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July 16, 2014

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens – In Stock for Sony!!

The long awaited and killer Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens is now In Stock and available for the Sony A-Mount cameras! This lens is a crop factor designed lens, so if you have an A77 II, A77, A58, A57, it will mount right on. If you want to use this lens on one of the E-Mount cameras like the A6000 for example, you will need a lens adapter like the LA-EA3. Basically it converts the A-Mount lens, so it can work on the E-mount cameras, by adding the space needed and having the proper mounts on each side. One of the reasons why the E-Mount system is so awesome is the versatility and ability to adapter pretty much any lens via an adapter. This Sigma 18-35mm lens does not have OSS built in, so you need to be aware of that if you want to use it on a e-mount camera like the A6000. On the DSLR’s the in camera IBIS will work to stabilize this lens, so don’t worry about that Sony DSLR users!

The reviews on the Sigma 18-35mm lens are off the charts raving and that is why I am dedicating a entire post on SonyalphaLab to this lens! It’s awesome and a very fair price considering the speed and optical quality in my opinion.

Take a look at what the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens offers:

Key Features:

  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-52.5mm
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
  • Four Aspherical & 5 SLD Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Sony Alpha Lens Mount

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens

First a closer look:



Features Overview:

Optimized Lens Design

Four aspherical lens elements, as well as the incorporation of five SLD glass elements, help to minimize the appearance of distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range and provide clear imagery with enhanced sharpness. A Super Multi-Layer Coating also benefits the image quality by reducing reflections and flare and contributing to greater overall contrast and fidelity.

Hyper Sonic AF Motor

The Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing.

Other Lens Features

  • Constructed using a TSC compound material, this lens is lightweight while also exhibiting notable durability and resistance to environmental changes.
  • An internal focusing and zooming mechanism helps to maintain a consistent overall lens length and a non-rotating front ring facilitates more efficient use of circular polarizers.

An excellent review of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 HSM lens by Tony Northrup


A quality field review Courtesy of SLR Lounge | Photography Tutorials


Raving Reviews

  • “The Best lowlight zoom lens for a mile.” -Gizmodo
  • “The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM captures twice as much light as an f/2.8 zoom and delivers more consistent sharpness than Canon’s 17-55mm.” -PC Mag
  • “The 18-35mm isn’t just sharp for a fast zoom; in terms of outright image quality, it’s a match for many fast primes, even when shot wide open.” – Dpreview
  • “We’ve got absolutely nothing but respect and love for the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM.”- The Phoblographer
  • “Best performing APS-c zoom lens in our database.” -DxOMark
  • “From what we’ve seen so far, this is going to be an absolutely killer lens.” -Imaging Resource

Closing Remarks:

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 HSM lens is a winner for anybody demanding quality sharpness, killer low light performance, and versatility the only a zoom can offer. This lens is perfect for the wedding shooter using a crop factor camera in particular, but it’s a quality lens for anybody looking for that range.


Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 HSM lens for Sony ~$799 US @ BHPhoto | Amazon | Adorama

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  1. Mike

    Nice review. I really need this for portait / general use!

  2. John Koelsch

    Is the external lens body made of plastic?

  3. Daz

    Hey Jay, it would be amazing if you could do a video review on this lens, especially if you could also try it with one of the adapters for e-mount. This lens seems to be the solution to all of my indoor shooting problems! What a shame they don’t make a version specifically for e-mount with OSS.

    I’ve just ordered an SEL35f18 which should be a great lens but 35mm is still pretty tight for some of my indoor shots. I could do with a wide angle prime as well, but the Sigma and Sony primes are only f2.8. This Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 seems like a dream come true!

    Thanks for a great website and YouTube channel Jay. I’m gonna make a little donation to your site right now, as I’ve enjoyed your reviews for the last couple of years.

    • Jay

      Hi Daz,

      I’ll see what I can do 😉 The sel35f18 will do a great job for you and having the variable zoom version would be quite nice. Question is, how good does the AF work with the lens adapter on the Sony camera? I agree, an E-Mount would be awesome!

      Thank you very much for donation and have a great day,


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