Sigma DC 3,5-6,3/18-200 OS HSM for Nikon - Was £439.99 Now £293.73 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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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
Hypersonic Motor (HSM) 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.
27-300mm equivalent focal length range; F3.5-6.3 maximum aperture.
Available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts (APS-C/DX format DSLRs only)

The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM is the latest in the company's long line of superzooms, which stretches back to the early 1990s and a series of 28-200mm (and later 28-300mm) lenses for 35mm SLRs. In fact Sigma was the first company to produce a superzoom for the burgeoning budget DSLR market, with its 18-125mm D3.5-5.6 DC of August 2004, followed shortly after by an 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC in February 2005. However the big problem with long, slow zooms is image blur due to camera shake, and in March 2007 Sigma duly announced this new version of the 18-200mm with the addition of 'Optical Stabilization' (OS) technology for Canon, Nikon and its own SD range of DSLRs (Sony and Pentax users, of course, benefit from sensor-shift image stabilization of all lenses). In somewhat curious fashion, the Nikon mount version also sports an ultrasonic-type 'HyperSonic Motor' (giving rise to the HSM tag,) while the Canon and Sigma mount models use a conventional micro-motor for focusing.

Like all superzooms the Sigma 18-200mm OS features a complex optical design, in this case 18 elements in 13 groups including one Super-Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element, and no fewer than three aspherical elements to combat aberrations. A minimum focus distance of 0.45m through the entire range adds to the lens's all-round versatility. The optical stabilization system detects when the camera is panning and automatically switches to operating in one axis only, useful for shooting moving subjects such as sports.
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Cheaper from many dealers already, always check [url][/url] before buying your lenses, this has been around £290 for quite a while now, that said, I'd rather buy from Amazon due to the aftersales so good deal for that alone :thumbsup:

PS Canon fit is also around this price BUT I dont think its HSM yet :x
Question - my wife is seriously into photography and has just bought a Nikon D90.

Is this compatible, and what's the difference between a zoom and a super zoom ???


I think (already been corrected once today :p) that "Super Zoom" relates more to compact and "bridge cameras" with large zoom lenses. DSLR's obviously dont have "zooms" as it depends on the lens you attach to the body.

As for compatibility, google would suggest it is:
[SIZE="1"]Nikon D90, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC
My lovely wife purchased me a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens for my birthday. I must admit it takes great pictures. [/SIZE]

But if I were you I'd ring say, Jessops, and ask just to make 100% sure :thumbsup:
Question - my wife is seriously into photography and has just bought a Nikon D90.

Is this compatible, and what's the difference between a zoom and a super zoom ???


Compatible yes, but not a particularly amazing lens, or the right one for her.

First, you don't need HSM, the D90 has a motor in the body.
Second she probably has the kit lens, for 18-105mm, so you won't need over 50% of the range this lens covers
Third, the aperture at full zoom 200mm F:6.3 is pretty poor, and would only be suited to sunny days or on a tripod if shooting sports.

Better choice would be either 70-200mm or 300mm F:4-F:5.6 (with Image Stabiliser if she has no tripod) or if you are made of money, a 200mm F:2.8 with a 1.4x adaptor ring.

Camerapricebuster can give you the lowdown on lens prices.

This lens is suitable for someone who only wants one lens in their bag and shoots in good light. And if you only have one lens in your bag, ask why you bought an SLR instead of a crossover such as a Fuji FinePix S9600.

If you are looking for a cheaper gift, get her the Nikkor 50mm F:1.8 if she does not have it yet. It's about £90 and a beauty of a lens for portrait work.
Most forums agree that this isn't a particularly fantastic lens. Joylove, any chance you could post a good example of the 50mm F1.8, uncropped and not photoshopped if possible, its a lens I've been thinking of getting for a while now and I just want to see a full size example.
I'm not posting portraits here of my family, so here are a few still lifes. Taken from the JPEG folder shot in RAW+JPEG on a D40x. The EXIF is intact if you want to inspect the settings with something like Opanda of EXIFReader.

I hope you can get the idea of how a face can really pop out of the picture when full frame and in focus, with the blurred background from the short depth of field of F:1.8.
I'd also recommend The Digital Photography Book Vol 1 & 2 by Scott Kelby. Available for about £8 each on Amazon.

Edit: Use control+scroll to zoom out.
Thanks for that, I really like the depth of field it gives, would make lovely portraits..... think I've found my next lens!!!! :thumbsup:

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