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Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Wed May 09, 2007 10:23 pm

Hy all,
I have recently norrowed my search to the sigma 18-200 because of the range it covers. What does anyone thinks about this choice? Have heard different opinions about it : some say it's a good choice some others say that it's slow at long end, not sharp or has not any decent AF neither...
Another possible choice would be the Sigma 18-125. Basically I'm looking a good lense to keep on my second body which basically covers many shooting needs...
What are your opinions ? Any other possible candidate ? Thanks to all for input.

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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Wed May 09, 2007 11:49 pm

hi, well I've tried the sigma 18-200mm on my D200 before and i found it very soft and slow above 100mm, so not really good for moving subjects, i think is ok for ground stuff and static displays. Thanks. Yuan Le
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 12:45 am

Quoting Vice911 (Reply 1):
i found it very soft and slow above 100mm

Might be due to the "enormous" range this lens has, it starts at 18mm which is a quite good wideangle and ends at 200mm which is quite long, more than a 10x zoom.... I wouldn't buy it, get one with a smaller range, maybe 4x or 5x at most.

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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 12:48 am

The Nikkor 18-200VR is much better.
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 3:40 pm

I have one. It is a bit slower than L glass and a bit softer, but nothing which you can not correct in Photoshop. At least, it was fast enough for this here
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 11:18 pm

Quoting Viv (Reply 3):
The Nikkor 18-200VR is much better.

Thats one of the hottest "all around" Nikon lens on the market, good luck finding one.
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 11:32 pm

Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 5):
good luck finding one

They are hard to find. I got mine when they first came out - ordered it before shipments started.
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Thu May 10, 2007 11:32 pm

Last week I saw one with the OS at the photography exhibition here. C$749.99.
http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/10426/sigma_18200mm_os_lens/
I tried it and it seemed ok for the two shots I took with it, but not enough to give an opinion.
 
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Fri May 11, 2007 12:39 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 3):
The Nikkor 18-200VR is much better.

I can only second that; I had the Sigma 18-200mm before I got the Nikkor and the Nikkor is better in any aspect (sharpness, light, VR). If you can get one go for it!

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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Fri May 11, 2007 4:42 am

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 8):
If you can get one go for it!

I know. Nikkor 18-200 is great.
I have a Canon 30D and a 300D though...So I must find a good compromise  Sad

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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Fri May 11, 2007 5:57 am

If you need more examples taken with that lens: http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos....2|869||||lens|2||||||-2|||1|||||||

The Sigma is indeed a good compromise and a good walk around lens.
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Fri May 11, 2007 10:36 am

Quoting Gerardo (Reply 10):

I see you have a Tamron 28-200mm. How does it compare with your sigma minus 10mm wide?
 
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Mon May 14, 2007 5:08 am

Quoting Vice911 (Reply 1):
hi, well I've tried the sigma 18-200mm on my D200 before and i found it very soft and slow above 100mm, so not really good for moving subjects, i think is ok for ground stuff and static displays.

I'd agree with that - I bought that lens a couple of months ago and I'm using it with a 400D. On the wide end it is sharp, but I find it soft on the long end, even in bright light and using a tripod. I previously used an Olympus C765 compactish camera and I sometimes find it's sharper still.

The Sigma lens doesn't seem to like filters very much, they affect AF it seems.
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RE: Sigma 18-200. Opinions?

Mon May 14, 2007 5:44 am

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 11):
Quoting Gerardo (Reply 10):

I see you have a Tamron 28-200mm. How does it compare with your sigma minus 10mm wide?

I have never used both side by side. I bought the 18-200 specially for the 10mm difference, which make a hell of a lot difference for me, above all on DSLR.
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