Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon mount lens review: Unrivalled Standard Zoom

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday November 19 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Best Standard Zoom mounted on D7100 | Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon lens performance | Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon versus competition | Conclusion
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon mount lens review: Unrivalled Standard Zoom

Sigma’s move away from the value-end of the market has resulted in some very high-quality yet sensitively priced lenses such as the full-frame 35mm f1.4 HSM A and this lens, the APS-C format 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM. While we’ve previously reviewed the Canon mount version, Sigma has just released the lens in Nikon mount and we were curious to see if the performance could be repeated. Read on to find out.

Sigma has garnered praise for the Canon EF-S mount version, and now the Japan-based optical company has released the lens with a Nikon F mount for use with DX format cameras. It maintains the same optical formula as before and includes 17 elements in 12 groups with five low dispersion glass elements and four elements with aspherical surfaces to reduce aberrations while keeping the lens as small as possible.

It has an equivalent field of view to a 27-52mm lens and uses and ultrasonic type AF motor for near silent focusing down to just 28cm. Inevitably for a high-speed model like this with a 72mm filter thread and measuring 121mm front to back, the lens is a fairly weighty 811g (1.78 lb) At a not unreasonable $799, the lens is back-ordered in Nikon mount but availability is slated for November 21.

Best Standard Zoom mounted on D7100

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon lens performance

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon versus competition

Conclusion