Sigma AF 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Nikon mount) - Review / Lab Test Report
Lens Reviews -
Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
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Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Friedrich Burgwedel!
The Sigma AF 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC is one of those lenses typically sold
as a kit zoom often combined with the Sigma AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC and a consumer
DSLR. Nonetheless it is also possible to buy this lens independently for
just a few bucks. As a DC (Digital Camera) lens it has a reduced image
circle only compatible to APS-C DSLRs. Its field-of-view on a 1.5x crop DSLR
is equivalent to 27-75mm on full format cameras.
The lens is available for all APS-C DSLR systems plus four-thirds.
Note: the product images above show the Sigma in Canon mount
Regarding its price tag you can't expect tank-like qualities but it's actually
quite decent by consumer standards without any overly shaky parts.
The focus and zoom control rings operate pretty smooth.
Typical for most zoom lenses the Sigma extends when zooming towards the long
end (see above). The front element of the lens rotates when focusing so using
a polarizer can be cumbersome. In AF mode the focus ring is coupled to
the AF motor so it rotates during focusing which is a little sub-standard but
quite normal in this price class.
The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw
operated by the camera. The AF speed was pretty fine on the D200.
|Equiv. focal length||27-75 mm (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. aperture||f/5.3-f/8.4 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)|
|Optical construction||8 elements in 8 groups inc. 1 aspherical element|
|Number of aperture blades||7|
|min. focus distance||0.25 m (max. magnification ratio ~1:3.5)|
|Dimensions||68 x 62 mm|
|Filter size||58 mm (rotating)|