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Old 28-02-2009, 19:14   #1 (permalink)
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Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Hi Everyone,

Just wondering if anyone is using or has used this lens and what your thoughts are? I have read the available reviews some good some bad so ended up more confused, wondered about sharpness and or any major shortcomings apart from what you might expect with zoom lenses, nice price though.

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Old 28-02-2009, 19:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

I'm in the dark regarding this lens too. I don't know of anyone who has this model either, so I guess the lack of popularity might mean there are better options.
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Old 28-02-2009, 22:24   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Hi Dabs,
I know that it doesnt cover the same range as the sigma 18-200 but most reviews that i have read seem to say that it is sharper than the 18-200 and the lens flaws are not so promounced at the shortest and maximum length plus its a little faster, I was looking at your shots with the 18-200 nice shots even without the image stabilisation, though they were in sunnier climes

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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

If you are talking about the Gran Caneria shots - they were taken with a Nikkor 18-200vr

That's why I'm selling the Sigma 18-200. Only reason being I got some Jessop's vouchers (quite a few) and could not think what to get with them, so in the end I got a good discount voucher on their web site and put some more money in the pot.

Had I not got the Jessop's vouchers, I would have been quite happy to keep the Sigma.

Some example shots, mostly in dreadful lighting (deliberately)

http://www.pixalo.com/community/shot...tml#post215497

And other than the ones through the cloud - in reasonable conditions

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I posted a review of the Sigma 18-200 here.
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Old 28-02-2009, 22:45   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Hi Graham,

Yes i have seen all these shots and the review of the 18-200, Le Touquet gallery were the pics that i was talking about, conditions seem nice and bright which would suit the lens, over here in autumn etc you would be using the lens wide open or use a rearly high iso would you not?
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Yes - if the light is low. Some Autumn evenings can be OK if it is not coudy.

The EXIF should be in the shots + I think I posted it too. If you check out the first ones of the tractor, from memory I was using about 500 ISO, long focal lengths and low shutter speeds as I wanted to see just how it would perform in these conditions. In some of the others i went up to 800 ISO - it was really quite dark at the time, late evening in June. I was pleasantly surprised in the way it performed.
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Hi Graham,
I dont know which way to go, I have a D50 and have been using the 18-70 for a long time, i must say that i have been well pleased with the 18-70 its a good sharp lens, I just thought that sometimes a little longer lens might be handy and have been thinking along the lines of the 18-135 but have also been looking at cheaper alternatives, the sigma 18-200 must have come down a lot in price as i noticed a place online selling them for 209.
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

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What differences have you found between the nikon and sigma 18-200? I know that the nikon has the vr system.

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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Well the Nikkor is the first lens I've had with stabilization. I've never been that bothered with it before, but took this opportunity to give it a try.

First off, it is longer and heavier than the Sigma, but not so much that you would notice in use. I have to say that I've been very impressed with it having taken a series of shots with it at riduculously low shutter speeds and long focal lengths.

Here are some shots taken with it and my D70s (same sensor as your D50)

Here are some others - all with the D70s, and no noise reduction!











I've not done any similar shots with the Sigma, but I think that the Nikkor has the edge - but at more than twice the price. Without the vouchers and a discount code I don't think I would have bought it. In most 'normal' conditions the Sigma was equally impressive to me.
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Graham,
I dont know what to do, you have the 18-70 lens do you think that i would notice less image sharpness with one of these superzooms? should i forget the one lens route and add a 70-300 to the 18-70 and go that way? would that way give me better image quality?
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

There is always a trade-off in the lenses with the bigger zoom ratios. For years I always thought that a ratio of 3:1 was the best in terms of quality. However, as silkstone has indicated in his evaluation of the Tamron equivalents, in real life use, 95% of the time you would be hard pushed to notice any difference. The horrific results that the reviews and tests get are only noticable most of the time in a laboratory.

When you are next in Luton in your fishing shop, why not drop over and you can try the 18-200 with no obligation etc, etc. I'm only about 5 miles from Luton town centre. At least you will be ale to see the results you can get and try LR2 too as a bonus! Free tea as well - how can you resist?
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Hi Graham,
I have my workflow problem sorted out now, after a few chats with Ian aka P.E. on this site i am now a happy bunny in my workflow department lol, Can i ask how much your 18-200 lens is on the market for?
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I have my workflow problem sorted out now, after a few chats with Ian aka P.E. on this site i am now a happy bunny in my workflow department lol, Can i ask how much your 18-200 lens is on the market for?
Pleased you have sorted out your workflow

Including the Kood Skylight, Hoya polorising filter and Hoya UV filters and the Kood square filter holder and the Cokin star 8, a Cokin white spot A 061, a Cokin grey spot A062 and a Cokin ND grad G2 A161, inc P&P - 150, but I'll knock off 10 for collection

Come to think of it - I work in Hendon, so could deliver.......
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Re: Sigma 18-125mm 3.8 5.6 os hsm lens,

Graham,
I will have to put this with my list of other options, though i must add that i would not want those cokin filters just the uv and poloriser, my mind seems to change from day to day, a 70-300 to go with the 18-70 the sigma 18-125 with the os system, the nikon 18-135, decisions decisions
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