Sigma 18mm F3.5 Zen A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 8   
reviewer#11646 date: Jan-30-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70mm Sony
17-35mm Minolta
price paid:£48
positive:Cheap lens for this focal length and it is a full frame lens if I manage to save up for that full frame camera.
It is a very solid and well built lens
Tested on A350, and A450 and Minolta Dynax
negative:Not a lot to be negative about but I don't have another wide prime lens to compare against
comment:I purchased this recently and am building up the number of shots taken. It has done everything I've asked of it so far. In my opinion its better than the kit lens. It is very solidly built and feels a lot more substantial than some plastic sigma lenses. The weather is pretty poor at the moment and I'll be interested to see how this performs in the sun with some bright colours. It does have the sticky Zen finish though mine is ok unlike the Sigma 24mm I have.
reviewer#8976 date: Apr-30-2011
sharpness: 1
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 17-35 2.8-4 DG EX
price paid:149,00
positive:None
negative:Not sharp
only 6 blades.
comment:I bought it from e-bay and it is possible i have a bad copy.
But sharpness is a disaster at all stops. I mostly use primes liken the minolta 24 2.8 and sony 50 1.4 and zooms of high quality like the sigma 24-70 2.8 DG EX HSM and the 70-200 2.8 DG EX HSM So my expectations of this lens being a prime where high and a give it several second chances before i dumpt it in a dark corner. It just doe's not produce acceptable images.
reviewer#8429 date: Dec-20-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 20F28 28mm wide angle prime
price paid:£100 (2nd hand)
positive:Compact size.
Nice wide field of view, especially for a prime.
No flare even in bright conditions.
Cheap (bought 2nd hand on eBay)
negative:Seems a bit on the heavy side for its size, not a massive issue!

comment:I bought this lens second hand on eBay after spotting it in a sellers list during bidding on a Teleconverter and I'm glad I did!

Its a nice lens, the fact its not of plastic construction makes it somewhat heavier than most lenses of its size these days (apart from fisheyes maybe) but its not a big issue.

I've used it for quite a few general snaps, although it does seem to suffer a bit in lower light conditions - you might be able to get away with free-hand shots with a 1.4 lens. But not this one, tripod is a must as far as I'm concerned.

Nice wide field of view even on aps-c camera, handy for those scenic winter shots! It also balances with and looks good on my a350! What more could I ask for?

I don't quite understand why more hasn't been said about this lens however. Is it a rare breed, or replaced quickly by something else?
reviewer#6854 date: Feb-2-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:17-35/2.8-4
price paid:forgotten
positive:No flare and no red or magenta spots whatsoever.
negative:A lot of Chromatic Aberration.
No zoom and only 3.5.
(Because of that: no flare and no red or magenta spots whatsoever!)
comment:I only did really compare this lens to the KM 17-35. (Not to the other lenses I own). It was almost necessary to re-use the 3.5/18mm Sigma, that I own many years, in certain cicumstances, because of the flare and red or magenta spots (with the KM 17-35) when I take a picture with frontlight, a very bright sky or the sun near the frame. Whith the 18mm Sigma, you can even have the sun in your frame. No flare.
The ratings for distortion and sharpness are only valid for APS-C. For film and fullframe, the rating of the distortion would be only 3 and the rating for sharpness would be 3 or 4.
reviewer#6137 date: Sep-29-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min 28mm f2.8
Beercan
Min 50mm f2.8
mino 24-105
SAL 2470CZ
mono 50 f1.4
price paid:130 USD
positive:very wide
great colours
cheap
everything that matters
negative:soft when wide open
there is little information out there about this lens.
slow
comment:Great little find on e-bay.
Very strongly recommended if you can find a copy.

Works with my Sony A55 and A77 SLT.
reviewer#5092 date: Mar-25-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 3.5-5.6
Tokina 20-35 3.5-4.5
K/M 24-105 3.5-4.5
price paid:129 USD
positive:compact
sharp
light
perspective
beautiful color
contrast
negative:none
comment: This lens is a great buy for me. I love it's blues and yellows. I very much enjoy it's ability to bend perspective and my copy cranks up shutter speed in less than ideal light. The elements are good sized. I did some landscape shots and skylines and they came out amazing. It has been a great HDR lens that I really enjoy using and I know I someone will post a review of how bad their copy is, but I have the pics to prove how much I like the distortion. Thanks
reviewer#3388 date: Mar-21-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20
Kit lens (18-70)
price paid:can't remember
positive:Sharp enough
Solid built
Internal focusing
negative:Nothing for that wide lens
comment:Nice old Sigma. A little bit soft corners on FF, but pretty good for APS

edit:
Just tested it with A900; pretty sharp at center, acceptable at corners, CA at corners. Usable if light is contrast enough.
reviewer#3050 date: Dec-8-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:vivitar series 1 19-35
price paid:160 USD (used)
positive:Colors
Build quality
Color and contrast
Very sharp
Internal Focusing
Not quite fisheye distortion adds interest to pictures, if you plan for it.
negative:f3.5 not quite fast enough for low light situations
distortion near the edges can be disturbing if you don't plan for it
comment:This is a very nice lens and it's a lot of fun to use on a full frame camera. Very definite distortion around the edges, particularly for objects close to the camera. Might be a bit too wide for architecture shots, but works well for landscapes.

reviews found: 8   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 3.94
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 3.88
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.34

to add your review
you need to login

Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania

Find us on Google+