, and allows for slimmer parts to be used--keeping it compact and strong
Holding Steady
Sigma has incorporated their unique Optical Stabilizer (OS) function that offers effectively 4-stops of correction. This makes it possible to compensate for camera shake even in the close-up macro range of photography where a small blur can be detrimental to an image. Even when photographing moving subjects, such as those in sports, the OS function automatically detects the camera's movement and offers effective correction for potential camera shake. The stabilizer's effectiveness does gradually decrease as the shooting distance becomes shorter, however, and is not available on Sony or Pentax camera mounts
Flares, Aberrations, and Ghosting. Oh my!
Everybody says you should invest in your glass, and Sigma's 18-250mm provides just the way for you to do that. With three Aspherical glass elements that offer correction for distortion. Four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that provide optimum color correction and sharpness, as well as a Super Multi-Layer lens coating that reduces flare and ghosting. This array of optical features assure high image quality throughout the entire zoom range, and widely varying lighting situations
In the Box
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood (LH680-04)
  • Front Lens Cap (LCF II)
  • Rear Lens Cap (LCR)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    • 1Description

    Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Specs

    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Angle of View 76.5 to 6.5
    Minimum Focus Distance 13.8" / 35.05 cm
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 16 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.9 x 3.5" / 7.4 x 8.9 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 4.2 x 4.1"

    Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Reviews

    18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 174.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A can-do lens Just returned from Costa Rica, where this Sigma lens on my Nikon D5300 was my primary go-to lens in the jungle. From flying birds to small frogs, the Sigma's 18mm - 250mm range did the job well. The Auto-focus tracked flying birds through the trees with surprising accuracy, and in low light conditions the OS was a shot saver. While not a true Macro, the attached frog image tells the tale. It is a lightweight, compact lens that gets more use than any of my other lenses, regardless of price. I would gladly pay $ to replace this lens.Lens creep is my only issue, but I live with it because of all the other advantages.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very, very pleased I bought this lens to replace the Tamron 18-270, and couldn't be happier with the switch. I had the first Tamron 18-270, which I really liked. I replaced it with the newer Tamron 18-270, and that lens was shorter and lighter, but not nearly as sharp. I was very disappointed with that lens and figured I would give the Sigma a try - and I am delighted with the results. Pix are sharp throughout the range. No lens creep at all (so far), and even if creep becomes an issue, I can deal with it as long as the pix are so good. I highly recommend this lens. BTW, I am using this lens on a Nikon D7000.
    Date published: 2013-09-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice lens for the price. Like this Lens. I bought this lens for camp and bnackpacking trips where I don't wan't to bring multiple lenses to go from landscapes to animal life. After 2 trips the lens has held up just fine. I have taken it caneoning in the swamp and out to the beach. In eithe case never had a problem. The zoom feature is still stiff enouigh that I really haven't need to use the zoom lock, although it is nice to have when hking. one thing that takes some getting used to is the zoom turns in the reverse direction than all my other Nikon lenes. Not sure if this is a Sigma thing (this is my first Sigma lens)
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good bargain From France. Then in NYC, my faithful 7 years-old NIKON 28-200 just failed, getting loose, no more focusing.I had to replace it to continue my travel and take pictures... The day after,I bought this Sigma lens on advise of Mr S... vendor B&H, for $200 less than 2013 price. **Great are: the max focal length, macro position, weight, the lock my Nikon did not get as an old series - and contributed to breakdown. Stabilizer is ok, focusing is quick, silent, precise. **Less nice: vignetting at telephoto extreme position, a little soft under f:8, but all these lenses do that. Unable to re-focus manually without damaging the motor, as the N did(for a few $ more indeed..)
    Date published: 2014-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An interesting superzoom This Sigma lens is a surprisingly light and small but it's performance is good as a superzoom. The image quality of this lens is pretty good as mentioned in ePhotozine, in particular I think it is better than Tamron 18-270mm PZD. The macro functions well, though it is not a true macro. IQ of macro is reasonable. Focusing is not bad. It is silent and fast, but sometimes I have experienced kind of delay of focusing with my D5100. Unfortunately this lens creeps, while you can fix it with the zoom lock button. Together, Sigma 18-250mm Macro lens is a nice superzoom lens with relatively high IQ and very practical macro function, although it is smaller than its competitors.
    Date published: 2012-08-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Split the Range I have been using a Tamron 18-270 with my Nikon D300 and because of unsharpness and color fringing thought I would try a newer version of an all in one. I was greatly disappointed by the Sigma. Not only was it not better but it had more distortion and unsharpness at both ends of the range. Sharpness in the middle and at f8 and f11 were not bad at all but overall I felt I was gaining nothing except a somewhat lighter lens. There are no shortcuts or free lunches. I'm going back to two zooms to cover the range realizing that they are not perfect solutions but a lot better in spite of the inconveniences of taking two separate lenses when I travel.
    Date published: 2013-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best purchases I've made As a photojournalist for a community news service, I wanted a general purpose lens so as not to be burdened with a lot of equipment because I shoot both stills and video at news events. This lens does that for me, sharp images, easy to use. I was a little concerned about its speed, but got some good night shots at an accident. Optical stabilizer works very well. Since most of my shots are for the web or 8x10 prints, there is no problem with sharpness. The only problem I have is lens creep and its pretty bad. But I have learned to lock and unlock the lens. For the price, this is an outstanding lens.
    Date published: 2013-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great walkaround lens. The 5 stars is taking into account the fact that I know the compromises that come with a superzoom, and it is the best I've used. So far I have shot about 500 images with this lens attached to a D7100, my copy is sharp for a superzoom, and has performed well in all shooting environments so far including low light indoor and outdoor shooting. It has performed well from macro distances out to long distance aircraft and ship shooting, in low light indoor situations to bright sunny days, and everything in between. It is a great walkaround lens that has done all I've asked of it so far, just don't expect 70-200 VRII sharpness and fastness.
    Date published: 2013-07-12
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    Will this work with the Nikon D100?Thanks!
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 is compatible with the Nikon D100.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Are you sure it's compatible with the Nikon d5300 - has Sigma updated the firmware to fix the problem with AF? Thanks
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Is this compatible with Nikon D3300? Thanks
    Answered by: Mariana S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    IS the sigma 18-250 lens compatible with the nikon D300? Also is it AF or manual?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I don't really know about your body D300, but I bought it in 2013 for a little bit older body (D40X) and it works fine. In fact, it works perfectly.
    Answered by: Carlos P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is this lens compatible with the D7000?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount is fully compatible for use with the Nikon D7000 DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does this lens focus internally and zoom internally?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sigma 18-250mm focuses internally with the hyper-sonic motor, and zooms externally by physically rotating the zoom ring.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will this camera work with a Nikon D40X?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F Mount uses Sigma's built-in HSM Hypersonic Motor and is dedicated and fully compatible for use with all Nikon cameras using the smaller APS-C 1.5x sensor, which includes the Nikon D40x DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the Sima 18-250mm lens completely compatible with my nikon D3100?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for Nikon F mount is compatible with the Nikon D3100.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    this lens is compatible to nikon D610?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Technically, the Sigma 18-250mm lens is compatible with the D610, but there will be limitations. The 18-250mm is designed for use with APS-C size sensor cameras, so its image circle will not cover a full frame sensor. The D610 would need to be shot in DX mode with this lens, which kind of negates the entire reason for going with a full frame camera.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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