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Sigma DC 3,5-6,3/18-200 OS HSM for Nikon

by Sigma
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • A high performance 11.1x zoom lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Optical stabilisation to compensate for camera shake
  • HSM motor for quiet, high speed photography
  • One SLD and three aspherical elements for excellent correction of all types of abberations
  • Multi-layer coating optimises quality for digital photography
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 248.9 x 200.7 x 7.9 cm ; 608 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: B000NOSCGW
  • ASIN: B000NOSCGW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Manufacturer's Description

This is a high-power zoom lens for digital cameras, equipped with Sigma's own Camera Shake Compensation OS (Optical Stabilizer) System. This lens allows you to take indoor and evening shots without worrying about camera shake. SLD glass and aspherical lens elements deliver high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. A Super Multi-Layer Coating is used to cut down on the occurrence of flare and ghosting. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45 cm (17.7 inches) at all focal lengths and a maximum photography magnification of 1:3.9. It also has an inner focus system, so accepts a Petal-type hood, which is excellent for blocking out extraneous light, as well as a circular polarising filter


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase 25 Aug 2008
Bought this some months ago from a small independent before it was generally available in Nikon fit with the HSM. Purchased to be able to have a lens that I could just fit to my D40 SLR and do away with all the faffing about changing lenses. Having had a previous bad 'dust on the sensor' experience with a previously owned D50 I wanted to be sure that I needed to swap lenses as few times as possible.

Since the day I bought it it has been fitted and never removed as it has suited all the photo opportunities I have encountered.

The 18-55 Kit lens has been in the box ever since and never used - simply no need - apart from size/weight which I will come onto later.

I have been very happy with the image quality the in built OS is a god send at the far end of the zoom range (note the picture does 'jump and judder' for a milli-second while the OS kicks in but this is normal).

If this lens has a down size it is it's size and bulk. Given the optics required to create the zoom range this should not be a surprise but understand this is a heavy and quite sizeable piece of kit.

I mention this because the D40 is marketed by Nikon on the strength of its weight and size - being a very easy to carry SLR - when you fit this lens you lose this advantage.

We are off to Florida shortly and for the theme parks I plan to use the kit lens just to make i that bit easier to carry - any zooming I will do 'post production' with Paint Shop pro.

Other issues - I also sometimes find the zoom ring a bit stiff, thought it might have been faulty at first but this was either down to the newness or I have got used to it.

It comes with everything you need, front and rear caps and a very nice 'petal' type lens hood.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Super-Zoom Lens of Choice 11 Nov 2008
By P. H. Cartwright VINE VOICE
I was introduced to the joy of super-zoom lenses when I bought from Amazon a Fuji FinePics S5700 as a pocketable back-up to my Nikon D40 SLR. The Fuji had a built-in 10-to-1 zoom lens, which made it very versatile. The Nikon D40 has a standard 18-55 mm kit lens, which is excellent and very sharp but its limited zoom range left me rather frustrated at missing too many shots at longer ranges. I wanted the image quality of the Nikon with the versatility of the Fuji and decided to buy an 18-200 super-zoom lens for the D40.

A review in "What Digital Camera" magazine gave the Sigma 18-200 super-zoom lens a higher rating than the Nikon equivalent, which is also considerably more expensive. I bought the Sigma for my D40 and it has definitely become my lens of choice for general photography. I recently took it to Lake Garda in Italy (a marvellous location for photography incidentally) and took some landscape photographs of considerably higher quality than my hereto somewhat feeble efforts.

Other reviewers have remarked on the bulk and weight of this lens, which is particularly noticeable on a lightweight camera like the D40, but I believe it to be a price worth paying for the increased functionality over the standard lens. The optical stabilisation feature seems to work very well and long-range shots are usually very sharp and free from camera shake.

I have nothing but praise for this lens and am happy to recommend it to other Nikon SLR users.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An internet search reveals various specialist reviews that'll either rate this lens as ahead of the equivalent camera manufacturers' lenses or slightly behind them in terms of quality. That's an ambivalence that points to pretty good glass and at a price which is significantly less than the camera brand-name - the product almost sells itself.

I've had this lens about 8 months now and it's probably on my Nikon D80 about 60% of the time. It's a great all-round lens and in my view its quality is easily as good as the first-generation equivalent Nikkor (I don't know about the latest Nikkor version). It's well built (maybe even a little heavy) and exudes quality. The internal motor is virtually silent and the optical stabilisation only makes itself known by the little clicks you hear as the gyroscopes kick in - and make no mistake about it, the stabilisation works! I was a little sceptical of its efficacy when I got the camera as it was so quiet, I wondered if I had a faulty model, however after a half-hour testing it at various focal lengths, apertures and shutter speeds and comparing the results with the OS switched on and off, it became readily apparent that it does significantly help at those longer focal lengths and/or longer exposures.

For all that, you have to bear in mind the compromises involved in building a lens with this range. It's like the proverbial "jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none". It does most things pretty well without being outstanding at anything. It can be a little soft wide open and it's not a fast lens (although the OS helps), and if you like soft, creamy bokeh this is not going to deliver.

Having said all that.........would I buy another? Definitely!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great (if somewhat heavy) Lens 22 Mar 2008
This Sigma DC 18-200mm OS HSM lens I am using with my Nikon D40. The inclusion of HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) enables auto-focusing without support from any mechanics on the body. This usually takes less than a second to complete and makes a slightly louder sound than the Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens.

This is a great lens but two minor points hold it back- firstly it is rather heavy (unsurprisingly for the zoom range), and secondly the zoom-wheel turns the opposite way (anti-clockwise to zoom in) as to what I am used to.
Minor quibbles aside as said this is a great lens. The OS (Optical Stabilisation) works very well at long focal lengths but does drain battery life slightly, a worthy price for non-blurry pictures.

On the downside this lens is f6.3 at the long end (As opposed to the Nikkor 18-200 which is f5.6), resulting in longer exposures needed to allow more light to enter the lens. There is also some vignetting at the 150-200mm range of this lens, which can be quite apparent on sunny days. The relatively low speed however is counteracted by the OS system which works pretty well to alleviate camera shake from the longer exposures required.

Personal preference had me pick this over the Tamron 18-250mm lens which is slightly cheaper but does not feature optical stabilisation. The Nikkor 18-200mm VR model is also a great lens which overshadows this one, but with the Nikkor being almost 200 more this offering from Sigma is a wonderful, if somewhat heavy general purpose lens.
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