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Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Review Date: Feb 23, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightness, Size, Price
Sensitive manual focus

I bought this lens to replace a clunky and ageing Nikon 18-200vr. Although all zooms are a compromise, I have a growing suspicion that Nikon zooms are not as good as they ought to be having had several recently that though well-built were disappointing image-wise. I do not think they are worth the money any more. Most of my zooms now are Sigma, though Nikon still make the best prime lenses.

The Sigma is sharper than the Nikon, and follows the current trend in DSLRs by being lighter and smaller, and is a better all round lens for travel. The addition of a close focus facility is a bonus. Image stabilisation works well.

My only criticism so far is that the focus ring is too highly geared; when using the lens on manual, getting accurate focus is tricky and requires some fine movements.

Overall it is a fine addition to my lens bag.

(Just heard it has been discontinued - get one while you can at knock-down prices.)

Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye

Review Date: Jul 6, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, build, sharpness
Lenscap nearly as big as the lens

Super little lens, sharp right across from corner to corner, fast focus. Great fun when used correctly.

I use it with Nikon DSLRs and post-processing software 'Hemi fisheye' for great results.