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Sigma Art 18-35mm Zoom--good for APS-C Nikon?

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#1 Phillip Creed

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 02:41 PM

I have two Nikons, a modded D5300 and a modded D5500.  I use my AT92 with one and the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 with the other.

The 135mm is the only lens I have for the Nikons.  I'd get more if it weren't for the stupid-expensive prices on many lenses out there.

But one that I've given thought to is the 18-35mm Sigma Art f/1.8 zoom.

For those that have it, how would you rate its performance, particularly if used at, say, f/2.0?  I don't need something that will work full-bore at f/1.8, but I am looking for something that works at least a bit better than my former 50mm f/1.8G Nikkor that I had to stop down to f/2.8 just to get acceptable (not great, but acceptable) edge performance.

Thoughts on this lens?  I can't seem to find much feedback on this lens on the forums.

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 02:48 PM

Don't know, but in regards to price, have you ever looked at older manual lenses?  Most are dirt cheap.



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Posted 22 July 2021 - 03:25 PM

Don't know, but in regards to price, have you ever looked at older manual lenses?  Most are dirt cheap.

The Sigma Art 18-35 is ~$450 to $500 used.  If there's a prime in the $300 range for a Nikon F mount that works good at f/2.0 - f/2.8 in the 18-35mm range, I'm game.

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Posted 23 July 2021 - 09:51 AM

NOBODY uses this lens?

 

I saw a review of it on Lenstip.com and it looks like it's better than my prior 50mm f/1.8G, but the acid test is on stars, and I can't seem to find much feedback in that realm about this lens.

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Phil



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Posted 23 July 2021 - 11:04 AM

I use this lens professionally for work and its my favorite of all time, but never for astro due to the AF+Speed+Electronic Aperture



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Posted 23 July 2021 - 11:05 AM

When I say speed, I mean coupling f1.8 and a short focus rotation, makes it hard to NAIL focus like we are used to in astrophotography.




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