Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM
For photo enthusiasts, full-frame cameras offer terrific image quality but painfully high prices. For those without the bottomless budgets, Sigma did well in 2013 with its 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM zoom. Think of it as Zeiss Lite.
This wide-angle model offers terrific performance in a sweet little package. As my co-worker Lori Grunin notes, it brings the full-frame ethos to crop-frame SLRs. (Its equivalent focal length in full-frame terms is something like 27-52mm.) Its wide aperture means nicely blurred backgrounds and good performance in low light.
Sigma has for years been mostly a low-budget alternative to house-brand lenses from Canon and Nikon. But with its reorganization, its "art" lenses have shown the company can also make smooth, solid, and polished high-end lenses, too. The 18-35mm will upgrade the look as well as the performance of any SLR.
December 31, 2013 12:00 AM PST
Photo by: CBS Interactive
| Caption by: Stephen Shankland
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