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Sigma A 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM

18 June 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid and stylish casing,
  • simply brillant image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • sensibly corrected chromatic aberration,
  • negligible spherical aberration,
  • moderate distortion for a zoom lens,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • rich accessory kit,
  • good price to ability and quality ratio.

Cons:

  • weak work against bright light.

You should congratulate the Sigma Corporation and their optics specialists for two reasons. Firstly for their courage – they attempted to produce an instrument no other company had tried to construct before. Such a situation a lot can be forgiven so their product didn’t have to be outstanding. Still it is obvious Sigma wasn’t contended with half measures; not only they manufactured a unique instrument but also made it optically excellent in many categories.


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What’s important, I am sure there would be those willing to pay 4,000 – 5,000 PLN for such a lens and Sigma, taking into account the lack of competitors, could demand easily such an amount of money; however the company didn’t decide to follow that strategy and suggested a price which is within the reach of many amateur photographers. That’s why I don’t doubt that, like the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 EX HSM, the 18-35 mm f/1.8 model won’t stay long on the shop shelves.

Despite the slip-up during the work against bright light, taking into account all the achievements of the Sigma and its price we don’t doubt it deserves the badge below. Congratulations!

Sigma A 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM  - Summary