Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

Review Date : Mon, 3 Mar 2008

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Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

This is one of the cheapest lens in this category and is available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony mounts...

Pros: Price, great chromatic aberration control
Cons: Inconsistent performance, low resolution at 200mm

This is one of the cheapest lens in this category, and it's available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony mounts. It doesn’t offer image stabilisation, and so is best suited to cameras with on-board IS.

Consisting of 15 elements in 13 groups, it includes two Super Low Dispersion (SLD) elements and two hybrid aspherical optics to deal with distortion. Compared with some others, this is a relatively simple lens at a reasonable price.

Its small size and light weight make it useful for travelling, while the zoom operation is fluid, only losing a little traction at 200mm. It’s among the noisiest with regards to focusing.

This lens does a great job at controlling chromatic aberrations at 200mm, with a blinding result at the centre and above average in the corner. Elsewhere the lens puts in a lacklustre performance, with the chromatic aberration readings at 18mm at about average for this type of lens. The resolution, while peaking at nearly 1200lwpph at f/4, rapidly fall offs into mediocrity. At 200mm, the low resolution is matched only by Nikon's alternative. 

Verdict

A bit of a disappointment with inconsistent performance


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Price as reviewed

£250.00

Scores

Scores
Features 16/20
Design 16/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 17/20
Overall Score 83%