World’s Fastest Zoom Lens Available to Order – Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8


sigma 18-35mm fast zoom Sigma's latest 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens is now available to order. Typically most zoom lenses can only maintain a max aperture of F/2.8, while this new (35mm Equivalent Focal Length of 28.8-56mm) lens can maintain a constant wide aperture of F/1.8 throughout it's zoom range, thus dubbing it The Fastest Zoom Lens in the World.

sigma 18-35

These are some very very impressive specs for a lens. The new Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 lens is offered in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and Sigma mounts. Keep in mind that many of these lenses can now be adapted to work with other cameras such as the Sony NEX (including aperture controls and auto focus). The Canon version of this lens is listed as native Canon EF (not EF-S), and although it's designed for APS-C sized sensors tokina 11-16mm (like Tokina's 11-16mm), this lens should mount directly to a BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera with EF mount. This could be a very popular lens for BMCC users.

Sigma Worlds Fastest Zoom lens

I'm personally very excited to get my hands on a singe lens with this type of focal range combined with a very fast constant aperture. The fastest zoom lens I currently have is canon 24-70mm Canon's 24-70mm F/2.8 which runs over $2K so the fact that this new Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 is available for under $800 dollars is an amazing price. This should appeal to many who shoot with APS-C cameras such as a Canon Rebel, 7D, 60D, T5i, or even Sony NEX cameras with a smart adapter. The new Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 is available for pre-order through the links below.

find-price-button Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens - via B&H

find-price-button Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens - via Samys
find-price-button Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens - via Adorama

21 thoughts on “World’s Fastest Zoom Lens Available to Order – Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8

  1. Emm

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    @johnny -This works perfectly with the BMCC but it needs a LiveLens adapter for the BMPCC. You can't adjust the aperture from the BMPCC.

  2. Good lord people, this is an amazingly fast lens. Really jaded :S I don't miss IS when going as wide as 18mm. This is an awesome lens.

  3. C-dub

    Meh. Let me know when one becomes available fur full frame at that price. This is just the spearhead, they'll get cheaper and better from here.

  4. VisX

    There are a few lens tests for this lens already. And the conclusion are very positive. I am too lazy to find the links.

    The lens is great for low light. It is faster than some primes (f2.0).

  5. If canon made something like this it would easily be what, 3000? Looks kinda cool, however I really don't know. Sigma isn't exactly my cup of tea. I'll wait to see tests.

  6. Emm

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    @Tyrone A. - This type of lens is perfect for the mobile photographer, but IS is very helpful for hand held video work. If you are the type to use shoulder rigs, tripods, or other stabilizers then you may not need IS. The F/1.8 will get you a few extra stops when shooting in dim lighting keeping your ISO lower (cleaner image), and also give you a nice shallow depth of field.

    The 17-55mm F/2.8 with IS is a very very nice lens and should provide you great images all around. These lenses are tools, you just have to figure out if it works for you. Eventually you may end up with both.

  7. Tyrone A.

    Would it be a better choice to go with a 17-55 over this lens I just feel that the issue that the lens has with dust pulls me more toward gettin a lens like 18-35 I do lose IS and a bit in range but would that matter seems like a solid lens for the price as well I save on that. I do more video as well but even than you can still pull some nice shots and I could go with something else with IS to in case like the 24-105. Any thoughts on my situation?

  8. Emm

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    @Cee dee - For video IS really helps, which is the same reason I use the 24-105mm F/4 more than the 24-70mm F/2.8 during event coverage. The Image Stabilization is worth more than the slower aperture for run-gun use.

  9. Emm

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    @jayhas - Most wide angle to short telephoto zooms don't have image stabilization. Especially with the wide (fast) aperture photographers can shoot with very fast shutter speeds. Even Canon's 24-70mm F/2.8 has never had IS, and the latest version still does not have IS. For photographers, it's easy to get away without it, but hand held video could sure use it.

  10. 'The Fastest' It sure makes for a very attractive headline:) No image stabilization listed in the specs. Eagerly waiting for a review though. Do you have access to a preview Emm?

  11. OldCorpse

    I wonder if one can use these with a metabones speed booster on a m4/3 camera like the GH3... that would be awesome. It could be useful in low light.

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