Top 24 Best Sigma Lenses 2018

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Sigma has been a top player in high-quality lenses for many years now and with so many lenses available, it can be hard to decide which one you should purchase next. To help you out, here are the best rated Sigma lenses that ePHOTOzine has reviewed, ranked in order so you can make an informed choice before parting with any cash.

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1. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C – 

Pphoto 30 14 C016 S 04

This ‘Contemporary’ lens offers a wide f/1.4 max aperture. It has 8 rounded diaphragm blades providing almost a circular aperture. It features a wide and grippy focusing ring and despite having no weather resistance it was awarded the Editor’s Choice award for its outstanding sharpness, well-controlled CA, and no flare in sight. It also sports fast and accurate autofocus.

2. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM – 

85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

This is a wide aperture short telephoto lens that’s capable of shooting in low light situations thanks to its super wide f/1.4 maximum aperture. It’s also great for isolating your subject from the background and creating good bokeh while still keeping good sharpness at the wide aperture end. With a silent focusing motor and full manual override, it’s ideal for a wide range of applications. We gave this lens 5 stars for its superb results and relatively affordable price for a wide aperture short telephoto.

3. Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art 

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a really sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. Although many photographers have felt that 135mm was slightly too long for a short portrait telephoto, perhaps looking at 100mm instead, with this Sigma the close focusing seems to be a game changer. Whereas the 135mm often stopped short at 4 feet or so, at just over 3 feet this new lens makes the tight head shot absolutely possible and probably tips the balance. Coupled with a truly splendid performance, Sigma has a winner, without a doubt.

4. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art – 

24-35mm f/2 DG HSM A
When it was released, this lens was the fastest zoom optic available for 35mm full frame cameras, with a constant f/2 max aperture throughout the range. This lens could act for 3 wide angle primes in one go, covering the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm focal lengths. It features a silent HSM focusing motor which is quick and accurate. We gave it a highly recommended award for its excellent sharpness, very good build quality, and low CA and distortion levels.

5. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A – 

Sigma 18 35 F18 Dc A Lens (2)

This standard zoom lens for APS-C cameras is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fit and has silent internal focusing with full-time manual override. Closest focusing is 30cm from the sensor plane, making it ideal for shooting in claustrophobic environments. This lens gives photographers with APS-C cameras new possibilities for shooting in low light situations with a creative depth of field. We awarded the lens 4.5 stars for its excellent sharpness, constant f/1.8 aperture and good build quality.

6. Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro – 

APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
This lens is the first from Sigma capable of life-size magnification with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. It has optical image stabilisation and silent HSM focusing with full-time manual override. It’s extremely fast, silent autofocus makes this lens great for use in situations where the subject is fast. The optical stabilisation system allows you to take images up to 4 stops slower than would usually be possible handheld. We gave this lens 4.5 stars for its superb sharpness, effective optical stabilisation and fast focusing especially for a macro lens.

7.  Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art – 

Sigma 50 100mm F1,8 Art Top View
This lens was designed for APS-C cameras and has a wide f/1.8 constant aperture. It’s a little heavier and doesn’t have as much zoom as competitors but it earned 4.5 stars and a highly recommended rating for its outstanding sharpness, low distortion, flare resistance and pleasant bokeh.

8.  Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports – 

150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports

A similar lens to the 150-600mm Contemporary option, this lens features a slightly different optical configuration and weather sealing for a slightly higher price. A silent HSM focusing motor provides fast focus for action sports. Manual focus adjustments can be performed at any time and the focusing ring is well damped enabling for accurate small adjustments. At 150mm the lens demonstrates outstanding sharpness and at 600mm the lens keeps very good sharpness, with f/8 giving peak performance. We awarded this lens 4.5 stars for Low CA, good build quality and effective stabilisation as well as excellent sharpness.

9. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – 

Sigma 50mm F1 4 DG Art (5)

Available to fit Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma cameras, this 50mm wide aperture lens is ideal for portraits with nicely blurred backgrounds. It’s pitched as a premium optic and is quite chunky for a 50mm lens. Build quality is excellent, with a fast and accurate HSM focusing mechanism. Chromatic aberrations are virtually non-existent with this lens allowing you to shoot high contrast subjects with no issues. We awarded the lens 4.5 stars for outstanding sharpness in the centre of the frame at f/1.4, outstanding sharpness across the frame when stopped down and virtually no CA or distortion.

10. Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A – 

Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN 5

This is a CSC lens available in Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX mounts. It features rounded aperture blades for pleasing out of focus blur and provides an equivalent view of a 90mm lens on a 35mm camera. Fitting into the Art category of lenses, it has excellent optical quality and more creative possibilities. Focusing speeds are very quick and there is a large smooth manual focus ring giving just the right amount of resistance for accurate adjustments. We awarded the lens 4.5 stars for outstanding sharpness, being compact and lightweight and good price.

