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

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.
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