Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens now in stock

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens (Nikon F mount) is finally in stock at B&H. According to DxOMark, the Sigma 18-35 is the best performing APS-C zoom lens they have tested:


MTF Chart

Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM lens mtf chart


Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM lens vignetting


Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM lens distortion

Lens design




Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum aperture f16
Filter size: 72mm
Angle of view (SD1): 76.5°-44.2°
Minimum focusing distance 11in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length):  3.1 inches x 4.8 inches
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio:  1:4.3
Weight: 28.6 oz
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  • PaulL

    Compatible with my D7000?

    • Remedy

      Why wouldn’t it be?

    • Michal Zdunek

      I think it’s only compatible with the D7100 !

    • kezar

      I use it on my D7000 with no problems.

    • FFS

      I have a D7000, it works great, the auto focus is on par if not better than any of my Nikkor lenses.

    • Mr Nikon

      No, I’m sorry to tell you, it’s not compatible. Won’t work at all, will void your warranty, and maybe give you a nasty rash. On the other hand, here at Nikon we have a lovely range of 18-xxx lenses to choose from!

      • E

        Not funny the guy was asking an honest question! not everyone is an expert just like not everyone is good at sarcasm…

  • doge

    much sharp
    very price
    wide zoom

  • phosgene

    *applause* sigma’s stealing the show. The numbers are great (DXO and $) and the look of the lens is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see the 24-70 f2!

  • Mercury

    Perhaps slightly off-topic (sorry), but is there any news/rumors/details about Sigma’s upcoming 50mm Art yet?

  • Mike D

    With such great specs and reviews, one would think the lens almost walks on water. I use it on a D7100 and a 17-70 C on another D7100. I’m still getting used to the 18-35 but the 17-70 is awesome, especially for close-up images. In short, the 18-35 takes a while to get used to but I’m confident that I will eventually learn to maximize its capabilities, just not straight out of the box.

    • Paula

      I own a D7000 and I’ve also been wondering about the 17-70C. I’ve read some reviews stating it’s not that sharp in the corners, specially at 17mm. What’s your feeling so far? I’ve been wanting to upgrade from my old Nikon 18-135 but can’t really decide on which lens to get…

      • Mike D

        I typically use the 17-70 C at 10 feet distance or less. It focuses down to less than 9 inches, an super advantage for me. Edges aren’t as important for macro and portraits. At infinity, moisture in the air will often make a lens appear less soft at the edges than it really is. I haven’t used the 18-135 but I tend to think that modern optics are significantly better than older lenses regardless of brand. The 17-70 C is a relatively inexpensive lens compared to some of the competition.

        • Paula

          I do share the same ideas about modern optics being better regardless of brands (which makes me put Nikon’s 16-85 a bit aside). I’ve taken nice pictures with the 18-135, but it was more on par with my old D50. My selection now circles around sigma’s 17-50 2.8, tamron’s equivalent or even the new nikon 18-140, besides the 17-70C. The 18-35 seems great – and I like shooting nightscapes – but its price is a bit too high for me and the range a bit limited (as I also want to use it for general travel photography). I already have a Tokina 11-16 2.8, so I think I’ll get a nikon 35mm 1.8 for more light and a mid-range zoom which remains to be chosen. My tamron 70-300 covers the longer range (a lens I really love too).
          Thanks for your input Mike! Hope you master that 18-35!

  • Kim A.

    I’m sure this is a nice lens, but the bulk and weight penalty for getting a mere 1.94x zoom is just too much! This is a beast of an APS-C lens at nearly a kilo, and it’s not very wide at the ‘wide’ end, and there’s definately no tele at the other end! I’m better off with a small prime or two.

    • Someone

      How many primes wider than 24 mm and faster than F/2.0 can we choose from?

      • mr.four

        Exactly. And that’s why I chose to get the 18-35. I’m loving it so far on my D7000. Build is wonderful, image quality is wonderful, and it’s really NOT THAT BIG. It’s about the width of a 50mm 1.8G and twice as long. Is that really a big deal?

        My bag is currently filled with just 2 lenses. This and the 85mm 1.8G.

    • nbleak21

      thats only if you consider it’s use on APS-C. Mine is in headed my way for use on D300 as well as D700… It is reportedly usable from 21-35mm on FX!

      • Kim A.

        Great! Narrowing the already extremely small range, makes the lens even more useful 🙂
        But who am I to be a party-pooper; For some people this lens does what they need and want, and it looks like it is doing it superbly!

        • nbleak21

          Considering it will replace my 20-35, 28, and 35mm lenses, it actually covers a large range for my purposes.

  • Dave

    There’s been a couple on the shelf in sour local Nikon Distributor in Dubai for about 6 weeks.

  • FFS

    I bought one last month and don’t regret it for a second, it is unbelievably sharp! And I am comparing this lens to my Nikkors, 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm VR and my 105mm VR. This lens is more than a match for any of these lenses.

    I don’t understand what peoples problems are with it’s focal length, this lens on a crop body is the equivalent of a 28mm a 35mm and a 50mm lens all in one, these are the “classic” wide to normal zoom lengths on a full frame body…

    For outdoor shoots I use my 50mm 1.4 for 75% of my shots, and the 70-200 for the rest, however indoors it’s the 35mm or the 50mm but even the 35mm can be too long on a crop body in tight situations. I have used the Sigma 18-35mm on 4 shoots now and I can honestly say it is a god send, and with a dozen boudoir shoots lined up over the next 2 months this lens is going to see a lot of action…

    Oh, and the Bokeh is as good as the 50mm prime if not better..!!

    If you need a solid lens for close up work then this is the lens to get.

  • I’m sorry to be a discordant voice, but looking at the specs, I am not that impressed by the lens. I mean, it is a not-very-wide-to-normal tele with some really heavy vignetting at 1.8. This could be not a problem with a 300 mm lens, but a normal lens for general photography? And there is also a ho-hum chromatic aberration. all for just 800 $. If I were in the market for such a lens I would pass.

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