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  1. #1
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    Which 18-200mm Zoom for D70?

    I am about to buy a 18-200mm zoom for my D70, just to add 'single lens' flexibility when I can't take both my Nikkor 18-70mm, and 70-300mm. Here in Australia, the Tamron is being heavily promoted, and now offered as the new D70s 'kit lens'. But I have heard that the Sigma is a better lens (though in practice, not quite as 'big' a zoom range as the Tamron. One review suggested the Sigma is really probably only a 19-190mm)

    Does anyone have any experience to offer? I am leaning towards the Sigma. Is there anything nasty about this lens? It seems to be slightly lower-priced here in Australia. Appreciate any helpful feedback from experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim R
    I am about to buy a 18-200mm zoom for my D70, just to add 'single lens' flexibility when I can't take both my Nikkor 18-70mm, and 70-300mm. Here in Australia, the Tamron is being heavily promoted, and now offered as the new D70s 'kit lens'. But I have heard that the Sigma is a better lens (though in practice, not quite as 'big' a zoom range as the Tamron. One review suggested the Sigma is really probably only a 19-190mm)

    Does anyone have any experience to offer? I am leaning towards the Sigma. Is there anything nasty about this lens? It seems to be slightly lower-priced here in Australia. Appreciate any helpful feedback from experience
    If you have read the one test from Japan and some posted here the Sigma seems to come out the winner. If you get a beter picture at 19-190 than the Tamron gets at 18-200 then that should be the concern.

    I shoot the 18-200's little brother (18-125) and it has turned out to be a very good day-to-day lens, and I am still seriously considering the Sigma 18-200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim R
    I am about to buy a 18-200mm zoom for my D70, just to add 'single lens' flexibility when I can't take both my Nikkor 18-70mm, and 70-300mm. Here in Australia, the Tamron is being heavily promoted, and now offered as the new D70s 'kit lens'. But I have heard that the Sigma is a better lens (though in practice, not quite as 'big' a zoom range as the Tamron. One review suggested the Sigma is really probably only a 19-190mm)

    Does anyone have any experience to offer? I am leaning towards the Sigma. Is there anything nasty about this lens? It seems to be slightly lower-priced here in Australia. Appreciate any helpful feedback from experience
    Well, me and some of my friends just discovered something about the Sigma, the 18-200 is NOT a 200, maybe just 170 or so. Here's an example : 2 shots, one with the sigma 18-200, the other with the sigma 70-200, both taken at 200 mm.....no further explanation needed I guess, there's a big difference. I like the quality of the lens and the pictures but this lens is definately not a 200 mm lens.

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    You may want to wait a little. Rumors are Nikon is releasing an 18-200 AF-S VR soon. If it's near the quality of their 28-200 with AF-S speed, a wider bottom end & VR it will be a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigConig
    You may want to wait a little. Rumors are Nikon is releasing an 18-200 AF-S VR soon. If it's near the quality of their 28-200 with AF-S speed, a wider bottom end & VR it will be a winner.
    Where did you hear that? If true, then definately worth waiting for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    Well, me and some of my friends just discovered something about the Sigma, the 18-200 is NOT a 200, maybe just 170 or so. Here's an example : 2 shots, one with the sigma 18-200, the other with the sigma 70-200, both taken at 200 mm.....no further explanation needed I guess, there's a big difference. I like the quality of the lens and the pictures but this lens is definately not a 200 mm lens.

    This is interesting...surprised that (1) no one has commented on it yet and (2) no one here has done a similar test. I can't setup this test as I only have the 18-200dc. But I did write Sigma after reading this post asking them to speak to this discrepency. If you are correct, this is definitely false advertisement and thousands are falling prey to it (including me!).

    So, we'll see how they respond. I'd love to hear from anyone else that might have an explanation. The only thing I could think of is that the test was faulty and the camera was moved.

    Anyway, very interesting. I have loved my 18-200DC with my D50...and this post doesn't change that. Depending on the price of the possible new Nikon lens it would seem the obvious choice. But if you want it now and/or if the NIkon price comes out too high, I have had great results with my 18-200...highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwpoland
    This is interesting...surprised that (1) no one has commented on it yet and (2) no one here has done a similar test. I can't setup this test as I only have the 18-200dc. But I did write Sigma after reading this post asking them to speak to this discrepency. If you are correct, this is definitely false advertisement and thousands are falling prey to it (including me!).

    So, we'll see how they respond. I'd love to hear from anyone else that might have an explanation. The only thing I could think of is that the test was faulty and the camera was moved.

    Anyway, very interesting. I have loved my 18-200DC with my D50...and this post doesn't change that. Depending on the price of the possible new Nikon lens it would seem the obvious choice. But if you want it now and/or if the NIkon price comes out too high, I have had great results with my 18-200...highly recommend it.

    I'd be very interested to see a test that includes the Nikon 70-200mm, as a reference, to see how both Sigmas - the 18-200mm and the 70-200mm - measure up. At this point, I'm inclined to be somewhat skeptical. The Internet can be a rumour mill/hoax harborer
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwpoland
    This is interesting...surprised that (1) no one has commented on it yet and (2) no one here has done a similar test. I can't setup this test as I only have the 18-200dc. But I did write Sigma after reading this post asking them to speak to this discrepency. If you are correct, this is definitely false advertisement and thousands are falling prey to it (including me!).

    So, we'll see how they respond. I'd love to hear from anyone else that might have an explanation. The only thing I could think of is that the test was faulty and the camera was moved.

    Anyway, very interesting. I have loved my 18-200DC with my D50...and this post doesn't change that. Depending on the price of the possible new Nikon lens it would seem the obvious choice. But if you want it now and/or if the NIkon price comes out too high, I have had great results with my 18-200...highly recommend it.

    I'd be very interested to see a test that includes the Nikon 70-200mm, as a reference, to see how both Sigmas - the 18-200mm and the 70-200mm - measure up. At this point, I'm inclined to be somewhat skeptical. The Internet can be a rumor mill/hoax harborer
    - Kenyada
    In Life, as in Photography, things look much brighter, once you remove the lens cap
    Nikon D70 w/18-70mm | Sigma 70-300mm Macro II | SB800 | SC29 Cord | ML-L3 Remote | Canon iP5000/i9900 Printers | Feisol CM1401 cf Mo'pod/Manfrotto 3229 Head

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    Where did you hear that? If true, then definately worth waiting for.
    Not sure if you saw these spy photos yet, but The guy that claims to have taken them has been a pretty reliable source for inside info (he posts at DPreview) He said the prototype (pictured) of the D200 had an 18-200 AF-S VR



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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    Well, me and some of my friends just discovered something about the Sigma, the 18-200 is NOT a 200, maybe just 170 or so. Here's an example : 2 shots, one with the sigma 18-200, the other with the sigma 70-200, both taken at 200 mm.....no further explanation needed I guess, there's a big difference. I like the quality of the lens and the pictures but this lens is definately not a 200 mm lens.
    I looked at the IEXif data in Opanda.
    The first image was taken on October 2 at 15.01.52 with a lens type "Nikon D Series lens" at 200mm.
    The second image was taken on October 2 at 15.00.41 with a lens type "2" at 200mm.
    So what gives. Does Opanda report Sigma lens' as Nikons or am I missing something?

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