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First Look: SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon RF Mount

The first SIGMA lens for Canon RF Mount is here, and it’s one of the most versatile and popular lenses in SIGMA’s entire catalog! The 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary is not just an excellent first lens for crop-sensor cameras, it’s a great all-around companion for all types of photography and video creation, fitting nicely into virtually any camera bag.

Actually, much has been said and written about this lens already, with mount options available for Sony E-mount, Fujifilm X, and L-Mount. The below articles have loads of information and sample images, and you can expect the same kind of quality and versatility to make its way to the RF Mount version.


The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8… Now for Canon RF Mount

So let’s get the important compatibility questions out of the way first. The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens is:

  • Designed for crop sensor (APS-C) cameras, such as the EOS R7, R50, R10, etc.
  • Is compatible with full-frame cameras with a significant crop – for example, using this lens on a 24-megapixel Canon EOS R6 II will result in approx. 9.3MP still images.
  • Is NOT compatible with Canon DSLR cameras or Canon EOS M cameras.

Key Features of the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | C:

Smallest and lightest F2.8 standard zoom for APS-C

Since this lens was launched in 2021, no standard zoom has come close to its speed and portability. For APS-C format cameras, this combination of size (75mm / 2.9 in. long), lightness (300g / 10.6 oz.) and low-light capability (that wonderful F2.8 max aperture) puts it in a class by itself.

Outstanding optical performance

Your everyday lens should be more than just convenient… it should provide performance that you can rely on. The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 has excellent image quality, from the super-sharp details to the beautifully soft backgrounds.

Impressively close working distance for macro style images

With a minimum focusing distance of just 12.1cm (working distance of merely 2.7cm), this lens offers a reproduction ratio of 1:2.8 at the wide end of the focal range. This allows users to capture fun, extremely detailed close-ups of flowers, food, and other subjects.

Ideal for video recording

Thanks to its affordable price, smooth stepping autofocus motor, internal focusing and overall mobility, this lens is perfect for video production and content creation for a huge variety of users, from travel vloggers to ambitious YouTubers.

Dust and splash resistant mount

The mounting surface of the SIGMA 18-50mm isn’t just the right size for Canon RF. Made of durable, polished brass, it is designed to withstand years of use, and the rubber gasket around the edge of the metal ring keeps dust and moisture from getting into the camera’s sensor area.

100% Made in Aizu, Japan

Even our most affordable lenses are made entirely in our single factory in Japan, and are subject to serious quality control. So for Canon EOS R System users who want the best lenses possible for their cameras, rest assured we cut no corners. The 18-50mm F2.8 is designed to impress and built to last.


Image samples on Canon EOS R System cameras

Want to see how the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary performs on a Canon camera? The best way to find out is to try one (go to your nearest authorized dealer if you want a hands-on demo), but the next best thing is to check out some of these samples.


SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | C on Canon EOS R (Full-Frame)


SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | C on Canon EOS R5 (Full-Frame)


SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | C on Canon EOS R7 (APS-C)


Get the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary for Canon RF – or Sony E, or Fujifilm X, or L-Mount!

The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary has been a best-seller for years, with no shortage of happy users who enjoy the small size, great image quality, and outstanding versatility of this lens. There’s just one thing left to do… get one!

With a 4-year warranty in the US (when purchased from an authorized dealer) it’s a safe buy, too. We don’t just make lenses that stand the test of time, we stand behind them.

The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary for Canon RF Mount will be available in mid-July 2024 for $599.

Get it for your Canon EOS R camera

Comments (2)
  1. Tyler Everhart says:

    Extremely excited about this lens for Canon ASP-C cameras. Having a versatile lens with f/2.8 is exactly what I’ve been looking forward to for my R50.

  2. Avatar photo SIGMA America says:

    That’s great! Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the lens. 🙂

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