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Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS

18-200OS
Review Date: Aug 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built, OS works very well, size, range covered, price to versatility ratio, very useful for first time DSLR buyers as their first lens. More than meets my use.
Cons:
The only con I would ever have is that it wasn't available sooner.

I have had the non OS version since they became available and have got some great shots from it on my 20D. When I read that a stabilized version would be introduced I wanted it immediately. This lens far out does many more expensive ones in versatility, covering most of the range we need daily in just one single lens that is compact & light, but has a good feel to it. I highly recommend as a first DSLR lens instead of the kit lenses currently supplied, and the IQ from mine is well above what I got from my 17-85 IS, which frankly was a big disappointment. I own several L series lenses so do know what Canon's high end IQ looks like, and also a 1Dmklln, and 5D and yet for my normal use the 20D (soon to be replaced by a 40D which will make for a nice point & shoot with this lens) is my first choice, covering an effective range of 28-320 mm in a very compact & light package. I have tested my copy wide open at both ends of the range, and for me it is more than adaquately sharp.
In my eyes Sigma has hit a home run with this lens, and has proven that a third party manufacturer can build lenses which include a very good image stabilizer for less money than the OEMs