Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Camera with APS C Sensors
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- Optical Stabilization: Sigma's own OS system
- Inner Focusing System: Eliminates front lens rotation, suitable for use w/circular polarizing filters
- Compact, telephoto zoom lens
- High Image Quality: SLD glass elements with inner focusing
- High Magnification: 1:4.5 magnification, exclusively designed for digital SLRs
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This compact high-performance telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma’s own Optical Stabilizer function. The lens incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass in the front lens groups and is equipped with an inner focusing system to provide high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The incorporation of HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high-speed auto focus. The OS (Optical Stabilizer) function effectively eliminates the effects of camera shake so subjects can be easily and clearly seen in the viewfinder as well as in the image. It allows the use of shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than normal for steady, handheld photography. For Sony and Pentax mounts the built-in OS System allows the photographer to see the stabilized image in the viewfinder and can be used as an alternative with cameras having built-in image stabilization. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 43.3-inch throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.5. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarizing filters.
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The lens is quiet, contrary to some's opinion, the zoom ring rotates backwards to a Canon, have to get used to that. The OS is almost deadly silent. No, the focus ring won't move if the AF is turned on, that requires a clutch and those are one the $1000+ L (pro) lenses. The included hood was a nice touch, thanks Sigma. The OS (optical stabilization), doesn't seem quite as forgiving as the Canon, so a missed shot here is there isn't a biggie. I intentionally took some shots with the Sun on the edge, and no flaring to be seen. On a 1.6 crop body, an EOS series, this becomes aprroxx 280MM on the big end. It seems to really shine at f8+. But does has some nice creamy Bokah, around the middle zoom, if you can place the background far enough behind the subject, say 30 feet+ or so. But it's not a 50MM f1.8 either lol. They make some luscious bokah using the same technique.
I was steered away from Sigma when I fist started photography, two years ago, and I'm a fanboy now. Wow, thanks. I'm pleasantly surprised and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to another photographer. 5 stars for value and performance.
Update Sep 10th 2012
This lens continues to surprise me. I did comparison shoots between my Canon 55-250 and this one today. Big difference on contrast and saturation. The Sigma looked richer, with nicer spread between lighter and darker areas (contrast). The Canon, looked slightly washed out, I even took more shots with the Canon, thinking I didn't have the exposure exactly the same, nope, washed out, no doubt. I did lose 50mm of zoom with the Sigma, but plan on buying a teleconverter for the future, in case I need it. I can't do this on the Canon Ef-s lens. I would probably rate the Canon as an 7 or 8, but this one is for sure, a 9, with an L lens being an absolute 10. I have done direct Sun shots in the morning and only had one image that had a slight flare. This has 8 blades in it and makes some nice Sun rays. 8 blades will give you nice bokeh also. Tested that also, very nice indeed.
Bottom line, I wish I would have had this along time ago, instead of the Canon. Live and learn huh.
Good contrast, sharpness and color, fast AF for a cheap lens, decent build for the price point, and lastly, the OS works quite well (even though it will be turned of for most studio work)
The ONLY reason for 4 stars is that it is a little hard to get good focus using manual focus, and the throw is a bit farther than I would like.
If you are in the market for this or the Nikon 50-200, I can recommend this one as a great lens in its class. However, if you prefer the Nikon, I have not tried that one...
I snapped over 300 photos a day with this lens and the battery was 75% full at the end of each day. After 1200 photos everything from baseball games to scenic shots at alcatraz there was nothing this lens couldn't do. The picture quality improved considerably in both clarity and color regardless of distance over the stock Canon lens.
This is not a true telescopic lens only going to 200mm, but for the price with the features this is an excellent value and I would purchase again in a second. I am also very open to trying more Sigma products after my experience with this product.
(I also tried to purchase a Canon Battery at the same time, and found a better deal paying for the Duracell brand that works! at Target - $35)
1. The construction seemed better.
2. I wanted to try a Sigma lens.
3. The IQ seemed comparable between the two, although the general consensus seems to be the Canon is a little better.
So after a few months of using this lens I am very pleased. In fact, I often find that the images from this lens seem a little sharper to my eye than my Canon 50mm 1.8 at wider apertures (4-7 range). Stopped down further the former is a little sharper. Benefits of this lens are that it is very small and light for it's reach, it feels pretty well made (although there is a little rattle sometimes like people have noted), and it is really cheap so I don't have to be very careful with it. I think if you are looking at cheaper lenses you will be very pleased with this one. I say buy this one and then save for the Canon 70-200 2.8L (that's my plan anyways).