Following on from my initial thoughts of the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM Art lens, have my feelings changed about this lens? Or has extended use the lens brought us closer together?
I decided to try out this lens during a recent holiday to the Greek island of Santorini. I do not normally do travel photography and I can honestly say after my time in Santorini I have a greater appreciation of the travel photographers art - how they achieve anything worthwhile whilst working in such blistering heat is beyond me! Anyway, moving on...
The image quality is fantastic
I normally shoot between f5.6 and f11 and the image quality is excellent within this range. One thing that was particularly noticeable was the lack of flare on the lens in such harsh sunlight and chromatic aberrations were virtually nil. All images looked fantastically sharp, even prior to RAW processing in Lightroom – I actually found myself questioning whether I had applied sharpening to the image already and had to double check.
18-35mm reach is fine (for me)
I had no issues shooting with what some would regard as a limited reach. I prefer to shoot minimal style images so this suits me but I can certainly understand that most travel photographers would find this limiting. That said, It really is worth considering exactly what type of images you are going to shot before opting for a lens such as this.
It's still too heavy
As a travel lens I think this lens is too heavy - I will stick to my primes from now onThe Sigma weighs in at 1.79lb on its own so add that to a camera, and even a light bag and it can be become a bit bothersome to lug around. That by being said if you want to take quality images using an Nikon APS-C camera then the extra bit of weight is perhaps worth the bother.
Conclusion: Is the worth buying?
There is no denying that the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens is a fantastic lens. The sharpness you can achieve on a Nikon APS-C camera is fantastic. As I stated earlier I usually shoot between f5.6-f11 but when I did shoot at f2.8 image quality appeared to be maintained. Really, the only downside for me is the weight, it is really is noticeable, if you used to using prime lens. That being said if you want sharp images this is the lens you need.
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