Review from ePHOTOzine
“No real issues to report”
Value for Money
With this lens being unique at the current time, with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range, it is difficult to make direct comparisons. However, when the recommended retail price of around $799 is compared to the current prices of Nikon and Canon’s f/2.8 lenses in the same range it stacks up quite well, especially as this lens is nearly £200 cheaper than Nikon’s 17-55mm f/2.8 and only £70 dearer than Canon’s 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens. Adding up the cost of prime lenses covering this range adds up to considerably more on any system.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A Verdict
In the past, Sigma have carved a niche for themselves creating new, exciting optics that don’t already exist in manufacturer’s own lens line-ups, such as their 15-30mm & 12-24mm lenses for full frame cameras, that were the first of their kind.
This lens opens new possibilities for owners of APS-C format cameras for low light shooting and creative use of depth of field with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, normally reserved for prime focal length lenses. The image quality delivered, especially at shorter focal lengths is of the level normally reserved for prime lenses also.
Review from Fstoppers
So is this lens a gimmick? No, it certainly isn’t. For Sigma’s first run at a previously never before seen lens concept, this is a rousing success. It may not be a home run, but it’s a solid line-drive double. There are thousands of photographers who will not only love the price point, but the return on that investment. The issues I experienced with the lens are from a very high level, high expectation standpoint. This is so far Sigma’s best APS-C only lens, and it’s the best by leaps and bounds.
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