The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 rocked the Internet when it was announce. A zoom lens with an aperture of F1.8? WHAT! And let me tell you, it wasn’t just hype. This lens is beautiful. And don’t get scared off by the focal length, on an APS-C sensor this lens is perfect.
I really couldn’t find anything wrong with this lens so the pros and cons list is a little uneven:
- Cost effective – $800 is not bad for a lens that is this fast.
- Fast – F1.8 is smoking fast for a zoom lens.
- Good range – With crop sensors the range is very usable. So much so, that I would consider recommending this lens over a 24-70mm as the best first zoom lens for beginners.
- Usable (somewhat) on full-frame cameras – While this is an APS-C lens, you can actually use almost half the range on a full-frame camera. So it becomes a 28-35mm F1.8 lens on your 5D.
- Range is limited – Not a big deal in my mind given it is made from crop sensors.
- No IS – Again, not a big deal considering Image Stabilization would add a good deal of cost to this lens. But it would be very nice.