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11.30.2018

What is the perfect camera lens for my new Canon EOS Rebel camera for travel? What camera lens should I pair with my Nikon D7100 for family photography? What is the ultimate long-reach zoom lens for wildlife photography, that also fits in a carry-on bag? Here at Sigma, we hear questions like this every day. Here’s some of our top tips for choosing the perfect lens for the photographers on your gift list! With over forty lenses in our lineup, from Fisheye to Supertelephoto and everything in between, we’ve got the right lenses!

Completely updated for the 2018 Holiday Season!

The Two best standard zoom lenses you can buy for your Canon EOS Rebel series or Nikon DX-format Cameras

The Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Sigma’s 17-50mm F2.8 DC OS HSM

The Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a fast-aperture standard zoom with incredible image quality, plus Optical Stabilizer, offered at a truly fantastic Holiday Season Instant Savings price.

The Best Lens for the Aspiring YouTube Star

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens is the world’s first F1.8 zoom lens for APS-C cameras, and is a fan favorite among both still photographers and YouTube videographers. The super-fast maximum aperture allows for available light and low-light photography, with incredible focal plane sharpness and gorgeously blurred backgrounds. Pairing fast-aperture prime performance with zoom convenience, this lens will serious level up your video work.

Looking for an incredibly compact high zoom ratio all-in-one plus macro for your Rebel or Nikon DX-series camera? The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens offers 11x zoom, plus 1:3 macro in a lens that’s just about the same size as the basic kit zoom, while offering waaaaaaaay more creativity!

The specially designed cam of the 18-200mm offers smooth, well-damped zooming, and also curbs zoom creep when the lens is pointed skyward or downward for creative angles.

 

 

The Best All-in-One Lens for Safaris, and other Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventures

The full-frame Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens offers an incredible 10x zoom ratio covering standard to supertelephoto, plus 1:3 macro at 200mm with close-focusing a foot in front of the lens. At six and a half pounds, it is a true all-rounder, ready for landscapes, distant wildlife, and even close-ups!

 

Tip: Pair it with a Sigma ultrawide prime or zoom for those serious sweeping skyscapes, and you’ve got an amazing two-lens kit covering near to far, plus macro!

 

The best hypertelephoto zoom lenses for birders, wildlife, and sports photographers

 

The 150-600mm | Sports

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens


The 150-600mm | Contemporary

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary

There are two versions of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens, the Contemporary and the Sports version. The Contemporary is the lighter of the two at just over four pounds. A larger front element, aluminum alloy body and full weather sealing make the Sports version weigh a few pounds more; both feature advanced optical design, focus limiters, customization via the exclusive USB Dock. Optical Stabilizer means you can skip the tripod and still keep shots sharp at slower shutter speeds. Zoom versatility lets you recompose and reframe in an instant. Both versions are easily packed in carry-on bags, making both of these perfect for safari and travel photography. Which one is right for you?

Want all of these features in a smaller, lighter supertelephoto zoom lens?  The 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens packs a 4x zoom with Sigma’s exclusive customization into a compact lens weighing in at just over two pounds, perfect for on-the-go adventures, hiking, backpacking, touring, without adding a ton of weight. And at just $699 this holiday season thanks to Instant Savings, it is also light on the wallet!

 

The best faster-aperture standard zooms to replace the cheap, slow kit lens

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary

The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary is a super-sharp, fast-aperture standard zoom

The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary is a super-sharp, fast-aperture standard zoom

This fast-aperture standard zoom is a great one-lens choice for indoor activities and events, thanks to its Faster apertures and Optical Stabilizer both ofwhich work to keep sharp shots at slower shutter speeds indoors without a tripod. This Contemporary lens designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-C size sensors, and also offers 1:3 magnification for close-up photography at 70mm.

Want an F2.8 constant-aperture zoom lens covering a similar range? The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art is a full-frame standard zoom, and the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM covers the same range for smaller APS-C format DSLRs. Both pair Sigma’s renowned image sharpness with Optical Stabilizer for hand-held photography.

Want a bit more reach in a full-frame Standard zoom?

The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art adds more tele reach, while still offering a fast F4 constant Aperture, plus Optical Stabilizer for excellent hand-holdability (if that’s even a word!)

 

The best F2.8 Telephoto zoom lenses for Photojournalists, Sports, and event photographers

70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens

The 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the new go-to F2.8 tele zoom for photographers who need a fast, sharp short tele zoom lens. Newly introduced as a Sports lens, the new optical formula includes 10 Low-Dispersion glass elements, 11 rounded aperture blades for incredible edge to edge sharpness, AF function buttons on the lens barrel, 3-zone focus limiter and is built like a tank. And the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports offers even longer reach, with performance comparable to a 300mm F2.8 Prime, with zoom versatility, perfect for sidelines in twilight and under the lights for nightside action. Both pair perfectly with the new Global Vision 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters for longer reach. And the USB Dock recognizes the 70-200mm and 120-300mm Sports lens, and the lens plus extenders, as distinct items to be customized for the ultimate in lens personalization.

The Two Best wide-angle and standard F2.8 Zoom lenses for Photojournalists, Wedding/Event Photographers, and Travel Photographers

The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens

Ultra-wide, ultra-sharp, ultra-straight lines and amazing edge to edge clarity make the Sigma 14-24mm DG HSM | Art lens shine for wide-angle architecture, landscape, people photography and more.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art lens

This F2.8 zoom sets a new standard for the wide to short tele fast-aperture zoom lens. It is a great lens for the on-the-go pro who needs a rock-solid standard zoom.

 

The best ultra-bright, fast-aperture prime lenses for DSLR cameras


14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art

 

Sigma's fast-aperture F1.4 prime lenses are renowned by photographers for focal plane sharpness, even wide open at maximum apertures!

Sigma’s fast-aperture F1.4 prime lenses are renowned by photographers for focal plane sharpness, even wide open at maximum apertures!

Sigma’s lineup of fast-aperture prime lenses have become legendary among photographers for the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness and gorgeous background bokeh rendering. Designed for excellent imaging performance, even at widest apertures, these are the lenses designed for the most demanding pros and enthusiast. And yet, all are priced incredibly competitively for photographers ready to up their game. From 14mm to 135mm, the fast-aperture Art prime lenses have changed the game for photographers who want sharp, fast primes in their kit.

New for 2018! Sigma Art Primes available in Sony E-Mount!

Sony E-Mount photographers now have many Sigma Art Primes available in native Sony E-Mount.

And for lenses that are not offered natively, Sony Photographers can use the MC-11 Adapter to connect a slew more Art, Sport and Contemporary lenses to their Sony cameras!

The Best zoom lens for YouTubers and Vloggers

18-35mm F1.8 DC OS HSM | Art

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens is the fastest aperture zoom lens for crop-sensor DSLRs. Thanks to its overall image sharpness, gorgeous bokeh, and bright aperture, this is among the most popular lenses for YouTubers, Vloggers, and videomakers. And as a still lens, it is flat-out outstanding for travel, documentary, and reportage.

 

Need a full-frame version of this lens? the 24-35mm F2 DG OS HSM | Art covers three of the most popular wide angle focal lengths, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm in a very fast, constant aperture zoom, which can be best described as a zoomable wide-angle three-in-one prime lens!

24-35mm F2 DG OS HSM | Art

The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens

The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens

 

The Best Prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount cameras

16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

This trio of compact F1.4 Prime lenses for Sony E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds cameras combine Sigma’s renowned wide-open sharpness with whisper-quiet stepping motors for great performance for both still and video. Nine rounded aperture blades make the bokeh lovely both wide open and when stopped down a touch. A spectacular trio of near-perfect compact fast-aperture primes for the mirrorless camera crowd!

 

19mm F2.8 DN | Art
30mm F2.8 DN | Art
60mm F2.8 DN | Art

Sigma offers three F2.8 Prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony e-Mount (APS-C image circle) with linear drive motors for still and video.

Sigma offers three F2.8 Prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony e-Mount (APS-C image circle) with linear drive motors for still and video.

Designed for both still and video work on Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount systems, these fast, compact primes are super-sharp with 7 rounded aperture blades for smooth backgrounds, and feature linear drive motors for undetectable AF operation during video capture.

The best ultrawide camera lenses

The ultra-wide Full-Frame Constant-Aperture Art Series wide angle Zoom

The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens is a full-frame constant aperture ultrawide zoom lens designed for super-resolution DSLRs. Perfect for travel, landscapes, architecture and outdoor adventure, this is the ultimate full-frame ultrawide zoom lens!

 

Fisheye lenses

Sigma offers a variety of ultrawide lenses!

Sigma offers diagonal and circular Fisheye lenses, with autofocus, for both APS-C and full-frame cameras. The 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular and 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal are full-frame, while the 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Circular is designed for the smaller APS-C imaging circle.

Looking for the widest rectilinear wide angle zoom for APS-C sensors? The Sigma 8-16mm F4-5.6 DC HSM is the lens for you!

Looking for an ultrawide zoom for APS-C sensor cameras that also takes front filters? For the utmost in a rectilinear ultrawide zoom the 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM covers a 15-30mm angle of coverage for APS-C sensor cameras, and also accepts 82mm front filters, a rarity in ultrawides!

 

The ultimate macro prime lens that’s also perfect for sports and portraiture

180mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM

The 180mm F2.8 EX Macro DG OS HSM is the world’s first 180mm F2.8 Macro lens with 1:1 magnification.

This is the world’s first 180mm F2.8 lens with 1:1 magnification, making it an outstanding macro lens, with a longer working distance, perfect for insects and small animals that need a bit of distance from the camera for the safety of both animal and camera operator; as well as in-the-studio work with lights and tents. But it also doubles as a great sports, portraiture, and short wildlife lens thanks to its hypersonic motor and focus limiter to offer seriously swift AF performance either in the macro zone or long distance zone.

Looking for 1:1 Macro in a more compact package? The 105mm F2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM offers Optical Stabilizer and Internal focusing, at a shorter focal length and is offered at an amazing Instant Savings price this holiday season!

The strongest, toughest lens protector filters for any Camera lens

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world’s first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

The Sigma WR Ceramic filters are incredibly toughmuch tougher than even tempered and treated glass. These clear ceramic glass filters are designed to withstand impacts that will crush the competition, and protect your lens investments. Buying Tip: Look the for the Filter Thread diameter in the lens specifications. On Sigma lenses, it is right on the box.

 

The best gift for macro photographers who already love their close-up lenses

Sigma EM-140 DG Ring Flash

The EM-140 Macro Ring Flash

The EM-140 Macro Ring Flash

The Sigma EM-140 DG Ring Flash is a fantastic accessory for photographers who have caught the macro “bug.” This flash attaches to the front of any brand of macro lens and offers full electronic control of the lighting, including left and right lighting ratios, high-speed sync, flash exposure bracketing and more. It is a great addition to the kit of any photographer who frequently captures insects, flowers, and other tiny subjects.
Need a shoe-mount strobe for everyday photography? Check out the EF-610 DG ST and EF-610 DG Super for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Pentax, and Sony cameras.

The most film-like cameras with a semi-secret superpower

The Sigma sd Quattro and sd Quattro H cameras offer incredibly nuanced color and unsurpassed detail thanks to the stacked architecture of the Quattro generation Foveon sensor. The feel of the color images these cameras produce is like a classic chrome film image, and monochrome images are simply stunning as well. And unique to the sd Quattro cameras, the Infrared cut filter is easily removable, for through-the lens Monochrome Infrared capture with autofocus! And , of course, the full line of Sigma SA-mount lenses in the Art, Sports and Contemporary lines are designed to work with these amazing mirrorless cameras!

 

The compact camera for the imaging purist

dp Quattro series

The dp quattro cameras offer incredible imaging in a distinctive, compact design.

The dp quattro cameras offer incredible imaging in a distinctive, compact design.

The dp Quattro series of cameras combine outstanding still imaging quality with distinctive design. Designed for the imaging purist, the sharpness and color fidelity produced by the pairing of a Sigma prime dp lens and the Foveon Quattro sensor must be seen to be appreciated. Offered in four focal lengths from 14mm to 50mm, the dp Quattro series stands for utmost image quality in a sleek, compact camera.

Hunting for camera lens bargains?

These lenses, cameras, and flashes are on Instant Savings through December 31st, 2017!

The Sigma Outlet store offers refurbished products at exceptional savings off retail. Check back frequently, as stock changes daily!

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  1. Great post. Very informative!