Price Finally Announced for Highly Anticipated Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Price Finally Announced for Highly Anticipated Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

When Sigma first made known the existence of the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the photography world could barely contain itself. Social media and blog comments blew up all over the net, including in the Fstoppers universe. This lens has been a subject of intense conversation for the past few weeks, nothing more debatable than speculation of pricing. Speculate no more. Sigma has revealed the pricing, and you're not going to believe it.

The lens will be available in early July in the United States for $799. That is well below the average speculated price of about $1200, and even below my original estimate of $1000.The price point is shocking considering this is the first modern auto-focus zoom lens that will be able to maintain an aperture of f/1.8 through the entire zoom range.

sigma-18-35-f1.8-4 sample

Though some images taken with this lens were released last week, you probably should ignore them. Love them, hate them, they don't matter. They were done with a prototype and are not necessarily indicative of final performance.

The lens arrived in studio this afternoon and we will be testing it over the next couple days to have a review to you by early next week. If you want to review our initial impressions, we took a look at the lens last April. Until then, what do you think of the price point?

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Sai Saelee's picture

Do you guys have the prototype or the final copy? The prototype image from dpreview looks like it was shot from a kit lens.

Read what they wrote. They said the photos taken were from a prototype.

Sai Saelee's picture

Read what I wrote, I never said dpreview's image wasn't from the prototype, just saying the images shot from the prototype isn't that great. That was why I was wondering if fstopper had a prototype or the final copy.

Jaron Schneider's picture

I have the final production copy, yes.


not really, just looks like it was stopped down in most of the photos

I never had a kit lens so I don't know how kit lenses perform these days, but that picture of a women sitting in the sofa (IMG_6.acr), it looks almost as sharp as my Canon 100mm macro.

sooo sick! yhhewwwwww

1200 to 1k? Wow. I love my new 10-20 sigma for 429

does your Sigma 10-20 stop down to 1.8? I dont think so ;)

Just seems kind of high priced though I guess sigma quality is better now.

I find it rather inexpensive since it have a 1.8 aperture.

Hmmm.. I don't really have a use for this range, considering I have the Nikon 14-24, and the 35mm f/1.4 but it does intrigue me.

aps-c... sigh.

So it doesn't work on real working man's cameras.

its not the size of your sensor, its what you do with it that counts ;)

I'm not sure there is a story here. We have an $800 dollar lens that some people think looks like a kit lens in terms of sharpness, others disagreeing. The lens only has value if it is solid, not simply because it is f 1.8

Shoking price if it is a good performer...

Mike Yamin's picture

The dpreview samples didn't knock my socks off (sure it's a "prototype" but are they really going to change the design last minute??), but I think the price is right for people who'd be in the market for something like this... I can already see it going for ~$600 used in 6 months or so. If I were a crop-sensor shooter, I'd give it a try for sure

Mike Yamin's picture

Somehow, I also see this see of lens as something that may keep DSLR users from crossing into mirrorless territory.

Chris Helton's picture

mirrorless has its place. I shoot full frame (sucks this is apsc) but also have a mirrorless to use for light travel, out with friends, or even a second candid camera when the two 5d are filming ** also, there are adapters to use this lens on a mirrorless camera**

and with the metabones speed boaster, to MFTs, killer lens...

Andrew Richardson's picture

Give me a 16 1.4 with the same IQ as the new 35mm and I'll pay $800 for it no problem.


I don't like so much the focal range. A 18-55 like a kit-lens range would be better. Anyway please sigma, make a 22mm 1.4 lens for apsc(21.9*1.6=35mm)!! It should be awesome!

I love how some people respond to this as if they were told to buy it by a salesman.


Too bad this lens is not full frame compatible, would love to see a sigma cheaper option to the canon 16-35L, with optical quality as they have in their new 35mm!

I think the lens will be very nice for some people who are advanced yet not wanting to go to full frame, but given that many people using DX have no idea what an f/stop is, all they'll see is that "I can get a 18-200mm nikon for $600 or an 18-35mm Sigma for $700?"

I think Nikon has done their research and there is a reason why they didn't have a lens like this out. Someone advanced enough to WANT an f/1.8 zoom will likely be on FX already. The days of the "pro" DX camera are numbered anyway. I don't think the D7100 line will be around past another generation.