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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You don't have to be advanced to shoot FF, there are lots of new photographers out there buying FF camera's just because "its the best" yet there are lots of seasoned photographers ditching the bigger heavier camera's for smaller systems because the advantages of the smaller system shoot there style of shooting.

If your advanced enough as you say to be to buy a FF then you would also be advanced enough to know that sensor size isn't everything its the person behind the camera that matters most, there style, there vision, there ability to pull of the job they are doing regardless of the tool's they use.

For the shoots that matter, they use their FX camera. For travel, they may use a mirror-less camera.

Really? uses pentax APCS uses M4/3 for a lot of his work, MF for others.

You will probably find lots and lots of other examples of this online too, Its not about the camera, its about who uses it.

I find this lens intriguing and I have a D7000 but I have always been told that you should almost always buy FX lens whenever possible so that if you ever decide that the cost justifies going to full frame you have the correct lenses. I will be watching for the images for this lens and I hope that it will allow for true macro images on a DX sensor. I currently can not justify the cost of a full sensor camera body with other than I want one.

This lens is not meant for macro photography...

I wish it was a full frame DG lens and not a DC.... otherwise I would have definitely looked at purchasing...

Definitely gettin' this!!!

is this cinematic lens, for video, newbie, can i use it for vidoe coverage like music videos?

Jon McGuffin's picture

You could, but keep in mind it does not have image stabilization and that's a big feature for video work.

it would have on a sony, pentax or em-5 with adapter.

Thanks bro

I'm just a newbie in phototgraphy, i need a lens for my MFT blackmagic design cinema Camera, Im looking for a nice cheap cinematic lens for my camera, can this lens look good in my camera? please do advice me if you have the heart , Thank you

I'd love to see a fast zoom like this in the portrait range. I don't often work in these wider focal lengths.

Karl-Filip Karlsson's picture

Give me! and hope they make a 24-105mm 2.8.. my lens is complete! :D

RUSS T.'s picture

THIS is awesome!