zzqefzaufsaudyqrqavr

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Sigma18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon
 
4.7

(based on 229 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (172)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (117)
  • Nice bokeh (92)
  • Durable (85)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
  • Consistent output (62)

Cons

  • Heavy (70)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Inconsistent focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (107)
  • Video (90)
  • Landscape/scenery (79)
  • Weddings (74)
  • Night photography (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (55), Pro photographer (41), Photo enthusiast (32), Casual photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (141), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Art Lens earns the name

I'm a retoucher and illustrator; have made thousands of photos pop for ads and commercials. In budget situations, have taken shots myself (these usually need LOTS of retouching lol).
Recent...Read complete review

I'm a retoucher and illustrator; have made thousands of photos pop for ads and commercials. In budget situations, have taken shots myself (these usually need LOTS of retouching lol).
Recent purchase of Sigma 18-35mm and Canon 70D is reshaping my workflow. This lens, even with inexpert lighting is so crisp and depth of field precise, with such naturally expressive bokeh that my "intervention" is reduced to almost nil in most shots.

Lots of research went into its purchase; these reviews are correct in its exceptional build quality (and concordant weight), its AF front-focus tendency and that its AF servo noise is problematic for video— but these are negligible considerations vs its price and its exacting zoom ratio for both product shots AND architectural/ interior uses I predominantly put it to.

Sorry for the cat pic cliché (that's Scanlon, rescued Parking garage refugee)— natural light, MF @ 1/50sec, f1.8, 32mm, ISO 500...eyes focused, nose & whiskers softly forward, gently falling-off focus halo around his face with *artfully* placed pin-sharp highlighted hairs — I only lit his left eye a bit in post.

I expect many years of use from this tool which will save me countless hours of photoshop (and I don't even care if that sounds like I've become a traitor to my species).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Focusing issues

My copy had serious focusing issues. Used it on my 70d. Even in bright daylight, the lens hunted and ultimately couldn't focus properly where the kit 18-135 stm lens had no problem....Read complete review

My copy had serious focusing issues. Used it on my 70d. Even in bright daylight, the lens hunted and ultimately couldn't focus properly where the kit 18-135 stm lens had no problem. I didn't try it with USB dock, but if this is requisite to calibrating the lens for normal use, Sigma should have included it with the lens. Otherwise Sigma should have calibrated it at the factory prior to shipping so it works out of the box. DPreview also saw focusing problems. One star for excellent build quality, but if a lens can't focus, it's a heavy, well built paperweight.

Reviewed by 229 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

Excellent Quality - Poor Focus Motor

By Aaron Wilhite

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is absolutely amazing for photo and video use! The reason for 4 Stars is because of the slow motor on the lens. Other than that, one of the best lenses I have used for a cropped sensor!

 
5.0

Versatile for Our Parks & Rec Team

By Chico Rec

from Chico, CA

Verified Buyer

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

As a recreation agency, we offer lots of activities and programs ranging from classes and sports leagues to after school programs. We do our best to build a library of images that can go toward social media, print publications, and other marketing materials. Prior to using this Sigma lens, we were often vexed by our stock lenses' ability to capture high-quality shots, especially in low-lighting conditions (e.g. gymnasiums). So far our new Sigma lens has been an exciting upgrade. The wider aperture and shallow depth of field have made a big difference in our images, and really we aren't working as hard now when shooting. We're hopeful this continues to be a solid investment.

 
5.0

I'm gonna keep this one forever

By Mariano

from NYC

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens to upgrade from my canon t3i kit lens. I'm a freelance filmmaker so I needed a versatile lens for run and gun shooting and that could work in any night or day scenario. This lens is perfect for that. With a 1.8 aperture I can better shoot night scenes when I'm not in control of the night, and even in day its colors and sharpness are better than my last lens. Even with my t3i I can get great footage, I can't imagine how this would look on a bettee camera and with a good lighting set up. Get this lens if you have the spare cash. I would even go as to recommend spending on this lens than a new camera.

Below are some test shots with the cinemorph filter for this lens.

 
5.0

Best Crop Sensor Lens!

By Jon

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is fantastic! Using on an 80d and I'm really happy with the results. This lens is worth much more than the price. It's like a bunch of fast primes in one lens!

 
4.0

Solid lens but pretty heavy for walking around

By Amir

from Undisclosed

See all my reviews

Staff Reviewer

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

I took this out in NYC and had a blast shooting with it. Great glass. Great auto focus. Excellent response. I do understand that the most prominent use case for this lens is night sky photography (or any night photography) with a tripod, but there are many other uses as well for it and I found this lens to be very burdensome to walk around with. If you're going to go on a hike or walk around a city with this guy, keep in mind that it's a heavy load and may not be practical.

 
5.0

Very Good Lens

By Yuve

from Arizona

Verified Buyer

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

My favorite lens I can use this for basically almost every shot. Crisp Image, can use it for a very low light, love the depth of field.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just buy it.

