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

(based on 115 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (56)
  • Strong construction (53)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (50)
  • Consistent output (40)
  • Durable (37)

Cons

  • Heavy (39)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (61)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Weddings (33)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best $ I've ever spent

This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top...Read complete review

This lens is phenomenal. I bought it to replace my Nikkor 35mm F1.8 and other than size (which I don't mind) this lens is better in every way. the build quality is top notch and better than my other Nikkor lenses. The chromatic aberration is much improved over the Nikkor 35mm when wide open. I don't notice any distortion and the

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Did Not Focus Correctly On My Nikon D7200

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This is the third and final Sigma lens I will buy and return. After all of the glowing...Read complete review

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This is the third and final Sigma lens I will buy and return. After all of the glowing reviews for this lens I decided to give Sigma another try. (I had already purchased and returned two other Sigma lenses) This lens would not focus correctly on the outer focus points of my Nikon D7200. It was exceptional on the center nine focus points but useless when using the outer forty two focus points! After sending this lens along with my camera into Sigma for calibration and getting it back with the same problem I was told by Sigma they couldn't fix the problem. They blamed the non cross type focus points, the camera focus system, and recommended I only focus with the center focus points and recompose! Basically they told me it was my camera not their lens. Problem is I have four Nikon lenses, none of which have this problem on my camera! It also has the same problem on my Nikon D3100, maybe both of my Nikon cameras have defective focus systems.... I doubt it! So my recommendation is, Don't Buy This Lens! If however you purchase this lens for use on a Nikon camera and plan on using the outer focus points for composition make sure you test it thoroughly to see if it works with your camera before your opportunity to return it for a refund expires!

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4.0

Great Lens

By Jay

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Tack sharp when it hits focus. Does miss from time to time

 
4.0

Great lens

By Omar Wilson

from Undisclosed

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

Awesome lens vignetting wide open but not a deal breaker at all. Happy with my purchase

 
5.0

Awesome lens!

By Vik

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I did lots of research and finally settled on the Sigma 18-35. This thing is a beast! Fantastic bokeh and tack sharp. It's a tad heavy, but it's a small price to pay for the super sharp images and short DOF that you get in exchange. It's no surprise that this is one of the most talked about lenses for both photography and video!

 
4.0

Sharp As Japanese Katanas

By Matthew

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This thing is insanely sharp on all accounts. Originally, I was using the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G on my D7200 and this exceeds anything I have seen. Right out of the box, I noticed it wasn't perfect but still very sharp with plenty of contrast. If you research reviews, they will say that this lens is insanely sharp.
I spent a little time testing it out and I was surprised how sharp and the quality of micro-contrast this lens had. There's distortion at the 18 and 35mm but its not too bad and quite low overall. The only thing was its focus calibration but luckily the Sigma tool allows for some really nice fine tuning.
Since I use only the autofocus point in the very center, I never really run into the kinds of problems some users have mentioned. The focus has always stuck, quite fast too, and is pretty consistent according to FoCal. And while, it not be as consistent as maybe a 24-70, thought I never used any, its still excellent and I would be willing to rely on it.
I spent all 3 days fine tuning my lens to at all ranges. Making sure to test all ranges of focus at all focal lengths. For the most part, it is almost, if not already, perfect. After calibration, I have no haziness and its nice and accurate.

So my scores follows:
Sharpness: Excellent
Micro-Contrast: Very Good - Excellent
Accuracy/Focus (After Calibration): Excellent
Precision of Focus: Very Good
Distortion and CA: Very Good

 
5.0

Love the lens

By Chad

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Okay this lens is pretty heavy. But the quality of the photos are amazing. I initially thought that quality wouldn't be as good but my expectations were exceeded. I was using a 50mm Nikon 1.8 before, but I like the 18-35 range a lot more because I can get closer to my subjects. So far so good, few auto focusing issues (misses on occasion) but I use the manual mode on this lens more since it makes it easier for me. The build quality of the lens is also amazing. I've been using it on a Nikon D5500 so this set up will suffice me until I decide to go full frame. I may even get the 50-100mm sigma lens as well.

