Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Announced Jun 15, 2012 •
Lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT
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My Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM with Nikon mount lens arrived today, and I spent almost all day playing with it: taking photographs and processing the results. All images in this review were made without a tripod and with optical stabilization on. Coming from using a prime lens for a while, the results were striking at first (as a high zoom lens of variable aperture would be), but all-in-all, I am very satisfied with this acquisition. Firstly, this lens has very versatile zoom ...

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Bought this lens with a bit of apprehension as I have a Sigma 24-70 2.8 HSM and Canon 80-200 2.8L (not a typo - it's the predecessor of the white 70-200 2.8 L non IS and is known as the Magic Drainpipe - thought to be Canon's best ever lens in that range). I was also aware of the compromise on IQ on such a long superzoom. However, my apprehensions were soon allayed on it's first outing yesterday afternoon. My main type of photography is weddings and landscapes but I also volunteer as a ...

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zafarella
 
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Very good combination for price and value. It really worth the price (AVG $350). Pictures are very bright, zoom works perfect. The lens itself has very good coverage - from making macros to telephoto. Focus time really good. But there some minor cons, which is - it is slightly heavy, but that's totally fine. When noise reduction is turned on, for some reason it make some noise. Instruction says it is normal. If you keep camera vertically - lenses to bottom it slides down. This is a bit ...

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MrJoeKalel
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This is a review I did for this product: This lens isn't perfect, but it does the job as an 'all-in-one' lens. I own a Sony Alpha A65 camera and had the kit lens (18-55) and a zoom lens (55-200) but I felt I needed one lens instead of having two. I didn't know that having an all-in-one would not give me the best quality possible. The biggest problem that I have with this lens is that it is not as sharp as the Sony 55-200 lens, but also, that I've encountered a lot of 'chromatic aberration' ...

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Rachuco
 
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I bought this lens a year ago, I have mounted in a canonT4I, so far I have taken over 1200 pictures and found it to be an excelent choice. its light and small for this kind of zoom. Autofocus is very fast and responsive. images are also excelent. very convenient if you want to travel light. I recomend it if you dont have the budget for the top of the line equivalent. Macro function is not so good

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Luisoncio
 
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To see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luisoncio/sets/72157632490423670/

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This lens meets my needs on my Canon DSLRs better than any other lens of this type. I've owned the Canon 18-200IS since it was released and this new Sigma bests it easily: Better IQ, faster AF and lighter. I used an earlier version of this lens, without the "Macro" appellation on a Sony A55. I preferred that Sigma to the Sony 18-250 -- but this one is more capable, lighter and smaller. All such lenses are a compromise. But this is the best of these "compromises" I've found. Problems: No problems

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I have to agree with the other 2 reviewers on this lens. The 883-306 model is for Nikon DX DSLRs. It's a new lens from Sigma. I purchased it a few months ago. So far I'm satisfied. Very compact & lightweight, and a good value. Build and operation is very good. Seems to auto-focus at the speed of my Nikon lenses. As for sharpness, it's on par with my other zooms. I have noticed softness in the upper left corner at 250mm, but it's probably acceptable given the purpose & price category of this ...

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whyukon
 
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I have been using this lens for about a month now, and am generally pleased with it, although it does have some limitations and shortcomings, as does any lens. Firstly, this is a VERY compact superzoom lens. You can tell that from its specs, but when you actually use one, it is still a surprise how small this is, for what it does. This is a strong contributor to its value as an all-day walk-around or hiking/backpacking lens. Secondly, it is well-built (for its price), and the controls work ...

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rbebbin2
 
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I have this lens on a Canon 450D body with battery grip and have found its size and weight well suited to this setup. I tried out the Tamron 18-270, Canon 18-200, Sigma 18-200 and older 18-250. To be quite honest didn't really have an issue with any of them regarding image quality and reach is actually fairly all similar. Didn't like the way the Tamron image jumps when using image stabilisation and the Canon is pretty big. In the end I even bought this lens without trying it in the hope that ...

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