Sigma didn’t announce any totally new lenses here at CES 2014, but they did revamp a few favorites. We got some time to handle the new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM zoom lens on the show floor and it made a good first impression on us.
It’s a lens made for APS-C cameras, so we stuck it on a Canon T5i. It’s roughly 2-ounces lighter and a little shorter than its predecessor and that’s apparent when you pick it up. It’s very compact and feels extremely well-built. That seems to be a theme that Sigma has going lately and we’re big fans of it.
The lens barrel does extend out pretty far when you zoom, but that’s to be epected with a lens like that. The zoom and focus rings give good resistance and turned nice and smoothly.
There are a few sample images from around the booth in the gallery attached to this article that you can check out for examples, but we won’t know how sharp the final version is until it gets into our lab.
The image stabilization also seems to be working very well. The shot of the plant in the sample gallery was shot at the longest available focal lenght at 1/20th of a second and it’s still impressively sharp considering the circumstances.
Still, the lens made a good first impression and we’re excited to put it through the lab.
[Note, the camera and lens were tethered to the desk at the booth, so our shooting options were limited, hence, the not-so-stellar photos]