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Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Lens for Nikon SLR Camera (OLD MODEL)

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Lens Zoom lens Zoom lens Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F6.3 F3.5 - F6.3 F3.5 - F6.3 F3.5 - F5.6
Min Aperture 6.3 22 22 36
Photo Filter Thread Size 62 mm 62 mm 62 mm 72 mm
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters Information not Provided 0.39 meters 0.5 meters
Item Weight 1.08 pounds 1.04 pounds 0.95 pounds 1.25 pounds
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Product Description

Style:Nikon SLR Camera

Product Description

18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM lens is ideal for travel photography with a compact construction and length of just 87.7mm. This lens features FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass and SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements providing excellent correction of color aberration.

From the Manufacturer

Compact High Zoom Ratio Lens with OS (Optical Stabilizer)

This 11.1x high zoom ratio lens incorporates Sigma's original OS function and offers a broad shooting range from wide angle to telephoto. The latest optical technology enables easy handheld photography with a compact construction and length of just 3.5”, making it ideal for various scenes such as landscape, general photography and sport. This compact construction guarantees excellent mobility. FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, and aspherical lens elements provide high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing.

*Sony and Pentax mounts are not incorporated with OS function.

*For Pentax mount, if the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available.

Compact whilst keeping high optical performance

The SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM is the successor to the SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS/ HSM which was launched in June 2007. This lens features the latest optical technology including FLD glass elements and aspherical lens elements, making it compact with a length of just 3.5” whilst keeping high rendering performance. This compact construction guarantees excellent mobility.

Superior image quality

One FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass element, which has performance equal to fluorite, and two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for color aberrations. Two glass mold aspherical and a hybrid aspherical lens element ensure excellent correction for all types of aberrations. Together they provide a high level of optical performance throughout the entire zoom range.

*FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion.

These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.

Excellent Optical Performance
No Super Multi-Layer Coating (left). With Super Multi-Layer Coating (right).
Super Multi-Layer Coating

The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting as well as providing sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. All DG and DC lenses in the current Sigma range feature this original technology. In digital cameras, flare and ghosting may also be caused by reflections between the image sensor and lens surfaces. Here too, Sigma's Super Multi-Layer Coating is highly effective, assuring images of outstanding contrast.

Optical Stabilizer
No Optical Stabilizer (top). With Optical Stabilizer (bottom).
Sigma's own unique OS technology

The OS system offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops, making it ideal for handheld photography of various scenes such as travel, general, and sport.

*Sony and Pentax mounts do not incorporate Optical Stabilization.

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
Hyper Sonic Motor
High speed and quiet AF

HSM indicates lenses equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor, driven by ultrasonic waves. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing.

* For Pentax mount, if the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available.

Rounded diaphragm
Rounded Diaphragm

The polygonal shape of a conventional iris diaphragm causes outo-focus light points to appear polygonal. A rounded diaphragm is designed to produce rounded outo-focus light points when opened to near maximum aperture. This creates attractive bokeh effects in many situations, such as when photographing a subject against an out-of-focus surface of water from which light is being reflected.

Lens Construction
Lens Construction

In a conventional lens, focusing requires an extension of the entire lens or the front lens group. However, to better accommodate autofocusing mechanisms and closeup photography, a need has arisen for lenses that do not change their length during focusing or suffer from focus-dependent variation in aberration. Therefore, Sigma has developed focusing systems that only move elements within the lens barrel. These incorporate smaller and lighter moving lens elements which help improve auto-focus speed. With their unchanging barrel length and small variation in the center of gravity, these lenses also enhance balance and stability for the photographer. Furthermore, since the front of the lens does not rotate, polarizing filters can be used with extra convenience.

Specifications
Lens Construction 18 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 76.5 - 8.1 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7 Blades(Rounded Diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 45cm / 17.7in.
Maximum Magnification 1:3.8
Filter Size Diameter 62mm
Dimensions Diameter 75.3mm x Length 87.7mm / 3.0in. x 3.5in.
Weight 490g / 17.3oz.
MTF Chart

MTF (Modular Transfer Function) is one of the measurements that evaluates a lens' performance, and it contrasts sensitivity at different spacial frequencies. The horizontal axis is in millimeters and shows the distance from the center of the image toward the edges, and contrast value (highest value is 1) is shown in the vertical axis.

The readings at 10 lines per millimeter measure the lens' contrast ability (red lines), repeating fine parallel lines spaced at 30 lines per millimeter measure the lens' sharpness ability (green lines), when the aperture is wide open. Fine repeating line sets are created parallel to a diagonal line running from corner to corner of the frame, are called Sagittal lines (S) and sets of repeating lines vertical to these lines are drawn, called Meridional (M) line sets.

Distortion

effective distortion: When you take a picture of a lattice pattern, it will appear as the blue dotted line shows. the red line illustrates how the lattice pattern will appear in the actual picture when any lens distortion is taken into account.

relative distortion: In this chart, the horizontal axis shows the ideal image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the extent of distortion. The extent of the distortion is represented by how much Y, which is the actual image height, grows (or shrinks) against Y0 which is the ideal image height.

