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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Preliminary Sample Images

You’ve read it a few days ago that a revolutionary f/1.8 zoom lens will be launched by Sigma here, and a few hours later, it was confirmed by Sigma themselves.

Everyone’s itching to see how good this lens will be and whether it’ll cost you a kidney and a liver in the process.


Who is this for?

Will it be good wide open?

Should you start auctioning your pet tomorrow?

Let’s see some first-hand accounts on this Sigma 18-35mm f/2.8 DC HSM zoom lens. published some actual product images. Nothing much other than letting you have a reference on the size of this lens in relation with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

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ePhotozine has their own first hands-on post and allows you to check out how it looks when mounted on an EOS 700D as well as with the original petal lens hood. Check it out here.

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For the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Sample Shots

Note that these are from a pre-production unit, but it’s incredible at Gear for Image in Korea has sample images already.

All images are linked to Gear for Image.

Zoom/Cropped at f/1.8

For other images like distortion, bokeh, vignetting, etc., head over to this link.

Oh, they’re not done yet.

If you’re curious if the lens can be used on a full-frame camera, they have some images as well to show you the image circle limits.

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So, What Do You Think?

Based on what you can see right now, and if you’re an APS-C shooter. Are you excited about the lens?

It’ll be silly to believe that this won’t be a pro-grade, premium-level lens in terms of performance, quality, handling, and of course, price.

The large aperture surely opens a big window in zoom lens shooting, with the focal length limited to 35mm, however, thin DOF expectations should be tamed. However, with the preliminary samples on how well distortion is controlled and how fast the AF is, do you think you’ll put this in your camera bag arsenal?

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