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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

18-50f28
Review Date: Apr 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast focus. Close focus (almost Macro). Lightweight.
Cons:
Focus ring in the front; Zoom ring at the back. Noisey AF.

Note: I HAVE THE NEWER MACRO VERSION. The lens focuses very very close to the object (an inch away from the lens-front).

I was looking for a standard zoom with a constant f2.8 aperture to complement my Nikon 18-200mm VR for lowlight/indoor situations. I ended up getting the MACRO version of this lens after seeing this Pbase gallery:

http://www.pbase.com/infinity_dream/18_50_sample

I wasn't concerned about the AF issues reported earlier, as they seem to pertain to Canon mounts. This lens works just fine on my Nikon D200. It's noticeably lighter than the over-priced Nikon equivalent. Focus is fast, but noisey (This doesn't have Sigma's HSM motor). So, macro pics of insects might not be possible. The build is very good and it looks much better than the Nikon. It also comes with a lens pouch and hood. This is the perfect walk-around lens for a Nikon body for lowlight/indoor & evenings (I use the 18-200mm VR for outdoor, bright situations due to the longer range). Get this lens for your Nikon: You most likely won't be dissapointed!