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Old Jul 17, 2005, 6:57 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting a Nikon D70s or D50 body but was wondering about getting a Sigma 18-200 lens. I'm looking for excellent quality pictures and I thought the Sigma was meant to be a good quality lens and I like the fact it goes from a wide angle setting to a good telephoto zoom.

Is this a good idea or should I stick to a Nikon lens kit?:?
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 2:38 AM   #2
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Stick to a Nikkor (if you can afford it) and steer clear of 3rd party lenses. IMHO
There is no substitute for good quality glass!

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Old Jul 18, 2005, 5:01 AM   #3
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I thought Sigma were meant to be even better than Nikkor - anyone used them with the D70s?
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 3:46 AM   #4
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I think that Sigma lens are better than the nikon g lens both in image and build quality.

I have been told that sigma are making lens for nikon, how true that is I don't know.
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Old Jul 21, 2005, 12:15 PM   #5
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I photo with the D70 and use Sigma lenses all of the time. I love them!!!

so you have to deside for yourself. try both and see what you like!!
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Old Jul 21, 2005, 12:29 PM   #6
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I have two Sigma lenses that I use on my D100 and previously used them on a F100 and N70. They are 17-35mm (actual focal length) and a 28-70mm f2.8 (again actual focal length, not adjusted for digital). These lenses, although a bit bulky do an outstanding job. In both lenses, there is some pin-cushion distortion at the ends of the zoom range but not too bad. They are sharp, and ruggedly built. I have dropped both of them, one to a concrete surface, and no apparent damage.

I was out doing some shooting this past weekend and another photographer approached me to ask what I was using. He seemed somewhat shocked that I would been seen in public using a Sigma lens on a Nikon body! We discussed it and I assured him that I was very pleased with the results I've been getting. He seemed ok with that.

Good luck.

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Old Jul 29, 2005, 8:53 AM   #7
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Hello,



You can't go wrong with the Sigma lenses. I use the Sigma 18-125 and the sigma 50.. both are great lenses. Actually I like thecontrast of the sigma macro lens more compared to the nikkor 50 mm I have.



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Old Jul 30, 2005, 10:30 AM   #8
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The bottom line on lenses is the individual model of the lens, whomever manufactures it.

One can safely say that on average Nikon makes better lenses than Sigma, Tokina or Tamron. However, that being said, many of these third party lenses are BETTER than, or the eqivalent of, their Nikon conterparts. And of course they are often much cheaper.

Pick the the lens model that you wish to purchase and then seek reviews of all the comparable makes.

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Yeah , what Dave said!

Canon and Nikon make lenses that I would never pay money for!

They also make some very good lenses. Same situation with Sigma and Tamron.

You need to consider all features and abilities of any lense.

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