By Zach

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is amazing for the price. Great look. Good colors. The cheapest most quality wide angle zoom that still has the ability to open up to a 1.8.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top tier lens

By Josh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

1.8 zoom - blows away all my 2.8 lenses wide open - best build on the market - under 1k. Don't think and get this lens!

 
5.0

Excellent you will be very happy ith these Art Series Lens

By Ramon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent. Especially in low light. I used this to replace my 17-40;Canon lens lens. While I miss the stabilization. I'm so in love with the speed and color. These art series lenses are the truth. Not for full frame.

 
5.0

Excellent for up close shots!

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very crisp shots & beautiful bokeh within proper focal range.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Lens

By Tom

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens shortly before a family event to use with my GH4 and I was blown away by the images. I'm an aspiring photographer/videographer and I feel like a pro with this lens. Images are sharp and colors look gorgeous. As a videographer using a rig with a follow focus, it was nice that I can zoom in or out without changing the length of the lens so I don't need to move the follow focus. Can't say enough great things about it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best glass for your camera

By Josh

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this to use for mainly video, used on my Canon c100mkii. Optically this lens blows away my 2.8 lenses at 1.8. I haven't had any autofocus issues yet as I really like to use the DPAF on my camera for gimbal work. In terms of overall sharpness, build quality, and capabilities, you can't go wrong with this lens, seriously.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Make sure it is what you need

By James

from Seattle

Verified Buyer

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

While this lens appears perfect in every way, it turns out to be quite heavy and due to an issue with my hand, I was not able to comfortably manipulate it in manual mode. We'll see how the company is on returns next. I should have tested it somewhere locally before buying.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great focal length. Good build quality. Superb optics

By Nick R

from East Coast US

Verified Buyer

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

I've had it 2 weeks and shot a few sporting events, swapping to it 6 or 7 times. The subject has such dimension if you can get close enough. Team huddles have a great look compared to a lens that flattens it out. Shot numerous waist up shots at f/2, blowing out the background nicely. Slight vignetting at 1.8 and f2. Easily correctable. Sharp images if you are judicious with your focus point. Group shots are a breeze. I was shocked at f2 i was shooting at 320 iso in a dark gym. Easily took the best group shot of the year first time out. As compared to the pancake 24mm ef-s. I hope to use it under the basket for basketball games and maybe along the sidelines in soccer/lacrosse. Show some of the environment. And from an indoor photojournalism perspective, Its going to make my life easier. Being able to throw noisy backgrounds out of focus, and not to mention that it focuses extremely close to the lens, countless artistic applications. All in all its quite a lens. For my purposes a fantastic change up for my 70-200 f2.8 L and my 150-600 Sigma C (with 7D mkii) And maybe I'll be able to take an interesting landscape picture for a change. Or step up my astro photography game! Get this lens if you'll be on a crop sensor for awhile

 
4.0

so far so good

By william

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Still in the beginning stages of using this lens.  Auto-focus appears to work pretty well, however haven't used to enough to say for sure it's as good as other Canon lenses I have.   When focus is spot on, yes this lens is as sharp as other Primes I have (Canon100mm f/2 etc).

Build quality is very good.  Focus and Zoom rings work smoothly with the right amount of resistance for smooth use.   

Sample photo..  Canon 80D/Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Art/B+W ND 6stop @ 19mm-f/16-6.0sec-iso100

 
5.0

My favorite lens.

By Philip Dallas

from North Huntingdon Pa

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

Hands down my favorite! This Art lens is amazing. I own several L Series glass but this is my favorite by far! You'll love it

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous for photography

By Andres

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens for photography. It might be heavy but I can handle it. For video it's great except if you're annoyed by the motor of the auto focus then that might be something to consider

 
5.0

Lente robusto y excelente prestaciones

By Adrián

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Mi primer impresión fue la de tener en mis manos un lente de los de antes. Robusto, de construcción sólida, y materiales para nada plásticos. Tanto el enfoque, cuando se usa en modo manual, como el zoom, son muy suaves. Es una sensación muy placentera poder manipular un objetivo así. En cuanto a la imagen. realmente tiene buen contraste, una muy atractiva profundidad de campo y si bien no lo he probado a fondo, he realizado fotos nocturnas, en estudio y video. Con muy buenos resultados. No soy un experto en video, pero realmente la suavidad de los aros de enfoque y zoom lo hacen especial para videógrafos. A lo único que he tenido que adaptarme es a su peso. Debido a su robusta construcción, este lente, es mucho mas pesado que otros de similar tamaño. Esto requiere un acostumbramiento ya que debido a su poca profundidad de campo, en 1.8, necesitamos en ocasiones tener un pulso realmente controlado. Realmente es un lente que vale la pena tener.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens but heavy

By Keith

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Be prepared for a heavy lens.. I brought for inside events and weddings because I got tired off bumping up my iso risking poor images

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Doc shooter must have.

By Emmanuel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really great zoom lens for run and gun. Paired with my FS7 its frequently replacing my much more higher end prime's simply for ease of use and image reliability.

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »