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First Look: SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens

We’ll let SIGMA CEO Kazuto Yamaki introduce this article with a comment from his video introducing this lens from SIGMA HQ:

“Today, full-frame cameras are popular among professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. However, as technology has evolved, many people are now aware that APS-C cameras can also produce images of high quality. If you want to enjoy your photography by taking your camera out more often, and taking pictures in more situations, then an APS-C camera may be the best choice.”

With this in mind, SIGMA introduced the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens in late 2021, a great little “kit” lens to handle most situations, designed to be compact, sharp, bright and easy to use.

But for many video applications, vlogging, streaming, landscapes, architecture, and plenty more situations, a wide-angle lens was needed to fill the gap, and now, that lens is here!

Introducing the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens

The world’s smallest and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras.

Designed to provide the perfect balance for APS-C mirrorless photographers and video creators, the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens is the essential wide-angle zoom, and it’s available from day one for Sony E-mount, Fujifilm X Mount, and L-Mount systems.

Key Features of the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | C

While the true value of a lens like this is really evident when you use it, the features and specs are pretty impressive right off the bat.

Incredibly Compact & Lightweight

The SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | C is the world’s smallest and lightest ultra-wide zoom for APS-C, measuring just 2.4 inches (62mm) long and weighing a mere 9.2 ounces (260g). This lens is remarkably easy to pack, carry, and use, perfect for travel, everyday photography, and video use.

Ideal for video and gimbal use

With its compact dimensions and light weight, the SIGMA 10-18mm is the perfect lens to use for shooting video, and is the perfect focal range for content creators of all types. And the lens really shines on a handheld gimbal, where its size and excellent balance makes it the perfect on-the-go lens option.

New push-on space-saving lens hood

Unlike the conventional bayonet type lens hoods that attach with a rotating movement, this push-on type lens hood is attached onto the lens using a spring and lever system. The new design reduces the size and thickness of the hood so that it matches the compact size of the lens.

Minimum focus distance of just 4.5 inches (11.6cm)

When shooting at 10mm, you can capture images with a unique, expressive point of view, with the subject in focus just inches away! And with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4, you can get extremely close-up images that fill the frame with exquisite detail.

Minimal focus breathing for video creators

Many lenses out there are subject to focus breathing, where the edges of the frame expand and contract when the focus changes significantly. The SIGMA 10-18mm was designed specifically for video shooters and content creators in mind, and it exhibits minimal focus breathing, to keep your compositions consistent during focus changes.

Additional features:

  • Constant F2.8 aperture for low-light performance
  • Aspherical lens elements + special low-dispersion glass
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Fast and quiet stepping autofocus motor
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship

Image samples from SIGMA Ambassadors

A few SIGMA America Ambassadors were able to test out the 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary before its release, on a variety of camera systems. See what they thought about the lens in the following galleries!

Jim Koepnick – Sony A6700 (E-mount)

The SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN lens is small, light and the perfect addition for your crop sensor camera. It takes up very little room in your camera bag but gives a super wide view of the world around you.

– Jim Koepnick, SIGMA America Ambassador

While the most obvious advantage of this lens is how wide a view it can take in, it can also focus really, really close. And this allows you to also capture a macro view when needed. Autofocus performance is fast and most of all for me, the images are super sharp.

– Jim Koepnick, SIGMA America Ambassador

Liam Doran – Fujifilm X-T5 (X Mount)

The combination of high optical performance, close focusing distance and great AF capability make the SIGMA 10-18mm a great choice for budget-minded travelers. 

– Liam Doran, SIGMA America Ambassador

Having a bright F2.8 aperture is fantastic for handheld low-light situations and also great for isolating your subject.

– Liam Doran, SIGMA America Ambassador

Graham Ehlers Sheldon – SIGMA fp L (L-Mount)

I’m guilty of a 35mm – 50mm world view sometimes, and having the 10-18mm force my field of view wider has actually been a bit of a boon for me creatively. Also, the extraordinary close focus abilities of this lens mixed with the wide-angle look is something that I’m going to continue to explore in my work, because it’s a unique and wonderful perspective. 

– Graham Ehlers Sheldon, SIGMA America Ambassador

From a video perspective, sharp edge-to-edge performance in a lens this small in a $599 package is outstanding. The minimal flaring and neutral color cast means it plays well with my other SIGMA glass, too.

– Graham Ehlers Sheldon, SIGMA America Ambassador

The Essential Wide-Angle Zoom for APS-C Mirrorless

Whether you shoot with Sony, Fujifilm, or an L-Mount mirrorless camera, the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens is a perfect choice to pack light and create outstanding-quality images, no matter the situation. For photographers and video creators alike, it’s a wide-angle zoom you can count on to achieve the expansive look you want at a price you can afford!

* As an AF F2.8 zoom lens for mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor. As of October 2023 by SIGMA.

Comments (3)
  1. Hugh Brooks says:

    Has SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary lens been tested against infrared leakage for astro modified or full spectrum cameras for infrared and astrophotography? My Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Len does leak infrared and has to be replaced or I use it with contacts taped over as manual lens to avoid power to the Len causing light and color distortion shooting dark foregrounds for Milky Way nightscape photography. Thank you for reveling this question.

  2. Robert G says:

    When is the Z mount version coming?

  3. Avatar photo Nick Vrona says:

    We don’t have any information about additional mounts at this time. Please keep an eye on our social media profiles for news and updates!

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