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5.0 out of 5 stars A77 compatible superzoom, 8 July 2013
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Dave G "Dave G" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Lens for Sony (Electronics)
History: I've owned a superzoom lens before; the Sony 18-250, and I loved it but as it's f6.3 at the long end plus I wanted a longer reach and decent low light lens, I sold it and got a Bridge camera (FZ48), and the utterly brilliant 85mm f2.8 lens, a year on and I wasn't impressed with the superzoom, that's the problem when you go from using an A77 to a bridge camera, a bit like driving a Buggati Veyron and then getting into a robin reliant, so the bridge camera went and another Sony 18-250 was sourced, second hand from a main high street store, worst condition lens I've ever bought, so that went back and a replacement sourced.

I don't have much time for Sigma, given that pre-hsm lenses would shred their gears and then HSM lens would'nt work on SLT camera's, so the choice was the Sony 18-250, Tamron 18-270 pzd or a gamble; the Sigma 18-250 hsm macro (the slt compatible version), as everyone does, countless reviews were scanned and in combination with my very brief second bout of Sony 18-250 usage I realized the following: The Tamron's image quality is hit or miss, it's either brilliant or poor, and the pzd motor isn't silent, the Sony's ancient tech and as a result isn't fast and is rather noisy, plus it's a lot more expensive, so it was the gamble, the Sigma.

I paid £329 for mine, it arrived quickly and upon registering with Sigma online I got a free extended warranty (now covered for 3 years), it's a tad narrower than the Sony but a tad longer, in use it's silent and fast, Image quality is on a par with the Sony, and in use is a nice little lens, downers; the rather bland and uninspiring lens cap does nothing for glam'ness, the mounting indicator is tiny and resembles a splodge of tipex and you have to turn the focusing ring anti-clockwise, which is very annoying, those niggles aside it is a very good travel lens and I definitely feel that I made the right choice, especially as I want to shoot video with it.

Advice: if you want a Sigma 18-250 hsm Macro do shop around as Amazon isn't the cheapest & providing you get from a genuine uk store & register you should get a 3 year warranty. The older Sigma 18-250 hsm os lens isn't A77 compatible and is much bigger and heavier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant All Round Lens, 21 Oct. 2013
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M. G. Chisholm "chiefengineer3" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Lens for Sony (Electronics)
I recently bought the A65 DSLR which is in itself a superb camera. Of course the 18-55mm lens it comes bundled with is functional but in reality nothing more than a 'get you started' item.

I do have other lenses from an older Sony Alpha but wanted a good reasonably priced all round lens that I can leave on the camera unless I want to specifically shoot something requiring particular lens. Sony of course do upgraded lenses which seem to fall into two categories - brilliant and eye-wateringly expensive or reasonably priced but lacking that quality feel that makes using a good lens a pleasant operation.

So one has to look at the 3rd party suppliers for that elusive mid range lens that is both high quality without the wallet rupturing effects of a 'G' lens. Having looked at a few the standout is this one from Sigma. It's relatively weighty which immediately gives that quality feel we all desire without being so heavy you have to spend more money on a gym membership. The construction is very good with a smooth action in both zoom and focus.

To use it's about as good as you can expect at this price point. It autofocus' quickly,quietly and accurately. The zoom is smooth excellent with no loss of clarity.

In manual the focusing ring is light and easy to grip. The only issue is if you leave the lens hood reversed out of the way which prevents you using the manual bezel.

Whilst of course not the largest zoom at 250mm, combining it with the A65 with 24mpixels the reality is that you can get stunningly close to pretty much everything with superb clarity.

There is a zoom lock when the lens is pulled in which is useful. And that's because if there is any niggle it's that the zoom is so light it will open up if the camera is pointing down. This isn't an issue when in normal use but of course if you are stuffing the camera into a single camera bag (I use a Crumpler) then the lens has a tendency to creep out.

Overall, if you have only just bought your first Sony Alpha DSLR and you want to buy the first upgraded lens then this would be an excellent first option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens, 2 July 2013
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Andrey Petkov - See all my reviews
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This is the perfect all-purpose lens - small, lightweight, silent and fast focus.

The range provided is universal for any purpose. No need to change lenses all the time, no need to carry a lot. And all this for a very reasonable price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all in one lens to carry around, 26 Mar. 2013
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I use this lens with an LA-EA2 adaptor on my NEX-5r and it is great, once it's on there is not much to swap lenses around as it covers a wide enough range for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does what i need it to do, 11 Mar. 2013
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Using with an alpha 77
a good travelling companion when on holiday and not bad for more formal photo shoots,have paired it with a x2 converter for some wildlife shots( lightest package when travelling with 4 kids) and has not disappointed.
focus not as quick as my other sony zoom ewspecially in doors so some patience required
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Lens, 14 Jan. 2015
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Got this as a Christmas present and so far not had any issues with it - very lightweight compared to tamron lens and as does 18-250 can reduce the number of lens carrying about for casual photographs - not sure how long sigma are doing the free offer for filter, but if still doing then definitely worth the price
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good results but sticky action zoom., 9 Aug. 2013
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I like the lens for its quality and range, which I require for video. The autofocus is good, manual focus fine, smooth action. The Zoom however, is not quite perfect. It sticks in several places in the range, making it impossible to effect a smooth zoom during video takes. You have to grip it in a vice of steel to force it to be smooth. Does it ever loosen up?
After putting up with the stickyness for a week or two I contacted Amazon who very obligingly and very quickly sent me a replacement. This also was a bit sticky, though smoother than the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good travel lens, 15 Feb. 2015
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Ideal lens for those travels. Good sharp pictures quick focus between the 18 to 200 mm . You get a little distortion towards the maximum end 250 mm but it is not enough to spoil the overall performance. I would recommend it as goodvalue for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Aug. 2014
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G. R. Shipley (UK) - See all my reviews
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Really pleased with this lens. Takes great sharp photos.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens., 16 May 2013
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The best lens to carry around on a photo walk. Takes good quality images. Good quality workmanship. Solid make but not heavy.
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