When the shot matters, don’t reach for a cameraphone. This multipurpose zoom lens offers optical stabilization (OS) for crisp, blur-free photos, whether shooting wide-angle, telephoto or macro photography. The compact lens is perfect for taking tack-sharp travel, landscape, family, or nature and wildlife photos.
Made for digital SLR cameras with smaller APS-C-size sensors, the lens is a jack-of-all-trades that will help you capture the crucial shot in any situation, near or far. The versatile, all-in-one lens can take the place of several lenses in your camera bag, with a focal range that spans from wide-angle 18mm up to an impressive telephoto 250mm. Add to that macro capabilities! It has a close minimum focusing distance of just 13.8 inches, so you can zoom in on the tiniest of subjects. Get up close for a personal shot and immediately zoom out to catch a group shot, never missing a photo op!
Sigma’s unique OS system combined with one special low dispersion and three aspherical glass elements compensate for camera shake and correct color distortion. The OS system also allows for low-light shooting, so you’ll get a great photo in a wide variety of scenarios. This advantage is also beneficial during macro shooting, where the slightest bump could ruin an image. And when capturing moving subjects, the lens will detect your movement as you pan the camera, providing effective correction.
The 18–250mm lens is also equipped with a super-multilayer coating to reduce flare and ghosting and produce photos with contrast and detail, even when shooting into a light source. In addition, its hypersonic motor (HSM) ensures fast and quiet autofocusing, and a rounded, seven-blade diaphragm allows you to create attractive, round blur to the out-of-focus areas of your photos.
Sigma’s use of a lightweight Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material makes the lens’s structure unaffected by changes in temperature, while a brass bayonet mount adds durability. MSRP: $349. sigmaphoto.com