Small! Light! INEXPENSIVE! Hands-On With The Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN APS-C Sony E-Mount Zoom Lens!

If you’re in the market for a versatile zoom lens for your Sony E-Mount camera that won’t break the bank, then look no further than the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN APS-C lens. This compact and lightweight lens is perfect for photographers looking to capture a variety of subjects without lugging around heavy equipment. With a bright f/2.8 aperture, you can achieve beautiful bokeh and crisp images in low-light situations. In this blog, we will take a hands-on look at the Sigma 18-50mm lens, exploring its features, image quality, and overall performance to help you decide if it’s the right lens for your photography needs.

Small! Light! INEXPENSIVE! Hands-On With The Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN APS-C Sony E-Mount Zoom Lens!

Sigma has finally brought a zoom lens to the Sony APS-C E-Mount universe and if you’re looking to upgrade your kit lens, you should be excited. After absolutely ruling the prime lens market for Sony APS-C with their 16, 30, and 56 millimeter f1.4 trio, Sigma has released their 18-50 f2.8 standard zoom lens for that Sony APS-C system and it is absolutely tiny. Which is totally perfect for this kind of, leave it on your camera, super versatile, walk-around lens. But before I dive too deep into the specs and what I liked and didn’t about this lens, I wanted to give you a practical look at some real-world usage. So I took the Sigma 18-50 out. I shot a short video and a whole bunch of photos along the way so that I could show you. Let’s take a look at the video so you can see how it performs in that context and afterwards, we’ll take a look at some of the photos and talk about my experience with this lens.

Real World Usage

The following video was shot entirely on the Sony a6600 and the Sigma 18-50 f2.8. So lately I’ve been heading out of town, going down to the mountains and getting hiking in and that kind of stuff. This time I couldn’t actually head out of town, so I decided to try and do a hike in Edmonton itself. The one that I’m headed towards right now, my wife and I like to call the sunflower hike, ’cause the first time that we did it there were sunflowers at the end. It goes from the north side of the north Saskatchewan River, cross down to the south side, way out to the east end of Edmonton and then crosses back over the river and comes back. And it’s one of my favorite ways to get a hike in without having to leave the city.

So the first part of the sunflower hike is basically just getting out of downtown, but once you get across, what I now know is called the Dawson Bridge, we just always call it the blue bridge, then you kind of tuck away into the river valley here. I mean, it’s almost winter, so it’s like everything’s dead right now. It’s beautiful most of the time. So I’m just passing the Capilano Bridge, which is kind of another milestone on this hike, walk, whatever you want to call it. It’s pretty brown out here.

Quick break for some coffee and a snack and then we’re in the final little stretch. We just got to cross this bridge and that’s the end at Rundle Park. This is a bit less of a scenic hike than I typically go on when I’m climbing up a mountain, but it’s still beautiful. Well, there may not have been any mountains, but this is still pretty epic with the sunset and this bridge and the river. And as you can see here, this is why we called it the sunflower hike. Because of the imaginary sunflowers that are planted in this flower bed. Hope you enjoyed that. Thanks for watching.

Competitors and Features

The obvious competitors here are the Tamron 17-70 f2.8 and the Sony 16-55 f2.8. But each of these lenses bring something slightly different to the table. Where the Sigma really differs itself among these three is in the size, weight, and price. The Sigma comes in at only $549, U.S., compared to the $799 of the Tamron and the $1399 of the Sony. So it’s not just like a little bit less expensive. It’s actually pretty significantly less expensive than the other two.

The Sigma is also only 286 grams whereas the Sony is 490 and the Tamron being the biggest is 526, nearly half the weight of the Tamron. Then when it comes to the physical size of it, the Sigma is only 75 millimeters long where as the Sony is 100 and the Tamron is 119 millimeters long. Both the Sony and Tamron have 67 millimeter threads. Whereas the Sigma only has a 55 millimeter thread so it’s quite a bit narrower too.

So based on all of that, it’s pretty obvious what Sigma was trying to do here. Make a cheaper, smaller, lighter lens that is good for just kind of everyday carry. And I think they accomplished that, but the question is, are there any compromises in that process? And there are definitely a few things that this lens is missing.

Like I mentioned before, it’s got a bit of a shorter zoom range than its competitors. Considering that there is a lack of wide-angle lenses in the Sony APS-C lens lineup, I think that 18 millimeters might be a bit of a pain point for some people and they might prefer to go with something that has the full 60 millimeters on the wide end. That’s the difference between 24 millimeters full-frame equivalent and 27 millimeters full-frame equivalent. So if you’re someone who does vlogging and needs to be able to hold the camera at the…

Small! Light! INEXPENSIVE! Hands-On With The Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN APS-C Sony E-Mount Zoom Lens!

FAQs

  1. Is the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lens compatible with Sony E-Mount cameras?
    Yes, this lens is specifically designed for Sony E-Mount cameras with APS-C sensors.
  2. What is the maximum aperture of the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lens?
    The maximum aperture of this lens is f/2.8, which allows for great low-light performance and shallow depth of field.
  3. How compact and lightweight is the Sigma 18-50mm lens?
    This lens is designed to be small and light, making it easy to carry around for all-day shooting sessions.
  4. Is the Sigma 18-50mm lens affordable?
    Yes, compared to other similar lenses on the market, the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lens is very affordable, making it a great option for budget-conscious photographers.

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