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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Lens Announced

Sigma has announced more information about the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Lens that's great for close up photography.

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Updated 14 June 2013

Sigma has announced the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC lens for APS-C (crop) sensor Digital SLRs.

It is an A- Art series lens that has a constant f/1.8 aperture. It is the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range.

Take a look at our Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Hands-On Preview.

The lens has a focal range equivalent to 27-52.5mm in a 35mm format and it can cover the angles of view of multiple fixed focal length lenses. This wide aperture, standard zoom lens enables the photographer to expand creative possibilities on any occasion.

Flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured and monitored from an early stage in the lenses development to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incidental light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. Attaching the matched petal type hood, which is supplied, will provide extra protection from flare and ghosting.

With a minimum focusing distance of 28cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.3, this lens is excellent for close-up photography.

Other features:
  • 72mm filter thread
  • Internal focusing
  • AF/MF switch on side
  • 28cm closest focus distance
  • 9 rounded diaphragm blades
  • 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
The lens will be priced at £799.99, and will be available for Canon and Sigma mount in early July 2013. The Nikon mount will be available at the end of July 2013 and availability for Sony and Pentax mounts will follow soon. For more information, visit the Sigma website.

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Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
18 Apr 2013 10:13AM
Interesting lens especially the maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range. Not quite sure how a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.3 qualifies it as a macro/close up lens lens though????? I feel amateurs and beginners may be fooled by this and instead expect a lens that is capable of being used for insect photography etc at a magnification range of 1:1 or even 1:2. Yes it's able to focus on objects with 28cm, good for product photography etc, but as macro lens for insects and real close ups, it's of no use whatsoever.......Baffled!
JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 11:09AM
It the price and performance were right, this would be good for shooting small groups of people in the evening, at parties etc. that F1.8 sounds perfect for low light.
But price is going to be more than the nifty fifty i use now. its a big lens for a 2x zoom.

28mm closest distance is not that close.
18 Apr 2013 7:22PM
This is definitely not going to be cheap. Probably going to be $1500 or so. Maybe close to $2000. Nikon's 17-35 F2.8 is $1800. Canon's 16-35 F2.8 is $1500. No matter what, this is an interesting lens.
GarethRobinson 15 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 6:57PM
RRP in the UK 799. and no doubt will be on back order for along time. Sigma is producing some serious gear at prices that make you wonder how much Nikon, Canon, Sony etc are screwing their customers.

Would I buy this lens?, in a heart beat if i was not thinking of going ff.
davereet 17 447 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 5:27PM
I would like to know how B & H in america can sell it for $799 and It is 799 in Britain.
Rip off Britain again? But the price will probably drop over time.

joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2013 11:50AM
According to Sigma UK, they have to add 27% VAT on top of the price. Also the US price of $799 is always the price without US taxes added, which vary depending on state etc.

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