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Opinions On Sigma 18-200mm Lens  
User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

Does anybody use the Sigma 18-200mm lens? How good is it?


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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

Quoting Kukkudrill (Thread starter):
Does anybody use the Sigma 18-200mm lens? How good is it?

Yes, I use it...

I think its pretty good. Not had any problems at all!

One of my shots with it (sorry for the plug)


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Photo © Karis Weller



Kaz


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

I have it as well. It's a good allround lens, build like a tank, but with a rather slow AF (not that bad tough), strong vignetting (on a D60 with a 1.6x cropfactor) and soft.

As simple as that: you get, what you pay for. It's not an L lens, but unfortunately, in that range, there's not much variety.

Gerardo



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

I would look instead at the Tamron, it's getting wicked reviews...

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Tamron buys good reviews, they don't earn them...


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 4146 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 4):
Tamron buys good reviews, they don't earn them...

Lol...and you know this how? They are no different then any other manufacturer looking for reviews.


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

I have seen different comparisons made with Tamron and Sigma. The Sigma was far better, mainly regarding sharpness.

If only I could find a link .....

Gerardo



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 5):
Lol...and you know this how? They are no different then any other manufacturer looking for reviews.

I didn't say they are the only ones guilty of the practice  Smile
Just never base your opinions on magazine reviews (or website reviews) exclusively, that's all I wanted to say, as they're often biassed.

Prime example: one "review" came to the conclusion that the 28-200 Tamron (an early model at that) was superior in all respects to the combo 28-80 f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor/80-200 f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor.

The "review" never mentioned optics at all, giving as "reasons" for the conclusion:
- the Tamron weighs less
- the Tamron costs less
- you never have to change lenses



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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Some test pics are here. The original text is in Japanese or so. The link is to an bablefish translation. So, don't even try to understand  Wink Just find the pics and compare them.

http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/b...005%2F04%2F07%2F1335.html&lp=ja_en

Original URL http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/review/2005/04/07/1335.html

Gerardo



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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Thanks for the info guys. And lovely shot Kaz. Seems the Sigma is sharper, but a bit more prone to vignetting at short focal lengths (a problem with both lenses). I've also come across a review by someone who says he tested three copies of the Sigma and they all front-focussed at or near full zoom. He suggested that this was because of an incompatibility with the Canon autofocus mechanism. Kaz have you had any such problems?

Charles



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