Sigma has announced that the Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount versions of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens will begin shipping worldwide by the end of June 2014.
More than a year has passed since Sigma introduced the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens. The optic has been released for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma cameras and the company has promised that it will reach Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount cameras soon after the initial release.
Well, it has also been more than a year since Sigma made this promise. Numerous users have pre-ordered the optic and have begun wondering when the company decides to honor the agreement. A surprise announcement has been made recently and it seems like both the Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount versions will begin shipping by the end of the month.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens to begin shipping in late June for Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount cameras
Sigma has created the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens for cameras with APS-C image sensors. The optic provides a 35mm focal length equivalent of 27-52.5mm. It is one of the first lenses to offer a constant maximum aperture of f/1.8 throughout the zoom range.
This is an Art-series optic which means that image quality will be of high standard. The company has called it a “technological advancement” one year ago and it seems like it truly is a marvelous piece of technology, as nobody has managed to match the specs and quality of this product so far.
These are some of the reasons why Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount camera owners have been so patient and impatient at the same time. This lens does not have a true competitor, especially considering its very low price and they truly want to use it with their shooters.
The wait is almost over now as the optic will begin shipping as soon as June 20 which means that it should reach your home by the end of this month.
About the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens and where to pre-order
This zoom lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 11-inches or 28 centimeters. It sports a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor and a distance scale to help with focusing.
The internal design consists of 17 elements into 12 groups, which makes it a somewhat long and heavy lens measuring 121mm / 4.76-inches in length with a total weight of 810 grams / 1.79lbs.