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CFord_Shooter
07-02-2007, 10:29 AM
i was looking around for lens and came across this

http://www.adorama.com/SG185055200N.html

a Sigma 18-50mm F/3.5-5.6 DC Wide Angle

and

a Sigma 55-200mm F/4.0-5.6 DC Telephoto Zoom

both come in a kit for $229. now, im wondering, are these 2 lens good or whats the story?

coldrain
07-02-2007, 11:03 AM
Hmm, don't you already have a lens in the 18-55 range?
This is just a cheap standard zoom lens, like the Pentax 18-55mm, the Nikon 18-55mm and the Canon 18-55mm.

It is nothing special, about the same quality of the kit lenses...

The 55-200 again is like the 55-200 lens from Nikon, Tamron and Pentax 50-200mm.
Its build quality is a little better, but optically again nothing special.

In case you have the 18-55mm range covered already, look for that money at the Nikon 55-200 VR. It will offer you image stabilization.

CFord_Shooter
07-02-2007, 12:36 PM
naw...i dont even have any gear yet. im getting a Nikon D70 body and am
looking for a lens or two for it. seen this and thought perfect, a wide angle and a tele for a great price. i came a Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6 ED AF-S DX Zoom and a similar Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED-IF DX VR. what is the difference? i know the second one has VR which is a plus, but is also a G lens, which i was told isnt that great.

colemanr
07-02-2007, 12:53 PM
The "G" only means that it doesn't have an aperture ring, so the camera must be able to electronically set the appropriate lens aperture. Your D70 (and most recent cameras) do this just fine, so the lack of an aperture ring isn't important. Besides, you'd have to lock it at the smallest aperture anyway for it work on the D70.

Rob

LR Max
07-02-2007, 01:31 PM
My suggestion:

Buy a the Nikkor 18-55 and the Nikkor 55-200VR. Sure, it'll be about $100 more but you'll probably be getting better glass, you will be getting better focus motors, and the telephoto will have VR.

You can pay just a bit more, probably ~150 dollars and get A LOT more performance. I used to buy cheap lenses and I always ended up replacing them. Go ahead and buy some decent glass now so you won't regret it later.

Check ebay or here for a used 18-55. Nothing wrong with a used lense. I've got some used equipment and it performs just as well as the new stuff (assuming it hasn't been damaged).

Bob_Benner
07-02-2007, 03:14 PM
You might consider going with the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AFS. It retails for about $300.00 and really is one of the sharpest mid range zooms out there. Then pick up the 55-200 VR. That would make a great light kit and cover everything except the really wideangle end. If you think you might want to go wider later one of the best wideangles out there is the Tokina 12-24mm. It is 99% of what the Nikon version is and costs about 500 less also.

jcon
07-02-2007, 03:17 PM
My suggestion:

Buy a the Nikkor 18-55 and the Nikkor 55-200VR. Sure, it'll be about $100 more but you'll probably be getting better glass, you will be getting better focus motors, and the telephoto will have VR.

You can pay just a bit more, probably ~150 dollars and get A LOT more performance. I used to buy cheap lenses and I always ended up replacing them. Go ahead and buy some decent glass now so you won't regret it later.

Check ebay or here for a used 18-55. Nothing wrong with a used lense. I've got some used equipment and it performs just as well as the new stuff (assuming it hasn't been damaged).


I agree.....