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Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
8.6 out of 10

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

Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM is a high-performance 13.8x Read more

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Overall 8
7.6

Expert Review

DP Review
7 May 2015
  • Summary: The Sigma 18-250mm F3.6-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is one of the best of the current bunch of SLR superzooms, with decent optics, fast autofocus and effective image stabilization. It's a reliable performer, and its close-up capability is handy too.
  • Pros: 13.9x focal length range with impressive closeup capability, ideal general purpose / travel lens, Fast, quiet autofocus, Effective image stabilization (about 3 stops benefit at all focal lengths), Good build quality, smooth zoom ring action and limited zoom creep
  • Cons: Somewhat soft wide open in the middle of the zoom range, Very strong pincushion distortion across much of the zoom range
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

About
20 March 2015
  • Summary: Sigma introduced this lens in 2009, as an upgrade to its 18-200mm lens. The lens comes in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, and Pentax mounts, and it includes optical stabilization (as denoted by the "OS" in the lens' title).
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Overall 8
7.7
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 9
9.0
Picture quality 7
7.0
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 8
7.5

Expert Review

DP Review
19 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, perhaps unsurprisingly, seems very much to be a case of 'take the 18-200mm OS , make it longer', and exhibits much the same characteristics as the older design.
  • Pros: Huge 13.9x focal length range, ideal general purpose and travel lens, Good image quality in the wide to short telephoto range, Fast, quiet autofocus, Low distortion (for a superzoom), Good build quality, smooth zooming action and no zoom creep
  • Cons: Very inconsistent sharpness through the zoom range - extremely soft at 135mm, Soft corners at almost all focal lengths, Image stabilization not as effective as on similar lenses, especially at telephoto end
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Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

The Digital Picture
19 March 2011
  • Excerpt: Is the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in The-Digital-Picture.com's review!
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 10
9.5
Picture quality 9
9.0

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC SLD OS HSM Review

What Digital Camera
1 January 2010
  • Summary: Although it is by no means perfect, the built-in optical stabilisation technology and superior image sharpness of the Sigma 18-250mm makie it a strong contender for anyone considering an all-in-one superzoom lens.
  • Pros: Effective optical stabilisation
  • Cons: Focusing ring rotates in AF
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Lens Test: Sigma 18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 DC OS HSM AF

Pop Photo
1 September 2002
  • Excerpt: At 13.8X, this digital-only 29-400mm equivalent (on DSLRs with 1.6X lens factors) offers the broadest zoom range of any Sigma lens. Joining Sigma's first digital-only superzoom of 2004, the 18-200mm, this $530 (street) lens adds optical stabilization (OS), four elements of super-low-dispersion glass...
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Sigma’s 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens; The Whole Nine Yards

Shutterbug
1 December 2001
  • Excerpt: There is an underlying desire in every travel or street photographer to be able to carry one lens to cover all contingencies.
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Sigma 18-250MM F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens

D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail
1 October 2012
  • Conclusion: A handy all-in-one lens with a large zoom range and decent image stabilization for times when multiple lenses won’t do.
  • Pros: Light, Big zoom range, Pretty good image stabilization
  • Cons: Soft edges, Significant chromatic aberration
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Overall 8
8.0

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Review

ePHOTOzine
18 June 2012
  • Excerpt: This 13.8x superzoom lens is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Sigma DSLRs that have an APS-C sized sensor or smaller. On a Canon APS-C format camera, this lens provides an angle of view equivalent to a 28.8-400mm lens on a 35mm camera and costs around £400.
  • Pros: Very good performance for a superzoom, Effective optical Stabilisation, Compact size, Light weight, Good build quality
  • Cons: f/6.3 max aperture at 250mm is relatively slow, No full time manual focus override (which isn't really much of an issue)
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18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

LensTip.com
12 April 2011
  • Excerpt: Originally posted 2011-03-23 on Optyczne.pl Even several years ago lenses with 10-15x zoom multiple were those products I wouldn’t recommend to anybody. Often shoddily made devices (with the exception of the Canon L-series lens), they provided images of average or weak quality.
  • Cons: weak image quality on the edge of the frame at 120-250 mm focal lengths,, high chromatic aberration at the maximum focal length,, weak performance against bright light.
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