Reviews and Problems with Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC /HSM
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Sigma 55-200mm DC Lens
19 January 2010
Summary: This is a really well built lens. I found it took great, clear pictures outside. On the down side, it is not for indoor use. To slow, but with this Ap most would be. Again, a great lens for a great price, your next step above this would be to get a IS / OS model with image stabilization, if you can afford it, I would do that
Summary: I needed a replacement lens for my 28 - 70mm Sigma Even though this lens only offered f4.0 its still a very nice lens. my other lens was too soft and the pictures were blurry unless i used f8 and above. I am glad i got this lens.
Summary: This is a review of the 2009 version of this lens in Nikon mount version with the HSM auto-focusing. This means it’s compatible with low-end Nikons like the D40/D40x/D60/D5000 I bought the 55-200 to stand in temporarily when my Nikon 18-200 VR developed a fault while on holiday. I’m rather impressed with it and I’ve decided to keep on using it.
Pros: - Cost, - Size and weight, - Image quality, - Speed (and silence) of autofocus, - Maximum aperture, - Efficient lens hood
Cons: Difficult to attach and detach the lens hood without turning the focus barrel which makes a grating sound, The zoom barrel is at the back of the lens instead of being at the front as on the Nikon lenses. It takes a little while to get used to it, No possibility of retouching the focus manually as you can on the (much more expensive) Nikon lenses
Summary: The lens works excellent on the Sigma SD14. Produces very sharp, contrasty images with good color reproduction. This lens is a sleeper lens for any camera! The build quality is obviously consumer grade, but not a toy either. But the IQ(image quality) is where it really shines! It is quite sharp throughout the zoom even wide open. Color reproduction and contrast is darn good as well. Focusing is quick and pretty darn quiet too!
Summary: I bought this lens for my Nikon D70. In the past I would only consider Nikkor lenses but did not believe the equivalent Nikon offering would be any better given a similar cheap contruction at double the price. From the reports I have read so far, the Nikon 55-200mm is unimpressive. I like this Sigma and recommend it as excellent value.
Pros: Sharp, light, fast focusing, inexpensive. Made in Japan.
Cons: Lens hood is a little fiddly. Rear lens cap does not seem to fit Nikon brand lenses.
Summary: I got one of the first 55-200's before it was even mentioned in the press. Checking it against a friend's Canon 75-300, it was significantly poorer, so I contacted Sigma UK who gave me a new lens 8 months after purchase ! This second lens was hugely better and matches my good copy of the 18-55 kit lens (which is better than my 50/1.8 prime) in quality.
Pros: Price, weight, sharp, comes with a lens hood, focusses in poor light even with a 1.4x converter