Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2006.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

The lens has macro-properties but is unable to reproduce things in their real size (otherwise called '1:1'). You should therefor consider taking the term 'macro' with a pinch of salt and if the macro-possibilities you are looking for you should perhaps look at other options.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is designed and meant for Canon and Nikon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.

Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. The possibility to use autofocus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in autofocus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate autofocus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.

The lens has a focal length of 18-50 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 29-80 mm if you have a Canon camera or 27-75 mm if you have a Niko camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.

A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 18 mm or at 50 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 72 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH780-04 581".

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by several newer versions. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The price (more info)
  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • A lens hood is included
  • Light weight (450 gr)
  • No built-in autofocus motor (the Nikon version)
  • Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
  • The lens is called 'Macro' but can not reproduce at a scale of 1:1
  • This lens has been replaced by several newer versions
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2006
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Macro
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
Compatibility: Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 18-50 mm

This is a "DC" lens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 
On Canon cameras: 29-80 mm
On Nikon cameras: 27-75 mm

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 15 elements / 13 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 20 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood: LH780-04 581 (included)
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 79 x 85 mm
Weight: 450 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)

Product Page (Sigma):

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Reviews

fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
ephotozine.com
fredmiranda.com
slrlensreview.com
techradar.com
the-digital-picture.com
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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Released Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 952 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 857 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1325 gr
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 935 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 925 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 903 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1220 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1220 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1220 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 899 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1095 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1234 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 886 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1006 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1272 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 974 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 970 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1272 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 960 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1020 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1205 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1205 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1205 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1025 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1030 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1205 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1005 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1015 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1310 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1360 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1015 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 982 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1180 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1151 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1305 gr
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1305 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1095 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1006 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 970 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 899 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 974 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 960 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1025 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1005 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 903 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 982 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R3 2021 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1095 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 857 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 903 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 899 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 970 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 960 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1020 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1025 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1030 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 935 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1005 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1015 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 925 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 982 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 952 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 974 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 29-80 mm 1006 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1230 gr
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1370 gr
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1650 gr
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1375 gr
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1388 gr
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1070 gr
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1310 gr
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1129 gr
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1230 gr
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1129 gr
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1125 gr
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1125 gr
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1090 gr
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1118 gr
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x) 27-75 mm 1153 gr
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon Z fc 2021 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z50 2019 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z6 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z6 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z9 2021 Mirrorless Full frame

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2006) Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro
(2006) Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC HSM Macro
(2010) Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2,8 L USM II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS

Alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2,8 DC Macro . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2,8 IF ED
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2,8 G ED

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