The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 | C lens is Always Ready For Anything!

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary lens is best described as versatile . At just four inches long in the camera bag, and weighing just over a pound, this small lens covers wide angle to supertele, plus macro. It’s the photographic equivalent of a chameleon, the pocket multi-tool, or a superhero’s quick-changing boat/car/plane combo-vehicle. As an athlete, it would compete in the decathlon, ready to adeptly pivot from one specialty to the next.

Our team of bloggers has taken this lens everywhere from open-air biplanes, to skiing in the Alps, to bear-spotting in Alaska, backpacking the Pacific Northwest, and on family vacations to showcase the wide compositional range and total image quality this superzoom superstar delivers day in and day out in pretty much any situation you can imagine! Here’s a sampling of situations where the Sigma team has taken this amazing all-in-one lens. Where would you take it next?

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Brown Bear Cubs in Alaska

Traveling on a small planes with serious weight restrictions, Sigma Pro Robert O’Toole packed the 18-300mm lens for maximum versatility in a compact package and made some amazing shots of the beautiful bears.

© Robert O’Toole
Cub image.
Sigma 18-300 C and Nikon D500, 48mm, 1/500s at f/16, handheld, manual mode.

“The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Contemporary lens is so small and lightweight that it makes it a great choice when you need to count pounds.” ~ Robert

The 18-300mm for Airshows

Aviation Pro Jim Koepnick  chose the Sigma 18-300mm for airshows for one simple reason: affordable versatility. From wide angle to supertele, air-to-air and ground-to-air, it is one lens that maximizes compositional creativity.

© 2016 Jim Koepnick | Skip Stewart performs at Sun n Fun 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. Shot with Canon 70D and Sigma 18-300 llens.

“Versatility. That is the Sigma 18-300 in one word. It does everything you want it to. It’s small. It’s light. It’s sharp. It delivers. And within your budget.” ~ Jim


Ski Adventures in the Swiss Alps

Sigma Pro Liam Doran packed the 18-300mm for editorial assignments in the Swiss Alps for the world’s top ski magazines due to its light weight, small size and total image quality.

The autofocus is fast enough to capture sharp images of skiers in action. Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 28mm f/10 1/1600 sec.

“Its massive focal range covering wide to supertele makes it a great choice for those seeking a one lens solution for a project, assignment, or adventure.” ~ Liam


Backpacking the Pacific Northwest

Sigma Tech Rep Patrick Santucci has been paring down the weight of his hiking pack on explorations of the Pacific Northwest, selecting the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 for its reach, range, and 1:2 macro capabilities with the AML 72-01 close-up lens attachment.

© 2016 Patrick Santucci | Sigma 18-300mm- ISO 100, 15 sec, f13, 113mm, 10 stop nd

“This little gem of a lens has been surprising me time and time again to the point where it’s pretty much attached to my 70D constantly.” ~ Patrick


The Family Vacation lens

Sigma Pro David Fitzsimmons packed the 18-300mm for family adventures, and was very impressed with the total versatility and image quality this modern high-zoom ratio superzoom delivers.

From portraits to landscapes, from family photos to travel, the Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro Contemporary lens does it all. Sharp, quick focusing, and ultra-compact, it’s one impressive lens. Here I photographed Phoebe holding a lubber grasshopper on the Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/800 second, ISO 400. Hand-held, OS-On.

“In the field the 18-300mm is a joy to use. With quick autofocus and such an incredible range, it’s hard not to get exactly the shot you want. Take photographing a sunset. From wide angle to super telephoto, you can capture the sky-wide splendor of a sunset and then zoom on the orange sun as it sets.” ~ David


What adventures would you take with the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | C lens?


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