Justification for choosing a superzoom.

Started Feb 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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cashewNut
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Justification for choosing a superzoom.
Feb 26, 2013

I am mulling what lens to buy for Nikon D5200. Most commenters in this forum and other forums reject superzooms right out compared to prime lenses due to softness of images at certain ranges of the lens not to mention the issues like pincushion and barrel distortions, CA

and flaring etc. I have evaluated both sides of the problem and find the superzoom lens better in terms of convenience, functionality and versatility. To be more specific, the Sigma 18-250mm macro lens is sharp at the long end of the zoom which most superzooms fail. DP review finds it soft at the 28-80 mm range and also suffers pincushion and barrel distortions at this range. Knowing the strength and weaknesses of the superzoom lens should help us produce great pictures. Right? In the case of the Sigma 18-250 macro avoid using the 28-80 range or use higher resolution to be able to crop the pictures and get good, acceptable or decent pictures.

The Nikon D5200 and other cameras have the ability to auto-correct most of the distortions such as the barrel and pincushioning distortions, Ca and flare etc. So why reject the superzoom when most of the problems can be avoided?

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