Lens review

Sigma 18-125 mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM

Sigma 18-125 mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM
4 September 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2009-01-28 on Optyczne.pl

A couple years back, when Canon 300D and Nikon D70 reigned over the market of amateur DSLRs, the choice of substitutes of kit lenses was small, and the “kits” presented mediocre quality. And, as nothing makes the producers indolent more than lack of competitors, lenses like Sigma 18-125 f/3.5-5.6 mm DC ASP IF could appear on the market. It had better build quality than plastic “kits”, noticeably larger focal length range and optically was very similar to them. Still, it found more purchasers, because it gave so much more than a “kit”.

A few years have passed and the situation is poles apart. We have new “kits” on the market, equally plastic, but still better optically and equipped with stabilization. We also have other companies which give us good constructions like Sony 16-105 mm or Pentax 17-70 mm f/4.0. Nikon itself introduces an 18-135 mm model on the market, and then a very good Nikkor 18-105 mm VR.

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In this company the mediocre Sigma 18-125 mm has nothing to look for. Hence it’s not a surprise that the company decided to introduce a new model o these parameters, which appeared a year ago at PMA. In the case of the new lens we got slightly changed brightness (now we have untypical f/3.8 at the wide angle), but on the other hand we gained image stabilization (OS) and ultrasonic autofocus motor (HSM).

Is the new Sigma better than its predecessor? How does it come out in comparison with competitors? We’ll try to answer these questions in the next chapters.

Lens for tests was lent by K-Consult.

Information about our review method can be read in our article “How do we test lenses?"

Sigma 18-125 mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM - Introduction

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