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Old Jan 10, 2006, 9:36 AM   #1
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Has anyone got any views or experience of the Sigma 28-300mmDG MACRO and the Sigma 28-200mm DG? I'm looking for a budget zoom for my 350D and don't want keep changing lenses in a situation where I may miss I shot. Any other suggestions appreciated.
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 7:39 PM   #2
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Tamron just announced an 18-200 worth looking at.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 5:51 AM   #3
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I still think I would go for something starting at 28mm just because of possible upgrade of body in the future (full frame?), or is it better to stick with Canon EF lenses on a 350D?
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Honestly that seems like putting the cart before the horse.

The 18-200 is a much more useful range on a crop camera than 28-300, and to buy a $250 10x zoom lens that is less useful now just because you might buy a $3000 camera in a few years seems very odd.

Especially as something like the 5D will show up the limitations in that 28-300 so severly that you are very unlikely to be happy with it if you do go full frame.

If you do spend $3000 on a full-frame digital down the line you are going to need some very good lenses to go with it.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 7:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. Can I ask the old chestnut: Sigma or Tamron 18-200mm???
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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Definitely 18mm at the wide end is going to be much more useful than 28mm at the wide end.

So the Tamron would be your best choice for a "do it all" lens.

Personally I don't think there's any reason to stick with Canon lenses.

Just buy the right focal length, at the right quality and price you're willing to pay.

I'd think nothing of owning a Sigma, Canon and a Tamron lens for my 20D.

As for full frame down the road, that's pretty far down the road right now.

The Tamron 18-200 is so inexpensive, it's virtually a throw-away lens cap in comparison to the price of an F2.8 Canon "L" zoom lens.

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Old Jan 13, 2006, 3:26 PM   #7
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Hi,

I have the Sigma 28-200mm. I had an older one before this one , But I had to sell it because it would not work on my camera. It could not be rechipped.

I like this lens for times when I can NOT change my lens. It gives me good results Thruits range. My everyday lens is usually my Sigma 28-70mm or my Sigma 70-300mm.

If I had my choice of the 18-200mm or the 28-200, I would go for the 28-200mm anyday. Myself, I prefer the Sigma. But this is my preference.

My budget does not allow me to get the high end big buck lenses. I take the time to learn what my equipment and I can and can not do.

My advice would be for you to go to a store and try these lenses and see which one best fits your needs.

Good Luck and have fun with whatever lens you do decide to get.

Here is one pic from this lens at 200mm:

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 9:00 AM   #8
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Hi peripatetic,

You said:

"The 18-200 is a much more useful range on a crop camera than 28-300"

Why do you say that? I also have the Canon EOS 350D and I'm thinking of buting the sigma 28-300 macro.

So any advice would be welcome. Also I've been reading a lot about the sigma lensen being blurry at the 300 end. Does anybody have any experience with that?
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 11:35 AM   #9
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18*1.6 = 28mm equivalent (wide angle)

28*1.6 = 45mm equivalent (not wide angle)

Most people find a wide angle lens to be useful. Especially if you are thinking of keeping this lens on your camera all the time.

The 28-300 lenses were designed for full-frame 35mm cameras. The effective focal length of 18-200 is 28-320. The new 18-200 digital lenses are designed to fill the same all-round role as the 28-300 used to do on film cameras.

Of course you CAN use a 28-200/300 on a crop camera, but it has a different purpose, it depends on your photographic style. Some people are quite happy with 28-? zooms on crop cameras. I couldn't possibly use a 28-? lens as my only lens on a crop camera though. I don't think most people could.

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