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April 19, 2013

Sigma outs 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens

With a long list of lens from various manufacturers, it’s almost impossible for any company to come up with something out of the ordinary that would impress photography aficionados. However, this didn’t stop Sigma from breaking the mold and what they’ve come up with is just downright jawdropping.

sigma 3570 f18

Folks, meet the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, the world’s first zoom lens with a fix f/1.8 aperture. Apart from boasting the brightest fixed aperture on a zoom lens, it also features Hypersonic Motor (HSM) that enables it to automatically lock in on a subject without creating too much noise.
Little is known about the lens’ build, but judging from this stunning product shots, we can probably expect a premium build from it. Here’s a quick look at the lens’ specs:

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM specs:

Construction: 13 Elements in 11 groups
# of diaphragm blades: 9
Aperture Range: f/1.8 – f/22
Filter Size: ?67mm
Angle of view (35mm equivalent): 63.4°
Max. Magnification ratio: 1 : 5.2
Min. Focus distance: 30cm
Dimension: ?77mm x 94.0mm
Weight: 665

Sigma has yet to disclose the pricing and availability of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, but once they once they do, we’re pretty sure that a lot of professional photographers will be getting this bad boy without second thought.

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6 Responses to “Sigma outs 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens”

  1. Earl Choa says:

    I doubt a lot of pro photographers will be getting this, most pros use full frame DSLRs, this is built for APS-C sensors, as a back up, maybe, but unlikely to be their workhorse lens…

    • abuzalzal says:

      Somehow I don’t see the importance of a big aperture wide angle lens… and being a zoom lens, it will never be as sharp as prime lenses at its widest aperture..kasi marami ng layers ng glass na nagpapatong patong

      Interesting release, but I doubt it will be affordable

  2. Joshuah
    Twitter: AamosJshh
    says:

    +1 on what Sir Earl Choa. But if the price tag is cheap, then this will be one of the most anticipated lens in the Photog industry. Even me, as a hobbyist, can’t wait to get a hand on this lens.

  3. abuzalzal says:

    Somehow I noticed that this is NOT an “EX” DC lens…walang gold ring…which means, this is NOT a premium lens…uhmm…mag ingat sa mga bibili…kalimitan pangit ang optical quality ng non EX Sogmas…

    • Earl Choa says:

      di rin EX and bagong 35 f/1.4 nila, pero very good ang optical quality

    • Justin says:

      Bro do check again the Sigma lenses. They’ve changed their categorizing na. These lines are now their flagship/premium line. The art, contemporary and sport lenses now feature the same zeiss-looking finish, trashing their old look with them gold and red rings. Though their old lenses are still available in the market, it is highly possible though that they will soon replace all of their old lenses. They’ve already started with the 30mm prime and the 120-300mm zoom.

      So kung titignan mo, mas premium quality na ang mga lenses na to kaysa sa gold ringed lenses nila.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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