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

(based on 253 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (189)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 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 reviewwwfaqydyfadfcwdbfqfqqvasxdb

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.

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5.0

One of My Favourite Lenses

By Joel

from Undisclosed

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

I recently purchased one of these lenses used as I am a big fan of wide-angle zoom lenses. I have tried out this lens in a wide variety of situations and found that is is fantastic for low light photography. I mainly use it for concert photography where its smooth zoom, quick autofocus, and fast aperture work amazingly. The price is pretty good for a lens of this quality.

 
5.0

I saved up for this

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect for interviews

 
4.0

Sharp images but has big time autofocus issues: 4 star!

By Jarmanjeet

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought it 2 times due to forward focus issue. Both lenses have the same issue and misses focus. They want us to buy and try the usb doc for finer adjustments but sometimes it may also not solve the problem. I that scenario one has to send Lena to sigma at his or her own expense.
SIGMA SHOULD INCLUDE THE USB DOCK WITH A 800-900 dollar lens.
Otherwise whenever it takes pictures ... they are very sharp. Again Autofocus is really bothersome on both lenses I bought.
It is also heavy which I don't mind at all for the sharp images . Overall 4 Star due to focus issues.

 
5.0

I'd definitely recommend this lens.

By Jaden

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Wonderful lens. Covers several prime lenses into one. A little heavy to carry but worth every ounce in image quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sigma 18-35 a great value.

By Randy

from Idaho

Verified Buyer

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

Using this lens on a gh4 with a .64xl Metabones speedbooster. Great images from a tight lens.

 
4.0

Alejandro

By Alejandro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Muy buen lente...buena textura, relación calidad precio es buenisima... siento que bien en 18mm deforma un poco en los bordes, pero no se nota salvo que observes en demasia la imagen

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens ruins you for all others.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Weather sealed and a quality low light art lens. This lens combined with a micro four thirds could make anything look cinematic. You'll be looking at other sharp lenses and wonder why they can't be this beautiful Sigma. I love Sigma glass. Sigma > Ziess any day.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great lens

By Keivn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

its a great lens for rebel cameras, not so much for full frame unless you zoom into 24mm and up but other than​ that worth buying

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

poor packing!!

By arun

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

No doubt..this is a wonderful lens!! the shocking thing, i got this precious lens in a poor package. its an international shipping and they kept this lens box inside a carton without any protection from moving the lens box here and there inside the carton.ya..there is no damage i could find now.But can't predict easily something happened internally.

 
5.0

I would recommend this lens to anyone.

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have used this lens for a lot of different types of shots, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. I have yet to be disappointed. Clear, crisp shots, excellent bokeh, solid feel, substantially constructed. I love this lens.

 
5.0

You can't beat this price for quality and price

By Jeff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for an awesome price

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in its Class

By Jason

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

How do prime lenses compare to this one? Let me put it this way: there are better prime lenses out there. A Canon 35mm 1.4 is far superior in quality and bokeh and color and blah blah blah. But for documentary filmmakers, this is a must have because it is the best 18mm f1.8. It is also the best 21mm f1.8. And the best 24mm 1.8, and 28mm 1.8, and 35mm 1.8. You get the picture. 1.8 is usually reserved for prime lenses alone. In this zoom, you have all of these primes at your fingertips. And it is better than all those other 1.8 primes out there. Absolutely stunning in low light. Extremely sharp. Requires precision. This is not a 24-105 f4 where everything is kind of in focus, but also not. This lens can be VERY sharp. But you have to make it that way. The color accuracy is great, and it goes great with the 50-100mm f1.8. Those are the only two lenses I use now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must have

By Erikson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

One of the sharpest lenses that I have ever used. It has a phenomenal depth of field at f1.8. Subjects that are in focus are very sharp and in details. Everything out of focus is soft and smooth. A versatile lense that gives you the ability to shoot every day objects and give them a new and unique look. It takes incredibly sharp night shots. Long exposure shots turn out clear, in focus and the f1.8 allows you to play more and be more creative with taking night shots. Highly recommended lense!

 
5.0

Extremely glad I made this purchase.

By Katherine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens! Sharp and produces beautiful images. It's now my favorite lens to use.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great on 4K vids on 5D Mark IV-vignettes on everything else

By Marty

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is really good. Very sharp. Nice wide angle. VERY good in low light situations. Only drawback is that it is made for cameras with APS-C sensors. So when used on a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D Mark IV, it will work perfectly as long as you only shoot video in 4K (which is why I purchased it). Shooting in 1080p or even taking photos will leave vignetting around your image (that black/faded border). It's really bad at 18mm, but is less at 35mm, however, it is still there.

 
5.0

I'm In Love***

By Rosemary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Words can't express how much I love this lens. The images this lens can produce makes me overlook it's weight. It's made for APS-C sensor cameras, but will definitely work on full frame cameras. With a crop factor that is. There's nothing bad I can say about this lens. If you're looking for a fast zoom lens then this one is for you!

 
5.0

Legendary for a Reason

By John E.

from Undisclosed

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

I've heard so many incredible things about the Sigma Art 18 - 35 for APS-C cameras, and after using it, it's completely justified. I'm floored by the quality and low light performance for video. I'll be excited to continue using this lens on my APS-C sensor and to test it out on Super 35 Cine cameras too!

 
5.0

Amazing product for an amazing price!

By Nick the Shooter

from Morganton, NC

Verified Buyer

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

This Lens does not disappoint. Got this to go with my Canon 70D and it is a great combo. Everything is smooth and feels very high quality. Autofocus is blazing fast. Manual focus pulls are a breeze. This lens is also incredibly sharp, along with a beautiful bokeh due to the f1.8 aperture. Well worth the upgrade from the kit lens I was previously using. The only real downside is the lack of stabilization when shooting video, but it's something that's barely noticeable. Sigma is simply doing things right, and for a great price.

 
5.0

Love What I'm getting

By Daniel

from Pheonix, Arizona

Verified Buyer

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

Silky smooth focus and mm rings. It feels like a solid build, with a good amount of weight to the product. I'm loving the images that I'm getting, and along with the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra, I'm getting beautiful bokeh and fall off.

 
4.0

Sigma Art lens 18-35mm

By Kaybaba

from Undisclosed

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

A great buy, works sharp with my 70d. Use it on one focus point.

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