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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-52.5mm
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
  • Four Aspherical & 5 SLD Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Sony Alpha Lens Mount
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 overview

  • 1Description

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha is a wide-angle to normal-length zoom lens that features a fast, bright constant f/1.8 maximum aperture. It is specifically designed for use with APS-C-sized sensors and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-52.5mm.

The lens integrates four aspherical elements into its construction as well as five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements to help minimize various aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range as well as provide greater image sharpness and clarity. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting to produce images with higher contrast and color fidelity. The lens barrel design is constructed from a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material that is akin to metal in texture and resistance to temperature and environmental changes while also remaining lightweight and compact. An internal focusing and zooming mechanism also helps to maintain a compact and consistent overall length and non-rotating front ring also better enables the use of circular polarizing filters. For control of focus, a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) is used to ensure fast, precise, and quiet focusing capabilities that are well suited to continuous shooting and movie recording.

Art Lens Line
This lens is part of Sigma's Art line; deeming it well-suited to creative image making due to its large, constant f/1.8 maximum aperture and ability to produce aesthetic bokeh by way of a nine-blade circular diaphragm. The range of focal lengths it covers, from wide-angle to normal-length, is nicely situated for everyday and artistic shooting applications.
Optimized Lens Design
Four aspherical lens elements, as well as the incorporation of five SLD glass elements, help to minimize the appearance of distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range and provide clear imagery with enhanced sharpness. A Super Multi-Layer Coating also benefits the image quality by reducing reflections and flare and contributing to greater overall contrast and fidelity.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing.
Other Lens Features
  • Constructed using a TSC compound material, this lens is lightweight while also exhibiting notable durability and resistance to environmental changes.
  • An internal focusing and zooming mechanism helps to maintain a consistent overall lens length and a non-rotating front ring facilitates more efficient use of circular polarizers.
UPC: 085126210625
In the Box
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 18 - 35mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 52.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 76.5° - 44.2°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11" (27.94 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Elements/Groups 17 / 12
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 4.76" (78 x 121 mm)
    Weight 1.78 lb (811 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.087 x 4.803 x 4.803"

    Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 reviews

    18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite lens! This is my first Sigma lens and I love it! The images are sharp and the lens is so much fun to shoot. Pros: Solid construction, heavy duty feel. The zoom and focus rings are extremely smooth to turn. Nice rubber grip adds to the solid feel. The lens never changes size, as you zoom or focus it all takes place internally. The images are very sharp. The button for auto/manual focus is nice and the included lens hood is great quality. Cons: This solid, rugged construction comes with a price, it is heavy, but manageable. In low light situations the autofocus does some hunting. Overall this lens is wonderful and I highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2016-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big win for Sigma, nothing else like it. 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.
    Date published: 2015-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One lens = three primes! 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!
    Date published: 2015-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Level of Sharp 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.
    Date published: 2015-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like getting four fast primes in 1 lens 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than primes 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.
    Date published: 2016-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy. Sharp. Fast. Did I say Heavy? Still, I love it. I got the Sigma 18-35MM F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens with the Sony Alpha mount at a real good price. I got an offer I could not refuse. I am using the Sony A6300, a camera that I am really enjoying. I was a bit confused at first as to how I was going to make the best choice as far as lens adapters. There are a few options as to what you can do. You can send the lens back to Sigma and have it converted to the Canon mount (if you have the Sony A mount, or buy the Canon mount lens right off the bat) and then Buy the Sigma MC11 adapter. That option gives you all the focus options and makes the lens act as a native lens but that is kind of an expensive way to do it. The SIgma MC 11 does the Canon mount lens only. Sigma can convert your A mount lens to Canon mount for $150. You could get the Sony LA-EA4 but that unit cuts 30% of the light with its own focus system. Seeing how the A6300 has a focus system on the sensor, the EA4's is not needed. Or, you could do as I did and get the Sony LA-EA3 which is nothing more than an adapter that allows the lens to focus and do what it needs to do. So I went with the LA-EA3. The LA-EA3 does eliminate some of the focusing options but I found that not to be a problem. Using this lens is not like using a native lens. There is no stabilizer but I have found that by using a gimbal for free hand and a tripod, that is not really an issue with my type of shooting. The first thing I noticed was this lens is heavy. Way more heavy than the primes (Sigma 19,30 and 60MM 2.8 art lenses) that this will replace. It makes the Sony A6300 feel like a larger camera. It also seems to steady my shooting and with the F1.8, my exposures are shorter which also helps with not getting blurry shots. The total weight of the Sony A6300 and Sigma 18-35 is 2 lbs. 10 oz. I was really surprised how sharp the photos are with this lens. I have noticed that the photos and videos are even sharper than the Sigma Art prime lenses. It probably has something to do with the higher quality glass in the 18-35. Videos are great...even better than the 60mm. The lens looks great on the camera and makes the A6300 look like a pro camera. I get lots of questions when I am shooting. So in conclusion, yes it is heavy. It is sharp. It will not have all the options of a native lens. It will cost a little bit more to be able to use it on a Sony E-mount. But it is worth it. The image quality is superb. The CA is almost non existent. The Bokeh is to die for. Almost no barrel distortion. It makes shooting videos easy if you use a gimbal or tripod. It is a most excellent lens.
    Date published: 2016-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't live without it 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.
    Date published: 2015-06-08
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