Extent of distortion: D[%]=(Y-Y0/Y0)x100

When you take the picture of a square object, if the distortion amount show a minus value, the image will be seen as expanded (Barrel distortion). If the distortion amount is a plus value, it will be seen as a recessed (pincushi on distortion). When the distortion value is close to 0, the appearance of distortion is very minimal.

Vignetting

The horizontal axis shows the image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the amount of light in the image (based on the amount of light in the image center being 100%). If the peripheral amount of light is lower than the center, the four corners of the image will be darker (vignetting).


Product Details

Style: Nikon SLR Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B005SC9FU6
  • Item model number: 882306
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 19, 2011

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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By BruceB on May 20, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I bought this lens with a little trepidation, b/c of so much Sigma bashing going on out there, and its extended aperture to 6.3. However, I have other "good" lenses for specialized situations for my D7000, and didn't want to spend the money on Nikons 18-200 just for what I considered to be a general, walk around lens, so I tried the Sigma. (Just so you know I am not cheap per se when it comes to lenses, I also have the Nikon 16-35 VR; 24-120 VR; 105mm DC; 105mm VR macro; 50mm 1.4; 85 mm 1.8; and 80-200 2.8.)

The first time I used it was for a train event yesterday, which involved a whole lot of shooting variety: outdoor garden trains; train sets set up in basements; a toy train museum; a real train museum; and a real train ride. And I came home and pored over the images, trying to find fault. I did find a few minor faults in sharpness in some pictures, but, not having a Nikon 18-200 to compare it against, I don't know if those were any different than the Nikon would put out, or just the way it is with a 18-200 lens in that situation (for example, some of the shots were in a basement shooting at iso 6400, no flash. Some were of moving toy trains outside. So some of the lack of sharpness in some of the shots could very well be what you are going to get with a do it all lens zoomed out to 200mm in that situation.)

But, other shots, like in daylight, at reasonable iso's, were tack sharp. And going through the pics, there was not one that I could say was unusable (at least b/c of the lens).

Then today, I did a test shot against my Nikon 25-120 VR in the kitchen, with one of the Department 56 buildings above the cabinet, at 120 mm, no flash. And side by side in LIghtroom, I could not tell the difference.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Hugo F. Hernandez on May 10, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
First of all, if you are an advanced photographer, please don't look at my review. I was just looking for an affordable lens that I can carry all the time instead of exchanging lens on a regular basis. I have a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens 18-55mm. The kit lens is very good, but my son started to play soccer and I realized that I needed something else. I looked at the price of the Nikor 18-200mm and it was way beyond my budget. I looked at this lens and I saw that it is kind of new in the market. I only found 3 reviews from Canon owners, but I did not think that was a big deal since Canon is also a top notch brand name. The lens are just a little bigger and heavier than the kit lens which is awesome. I am extremely happy with the pictures. The pictures from the soccer games look great. The OS system equivalent to the VR system for Nikon lenses works just fine. I have taken pictures in every single range from 18mm to 200mm and I could not be more pleased with the results. The pictures at the 18-55mm range are as good as the ones taken with the kit lens if not better. Pictures at the 200mm range sometimes look a little bit blurry, but based on what I have read this is normal for these telephotos. I have also recorded videos and the AF function works perfect as well. From time to time if there is not enough light, the AF works slowly, but it is not a big deal for me. If you are an amateur photographer and don't want to expend a lot of money, you should consider this lens for sure.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Doctor on April 18, 2012
Style Name: Canon SLR Camera
This is my first non-canon lens. I am using it with T3i

The Good -
Solid build.
Compact and Lightweight.
Fast, accurate, and reasonably quite Auto Focus.
Good IQ for the price.
Zoom Range (29 - 320 for T3i)
Outdoor closeups are great, it gives smooth background blur @200mm.

The Bad -
It creeps. It can be locked only at 18mm.
Some stickiness in zoom mechanism at mid-range.
F6.3 is a minor issue, It affects only if you are shooting in poor light with above 80mm zoom and Evaluative metering.

Overall -
Nice travel/walk-around lens.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Digital Donkey on December 22, 2012
Style Name: Canon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
When I'm in my studio I usually stick with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body) and L glass primes but when I'm out for personal travel and street shooting I take this lens and a Canon EOS REBEL T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 3-inch Touchscreen and Full HD Movie Mode (Body Only). Sometimes a professional rig in public attracts more attention than it's worth - which is why I put together a consumer setup to look like a regular snapshot tourist (I also carry a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras when I'm going incognito - sometimes you just have to go for better bokeh). I'll take more risks with that setup and not be devastated if it's somehow destroyed in use. For a super zoom it still produces sharp pictures with really good color. My only complaint is I'd like the zoom lock to work across the range of the lens, vs. holding it at 18mm only. Besides that I like everything else about it, especially for the price. One side note - don't bother trying this lens on a full frame sensor it looks awful on the edges when set wide - it really works best with the smaller sensor in the rebel.
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