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

18-200OS
Review Date: Oct 9, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $255.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very functional going from ~18 to ~200mm without having to change lenses. IS and AF work very well on my copy. Definitely a major step up for a novice as part of transition from the cheaper kit lens offered by entry DLSRs such as the Canon 400D, 450D, 1000D, etc.... Used prices are extrememly reasonable for the significant upgrade in respect to the cheaper plastic model zooms.
Cons:
Well, if you compare to more expensive L series, etc, then there are of course cons. However, I feel like I recieved great quality for a very good price when I upgraded to this lens.

I am very pleased with the performance of this lens. While on a family vacation through eleven states this past summer, this lens proved to be extremely portable and functional. The ability to move between ~18 to ~200 without changing lens is always easier to manage. I stitched many image series into pans and I was very happy with the results. I have seen many posts claiming that this lens can be soft around the edges but when doing the stitching, the vast majority were very sharp and blended well. Am I still looking for better glass? Well of course I am! Who isn't? This lens will be a hard one to let go of as I upgrade though.