Can This Famous Lens Keep Up With Modern Sensors?

When it was first released, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art was one of the most exciting and innovative lenses ever seen, being the only standard zoom with an aperture below f/2. Nonetheless, the lens is almost a decade old now, and in the meantime, sensor resolutions have increased. So, can this famous lens keep up with the demands of a modern camera? This excellent video review takes a look. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this great video review takes a look at the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens when mounted on the Canon EOS R7. First released in 2013, the 18-35mm f/1.8 was seen as a game-changer, offering a maximum aperture that continues to impress today, and it even had full frame users jealous of their APS-C colleagues. At the time, however, APS-C sensors generally hovered around 16-20 megapixels, which the lens resolved well. In the meantime, we have seen the resolution of many APS-C sensors rise to around 25-30 megapixels, with models like the EOS R7 reaching 32.5 megapixels and other cameras even pushing past 40, making it reasonable to ask if the lens can keep up with more modern cameras. It turns out that while it might struggle with very high resolutions a bit, the results are still quite good and absolutely great for video work. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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And the fastest zoom before this lens? The Zuiko Digital 35-100 ƒ/2.

It was designed in the days of ten megapixel bodies, but I find it holds up on 80 megapixel pixel-shift high resolution images, too.

The 35-100mm and 14-35mm f/2.0 are god-tier. I pray for the day OMDS announces they're going to re-make them for native M4/3

I bought this lens when it came out and everyone was saying 18-35 was just not enough of a zoom range . Well it’s great resolution and f/1.8 is super useful. I shoot live music photography and videography. Once that thing was in my Nikon d500 it didn’t come off for years. Now I haven’t used it for some while . I still love the lens but have been using a longer focal length on the d500 . The rest of my cameras are ff .
When the lens came out and I shot it just for a very short time I wrote on review posts that that lens will become a legend.
Well it’s legendary and still a beast for apsc. I’m sure it’s fine for 99% of all apsc sensors. Even 40mp should be fine . People with the Fujifilm 100mp medium format use old old medium format and ff lenses with that camera. I use F mount lenses going back to 1960 on my d850 46mp sensor.