Besides the extra zoom does anyone know how this compares with the Nikon 18-200mm?
I currently own the D5100 and the 18-200mm... Trying to figure out if it's worth selling my current lens and picking this up.
- Canon have "better/more natural" color
- Even though both are at 250mm the canon one zoom in roughly about 8% or 10% more
- Canon on seems little better indoors with better bokeh effect. (those are not in the link, I tested it indoor forgot where i have those sample shots)
- Sigma beats the canon at the 18-55mm range with better IQ and sharpness.
there is no Optical Stabilization/Vibration Compensation looks like. So you depend on the tripod or some rock near you :-)
"Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens with bonus filter"
DC = 1.6x bodies only
Macro = "macro mode"
OS = Optical Stabilization (same as Canon's IS)
HSM = Hypersonic Motor (same as Canon's USM)
So yes, it does have some kind of IS.
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SLIGHTLY unrelated but if you like to play with high zoom and don't mind extra compact size in exchange for "not so DSLR" quality photos. (but still plenty of dslr level manual controls and generally considered good picture quality)
Take a look at the CANON SX50 super zoom I got it for $325 with that staples 20% off.
Deals dead, but for the record (and for the next time this deal comes on), I own the D5100 and this lens (as well as the old version) and I think for almost all the people who are actually asking if this lens is a good lens or not, it is perfectly good enough.
If you are a hard core shooter, shoot a lot in the dark, need super fast focusing for sports and are a pixel peeper, then it probably isn't the lens for you. But for those kinds of shooters, you are probably willing to cart around the extra lenses which are necessary to get all those benefits. And you probably know what kind of camera lens this is, so you probably wouldn't be asking this kind of question anyways.
It is a DX lens, for the record. For a beginning shooter who just wants to enjoy their camera- get it. I can't believe it is a such a good price so soon. I love this lens- it is much better than the old version.
And for rickrone- Sigma used to be "meh" in there lenses that they made, but in recent years, they have been killing it. Case in point, the fixed aperture 1.8 18-35 DX lens that is being released soon. Awesome innovation. And just because someone makes a lot of money doesn't mean that they need to throw it around for show. That's pretty much a sign that someone is just really insecure.
"A fool and his money is soon parted."
I could purchase a lot more expensive camera gear than I do and drive a lot fancier car than I drive. (I certainly make a lot more than that number you threw out there.) Wouldn't make me any more of a man. Stewardship and wisdom is using the money you have well- and maybe making this world a better place.
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