Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC A-mount lens review by waveneyman

reviewer#449 date: Jan-27-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 18-70
price paid:
positive:focal range
weight and compactness
negative:distortion at wide end
flare into direct sun
comment:I bought this lens as an all-in-one travel solution. initially I thought it was a bit soft but it's fine stopped down to f5.6 at the wide end and f8 at full tele. I find the files need a bit more sharpening than normal and that I get better results using the High Pass filter method than using USM.
Overall I'm quite pleased with this lens and it covers 95% of my photographic needs. It would benefit from better macro capability.
It's not a low light solution but comes into it's own when traveling especially since air travel baggage restrictions are getting worse.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 30
  • sharpness: 3.85
  • color: 4.13
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 3.53
  • flare control: 3.90
  • overall: 3.92 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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