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Old 01-06-2007, 09:35 PM   #46
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think twice about getting Sigma 18-200mm ... it is not a very good lens at all.
tamron 18-200 is a bit better but still not very good.
Sigma 18-125 is much better choice if you are concerned about image quality.
Sigma 17-70mm is a great lens. Canon 18-85mm IS is another great lens.
MUCH better image quality, distortion, sharpnes focus speed.

I tried the sigma and tamron 18-200 - the focus speed is horrible.

It may be alright for you though as you may be shooting the subjects that never move and have all the time in the world to focus and then you don't really care much about the end result.

just IMHO.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:41 AM   #47
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I agree Sigma quality is ok but I wouldnt consider it very good glass, a little soft and not as sharp as the native glass from the various camera co's.


One thing they have going for them is price, way cheaper than Canon, Nikon or Olympus glass. Some people find the quality acceptable but that depends what acceptable is.

I bought a Sigma DC F4-5.6 55-200mm for my E1 for $199 bought was not happy with the quality at all. Contrast and sharpness was not there at all.

I ended up selling it and purchasing an Olympus Zuiko Digital 2.8-3.5 50-200mm ED and never looked back. When buying good glass there's no way to get around paying cheap. When it comes to lenses you get what you pay for.

Here is an example of a comparison of the two lenses.
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...436560#p436560
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:49 AM   #48
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what I always do - I ask oppinions on the forums and then i take my camera to the local camera store, put their lens on my camera an shoot many many frames with all the lenses I am interested in. I use different focal length, and aperture. I shoot same subjects with different lens. I go home, compare the results and make a decision.
For me - it was a matter of seconds to find out that the sigma or tamron 18-200mm is not the lens for me. the focus is slow and it hunts, I took the lens off and started testing another one right away. What I saw at home just proved my findings - the quality of the shots was horrid.

By the way - I use Sigma 24-70mm EX 2.8 as my main lens. I am mostly happy with the results. For outstanding quality that no zoom can give me I use the cheap cheap cheap Canon 50mm II 1.8. It's an amazing piece of glass for the price of $120 it is the best price/quality one can get. I bought it used on ebay for $70 which made it a half the price if I bought it new +taxes ...

The Sigma 17-70 and Canon 18-85 IS are pretty good and comparable quality lens. some Sigma glass is much better then some canon glass and vice versa.

to me buying a DSLR and putting bad glass on it makes no sense. You'd get much better results with any P&S superzoom camera for MUCH less. I learned it from my personal expereince
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:53 PM   #49
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Nice dog........Also nice pics
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:23 AM   #50
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Old 01-16-2007, 05:00 PM   #51
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Those lens pictures are awesome. So clear! Nice camera!
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:11 PM   #52
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wow amazing pictures. I wish I could get my hands on that camera!
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:15 PM   #53
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thanks fellas.

revshiftgirl they make a cheaper version now, the D40.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:51 AM   #54
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revshiftgirl they make a cheaper version now, the D40.
Thanks, thats good to know. I am always lurking around henry's
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:07 AM   #55
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also look into the canon xti, its just as good as the D80, but its cheaper.
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