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Old 10-06-2008, 13:30   #1 (permalink)
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Sigma 18-200 the solution

I'm getting just about to the limit of what I can cram into my MiniTrekker bag, and to my astonishment, it weighs in at about 8.5 kg with a tripod

I've been thinking about getting a decent bridge camera for holidays/traveling really light/keep-in-the-car etc. I don't want to spend too much, and my favoured tool would be the Fuji S9600 - available as a re-furb on the Fuji web-site for £169.99.

However - they are out of stock , and I guess they will be few and far between now. So, wait for the S100FS? That will take some time to come through, I suspect, and is a bit too dear for me to consider for my use. e-bay? - well that is an option.

After looking at the options, plan B is going to be:
Get a Sigma 18-200 and use my beloved D70s body. Found one for £185 from Purely Gadgets or £205 from Jessops just down the road (with a discount code). With luck they might price match the £185. (One-Stop £189) There are decent enough reviews around, and for the price I think it is the best option.
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Re: Sigma 18-200 the solution

I've always thought about this option, but in the end decided not to compromise image quality after buying the 70-300, as with both that and the 18-200 it's never going to be that good. I'll just complain all day, with my fast short range teles
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Re: Sigma 18-200 the solution

I use the Tamron 18-200 as a 'travel lens', and really it does a very good job. On holiday last month we went for a 9-mile walk around the Isle of Lismore, and I took just the 30D and the 18-200 in a holster case. I know that some people load up a rucksack with everything, but that ain't my scene.

I'd challenge anyone to tell which pics were taken with the 18-200 and which with the Canon 17-40L. The Tamron is slightly prone to CA in high contrast situations, but that's easily corrected.

Not sure about the Sigma 18-200 - never tried it - but a lightweight all-in-one lens certainly appeals to me.
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I know that some people load up a rucksack with everything, but that ain't my scene.
I spy with my large lens, something beginning with 'M', and ending in 'ark' (with something on his back that could start with 't' and end with 'ent')

Unfortunately didn't get any shots of it at Chatsworth
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I'll just complain all day, with my fast short range teles
I'm not one to complain - and anyway the doctor says my hearing will return to normal in a week or two

Since my thinking is more prime than zoom, I'll probably continue to take everything. Anyway, half the reason I go for long forays into the countryside is to get/keep fit
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Re: Sigma 18-200 the solution

Mark we posted at the same time, but you might wanna have a look at this again
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Re: Sigma 18-200 the solution

I did see but your lack of solid evidence (no shot) allows me say "Don't know what you mean?"
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Well....actually.....

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I see he brought the truck along to carry it all.
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Re: Sigma 18-200 the solution

I went the other way and whilst looking for a super zoom ended up with a bridge camera (Which I have just sold). I was pleasantly surprised. I did have a Nikon 18-200 for a short while and was disappointed but I can't comment on the Sigma.

I'd be interested to see how you get on. Are you going for the OS version because in a lot of situations I would find 200mm F6.3 on a crop body a challenge once I'd stopped it down a bit.
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For a long time before I had my Canon 40d I had a Canon 2S bridge camera. I was very impressed with what was packed into such a small body . 12 times zoom and focusing down to less than 1 cm. I took that around the world with with me for my work visits especialy as taking a larger camera would not have been an option. It recently died

I intend to buy a replacement probably the S5 as it uses SD cards which I have and AA batteries that you can buy anywhere. Net prices see to be in the region of £220 .

I would seriously consider this route if i were you.
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I'd be interested to see how you get on. Are you going for the OS version because in a lot of situations I would find 200mm F6.3 on a crop body a challenge once I'd stopped it down a bit.
I thought about this. One-stop price £238 for the OS. But this is intended as being 'casual kit' for when I don't want to take my standard bag. I don't have any stabilised lenses in my kit, so it will be consistant! The non OS one is very light too, so that will help in the shake stakes.

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Yes AQ - my first thoughts were in this direction, but the size and weight of them are similar to a dSLR, and although there is a shortfall in the zoom range, I think that the familiarality with the D70s, a plentiful supply of CF cards, some filters that will fit and actually finding a use for my spare body is a fair trade for this and having to adapt to a new camera. Also, I'm looking at only spending around £200 or less, so VFM is good.
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I'd be interested to see how you get on. Are you going for the OS version because in a lot of situations I would find 200mm F6.3 on a crop body a challenge once I'd stopped it down a bit.
No - I bought the non OS version.

Gave it a workout last night. This one was taken at about 8pm in quite flat overcast light, hand held. No editing other than re-size and USM.

ISO 500- f6.3 - 1/100 - 200mm



Both of these pics taken around 8.30pm and it was very overcast and gloomy. No editing other than removal of number plates, re-size and a bit of USM. Both hand held with a bit of bracing.

ISO 800 - 200mm - f8 - 1/30



ISO 800 - 200mm - f8 - 1/40

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A question - Why did you feel you had to remove the numbers from the cars.
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A question - Why did you feel you had to remove the numbers from the cars.
Because of where they were parked - where I work.
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