Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC HSM A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 8   
reviewer#10431 date: Aug-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Tamron SP 24-135 Macro/3,5-5,6 AD Aspherical IF
price paid:180 EUR (used)
positive:Overall picture quality
Mechanical feeling
negative:Nothing
comment:Very good overall picture quality with good colours!
Feels very solid to use, fits very well with my A550 with good balance and physical size of the lens.
Perfect walkabout lens, 18 mm is an extra plus!
Feels more solid and fits my camera better than the Tamron, but no significant noticable difference in picture quality, maybe better contrast in the Sigma then?
reviewer#10133 date: Apr-22-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 18-55
Sony 55-200
Tamron 17-50
price paid:440 USD (new)
positive:very good sharpness
nice range
great colour
great build
silent and accurate AF
lens hood in price
negative:aperture 3.8 (really 4.0)
comment:The best universal travel zoom for Sony APS-C. If I was to buy a new APS-C lens I would buy this lens again!!
reviewer#10072 date: Apr-1-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sony 18-55
Tamron 20-40
Tamron 18-200
price paid:140 GBP used
positive:Good sharpness
Colour
Great build
Range
Silent AF
Very effective hood
negative:Some slight PF at larger apertures especially between 18 - 50.
comment:A very sharp lens. Even at 125mm my copy is really sharp, and is as good as many of the older Minolta zooms covering similar focal lengths (BUT not talking G glass here).

Very similar in IQ to the Sony 16-105 and if you prefer the longer reach to the additional width, a very good alternative.

Much better than the Tamron 18-200 at all similar focal lengths and aperures (but it should be for the additional cost (new).

The AF is so quiet that at first I thought it wasn't working

The Tamron 20-40 is better but obviously much more linited.

I would rate this lens better than the kit lens between 18-55 but once again there is a hefty cost premium for the slightly better IQ and extra range.

Definitely buy this lens again.
reviewer#9784 date: Jan-13-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 2
flare control: 4
overall: 3.2
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:18-55 sam
18-70
price paid:
missing
positive:great range nice and crisp images,colour good
negative:slight distortion on right side of lens at 18mm only on a580
comment:this seemed a great lens very superior to kit lens in all aspects however i bought this lens for my a200 and it was brilliant,then i used it on my a450 still working well,now i use it on my a580 and there is a problem i notice now that at 18mm the far right side of the images taken has a curved line that blurs the image on this line,so i tried the lens on my old a450 and the fault is there but hardly noticed and on the a200 it doesnt show i can only think this problem shows because of the sensor size between the cameras.dont know if this is common or not i bought this brand new
reviewer#8738 date: Mar-4-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 28-105
" " 70-210
price paid:$380 USD new
positive:Great range
Well built
Quick focus
Quiet
negative:None yet
comment:Only had it a short while but very happy already,nice clean pics even at max zoom,took a shot at a shed over 2 klms away & when zoomed in I could see people quite clearly with horses.My 75-300 minolta isn't that clear.Im going to egypt & greece this year & this is the lense I will take..I already sold my Tamron 28-105 & 28-300mm lenses.this Sigma is that good..
reviewer#8674 date: Feb-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:
missing
price paid:€ 256 (new)
positive:- Very useful range
- Build quality
- Silent
negative:- Would have liked a slightly larger aperture
- CCW zooming
comment:This was my first additional lens, replacing my kit 18-55. I would definitely buy it again. It's very versatile without compromising too much on quality like 18-200 lenses.
reviewer#8088 date: Oct-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:18-55, 18-70 and 18-200 for sony
price paid:150 euro
positive:great build, very fast and easy in use.
negative:non sofar
comment:great lens, enjoy taking pictures so much more now, always ready with this lens. great on hollidays and days out with the family
reviewer#6087 date: Sep-19-2009
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:Kit lens
price paid:449 CND (new)
positive:Light great as walk around lens.
negative:Nothing so far.
comment:Comes with hood.
reviews found: 8   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.44
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.63
  • distortion: 3.75
  • flare control: 4.13
  • overall: 4.34

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