The Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary lens is nothing new. In effect, this transtandard zoom already exists since 2021 for E-mount devices like the Sony Alpha 6600 and L-mount for Sigma, Panasonic and Leica cameras. Once mounted on an APS-C sensor body, it offers a focal range equivalent to 25-75 mm in 24 x 36 equivalent.
A compact transstandard for Fuji hybrids
Entirely based on the models for E and L mounts, this new version intended for Fuijfilm hybrids, like the very recent X-T5 or the small X-S10, arrives with a now well-known design. It is thus made up of an optical formula with 13 elements divided into 10 groups, integrating three aspherical lenses including one in SLD glass, intended to reduce chromatic aberrations.
Small, but bright
The zoom and focus rings are the only adjustments found on the barrel of this pebble, which could disappoint some Fujifilm aficionados who would have appreciated an aperture adjustment ring in addition. However, the result is a very compact lens, weighing only 290 g on the scale for a length of 74.5 mm when folded. The diaphragm, with seven blades, offers a constant aperture at f/2.8. We can thus qualify this zoom as “bright” and use it in the evening or indoors without a second thought, whatever the focal length used.
It is therefore a compact lens that will gladly accompany photographers looking for versatility on the go. With a silent autofocus, it will also be ideal for vlogging. On the other hand, he will have to rub shoulders with another objective, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIScertainly with a sliding aperture from f/2.8 to f/4, but equipped with optical stabilization, very useful on the manufacturer’s boxes without a stabilized sensor.
Price and availability
Expected for December 2022, the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary lens for X-mount hybrids is already available for pre-order. Its price is set at 499 €, which is affordable for a transtandard zoom with a large constant aperture.