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Old 07-19-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Does anybody have this lens Sigma AF 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC OS

Can you let me know your impressions and where you got it?
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #2
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For which body?

One of the things I've come to realize about the long lenses is that the anti-shake technology that Canon and Nikon put into them (IS for Canon and VR for Nikon) is invaluable for hand held shooting. I have an 18-135 and at 135 you have to be fairly still to get the shot in focus and without shake. I can't imagine 200... I'm going to wait a bit and invest in an 18-200 VR unit for my Nikon when I find a deal...
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:56 PM   #3
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Oh - and there's a reason why the Sigma's are about 1/2 the price of the Canon's and Nikon's.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #4
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The Sigma 18-200 is very soft from 180-200. It's sweetspot is at arounnd 100mm.

Sigma always tries to stretch the capabilities of their zoom lenses at the long end which comprimises sharpness.

It is an ok lens if you are not using it from 180 to 200mm the majority of the time and it is slow in F-stops.

I do not recommend it. If you are going Sigma then go for their "EX" line of lenses.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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Oh - and there's a reason why the Sigma's are about 1/2 the price of the Canon's and Nikon's.
Yes Deep, you get what you pay for. What most Sigma is missing is super ED elements, stabilization(although this particular lens has it), moisture and dust protection.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:04 PM   #6
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^^^ Yup - I'm somewhat of a newb in photography - but learning fast!
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:06 PM   #7
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Hey I saw your username on TPMG, good to know youre a Nikonian now.

I just sold all my Olympus stuff and waiting for the D700


Going back to Sigma lenses this one that I would recommend (EX line 70-200, it is 1:2.8 throughout the whole range and the zoom is internal.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:53 AM   #8
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Cool - I'm noticing there are a bunch of folks from here on TPMG!

The D700 looks SICK... Gonna be pricey though at over $3000. Not bad for a baby D3 though.

I have the D60 - Sometimes I wonder if I should have gone to D80 though. Then I come quickly to my senses and realize that I'm just starting!!
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The Sigma lenses - none of the have a stabilization system, do they?
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The stabilization feature on some Sigmas is starting to showup in their lens line up but cannot be compared to Nikon or Canon, it is less refined and more "jumpy" upon start-up; it also makes a wee-bit more noise and is slower to focus so Sigma still cannot match the Canon/Nikon lenses.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:27 PM   #11
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Cool - I'm noticing there are a bunch of folks from here on TPMG!

The D700 looks SICK... Gonna be pricey though at over $3000. Not bad for a baby D3 though.

I have the D60 - Sometimes I wonder if I should have gone to D80 though. Then I come quickly to my senses and realize that I'm just starting!!

Hi Deep, I think you made a wise choice going for the D60 instead of D80. The dust removal system on the D60 is a big plus avoiding sensor cleaning headaches.

Another bonus for choosing the D60 is the Nikon EXPEED image processor(as per D300, D3)

I would have chosen the D60 as well over the D80, newer technology in a small package.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:41 PM   #12
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I had a chance to try the non-OS version. For the price difference, I got a Nikon 18-200VR instead. If it's going to be your primary, everyday glass, don't skimp.
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:04 AM   #13
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I have the Sigma 18-200 DC OS Lens. Used it on my XTI / 30D.

Yes like some people mentioned it is a bit softer lens, but if you keep your aperture around 5.6-11 you'll be ok.I noticed its mostly soft at the wide open 3.5.

I'm no photography professional but I'm quite happy with the lens, its a perfect walkaround lens.

These are few recent pictures taken with my sigma.



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