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  1. #1
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    Sigma 18-50 F2.8 HSM

    Hello

    I started in the DSLR world for a few months now. I have a D70s. I have been looking at the Sigma 18-50 F2.8 MACRO. Upon browsing the sigma site, I noticed they have released the HSM version of this lens.

    The question is "will HSM help in terms of focusing". Will it be faster than the regular version. I know my D70s will focus on either but I am just curious.

    thanks

    here is the link. http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english...50_1770_na.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgen View Post
    Hello

    I started in the DSLR world for a few months now. I have a D70s. I have been looking at the Sigma 18-50 F2.8 MACRO. Upon browsing the sigma site, I noticed they have released the HSM version of this lens.

    The question is "will HSM help in terms of focusing". Will it be faster than the regular version. I know my D70s will focus on either but I am just curious.

    thanks

    here is the link. http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english...50_1770_na.htm
    Well, we all were waiting for it - This is great news for D40/D40X owners or those on the fence re: the purchase of a camera that requires ASM/HSM motors for AF. . .

    "...18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM, allowing autofocus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (inculding the D40 and D40x)... "

    To answer your question rgen - you should see an improvement in AF speed, I don't know how zippy the non HSM motor is but on paper (in theory) there should be a noticable improvement.
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    Very cool!! So much for no fast kit lens focal length equivalents for the D40.
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    Well, Ill be damned. An HSM motor would be a nice thing for this lens as it is a little noisy while focusing. However, since I already own the regular "Macro" version of this lens, I will not look into purchasing the new HSM series. Instead, I will, as always, hold onto the idea of Nikon coming out with a VR version of the 17-55 F/2.8. I know I could use VR more than an HSM motor on this particular lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTEC_EATER View Post
    Instead, I will, as always, hold onto the idea of Nikon coming out with a VR version of the 17-55 F/2.8. I know I could use VR more than an HSM motor on this particular lens.
    Strictly speaking any Nikon VR version would be HSM as well (in Nikon terms AF-S) anyway so you would get a hamburger with the lot.

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    Word up.

    But its just a pipe dream. If Nikon were to come out with the 17-55 VR, it would undoubtedly be $1500. Thats pretty damn expensive, especially when the Canon counterpart is $1000, and most other DSLR manufacturers have IS/OS/VR built into the bodies, making their equivalent lenses much less as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTEC_EATER View Post
    Word up.

    But its just a pipe dream. If Nikon were to come out with the 17-55 VR, it would undoubtedly be $1500.
    Why $1500.00?
    The new 70-300 and 55-200 VR lenses aren't even that much combined. If Nikon were ever to release a lens like that the pricing and features would be suited for the market the product was aimed at and if that market were consumer then the lens will be way less than $1500.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    Why $1500.00?
    The new 70-300 and 55-200 VR lenses aren't even that much combined. If Nikon were ever to release a lens like that the pricing and features would be suited for the market the product was aimed at and if that market were consumer then the lens will be way less than $1500.00
    But they are also not a f/2.8 lens which Nikon will consider a high dollar lens.
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    I was on the lookout to get the 18-50 f/2.8 macro for my XTi, now should i wait for the HSM version for Canon Mount or is it that since the Canon does not use in body autofocus motor, the canon mount version of this lens already has some sort of in lens AF motor like HSM?
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    well that pisses me the hell off. i just bought mine and the only complaint i had about it was that it was a little slow and noisy. HSM just fixed that. why couldn;t they have annouced this a month ago...pack of pricks.

    the only thing that makes me laugh about this is that its one less argument that coldy will have about people buying a d40. this was really the ONLY lens gap which would have discouraged d40 owners cos the wide angle and the telephoto are covered. now the best 3rd party, fast aperture standard lens is HSM. the d40 is looking like a better and better option all the time.
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