cgarrard: Does sound decent afterall. I'll be honest, my first thought was "sheesh, really Sigma, yet another redeux of this lens???", but after reading the specs etc. it seems like a legit replacement/update and a decent performer.
I'd need to see its optical improvements (if any) and AF speed, build, before coming to a final conclusion, but on paper it seems pretty legit. Bit slow on the long end though, especially with Nikons recently announced 18-300mm f/3.5-f/5.6.
I want a superzoom damnit!!! I just read every comment and each one made me sink further and further into the abyss of despair after my elation at reading this release. I might just have to shun you all and get one anyway.
Ii am a new DSLR user and I probably wouldn't recognize CA, lens distortion, or any of that stuff if it bit me on my sensitive bits. I have a T3i, a 18-55 kit lens, and a nifty fifty. Is the superzoom range really so evil.
I would love an L lense, but I'm new to this hobby and can't justify the cost. Tell me this, will the pictures I get from this not be far better than I got from my Sony DSC-HX5V P&S?