Photo packs have come a long way in the past decade, especially those that are targeted toward outdoor and adventure photographers. Alaska-based adventure photographer Dan Bailey takes a closer look...
I may not be a technical guru, but I love to snap pictures. I use my camera every day, and am always looking for new, incredible equipment that enhances my ability to capture a moment. For me, and I am sure many of you are coming from a similar place, the tech side can be a bit overwhelming and over my head, but this really isn’t how I go about choosing a new lens. Perhaps, I am much more of a touch and feel, point and shoot, give it a whirl kind of girl, but If I like something I use it because it makes my job fun and easy and let me tell you: I really love this lens!
This baby is considered the first wide angle to standard zoom lens of it’s kind to achieve a large aperture of 1.8. Practically, Sigma has created an all-purpose lens for the seasoned portrait and wedding professional. It is fully equipped to handle both indoor and outdoor portrait shooting, still life such as food photography, and product shots. It is also an incredible tool for hobbyist mom-tographers wanting to capture beautiful pictures of busy children or soccer games or a family vacation to the beach! It is truly versatile.
My Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Review Experience
My first run with the lens was on a casual blackberry picking adventure with my young family and I was totally floored. I instantly noticed its clarity and sharpness, and the wider, nine-bladed aperture produced the most beautiful shallow depth of field; not to mention a gorgeous, dreamy round bokeh. I simply took this well built; solid lens out of the case, popped it on my Canon 60D (Sony and Pentax mounts will be available later this year), and could not stop oohing and ahhing over what I was able to do with it!
The internal zoom is fast and quiet, this lens uses a motor driven by ultrasonic waves to create the high-speed AF. Frankly, it makes my 50mm 1.4 pretty much unnecessary as the 18-35mm 1.8 is way more versatile. In fact, it felt as though I was using several of my different prime lenses at the same time. Even without being considered a macro, I was impressed at how close I could focus and still get a clear sharp image. Zoomed out pictures were equally clear with the focus spot on every time. I immediately began scheming to figure out how to add this lens to my collection permanently. At around $800 brand new, it was easy to see this lens taking the place of several others, lightening my load and freeing up some space in my camera bag.
I cannot stress enough how all-around this lens truly is. It is the perfect walk around piece for so many different needs! Amazing! I had beautiful success shooting the landscape and detailed close up still life shots. Equally stunning were moving subjects that were easy to focus on like my children running through the grass and riding their bikes in the distance. It felt wonderful in hand; the buttery smooth zoom that was not clunky or slow like others I have tried. Add in the fact that it is much lighter than my Canon 24-70mm zoom (shh, I liked the Sigma more!), and I found myself convinced that it is truly a dream.
I would recommend this gorgeous lens to just about anybody wanting to up their game and take their photographs to the next level. What Sigma has created with the 18-35mm 1.8 is astonishing. It is accessible and easy to use and a huge bargain as it is being listed at under $1000, an unmatched price point. I love taking pictures and I am being completely candid when I say that this lens made me love photography even more.