History

    Emphasizing image quality.
    This is a SIGMA's new all-in-one lens.

    16.6x High Ratio Zoom Lens, incorporating
    4 FLD glass elements
    to prioritize the optical performance

    A high ratio zoom lens often requires compactness and enhancement of additional features, to be capable enough to cover various shooting scenes with convenience and versatility. Even with a high ratio zoom lens, our goal is to satisfy enthusiastic photographers with the versatility of the lens and its optical performance. Therefore, we sought for the point where all the pieces, such as specification, performance and size, fall into place, and this lens is the fruit of this journey. Enjoy the performance of a high ratio standard zoom lens that has “the highest standard for excellent image quality based on each concept”, of which product lines SIGMA has renewed and established with SIGMA Global Vision.

    [Contemporary]
    Latest technology for high optical performance and compactness High performance line corresponding with various photography situations

    SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Among the three, the Contemporary line is a high performance line which incorporates the very latest technology making it possible to accommodate both high optical performance and compactness for use in various photography situations. SIGMA has solved the difficult problem of keeping the size and weight down without compromising optical performance and function with the latest technology.

    Excellent optical performance
    that satisfies experienced users

    This lens incorporates 4 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite plus 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element. It enables this lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity.

    Features

    Latest technology for high optical
    performance and compactness

    Newly developed OS system for better compensation

    A high ratio zoom lens often requires compactness and enhancement of additional features, to be capable enough to cover various shooting scenes with convenience and versatility. However, SIGMA still believes that image quality is what matters the most. When travelling with minimal equipment the lens needs a wide zoom range especially as a telephoto lens may be needed unexpectedly without time to switch lenses. Even with a high ratio zoom lens, our goal is to satisfy enthusiastic photographers with the versatility of the lens and its optical performance. Therefore, we sought for the point where all the pieces, such as specification, performance and size, fall into place, and this lens is the fruit of this journey.

    Newly developed OS system for better compensation

    By reviewing the system construction and the algorithm of firmware, approximately 3.5 steps* higher compensation has been achieved.

    * Based on CIPA’s guideline. Measuring at telephoto end, when it is attached to the camera with APS-C image sensor.

    Optical Stabilizer ON

    Optical Stabilizer OFF

    Newly Developed Hyper Sonic Motor

    For comfortable and smooth use with the high zoom ratio, 16.6 times, it incorporates a bigger HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) which is newly developed for this lens. It is powerful enough to ensure high speed and quiet AF.

    TSC (Thermally Stable Composite)

    Conventionally it is considered essential to leverage the qualities of metal and polycarbonate in camera and lens layout design. A first for the industry, the barrel of the new series of SIGMA lenses features a new TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) that offers minimal thermal shrinkage combined with exceptional hardness.
    Since its thermal shrinkage is low, TSC matches well with metal parts, further contributing to the high-precision construction of the lens.

    High-precision,
    rugged brass bayonet mount

    The brass mount combines high precision with rugged construction. Its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the exceptional durability of the lens.

    A close-up lens is
    exclusively developed
    for this product

    It offers a maximum magnification ratio 1:2 and changeable angles of view enables zoom-macro photography. Just by rotating the zoom ring, it enables photographers to take a close up pictures of subjects such as jewelry and flowers.

    Exclusive close-up lens
    (optional accessory)

    The minimum focusing distance of the lens is 39cm, its maximum magnification ratio is 1:3 and the working distance is 14cm, which is similar to macro lenses. In addition to this, a close-up lens, AML 72-01 (optional accessory), is developed exclusively for this product. It makes the rendering very constant across the zoom range, and it enables higher performance in macro photography at 1:2. Even when this close-up lens is attached, the image taken at maximum magnification ratio, at 300mm, infinity, shows very little difference in MTF.

    * Focus is at infinity, and the shooting range is 80-300mm.

    Zoom macro
    for enhanced macro photography

    Just by rotating the zoom ring, it enables photographers to take a close up pictures of subjects such as jewelry and flowers. Maximum magnification ratio at respective focal lengths is indicated on the lens barrel, thus it is easy to see what the object size will be at the sensor. Furthermore, in order to secure a clear field of view, the design of this lens is very thorough, even down to the precise position of the engraved letters on the lens.

    Additional features

    Accumulated lens technology leads
    to superior image quality

    The most appropriate optical glass elements are selected to optimize all focal lengths of the lens. From wide angle to telephoto and macro, it offers superior image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It compensate for the distortion very well, especially at wide-end, and carries extraordinary expressive capability from the center to the corners.