 
4.0

Autofocus Issues

By Adityag

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Autofocus Issues that can corrected by USB Dock

 
5.0

3 Primes in one

By Mendy

from Hillside, NJ

Verified Buyer
Staff Reviewer

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

I love this lens. The quality is superb all around, and the build quality is also excellent. Focus is good. Lens hood is good. I really can't think of any flaws. I shoot weddings and events, and I have this lens on one camera, and a 70-200mm on another full frame camera, and that covers pretty much everything I would need.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By KJT

from Chicago area.

Verified Buyer

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

Now THIS is a lens! VERY sharp images. Feels solid in your hand. Smooth operation. MUCH better than the kit lenses. I'm so glad I did my homework before buying.

 
5.0

Excellent lens, High Quality performance

By shamim rahman

from Allen, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Photography is my hobby. I usually take pictures in family events and when I am on sight seeing with family. This lens takes outstanding sharp pictures. It works awesome in low lights as well. with my Nikon D7100 I would say its the best combination.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sigma Lens

By Carl

from Upstate New York

Verified Buyer

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

I have been reading a lot of reviews on the 18-35 f1.8 Sigma DC HSM Art lens and decided to order one from B&H and I could not be happier. I use this lens on a Nikon D7000 and it preforms perfectly. I just returned from a trip to London and the photos came out great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Early days, but very impressed so far.

By Nick

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

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

Have used this lens for about 2 weeks, so still coming to terms. But initial impressions are very positive. Detail and sharpness was expected, but still wasn't expecting the level of fine detail, even at f/1.8. Best performance was at 30-35 mm at distances less than 30 ft. Truly impressive. Important for me, color rendition and contrast are excellent. Dynamic without punchy or too much bite. I'm not obsessed with razor thin DOF or bookeh, but out of focus areas are done very well - certainly as good as I need. There is some chromatic aberration in the corners, but I was able to correct easily in LR. Build quality excellent. Purchased w/ USB dock. Glad that I have it, but given what I've seen so far, no need to use. But note that the above is preliminary impressions and I haven't gone through measured / repeatable shooting. I have used w/ a 24 MP D7200, shooting RAW. Have yet to experience some of the focus issues sometimes reported w/ Sigma lens. Have very limited use under low light or w/ speedlight. Overall, very pleased.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sharp & well built, but some focusing issues

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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

I purchased this lens to go along with my D500 because I wanted the flexibility of a zoom with the wide aperture of the primes I'm used to working with. I shoot in some fast-paced environments, and there's not always time to swap lenses without missing something important. The 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens serves this purpose with aplomb, but there is a glaring issue that might hold others back from purchasing this lens.

Build quality is solid, and this lens balances well on a D500. I'd imagine the feel would be similar on a D7x00 body, but it could be too front heavy on a D5x00 or D3x00 series camera. Both the zoom and focus rings are weighty and smooth, and the extra bit of grip between them just under the lens is appreciated. The focal distance scale is quite useful when compared to others I've seen on autofocusing lenses, though I don't often find myself looking at it because the total focal distance is fairly short. The lens hood is above average in build quality, and it reverses for storage in the same orientation as it would if you were putting it on normally. It would be nice if this lens had image stabilization, but it's not an issue if you shoot faster than 1/60th sec or if your camera lives on a tripod.

Image quality is really good at f/1.8, and it only gets better from there as you stop down. Contrast and color are really quite nice, and the image is sharp corner to corner at most apertures beyond f/2. No complaints here.

Autofocus, however, is a bit of an odd situation. My lens was perfectly calibrated out of the box, and no adjustments were needed. While I've seen reports of how this lens will inexplicably 'miss' from time to time, I haven't seen any better or worse results than what I might see with a fast prime lens from Nikon. It's not the fastest AF lens, but it's not the slowest either.

The issue I think is most concerning is how well the outer focus points in the D500's array fail to focus correctly. At f/1.8, only the 9 center-most AF points work reliably; at f/2.8, most of the center 25 points (the center 5 x 5 square) can grab focus. At close distances, the outer two columns on each side only show good focus when stopped down to f/8. Close to infinity, though, and I never got a sharp photo.

If you're thinking I've done something wrong, or that my lens is defective, I should note that this lens is absolutely flawless in live view. I put a few hundred clicks on my camera and tested every AF point just to be absolutely sure this is how the PDAF system and the lens interact. The results are repeatable and dependable.

