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ebay Deal of the Day has Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony A) on sale for $229. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian
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Not the sharpest lens in the world, but it's an versatile performer, and extremely light and compact for an all-in-one superzoom. This category always involves lots of compromises, and it shouldn't be your only lens, but it makes the right compromises for the category, I think.

The price is low because they're clearing out inventory to make room for the new 18-300. I'd rather spend $230 on this and spend the other $200 on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 - you'll have a versatile lens and a fast lens for the same price as just the 18-300.

I took this lens on a photo-taking amble to a few parks in the desert near Vegas coupled with a Nikon D7000 a few weeks ago and I was very happy with the results.
I have owned both lenses. I have 4 Nikon bodies I use them on: D70, D90, D7100, N65.

- The Tamron's 18-270mm "macro" does not focus as close as the Sigma "macro". It's nice to be able to get a few inches closer than the Tamron, but it's not significant.

- The Sigma also focuses noticeably faster and quieter on my Nikon D90 and D7100. The way the Tamron hunted for focus reminded me of those horrible $90 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses from the days of film.

- Also, the OS on the Sigma appears to be more effective than the VC on the Tamron by what feels like 1 stop of light. I can hand-hold at 250mm at 1/60s and less. I found the Sigma's OS to be even more effective than Nikon's VR lenses.

- The downside: The Sigma's OS motor does not turn off even when you turn OS off. It drains battery noticeably if your camera is always on.

- If it matters to you: The Sigma is made in Japan. The Tamron is made in China.

- People talk about compromises. But those compromises are often not the elephant in the room when shooting. People keep recommending the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, but people forget that you're probably not going to shoot at f/1.8 since that DOF will be way too shallow. If you are the typical photographer, you are going to shoot stopped down to f/4, at which point, it's really nice to have OS/VC/VR instead of the fast aperture.

Overall, I'm finding myself using this lens all the time over my other lenses (which I think is pretty amazing considering if you'd ask me 20 years ago, I'd never even consider buying anything other than prime lenses),

EDIT: I should point out. I liked the "macro" version of this 18-250mm lens that came out in 2012, but the earlier version of the 18-250mm which did not have the word "macro" in its name and came out around 2007 was not that great, but I may have received a bad copy.
Note that this lens requires a free firmware upgrade to work with live view or video on a T6i. You send it them and they'll flash it for you and return it for free, but it is a pain.

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Not the sharpest lens in the world, but it's an versatile performer, and extremely light and compact for an all-in-one superzoom. This category always involves lots of compromises, and it shouldn't be your only lens, but it makes the right compromises for the category, I think.

The price is low because they're clearing out inventory to make room for the new 18-300. I'd rather spend $230 on this and spend the other $200 on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 - you'll have a versatile lens and a fast lens for the same price as just the 18-300.

I took this lens on a photo-taking amble to a few parks in the desert near Vegas coupled with a Nikon D7000 a few weeks ago and I was very happy with the results.
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Nice deal, cannot complain at this $$, also 18-300 is no big deal compared 18-250, had it been 16-300 ....

Warranty - 1 year America Warranty + 3 year USA extended warranty on manufacturing and workmanship for a total of 4 years of coverage from date of purchase.
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Note that this lens requires a free firmware upgrade to work with live view or video on a T6i. You send it them and they'll flash it for you and return it for free, but it is a pain.
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good price for a good all around lens

not "scientific" but theres some sample off it from my T3i and how it compares to the canon 55-250mm
http://geniv.com/download/SigmaSamples/
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I've seen a couple versions of this lens. Is this the newest and/or is there an upgrade of this same lens? I say this because I see buydig (via Ebay) is selling this for $229 ...called MPN "883 series" BUT their also selling what seems to be the same lens for $349 (via Ebay) ....called MPN 883306. Question: What's the difference? I've read the spec and may have missed something...
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I had the Nikon 18-200 VR and replaced it with this. Haven't noticed much difference in images, but it's smaller and lighter. If I want to take really nice pictures, I use a prime.
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I have been waiting for this one! In for 1!
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Quote from ubertrout View Post :
Not the sharpest lens in the world, but it's an versatile performer, and extremely light and compact for an all-in-one superzoom. This category always involves lots of compromises, and it shouldn't be your only lens, but it makes the right compromises for the category, I think.

The price is low because they're clearing out inventory to make room for the new 18-300. I'd rather spend $230 on this and spend the other $200 on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 - you'll have a versatile lens and a fast lens for the same price as just the 18-300.

I took this lens on a photo-taking amble to a few parks in the desert near Vegas coupled with a Nikon D7000 a few weeks ago and I was very happy with the results.
completely agree . Its not sharp
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Quote from geniv View Post :
good price for a good all around lens

not "scientific" but theres some sample off it from my T3i and how it compares to the canon 55-250mm
http://geniv.com/download/SigmaSamples/
Chromatic aberration all over.
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DXOMARK shows some negative charts on scoremap, sharpness for this lens. http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sig...D5300__919
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I've seen a couple versions of this lens. Is this the newest and/or is there an upgrade of this same lens? I say this because I see buydig (via Ebay) is selling this for $229 ...called MPN "883 series" BUT their also selling what seems to be the same lens for $349 (via Ebay) ....called MPN 883306. Question: What's the difference? I've read the spec and may have missed something...
There are two versions of the 18-250mm. One has the word "macro" in it, the other does not. The "macro" version is the latest one.
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I happen to like this lens a lot. You don't need f2.8 in broad daylight. With static subjects, vr and range is more important than speed. If you shoot stopped down to f7, you're not missing out much in terms of sharpness over something faster...
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how does this compare to the tamron line? I've been trying to decide which to pull the trigger on between the 16-300 and 18-270 of the tamrons, but this has me intrigued.
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