    Flare and ghosting reduction

    From an early stage in the lens design process, flare and ghosting have been measured to establish an optical design resistant to strong incident light sources such as backlighting. SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting to help photographers produce sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

    Lens Construction

    • FLD glass
    • SLD glass
    • Aspherical lens

    Exclusive low-dispersion glass

    The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light’s wavelength. This fact causes different colors of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the color fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. Most chromatic aberration can be removed by combining a high-refractivity convex lens element with a low-refractivity concave element. Yet residual chromatic aberration known as “secondary spectrum” may still remain.To minimize this secondary spectrum, which can be a serious issue with conventional lenses, SIGMA lenses feature up to three types of exclusive low-dispersion glass offering superior performance: ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion), SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and FLD (“F” Low Dispersion). In particular, FLD glass offers ultra-low dispersion in combination with high transmittance and the anomalous dispersion characteristics of fluorite. Meticulous deployment of these types of exclusive low-dispersion glass and optimization of power distribution gives SIGMA lenses superlative image rendition undiminished by residual chromatic aberration.

    Rounded diaphragm

    When photographing with point light sources such as electric lights or reflections on a body of water in the background, the rounded 7-blade diaphragm helps produce an attractive bokeh effect – even at large-aperture settings.

    Distortion

    Vignetting

    F3.5
    F8
    F16
    F6.3
    F11
    F22

    ESSENTIALS

    You'll find our philosophy and craftsmanship
    in every product

    Our new lineup fully expresses our approach to lenses and photography itself. All of our lenses belong to one of three lines—Contemporary, Art, or Sports—all of which share our development philosophy and advanced manufacturing system. High performance, high quality, and high end in every respect, these lenses give people who love photography lasting value and consistent, exciting results. The secret is our passion for craftsmanship that we put into every production process and every product.

    Specifications

    18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary

    Lens Construction

    • FLD glass
    • SLD glass
    • ASPHERICAL LENS

    Lens Construction

    17 elements in 13 groups

    Angle of View

    • 76.5° - 5.4°

    Number of Diaphragm Blades

    7 (rounded diaphragm)

    Minimum Aperture

    F22

    Minimum Focusing Distance

    39cm / 15.4in.

    Maximum Magnification Shooting

    1:3

    Filter size

    φ72mm

    Dimensions (Diameter × Length)

    • φ79mm × 101.5mm / φ3.1in. × 4.0in.
    • *The length of a lens is measured from the filter surface to its mount.

    Weight

    • 585g

    Edition Number

    C014

    Supplied Accessories

    Petal type Lens Hood LH780-07 (supplied)

    Corresponding AF Mounts / Barcode No.

    • SIGMA SA-Mount
      00-85126-88656-1
    • Nikon F Mount
      00-85126-88655-4
    • Canon EF Mount
      00-85126-88654-7

    Technologies

    Performance / Data

    MTF Chart

    Diffraction MTF

    Geometrical MTF

    The MTF chart gives the result at the wide-open aperture
    Spatial frequency S:Sagittal Line M:Meridional Line
    10lp/mm
    30lp/mm

    MTF chart guide

    Distortion

    Vignetting

    F3.5
    F8
    F16
    F6.3
    F11
    F22

    Vignetting guide

    Product Lineup

    18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Petal type Lens Hood LH780-07 (supplied)

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-88656-1
    • Nikon F mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Petal type Lens Hood LH780-07 (supplied)

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-88655-4
    • Canon EF mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Petal type Lens Hood LH780-07 (supplied)

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-88654-7

    Accessories

    Supplied Accessories

    LENS HOOD LH780-07

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93059-2

    FRONT CAP LCF-72mmⅢ

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-92963-3

    REAR CAP LCR Ⅱ

    * The image is for SIGMA.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92949-7
    • Nikon F mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92950-3
    • Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92951-0

    Separately Sold Accessories

    WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 72mm

    With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallized glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93181-0

    PROTECTOR 72mm

    Protector is developed to protect the lens surface from dirt and dust as well as scratches. It is an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93108-7

    WR PROTECTOR 72mm

    Water-repellent, Antistatic type. Protector is developed to protect the lens surface from dirt and dust as well as scratches. It is an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93095-0

    WR UV FILTER 72mm

    UV Water-repellent, Antistatic type. UV filter prevents the bluish tone that generates when the weather is fine, by absorbing ultraviolet rays. It is effective in most situations, such as landscape, portrait and general photography on a sunny day. It is also an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93069-1

    WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 72mm

    PL Water-repellent, Antistatic type. Circular PL filter removes the reflection of water surface and glass windows, and increases the contrast in landscape photography.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93082-0

    CLOSE-UP LENS AML72-01

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93060-8

    USB DOCK UD-01

    By connecting a SIGMA Art, Contemporary, or Sports lens to a computer with the SIGMA USB DOCK, photographers can update the lens firmware and adjust focus position and other parameters.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87856-6
    • Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87854-2
    • Nikon F mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87855-9

    SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11

    The SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 allows you to use your SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA EOS mount interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body.

    • SIGMA SA-E
      SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93251-0
    • CANON EF-E
      Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93250-3

    SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

    The SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 allows SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount interchangeable lens owners to use their lens investment on L-Mount camera bodies.

    • SIGMA SA-L
      SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93724-9
    • CANON EF-L
      Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93723-2

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    Manuals / Brochures