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Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens

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Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM lens

Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM lens

Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM lens


Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM MTF Chart

Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM MTF Chart

Optical design

Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM optical design

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX), Pentax K, Sigma SA

First year of production: 2008

Optical design: 16 elements in 12 groups (3 AS, 1 SLD)

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Optical stabilisation
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Average price: $457


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
18mm - 125mmf/3.8 - f/5.6f/2270.3567505/17,888.5/3,5

Additional information:

The Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM pros

  • Diagonal angle of view 69.3°- 11.4° (1.7х)
  • Equivalent focal length 28-200 mm (1.6х)
  • Max. magnification 1:3.8
  • Minimum aperture  22 - 32
  • Diameter 74 mm
  • Max. focal length 14 cm
  • Weight 490 -505 g
  • LH780-04 hood  is completed with the lens.

The Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM is a compact all-purpose 7x zoom ratio lens equipped with an optical stabilizer and an HSM autofocus drive (autofocus for the Nikon bayonet mount only). The lens is designed for small-format DSLR only and cannot be used on full format and film cameras. Its optical scheme includes three aspherical lenses (two hybrid and one molded) and one SLD lens. The super multi-coating reduces flare and halation, and corrects color  rendering.

Internal focusing eliminates the front element rotation, which enables the use of a polarized filter and a petal hood. The Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM  is equipped with a zoom lock mechanism which prevents barrel extension under its weight when the lens is directed downwards. The lens has a single mode Optical Stabilizer switch, but this single mode is able to detect panning . There is a strange feature of the OS - the image in the viewfinder jerks upwards when the camera is switched on even if the OS is off. The distance scale is marked on the lens barrel.

The Sony and Pentax bayonet mounts are not equipped with the OS, and consequently have no OS index, because the bodies of these digital cameras have a built-in Anti-shake function. A camera for the Pentax bayonet mount must support an HSM, otherwise the autofocus does not function. The G type lens for the Nikon bayonet mount has no aperture ring, and the autofocus functions on all cameras.

The  Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM pros

  • solid build for this class,
  • very good image quality in the frame center at all focal lengths,
  • good image quality on the edges at the focal range of 18-70 mm,
  • low distortion for this class,
  • low vignetting as compared with competing lenses,
  • reasonably corrected coma,
  • rather good functioning in bright light,
  • quiet, fast and precise autofocus on the Nikon bayonet mount ,
  • effective image stabilization.

The Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM cons

  • worse image quality on the edges at maximum focal length,
  • considerable wide-angle distortion,
  • no HSM for the Canon bayonet mount,
  • no FTM for the Canon bayonet mount
  • real 2-3 f/ stops for the OS instead of 4 claimed by Sigma.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 31.10.2010

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Autor: vidadi
5 0 1993

Mechanical quality4.002
Optical quality4.502
Pricing / Value5.002
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Owner reviews: Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM

Giuseppe 01.04.2018 23:49:11
Period of use: 3 days


It could work different on Sony or Canon but on Nikon the Sigma 18-125mm AF OS is a real Sansation.

My personal experiance:  complete opposit of what i read about its negative points.


Minimum Apeature 3.8.


Greate Universal Zoom. In good light situations the Sigma 18-125mm OS HSM comes very close to the High End Lenses.