Lets talk about super zooms : 18-200, 18-270 etc...

Started Dec 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ronald A Yorko
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Re: Lets talk about super zooms : 18-200, 18-270 etc...
In reply to topstuff, Dec 20, 2012

I just got and am trying out the new Sigma 18-250 Macro, which is supposedly similar to the prior model except for body, filter size, and absence of OS.

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma-18-250mm-3p5-6p3-os-hsm-macro/

Operationally it is quiet, relatively fast AF, no lens creep at all, and a solid well balanced feel.  I don't care for Sigma 1yr. warranty, but didn't like what I've seen and read about the Tamron 18-270 lens creep problem.  Yes, it is a dim lens compared to my 35mm 1.8, but most zooms will be until you get in the high price range.

I would have preferred a Sony lens to get the A57 in camera correction, but the Sony 18-250 screw drive is just outdated, the 55-300 has a front rotating focus (no good for polarizer or ND), and the 18-135 lacks the range I'd like, though it would have been alternative choice over the Sigma.

Always trade-offs on zooms for the convenience, hard part is deciding between what's available at a reasonable price.

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