11. 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S – 

120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S

This is a 2.5x zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. It’s a sports range optic and has silent focusing and optical stabilisation. It’s available to fit Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras. This lens weighs a whopping 3 kg and is dust and splash resistant. The lens is well damped, making fine focusing adjustments easy to apply.  Chromatic aberrations are well controlled with fringing very low towards the edges of the frame. It makes a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturer’s own lenses and we awarded it 4.5 stars for excellent build quality, fast focusing and low CA.

12. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art – 

19mm f/2.8 EX DN

This is a moderate zoom lens for MFT cameras. It has a bright f/2.8 max aperture and is made from high-quality plastics with a matt finish. This compact and lightweight lens earned a highly recommended rating for its excellent sharpness from maximum aperture, decent build quality and quick autofocus.

13. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art – 

30mm f/2.8 EX DN
This budget-friendly 30mm lens for MFT and Sony mount cameras has a newly developed linear focus motor and a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture. It has a metal lens mount with high-quality plastics being used for the remainder of the build. It received a highly recommended rating for its excellent sharpness from maximum aperture, compact size and quick autofocus.

14. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX IF HSM Macro – 

Sigma 150mm

This telephoto macro lens has an excellent build quality and features a powder coating that looks really great too. It balances well on the Nikon D700 we used for testing and isn’t overly heavy for a lens of its type. It has an internal focusing design and Sigma’s Hyper Sonic focusing motor allows for full-time manual override. We gave the lens a Highly Recommended rating for its good resolution, low levels of chromatic aberration, fast AF and great build quality.

15. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – 

Sigma 85mm F1,4 Art Top View
This 85mm f/1.4 is a highly prized focal length and this optic from Sigma doesn’t disappoint. It features a wide and grippy focusing ring and a hypersonic motor. It’s made of 14 elements in 12 groups and two of these are FLD elements, claimed to have a performance equal to fluorite glass. We gave it a highly recommended rating for its excellent sharpness, lack of CA, low flare and great handling.

16. Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art – 

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art lens

Sigma has provided a well made, solid macro lens that delivers very impressive image quality. It operates flawlessly, albeit it with slightly slower than average AF, but proves an excellent overall match for the Canon EOS 5DS R.

The Sigma 70mm lens offers all the right things in terms of handling and quality and is well worth considering as an alternative to the more common focal lengths.

17. Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary 

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens gives excellent performance, a reasonable price and a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which all add up to a very desirable package, that will be appealing for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount photographers.

18. Sigma AF 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary 

Sigma AF 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Very long lenses have always been more expensive, with the affordable telephotos ending around 300mm. That extra 400mm is very valuable for wildlife and sports and we have here from Sigma such a lens, but one that is much more reasonably priced.

The features cost is in lens speed, so cameras with good high ISO performance are the order of the day. Other advantages are a more compact and lighter optic, still quite large but nowhere near the bulk of some of the alternatives.

Performance is sound, giving excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh at an excellent price.

19. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – 

 

150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
A super-telephoto lens, this optic is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It has quick autofocus thanks to a Silent HSM motor, and focusing is performed internally making the lens ideal for use with graduated filters. Manual focus adjustments can be made easily with the focus ring on the lens barrel. It’s possible to take images carefully hand-held at shutter speeds as low as 1/80 sec, which is 3 stops slower than the usual rule of thumb. We gave the lens 4.5 stars for its good sharpness throughout the zoom range, fast focusing and effective stabilisation.

20. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM A – 

Sigma 24mm F1 4 DG Art Lens (3)

The Sigma 24mm is part of Sigma’s Art range of lenses, promising excellent optical quality and increased creative options. This is achieved with a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture for creating beautifully thrown out of focus backgrounds. The lens has a hypersonic focusing motor, brass lens mount and excellent build quality. It offers good value for money when compared to equivalent lenses from other camera manufacturers and delivers high levels of sharpness. We awarded it 4.5 stars for very low CA, low distortion and fast focusing.

21. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM – 

Sigma A 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

The first lens to be released under Sigma’s Art line, this lens promises excellent optical quality and more creative options with a fast f/1.4 aperture. It has a hypersonic focusing motor and top of the range build quality. With a silent HSM focusing motor the lens is able to focus quickly in a variety of conditions. The focus ring is well damped and easy to operate. We gave this lens 4.5 stars for its excellent sharpness, very low CA and fast focusing.

22. Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary – 

16mm f/1.4 Art

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens gives excellent performance, a reasonable price and a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which all add up to a very desirable package, that will be appealing for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount photographers.

23. Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Diagonal Fisheye – 

10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM

This diagonal fisheye lens for APS-C sensor cameras has an angle of view of 180 degrees from corner to corner. It has great build quality and is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. We gave it a highly recommended rating for its excellent resolution when stopped down, build quality and silent focus motor.

24. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – 

Sigma 20mm F1,4 Front Three Quarter View

This ultra-wide 20mm full frame lens has an ultra-bright f/1.4 aperture. It’s a large and heavy but well-made lens that’s made of 15 elements in 11 groups. There is a 9-bladed diaphragm to give a nicely rounded aperture. We gave the lens a highly recommended rating for its superb optical quality, high control of CA and excellent handling.

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