Reviews and Problems with Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
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Great everyday lens
Richard V Melnyk, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Great lens for a variety of situations. With the ability to go from wide angle to zoom in one fairly compact lens, this is a great tool for everyday photography when changing lenses is not practical or not desired. The pictures are clear and the ability to autofocus is actually quite fast overall. I started out with an 18-55 kit lens and a 55-300 lens originally but found switching back and forth when outdoors or trying to capture a fleeting shot was difficult.
Summary: I was disappointed by this lens. I could never get what I would consider good focus especially when zoomed out. There was also an issue with chromatic aberration. I returned the lens for a replacement with the hope that it was just a "lemon", but both had the same issues. I get much better results with the kit lens that shipped with my t1i.
Summary: This lens is not compatible with the Nikon D5300: The Optical Stabiliser and the Autofocus on Live View Mode don't work until Sigma released the new firmware on Nov 20, 2013: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/article/information-regarding-the-nikon-d5300-cameras-0 It means that if the lens has been produced and shipped from the Sigma factory before this date, it won't work perfectly on the latest Nikon D5300.
Summary: This is now the lens that stays on my camera most of the time. Perfect as a "walk about" lens. It takes a very decent macro picture too. I have a Nikon D5100, so I need lenses with the built in motor like this one so it will auto focus. It came in a nice padded, zipper case. I love this lens!
Summary: What can I say. I now use this lens instead of taking 3 lenses with me. I does everything I ask of it. It is a bit heavier than my Sony camera body. I wind up holding it by the lens very often. My wife and I just took a trip to Europe. Like most tourist in Europe, we went in many churches, musems, and castle. Very often, I would be shooting shots too long for the camera flash to be of any use.
Summary: Great walk around lens. Prevents the need to switch lenses in the field and avoids getting dust inside the camera. But... The amount of light coming in especially at long focal length is much less than the Nikon kit lens (70-200). It has a very difficult time focusing on moving subjects even when they are not moving fast and even with lots of light available. I've noticed some amount of flaws in the edge of most pictures at a variety of focal lengths.
Summary: This lens take great pictures. I was a little concerned that the quality would not be as good as Canon lenses but i have to say that the pictures taken with this lens are almost identical to the ones taken with my Canon lenses. To notice any real difference you've got to really look hard. It's great not having to carry several lenses for everyday shooting.
Summary: I replaced 3 lenses with this one lens. I still have them (why toss glass?), but my wide angle was losing its AF and was just generally old. My 70-300 was the bottom of the line telephoto for $300 - I don't notice that extra 50 from 300 to 250. Not a lick. In face, I got some killer distance shots at a beach and on tripod in a nearly 0-light atmosphere. I was able to use the zoom to find my target and then back out for the shot. Likewise, the macro is fantastic!