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

When mounted on the 24-Mpix D7100, the Art series Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM A is the best performing zoom in our database. With a DxOMark score of 28 points it leads by quite a margin, not only is it well corrected but also the high-speed design permits increased illumination of the APS-C sensor and is an important influence on image quality. However, in terms of peak sharpness it rivals lenses such as the firm’s DX format 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC APO HSM model and the Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon7992817
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Nikon9992317
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II26992315
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon16992316
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon9492112
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon12992111
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR13992113
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon35992116
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED18002012
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon6692014
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon16992012
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED20002013
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED7502011
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED1329199
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Nikon4191911
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED18501911
Tokina AT-X 11-16 PRO DX Nikon6591911
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C Nikon4991910
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon4591812
 

When benchmarked against current standard zooms, the high-speed Sigma stands out even against the firm’s respected 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM model and other premium-quality zooms such as the $1329 AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8G IF-ED and newer full-frame AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon7992817
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon6692014
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED7502011
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED1329199
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Nikon4191911
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon4591812
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Nikon8491811
Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Nikon6491813
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Nikon200169
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR12601611
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR185158
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II120158
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED610158
Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED1764139