With that said, I'm keeping this lens. For my line of work, the AF issue is probably something that can either be resolved through firmware or worked around in the field. For such a sharp and flexible lens, not being able to focus at the very edge of the frame is hardly the worst thing in the world. I do, however, hope Sigma is working on a fix.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Darn good lens, but it DOES have focusing issues...

By Curt

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is both the most incredible, and the most frustrating, lens that I own. When it hits focus, it is INCREDIBLY sharp. I can do a 100% crop with it and have sharper pictures than uncropped shots on my venerable Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. It IS that good.

But...and there is a significant but...the lens misses focus often enough to be infuriating. Uncropped, the images look quite good, but with a moderate crop, the missed focus becomes readily apparent. I saw similar complaints from others, but figured Sigma would've fixed that issue by now...but they have not.

However, unlike others who report missed focus all over the map, mine seems to regularly back-focus, which may be correctible with the dock.

Nevertheless, I am still impressed with this lens. If the focusing issue could be resolved, this lens would be perfect.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extraordinary build quality and image quality

By Ken

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely amazing lens for the Nikon D500 ... DXO mark rating and many reviews were dead on this is a WOW lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens at Any Price

By Sean

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Image quality is phenomenal, on par with many high quality first party lenses and far exceeding first party lenses in the same price range. Build quality is solid with an all metal build giving the lens some weight.

Being the only f/1.8 wide angle zoom DX lens on the market gives it a huge advantage, too. That's particularly the reason I bought it, for the f/1.8 aperture in a zoom that replaced my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 that became very limiting. Obviously, the impressive build quality is a huge bonus, as is the large aperture and the internal zoom, but at the end of he day image quality is really all that matters.

I'll say that the AF can be slow in very low light, and the lens will sometimes miss focus entirely, which is the only reason I'm giving the lens 4 stars instead of 5, but the image quality and what this lens allows me to do as a creative outweigh the negatives. I've attached two images so you can decide for yourself

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nearly perfect

By Mark

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is a fantastic lens in terms of sharpness, low light and build quality. It is big and heavy but I guess those kind of mechanics are required to build a fast zoom lens. I use this mainly on a gimbal for video and it gives me a wide and medium focal length without affecting balance since the lens zooms internally. The only reason I'm deducting 1 star is because my copy seems to have a magenta colour cast, most noticable with skin tones. Its not hard to fix but the colour isn't as great as other lenses in my kit. Not sure if its just my copy or present across the board.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By idahochukar

from Boise, Idaho

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely amazing image quality at all focal lengths and through a wide range of apertures. A great fit for the Nikon D500.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great travel lens

By PhotoRED

from Southern California

Verified Buyer

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

After toying with this lens for a while now I've found that the AF issues some report weren't too noticeable right out of the box. I still have plans to calibrate, but I've been procrastinating due to the sheer patience needed for it. Maybe I got lucky but the AF performs pretty well on my d5500. About what you would expect from a 3rd party lens.

Everything else I can say has probably already been reiterated many times by others, build quality is great, overall a bit heavy when compared to the weight of most crop sensor bodies, zoom range isn't very good but that 1.8 is worth it in my opinion. This is the ultimate travel lens if you don't mind some weight. When it does focus well, super tack sharp. I wont be using my 35mm 1.8 prime anymore unless weight is a concern. Also hoping to win a #sweepstakes ;-)

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens all your lower primes in one sweet package.

By Markos

from Vermilion, Oh

Verified Buyer

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

I am not a pro but I do take lots of pictures. I was asked to do senior pictures of my Grand Daughter. I was a bit apprehensive. I mostly shoot wildlife and nature and scenery pictures. People and portrait shoot are not my forte at least thats what I thought
I have a Nikon D7100 and some Nikon high f-stop specs lenses so at best they do well in good lighting conditions. I purchased the Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 Dc Hsm Art Lens For Nikon just for the purpose of shooting her senior pictures wow was I surprised of the outcome of this lens it performs in very low light and bright light condition's with superior crisp detail. If you bought all the primes in this range the cost would be huge so this Sigma is well worth every penny I spent. I am attaching an example of very low light conditions no flash at just about sunset deep in the woods. I'm also attaching a night shot of our city bridge that crosses the Vermilion river it came out very crisp.You decide for yourself what you think. Cheers Markos!!!

 
5.0

excelente producto

By jorge iveli

from cordoba argentina

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

rapido preciso enamorado de este lente

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