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Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Overall score: 82%
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- 18-200mm focal length
- 27-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 28.8-320mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F3.5-6.3 maximum aperture; F22-40 minimum
- Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, Auto panning detection
- 72mm filters
- 0.45m/17.72" minimum focus
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|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||Auto panning detection|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 3.86 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.61 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1.32 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||18 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||18|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||69.3 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.23 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
Review summary from DPReview
This isn't a lens for pixel-peepers who above all else demand critical corner-to-corner sharpness in every shot. But for more normal users looking for a versatile, all-in-one travel lens within a budget, and who'd prefer to while away their evenings looking at and sharing their images rather than post-processing them, it fits the bill just fine.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Top Customer Reviews
The 27mm is not as wide as I would have liked, but I have had no problems in making due with it especially doing group shots at weddings and has been quite sufficient for most landscapes.
The autofocus is quite fast when needed and it does quite well for my use as a portrait lens. Its 300mm capability really lets you bring in distant objects.
Color accuracy is quite good on both people and landscapes, and works acceptable with neutral density and circular polarizing filters.
My biggest complaint with this lens however, is a bit too much barrel distortion when shooting linear subjects and lens flare when shooting into the sun at sunrise or sunset. The flare problem may be as much the fault of the digital sensor as it is the lens, but I have been told by more than one pro that it's more the lens than the sensor. Therefore, that's why I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5. I have used Sigma lenses on my film cameras for many years and not had this kind of flare problem.Read more ›
There is some audible auto focus noise since the Nikon version of this lense does not have an internal focus motor. The lense relies on the auto focus screw driven by an internal motor in the D50 body (or any Nikon DSLR body except the D40 which doesn't have one). The noise heard is not the lense but the stepper motor in the D50 body. The identical noise is heard when I use my Nikon 50mm f1.8 lense which also relies on the autofocus screw/motor in the D50 body. Other Nikon AFS lenses are super quiet since Nikon includes a very quiet Silent Wave focus motor inside the lense which disables the DSLR body stepper motor.
You will notice the barrel distortion at the 18mm setting with photos of linear objects (eg. buildings or anything with straight lines). Keep in mind that even the Nikon 18-200mm lense at more than twice the price also exhibits the same percentage of barrel distortion as the Sigma. When covering this wide of a zoom range a compromise is made by the design engineers.
Another complaint I've read about, and is also an issue with the Nikon and Tamron, is that some people claim the 200mm zoom setting isn't true 200mm. Well this is correct when you're focusing on an object that the camera has not focused to infinity.Read more ›
This lense is not as quite as a comperable new nikon lense, but it also much less expensive, and is much more quite than my old nikon lense. I have not noticed any prolems with the colors or image quality. As an average camera user I am extremely happy with my choice.
'zoom creep' (shots made on sharp incline or decline) and just 'touch' the zoom when its where you want it. I shoot with about
eight Nikkor lenses plus two Sigma (this one and a 10 to 20mm zoom) and I find they have outstanding coloration and bokeh.
I use three or four camera bags and use a small one which holds two bodies and four lenses....two zoom sigmas and a 50mm 2.8 manual micro nikkor and a 50mm 1:8 Manual nikkor. This Sigma 18 to 200 becomes a 300mm on my crop sensor nikon and it
really covers a wide spectrum of shooting. I made the photo of horned owl at just about 300mm and if one shoots fairly low ISO
your able to make spectacular enlargements or...crop down to what you like and do same.
The Sigma 10-20 out shoots the Nikon 12+ and is less costly.
Like most SLR people we want one lens for 80% of our shooting.
The Sigma 18-200 lens fits that need.
Having a Nikon D200 I looked and looked at the Nikon 18-200, but the price and weight were turn offs.
I tested the Sigma 18-200 at a local store and the weight was less than my Nikon 18-70!
I'm not into the VR lens, so the Sigma 18-200 DC fit my needs.
I'm over 500 shots in the last week and the Sigma 18-200 is excellent.
Did I mention the Sigma 18-20 DC from Amazon is ONE THIRD the Nikon 18-200 price. Take the savings and buy the Sigma 10-20 for your SLR.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am impressed with the quality of the photos I have taken with this lens. It is much less expensive than the Nikon Lens.Published 22 months ago by babymomma
I thought this would make a great multipurpose lens for traveling, but I have to say after seeing my travel photos, I'm super disappointed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by traveling queen
it is what it says. I just needed a lens. this isn't anything special but has a great zoom. works great with my Nikon D50. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Nicholas Borowitz
Auto focusing in low light is poor. Also, it may not even auto focus with some Nikon digital DSLR. Buyer beware.Published on June 18, 2009 by M. Wong
Hey guys, you know, I have the nikon 18-200 vr, a lens that of course it works awesome, so one day I said, what does the vr does exactly? Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by duglas
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It FITs IN NK D90 AF control ; no OS or VR; but this should be not a problem at all; Good for... Read more
I finally replaced my 18-55 nikkor lens that came with my D50 with this Sigma 18-200 lens. I took it out for the first time and shot my son's marathon run. Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by Lester F.
I can not believe I got this lens for this price. It is well made and while not super sharp for this range it is working great. At least as good as the Nikon 18-55 I replaced. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Stephen Parisi
I'm not an experienced photographer, but this lense (and my Nikon D40) make me feel like I am!! I love this lense. For the money, it's fabulous!! Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by M. Dillon