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The May 2012 issues of Parenting and Popular Photography magazines feature our new advertisement for the Sigma 18-250 F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM all-in-one lens featuring a lovely shot of a mother and daughter sitting together on a footbridge above a waterfall and creek in the woods. This versatile lens is a great addition to the camera kit of family photographers as it is compact, lightweight covers a great focal range, and has Optical Stabilizer for making sharp shots in low light without a tripod.

The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM is available in many popular lens mounts for APS-C DSLRs.

This 13.8X zoom is designed specifically for Digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors–Canon’s Rebel series, Nikon’s D3000, D90, all current Pentax DSLRs, and Sony A-Mount APS-C cameras such as the A77, A65 and A35. (Click here for the full chart of compatible cameras in the various lens mounts.)

To help you learn more about this nimble lens that’s as comfortable shooting wide angle landscapes and big group portraits at 18mm as well as distant birds and your little superstars in sports action, we’ve put together a cool package of blog postings to show you what this lens is all about. And if you’ve still got any questions or need more information, leave a comment here (or on any of the related stories) and we’ll try to respond as soon as we can.

Family Photo Tips with the Sigma 18-250mm from Walter Arnold

This photo shoot was a family affair for photographer Walter Arnold, as his models are his wife, Amanda, and stepdaughter, Brianna.

Walter Arnold, the photographer who made the lovely image of his wife and stepdaughter  in our recent advertisement for the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM 13.8X zoom lens featured in Parenting and Popular Photography magazines spent a few minutes talking with us about his hands-on experiences with this versatile all-in-one zoom lens. He also shares great advice for making your own amazing family memories.

Traveling Light with the Sigma 18-250mm lens

Sigma’s resident blogger, author and pro photographer, Jack Howard, gives a run down of the features and functions that make this lens a winner when traveling light when maximizing versatility really matters.

The compact and lightweight 18-250mm was easy to carry inside the tight spiral staircase inside the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Optical Stabilizer helped keep this shot sharp at a very slow shutter speed in the low light. And from the top of the tower, we were able to take in both sweeping vistas as well as zoom in for closer details without having to swap lenses in the tight quarters of the Light Room.

“This lens is an impressive combination of reach, range and versatility in a single multi-tasking piece of glass that can do just about everything from wide landscapes, to telephoto wildlife, close-ups (1:3.4 max magnification), short tele portraiture, and help make a strong shot of most situations you’ll want to shoot on your adventures, without ever having to swap lenses.  And it does all this at a very attractive street price, I might add!”

Hands-on Video Demo of the 18-250mm

And finally, here is a brief hands-on video demonstrating many of the key features and functions of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, a 13.8X zoom lens that is ready for making great family photo memories wherever your photo adventures take you.

Click the screenshot above to view the video demo blog posting.

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  1. As soon as I get a $100 discount, I will make this purchase. I just had my 50mm 1.4 cleaned, now I want to replace the Canon 18-55mm kit lens with the Sigma 18-250 Zoom.

  2. HI,
    How can I take zoomed photos of birds or wild life with this lense.


  3. Very versatile family-friendly lens. I take it along wherever we go.

  4. A versatile family-friendly lens. Never leave home without it.

  5. Also this is a great lens to try out, or test a little Macro type photography. My 10 yo son Bailey actually took this amazing beetle shot with the Sigma 18-250mm lens in full manual mode. Basically it’s that easy of a lens to use and lots of fun too. Check out the beetle shot via this link below.

  6. This is my go to Lens anything & everything,great.