Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art review

The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art gives you a different take on a ‘trinity’ telephoto zoom

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed for APS-C format Canon and Nikon DSLRs, this telephoto zoom gives an ‘effective’ range of 80-160mm or 75-150mm respectively. That’s not far off the 70-200mm range of ‘trinity’ telephoto zooms for full-frame cameras but, given that a tight depth of field is harder to get with an APS-C format camera, the step up in aperture rating from f/2.8 to f/1.8 makes this Sigma a highly desirable lens. It’s very good value too, if you take the view that it can effectively replace three f/1.8 prime lenses.


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    Fast and constant f/1.8 aperture

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    Useful effective zoom range

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    Impressive all-round performance


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    Lacks weather-seals

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    Heavy at nearly 1.5kg

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    No smooth autofocus transitions for video

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The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art is something of a niche lens. Many of us with APS-C format cameras are drawn to 70-200mm lenses, not only for their all-round build quality and performance, but also because they give a boosted effective zoom range once you take the crop factor into account. But if you want a ‘fast’ telephoto zoom, that’s not the only option. This Sigma lens is designed exclusively for APS-C format DSLRs and raises the bar in terms of aperture brightness.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.