2013 DSLR Lens of the Year
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 £649
There were some strong contenders for this year's lens of the year category, but the optic that impressed us most was the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM - the world's first zoom lens to feature a constant f/1.8 aperture throughout its focal length.
Being confined to APS-C sensors, the effective angle-of-view compared with full-frame is 27-52mm, which represents a very versatile range from wideangle to standard focal lengths.
In the field the biggest plus-points are the ability to shoot in low light, the eye-catching nature of the close-range pictures that could be created, and the wonderful bokeh produced by shooting wide-open at f/1.8. To top it off, the price makes it affordable and within reach of what most expect to pay for a premium standard zoom.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Sigma 180mm f/2.8
Nikon 28mm f/1.8
Nikon 70-200mm f/4