Reviews and Problems with Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
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Worthy upgrade to kit lens
chuckwalla, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: Bought this lens for Nikon D3300 to replace the 18-55mm VR II kit lens. It works great with the camera. Image quality is on par with the kit lens which was sharp itself. Initially the Sigma lens felt substantially heavier, and it took me some time to get used to its heft. It has just the right size and looks great on the camera body. The auto focus is slightly faster and quieter than the kit lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Good focus, Rugged
Excerpt: When I was researching lenses, the professional reviews all talked about how any superzoom was a compromise and not to expect the kind of quality that a less ambitious lens might provide. So I was expecting to be a bit disappointed. But I have to say the results are far better than I expected, and I'm very impressed. The sharpness is impressive even wide open, the autofocus is quick and relatively quiet. Good contrast and color rendition, too.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I find this to be an optically excellent lens.It (or the camera, or both?) is a bit slow in Auto Focus. Focus: it's difficult to see the reference points (camera, lens, both?). I'm new to SLR's and probably shouldn't have chosen a zoom lens because of severe Image Steadiness problems (mine, not the lens), but this lens is simply TOO BLOODY HEAVY. I'm going to purchase a 40mm to see what that'll do. If necessary, I'll try a shoulder stock.
Pros: Consistent Output, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens on my Canon 70D, and I love it. I work for a company and run their photo shoots, and this lens helps me on the job because of its great versatility. It does a great job at taking macro photos, and is great for nature and landscape photography. It truly is a very multipurpose lens that works great for all types of photography.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Great macro, Lightweight
Excerpt: Surprisingly good results from this lens. I actually went through 2 nikon lens that broke, on with the auto focus got stuck and another just fell apart, so I got this. I have had it a few months now and find myself using my old camera a lot more (nikon d200 with this lens) than I used to. It is durable. Of course it has it's limits, I wouldn't take this to a wedding or anything, this is a great lens for the money and I am very happy I bought it.
Summary: A very good "walk around" lens. Seems to have some problems autofocusing on moving objects. So, not your best choice to shoot something like a Nascar race. But an excellent choice to take with you on vacation.
Excerpt: Excellent price! I bought this just for my Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and it works great! Some lenses don't work well, like the Canon 70-200 F4 L- the iris controls don't work for some reason. This Sigma's iris works well, but the IS does not. Oh well. Image seems good enough, sharp. Ergonomics and build quality are above average. I wish the focus ring turned further for easier manual use.
Excerpt: I had been looking for a great general lens that offers a wide range and I just recieved my new lens. I have done some small photos around the house and work and I am fully enjoying it so far. I look to my vacation next week to try and put it through its full range of test.
Excerpt: I got this lens for one year now. The zoom range it's amazing. Although its slow focus (that's why the 4 stars), the optical stabilizer it's great. The macro is ridiculous, I can even take photos of fingerprints. Don't know why people complaint about lens creep, since not even once this caused me any problem. I use it for both photo (70D) and video (Blackmagic Cinema Camera) at least 3 times/week, and I can't tell any difference since I bought it, it seems like new.