Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2006.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

The lens has macro-properties but is unable to reproduce things in their real size (otherwise called '1:1'). You should therefor consider taking the term 'macro' with a pinch of salt and if the macro-possibilities you are looking for you should perhaps look at other options.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

This lens is designed and meant for Nikon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 18-50 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 27-75 mm on your Nikon camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.

A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 18 mm or at 50 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 72 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH780-04 581".

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The price (more info)
  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • Has a built-in autofocus motor
  • A lens hood is included
  • Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
  • The lens is called 'Macro' but can not reproduce at a scale of 1:1
  • This lens has been replaced by a newer version
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (535 gr)

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro (See dictionary)
Release date: 2006
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Macro
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
Compatibility: Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 18-50 mm

This is a "DC" lens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to:  27-75 mm

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 15 elements / 13 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 20 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood: LH780-04 581 (included)
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 79 x 85 mm
Weight: 535 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)

Product Page (Sigma):

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Reviews

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2006) Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro
(2006) Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro
(2010) Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2,8 L USM II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro

Alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2,8 G ED
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR

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