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Old Feb 12, 2010, 3:39 PM   #11
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JimC, Would that Sigma work on my D5000? Anything special I would have to do to put it on my camera? Didn't know how other manufacturers lenses would act on a foreign body?

Hey Breanna. I'm new to photography myself. I was wondering how you like that flash. I am going to get me an external flash too but don't know what to get.

Also, this is a great site with a lot of really great people who will help us newbs get pointed in the right direction. Welcome!
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 3:50 PM   #12
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Are you referring to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 I mentioned? Yes, the Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM lens will work on a D5000. It's got Sigma's HSM (Hypersonic Motor Focusing), which is similar to Nikon's AF-S (Silent Wave Motor Focusing) lenses.

I'm unaware of any issues with using one on a Nikon body (but, Sigma lenses do tend to have some quirks from time to time requiring a trip back to Sigma for recalibration and/or rechipping). They usually have those issues worked out fairly early in their production runs though (and this lens has been around for quite a while now).

You'll have to wait for Breanna to tell you about any likes or dislikes. But, I'd lean towards a Nikon SB600 in an external flash for a Nikon body (it's a pretty good flash, and I've used one on Nikon dSLR bodies myself).
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Old Feb 14, 2010, 1:11 PM   #13
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Do you think the Sigma lens outperforms the Nikkor lens and if so, do you think the extra price of the Sigma lens is worth the performance? I'm pretty new to photography and I know I can't spend $2100 on a lens but does the $439 lens justify itself performance-wise over the $200 Nikkor lens.

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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:32 PM   #14
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no no no never
nikkor has supperior build and image quailty.
You get what you pay for.

and nikon doesnt have a 30mm 1.4, they have a 35mm 1.4
and if you were going to get a 35mm, id save up a little more and go nikkor.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 6:50 PM   #15
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actually the sigma does outperform the nikkor 35 1.8, but it is about twice as expensive. i don't think the performance difference is justified, the 35 1.8 is pretty good.

and both the sigma 30 1.4 and the 35 1.8 will AF on your d5000, they have the hsm and af-s respectively.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 7:36 PM   #16
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actually the sigma does outperform the nikkor 35 1.8, ...
SLRGear.com says the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor is sharper than the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM from wide open to f/4.0, where they do equally well. And PhotoZone.de has high praise for the Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8 G DX but doesn't think much of the Sigma.

I think the only real reason to get the Sigma is that you need the extra 2/3 stop or the extra 5 of angle of view.
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Old Feb 19, 2010, 6:27 AM   #17
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no no no never
nikkor has supperior build and image quailty.
You get what you pay for.
Not always. Sigma, Tamron, and tokina make some very good lenses that perform as well as the Nikon versions, and typically at a significant discount. Now they also make some pretty poor lenses, but Nikon makes some poor lenses too. My f2.8 zooms are all Sigma's and I (and many others) are quite happy with the performance.
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no no no never
nikkor has supperior build and image quailty.
You get what you pay for.

and nikon doesnt have a 30mm 1.4, they have a 35mm 1.4
and if you were going to get a 35mm, id save up a little more and go nikkor.
While I really like my Nikkor 35, suggesting it has a better build quality than a Sigma EX series lens is mis-informed at best.

If I wasn't so scared off by the horror stories of focus problems with Sigma lenses, I'd probably have four or five of them.
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While I really like my Nikkor 35, suggesting it has a better build quality than a Sigma EX series lens is mis-informed at best.

If I wasn't so scared off by the horror stories of focus problems with Sigma lenses, I'd probably have four or five of them.
I own three sigma lenses,(10-20, 18-50, 50-150), and have been lucky enough to not have had any issues with focus problems. And the build quality is very good, and I would say better than Nikkors of the same price level. I'd say you get a lot for your money with some of the better 3rd party lenses.
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Yep, like I said, I like my Nikkor, but it is a $200 lens, with the materials that come with a $200 price point. Hard for an OEM to match the build quality of a third party with a price level $240 +/- higher.
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