Sigma 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens for Nikon £269 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Was looking for a convenient travel all in one zoom lens and found this at Amazon for £269.00. This link is for a Nikon mount lens but the Canon mount lens is available at the same price. I am "guessing" this is a very good price for an all in one lens.
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#1
It is a good deal as per Camel3

http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B00HS3DTBE/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en

Edited By: AValidUsernamePerhaps on Jun 30, 2014 19:54
#2
Can someone share their experience? Single comment. And it isn't that inspiring. "I was full of anticipation when I bought this lens, and had some reasonable results using the macro end. However, when I used it out in the landscape, there was unacceptable vignetting, particularly between focal lengths 22mm and 34mm, at a wide aperture. (curiously it wasn't too bad at 18mm). The retailer agreed this shouldn't happen, spoke to Sigma, and I was given a replacement. However, exactly the same thing happened with the second lens, which points to a problem with the optics. I have now returned this lens and decided, reluctantly, to opt for the more expensive Nikon 18-200."
#3
DPReview samples gallery here

Please note that this is a relatively new lens so there won't be a lot of reviews out just yet. If you replace the ".co.uk" part of the amazon URL to ".com", it will start showing the Amazon US page for this lens. Again, not a lot of reviews there as well but almost all of them are 5 star !

I have indeed ordered it and should be getting it tomorrow, so I might be able to report back.

However, at £269.00 I don't think there is much to be lost. The Nikon version is priced well above this one.

I decided to go for this as I already have the Nikkor 55-200, I just want a convenience lens, which is what this lens is.

Edited By: AValidUsernamePerhaps on Jun 30, 2014 20:04
#4
AValidUsernamePerhaps
DPReview samples gallery here

Please note that this is a relatively new lens so there won't be a lot of reviews out just yet. If you replace the ".co.uk" part of the amazon URL to ".com", it will start showing the Amazon US page for this lens. Again, not a lot of reviews there as well but almost all of them are 5 star !

I have indeed ordered it and should be getting it tomorrow, so I might be able to report back.

However, at £269.00 I don't think there is much to be lost. The Nikon version is priced well above this one.

I decided to go for this as I already have the Nikkor 55-200, I just want a convenience lens, which is what this lens is.

Why not pay the extra £30 and go to 250mm?...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-18-250mm-3-5-6-3-Macro-Nikon/dp/B008B4893M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0N86VV6DBWQS2R11H0R1
#5

I deliberated over that one as well, but chose this since this is actually a "new" lens. Hopefully Sigma have managed to improve the quality. The 18-250 was actually released in 2012 whereas this one is from early 2014 and maybe, just maybe, this could be a better design ?

Edited By: AValidUsernamePerhaps on Jun 30, 2014 20:18
#7

Fair logic, just wish I had money to throw at "just maybe"'s ;)

I am actually in the process of downsizing (along with getting old) my photo gear. Hopefully, if this lens turns out good, I could think of selling off some other lenses and carry the bare minimum.

I also considered selling off all the gear and getting a Sony RX10 as well but I don't think I have THAT much money to throw away :)
#8
My partner has an 18-55 lens and a 55-300. I know nothing about photography, would this be good as an all round lens for holidays or do the ones they have already do the same job.
#9
Age of lenses is irrelevant. Some of Nikons greatest lens are 30 years old, I have a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8 and I know lots of people with Sigma lenses. You tend to find you either get a great one or a terrible one.
#10
rachelandgromit
My partner has an 18-55 lens and a 55-300. I know nothing about photography, would this be good as an all round lens for holidays or do the ones they have already do the same job.

Depending on what you are prepared to spend, you have a few options
- The Sigma lens posted in this deal.
- Nikon 18-300, costs nearly £600.00 and weighs in at about 800g, but covers the entire range you currently have in just a single lens
- Nikon 18-200, costs nearly £500.00, weighs about 700g, looses 100m in focal length
- Sigma 18-250, currently at £299.00 on Amazon, not sure about the weight but you loose only 50mm of your existing focal length.

I decided to go for this since it was at a very good price on Amazon, doesn't weigh a lot and covers most of my existing focal length.

I guess you would do just fine with the 18-250mm Sigma without paying a lot.

I am sure you will cover all of your existing focal length with Nikon 18-300 BUT at an exorbitant price... and weight.

But I think with all of the above options, you still have the convenience of using just a single lens.
#12
How does this compare to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tamron-18-200mm-3-5-6-3-Aspherical-Macro/dp/B0007XD4LM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1404232585&sr=1-1&keywords=Tamron+AF+18-200mm+F%2F3.5-6.3+XR+Di-II+nikon
I realise the Tamron is much cheaper, but has anyone compared the quality of the pictures taken between the Tamron and the Sigma?
Thanks
#13
The Tamron does not have image stabilization.
#14
AValidUsernamePerhaps
The Tamron does not have image stabilization.

Thanks, that explains why its so cheap !
#15
OK, I have the lens now and these are my initial observations
- The Lens is between very-sharp and very-sharp-enough
- There is distortion but I am guessing no one is expecting 0 distortions here
- I have been able to hand hold at 200mm for 1/10s exposure, not been able to manage any slower than that
- Color seems to be pretty good but color etc are all manageable in RAW

Verdict : For £269.00, I am more than happy with it. My travel gear is now reduced to just 2 lenses i.e.
- Sigma 10-20
- Sigma 18-200
1 Like #16
AValidUsernamePerhaps
OK, I have the lens now and these are my initial observations
- The Lens is between very-sharp and very-sharp-enough
- There is distortion but I am guessing no one is expecting 0 distortions here
- I have been able to hand hold at 200mm for 1/10s exposure, not been able to manage any slower than that
- Color seems to be pretty good but color etc are all manageable in RAW

Verdict : For £269.00, I am more than happy with it. My travel gear is now reduced to just 2 lenses i.e.
- Sigma 10-20
- Sigma 18-200

I have the aforementioned 18-250 Sigma and can very much recommend it to anyone wanting to ditch the kit 18-55 and 55-250mm Canon kit lenses.

Having collected various length lenses over the last year from 40mm pancake, 50mm prime, the 2 kits, a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (very good but hardly ever needed to go down to 2.8) and an old manual 500mm I can totally agree with your travel gear setup. By the time you have swapped out your lens to take the perfect shot the moment may have passed so less is best for me.

I am currently looking for a Sigma 10-20 after reading a lens shoutout test in Practical Photography and if you can recommend where to get one at the best price it would be appreciated.
1 Like #17
scav

...if you can recommend where to get one at the best price it would be appreciated.

I think due to the way shopping works these days, I do not even spend time looking for a good price and go straight to Amazon and put the price tracking in Camel3.

Currently, the Sigma 10-20 is not a good deal according to Camel3

http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B0007U00XK/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en

I think you can start tracking the price in Camel3 and buy as soon as price drops ?

I purchased from Amazon (ie Amazon direct and not a 3rd party seller on Amazon) and I was also able to register for the extended Sigma warranty as well.

Also, if I had the means, I would have actually bought the Tokina 11-16 F2.8. But since my livelihood does not depend on photography :) I think the Sigma will work for me for quite some time.

Another cost to factor in with UWA lenses is a polarizing filter to darken out the sky (for daylight pictures) otherwise it gets overexposed 100% of the times due to the sheer amount of light such lenses can suck in without end.

=== EDIT ===
I must say that I am still building up my knowledge around use of UWA lenses. A polarizing filter is not the only filter which one may need. There is additional cost of ND Grad and ND filters as well !!!
=== EDIT ===

Edited By: AValidUsernamePerhaps on Aug 11, 2014 13:09: Additional information

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