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Old February 28th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Anyone use a Sigma 18-250 lens?

I am considering a 'superzoom' for a basic travel/walkabout lens when I don't want a full bag of gear, or in an environment that i don't want to be changing lenses on my D5100.

I currently have the range covered with my 18-55, and 55-300 Nikor AF-S lenses for other purposes.

I have a friend with a D7000, he's got the Nikor 18-300, but its $1000 and is HUGE, and fromt what I've seen, has worse distortion than the sigma. So I've been looking at the Tamron 18-270 and Sigma 18-250, which are around $400 and seem to be decent.

Just curious if anyone has the sigma...
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I've been looking at selling my 18-105 lens and going to a Nikon 18-200 for the same reasons. I'd be interested in what is said about the sigma and Tamron. D5200 here.
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Here's a good comparison of the lenses I was talking about (this is the 300mm nikon, not the 200mm). Can see how big the Nikon lens is. Due to the barrel diameter, I think I would need a different case than my standard small case. Although I might want an even smaller case or backpack insert, since even my small case holds the camera with lens, plus 2 more lenses.




I am used to having the range of my 55-300, so I don't know that a 200mm works for me. But its another option.
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Well, here's the Nikon 18-200 on left, and the 18-300 on the right.

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Yeah, here's the 18-105mm (middle) I walk around with vs the 18-200mm on the far right. The smaller packaging for the lenses you listed would be nice, I haven't taken my 35mm prime lens off in a long time though. It would be nice to have more range in a smaller package if the quality didn't decrease drastically. Focus time is what I've seen as the biggest downfall to certain lenses.
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How is that 18-105? I haven't kept up with the past few generations of cameras but I know they package that as a kit lens on the new ones, so I imagine I could pick one up reasonably cheap to replace my 18-55 for something with more range?

To be honest, I rarely find myself wishing I had more zoom.
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http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-105mm.htm
The 18-105 doesn't get a good review but you can get decent range for under $200 shipped on Nikon refurbs. I've been looking at the 18-2xx to not have to carry an additional lens or pack.
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I mostly am considering it for certain trips. Subject makes a huge difference in what lens I am wanting.

I do a lot of wildlife type stuff, and even my 300mm is shorter than I want sometimes. But then on a trip like my visit to France last year, I shot 95% of the time with the 18-55.

I think the more I think about it, I probably would rather get something like the Sigma 17-70 which is a nicer quality lens than my Nikon 18-55, and a touch more range, and just keep lugging my bigger lens when I think its worth it.
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The 18-105 Nikon kit lens
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105mm for zoom comparison
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What did you decide on?
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For now, I'm holding off. I don't really care for the optical performance of any of them. I really like taking shots that I can blow up to pretty large size as artwork. Probably will grab the sigma 17-70 and then a higher quality long telephoto..
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I was in about the same boat you are with lenses for my Canon T2i. I have the 18-55 and the 55-250 Canon lens. After shooting a lot over the last couple years since I bought my camera, they both left me wanting something a bit better. A trip to Germany accelerated the desire for a better "walk around" lens. The budget wasn't allowing much though. Then I asked a pro photographer friend of mine what he would recommend. Of course he came up with something 2x my budget but he pointed me in the right direction I guess. Pat has used Sigmas on his Nikons for years and said he has never had a problem. I did my own research and ended up with the newest version of their 18-200. After using it for @ 6 months, the only things I have noticed is it had a miscommunication with the camera once (I took it off and put it back on and it was fine) and a bad case of lens droop sometime. It does have a lock on it to keep it from doing that when not in use though.

These were taken with it and processed some in Lightroom. I have the bad addiction of shooting a lot in RAW although they really didn't have a lot done. Also add the shitty facebook compression. The lens does a pretty good job for the price (I believe I paid @ $350).



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My expert opinion: I don't have one. I bought my wife a Tameron? 55 to 200 for the zoom and it takes decent pictures. Now that she has it, she wants a 18-200 ish so she doesn't have to switch lenses so much! Family trips, pictures of kids etc... never blown up, but it looks clear full screen on the PC which is all that matters to us.
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I've got the Tamaron 18-250 on a Cannon T1i, it takes good photos for what it is.

The following two photos where taken from the same spot at both ends of the zoom



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