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Sigma 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 18 - 250 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 6.3
Angle of view 76.5 - 6.5 o
Closest focusing distance 0.35 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.9
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type HSM
Lens Construction 16 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Sigma
Pentax K
Canon EF-S
Dimensions 73.5 x 88.6 mm
Weight 470 g
Additional information For Sigma mount
1 SLD glass element
3 aspherical lenses including double-sided aspherical lens
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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4.27 Good
Owners reviews (5)
  1. werter
    werter 12 November 2017, 21:38
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    IP 77.38.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 175€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Typical superzoom issues. Not sharp enough.

    Pros: Fast AF, contrast, small, good for travel.

    Summary: A bit disappointed objektiv.

  2. d.smith
    d.smith 9 September 2017, 10:33
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    IP 68.51.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 349.00
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Occasional focus search between shots, I haven\'t nailed down why. I have overcome the OS issues mentioned by using a little faster shutter speed, but that gets hindered by light quality sometimes.

    Pros: I used this on my Rebel T5i 80% of the time, instead of the 18 x 135 Canon lens it came with.. Clarity and colors great. Great color focus through out the range, bokeh really good. If you have an ASP-C sensor the zoom factor is increased dramatically.

    Summary: I just traded off the T5i, and expect my 7Dmk2 here within a day. Among the horse trading with lenses, the Canon18 x 135 missed the cut, with 2 others, and this sigma is still in the kit. Its a really great walkabout lens when going solo (just the camera and 1 lens)... and light weight and accurate enough to shoot on the fly...

  3. Runestone
    Runestone 13 February 2016, 19:58
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    IP 5.186.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $ 450
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Corner sharpness wide open. Distortion - which can be corrected in post processing.

    Pros: Incredible performance throughout the zoom range at f 7-11. Closeup at 250mm is impressive. Autofocus works flawless. Light and compact.

    Summary: This is my third Sigma "travel" zoom and by far the best. The first of them without sharpness issues somewhere. A great performer. If you want better performance you'll have to switch to prime lenses. A teriffic replacement of a kit lens.

  4. nightbiker
    nightbiker 13 June 2014, 09:20
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    IP 85.75.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 359€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Compatibility problems, creep when unlocked

    Pros: Sharp!, Good close up, OS working well, light and small, price!

    Summary: Very quality lens, half the price of the similar nikon model. Very good sharpness at F8-F11, at almost all focal lengths. Small and light, OS is working well. Compatibility problems with the new nikon bodies. I had to turn the lens in the dealer, in order to update the firmware of the lens, because OS and auto focus were not working, the second on live view only. That, in my opinion is a little inconvenient for the customer, who also as i understood must update all of his sigma lenses in order to work properly with new nikon bodies. How sad is that. Go buy it without a second thought, this lens is amazing, the best travel lens out there at this time. Just check if it has the new firmware from box. Sigma announced that new deliveries will have it with a specific sticker on box.

  5. FriarTux
    FriarTux 24 August 2012, 17:46
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    IP 130.76.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 549
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Fairly slow at long end (6.3) and at 250 mm you want to go f8 or 11 for best results. OSM not as good as nikon optical stabilization (I find 2 -3 improvment vs 3-4 for my Nikons)

    Pros: great value for money. very compact lens for super zoom. quick focus very good image quality 18-180 and if you use F11 at 250 very good there as well. good build quality, solid feel.

    Summary: As with all superzooms there are compromises but if aware of them you can shoot excelent images with great versitility in a very compat lens (about as small as my 18-55 Nikon kit lens and outperforms it in the 18-55 range). I tool over 1000 pictures on my recent vacation to Hawaii with this and was very happy with it. I can certiantly recomend it.