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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 - Razorsharp and it looks like it's parfocal too!

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I had the pleasure of testing the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art (on a Canon 100D...).

Focussed on photography, but the results are amazing. Even at f/1.8 it is really sharp, I'm sure it will even beat many primes. It's pretty crazy actually!

 

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Here you can find 78 sample pictures for download in full resolution. In the first slideshow everything is at f/1.8!

http://www.digifotopro.nl/content/exclusief-%E2%80%93-testfotos-sigma-18-35mm-f-18-dc-hsm-art

 

 

 

I did a very small video test, wanted to see if it's parfocal. I think it is!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-agLVS4MP_c

 

This will be killer on Blackmagic EF-mount camera's (if it will work?), Canon aps-c with raw... MFT with speed booster, if a electronic EOS version ever arrives...

 

Pricing of the 18-35mm is TBA...

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@Janek: check the link. You can download 78 samples at 1.8, plenty at 18mm. I think it's great.

@Ernesto: working for a photography magazine helps ;)
After 5 years working in the photography business I picked filming as a new hobby. That's why I'm here...

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I't s such a shame that there is no 1 cpu  1.6x crop Canon body with a compacth Flash slot. This Art Zoom Sigma and say 60D with a CF slot would make for amazing RAW video combination. Atm a speedbooster + blackmagic camera seems like the best option for the lens in video use.

 

Photo use wise a Nikon 7100 + this  18-35 Sigma is made of WIN.

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Has anyone tested one of those sigma art lenses with speedboster? I can't find anything on the web.

 

As far as I know, Julian has just posted first in the internet pictures taken with this lens :)..

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As far as I know, Julian has just posted first in the internet pictures taken with this lens :)..

Yeah, I was thinking about other art lenses that has been out for a while (like 35mm)

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The 18-35mm is for aps-c so will only work with M43 speed booster, not on NEX speed booster. Image circle isn't big enough. And since the EOS-M43 speed booster isn't out... It will take a while before we'll see any of that. I would love to try it :)

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 there really is [s]not much[/s] nothing else out there in that price range at all

 

correction ;)

 

I think this beast might hurt Samyang a bit. Their new 16mm f/2 aps-c prime ($500ish?) becomes rather useless now.

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By the way, Julian, I was wondering how long is the throw on the focus ring? Because I've shot with a 24mm f1.8 lens and it's soooo short! A 5mm turn and you go from closest focus to infinite! (perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit, but it was really hard to do a precise manual focus on the run with it).

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correction ;)

 

I think this beast might hurt Samyang a bit. Their new 16mm f/2 aps-c prime ($500ish?) becomes rather useless now.

 

16mm is quite a bit wider than 18mm...when the numbers get small the differences get bigger. Also, do we know the actual angle of views yielded (the focal lengths on the barrel are often marketing-influenced rather than lab numbers)?

 

This lens certainly looks interesting, one minus is it isn't stabilized, but nice and fast for the money. I have the Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS and the Samyang 14/2.8 and since I shoot C100 I don't have much need for speed...the 5D3 covers me for DoF...but as a potential impulse purchase...

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You're right, 16mm vs 18mm is quite a difference. When comparing them in my head I completely forgot to think about the focal length.. lol. Was just thing about the price tag and aperture.

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