Hands on Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

June 10, 2013 15:47 3 comments
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By Richard Butler

Even as slightly jaded camera reviewers, we were pretty stunned when Sigma told us it was going to make an 18-35mm F1.8 zoom. The company has shown real ambition, particularly in recent years, to cement an increased reputation for itself – its 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4 and 35mm F1.4 lenses, for instance, have proved to be really impressive, with no need for caveats about them being from a third-party lens maker. But a constant F1.8 zoom? Was that even possible?

Well, having spent a little time shooting with a pre-production 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (near enough to production to take publishable photos with, far enough away that we can’t review it), it’s clear that it is possible. So, what’s it like? Sadly we weren’t able to conduct a full test on the 18-35mm F1.8, but our experience is that its performance is pretty much in line with that of F2.8 zooms on full-frame.

And that’s really the key understanding the impression that I got: that it is what it isn’t. And that it is what it is. Bear with me on this.

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