Sigma 18-35mm F3.5-4.5 Aspherical UC A-mount lens review by falconwhisper

reviewer#7084 date: Mar-14-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55
Sony 18-70
Sony 18-200
Minolta 28 2.8
price paid:53 USD (used)
positive:Excellent sharpness & color
negative:Hard to control flare
comment:Bought this lens on eBay because I wanted a lower-light capable lens but still wanted the wide-angle capabilities, and haven't been disappointed. I have used it both on my Sony a380 and on my Minolta Maxxum bodies; color is excellent, and at 18mm it is much sharper than any of the Sony lenses I have had. The only problem I have had is with flare, have had to use my hand to block the sun even when using the OEM lens hood.
Overall, a great companion lens for use with my 50mm 1.7 and 70-210 Beercan lenses, especially for the price.

Update: compared this with the Minolta 28mm 2.8, both lenses @ 28mm f:4.5 with flash, and surprisingly this blows away the Minolta for sharpness & color.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.05
  • color: 4.20
  • build: 3.70
  • distortion: 3.60
  • flare control: 3.30
  • overall: 3.77 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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