Sigma 18-35 mm F1.8 DC HSM : superfast standard zoom lens & world premiere


Sigma redesigns its entire range of lenses and today announced the it 18-35 mm F1.8 DC HSM, a transstandard zoom lens designed for APS-C DSLRs and shines with a very  fast aperture on its entire zoom range. Here is the Sigma 18-135mm F1.8 DC HSM ART.


Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART: fast lens


The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART seems well positioned to emerge as a transstandard lens of choice for the most passionate photographers using SLR cameras equipped with APS-C sensors. This could be a stalion lens if the image quality meet the promises made by Sigma. Reading the data sheet is mounth watering : constant aperture of f/1.8 over the entire zoom range, HSM ultrasonic autofocus motorization, 9-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh, compatibility with the new USB dock (coming this month on the market), Super Multi Layer coating to reduce flair and ghosting, etc …

Once mounted on an APS-C DSLR, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART offers a focal range that extends from 27 mm to 52.5 mm. Boasting an extraordinarily bright constant aperture of f/1.8, this lens aims to replace several prime lenses in your camera bag: it will replace a 28 mm, a 35 mm and a 50 mm.

Sigma is doing greater and greater lenses in 2013…. I just received my Sigma 35mm F14 DC ART for its review. Its build quality is downright impeccable. The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART seems to offer quite the same finish, which is very auspicious for the pleasure of use. To drive the point home, Sigma specifies that the lens is “made in Japan”. This has become an evocative distinctive element of the quality of a photography product, as highlighted by Fujifilm that communicates on the Japanese production of its X-Pro1 and X-E1. Sigma has not communicated yet on the availability date of this lens, nor its price, which I imagine will blithely exceed the €/$ 1,000. The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART should come first in Sigma mount for use with the SD1 Merril.


sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART
A f/1.8 aperture on the entire zoom range : a world premiere on the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART

SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART main technical specifications


  • Focal length: 18-35mm (or 27 to 52.5 mm APS-C DSLR)
  • Optical build: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Max Aperture: f / 1.8 on all ranks
  • Minimum aperture: f/16
  • Diaphragm: 9 circular blades
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Angle of view with the Sigma SD1: 76.5° -44.2 °
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 28cm
  • Maximum magnifying ratio: 1:4.3
  • Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 78mm x 121mm

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