Are Sigma lenses any good?

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by Sasaferrato, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

  2. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I have a Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX DG - it is not bad at all. But it was about £500 iirc

    A 70-300 is quite a zoom range so you can expect some tradeoff in terms of image quality. And a Macro, well that could be interesting. f4-5.6 isn't very fast so expect to use it mainly in good light.
  3. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

    It is primarily for use in Turkey in May when we are on holiday, light shouldn't be a problem. I have a Pentax 50-200 zoom, but there are times when a bit more length would be useful (said virtually every man on the planet :))
  4. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I am aware that my post wasn't as helpful as it might have been. Sigma do make some excellent lenses, and some that are just so-so. Someone else will have to make a comment on the specifics of that particular lens :)
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  5. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

    No, it was helpful. I know that at that price it isn't going to be as good as a Pentax lens, but the price of a comparable Pentax lens just about stopped my parsimonious Scottish heart. :D I just wish some bugger would make a 18 - 300 at a reasonable price, then you would only need one lens.
  6. N_igma

    N_igma Epistemic nuisance

    Not as good as N_igma ones I see everything.
  7. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Sigma as a company are fine (their Art lenses are very well respected for instance). Their individual lenses may not be though. That one looks like a reasonable budget lens but reviews say it is quite soft at 250-300mm unless you stop down a lot - this isn’t unusual for budget lenses - and it’s full frame which you don’t need.

    To me I’d think that if you’re not planning to take a lot of important long shots you’d be okay with the lens you have, and if you are, it would be better to spend a bit more. I am a little biased as I find I don’t generally use long lenses on holiday anyway.
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  8. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I have one of those lenses for Nikon, albeit probably an earlier version. I don't use it any more but I got some use out of it. Originally I bought it for an airshow.

    It's what you'd expect. Cheap and cheerful, gives you shots you wouldn't otherwise have got, and teaches you telephoto technique, but is optically not great. Slow in both senses - aperture and focus time.

    If you're just getting into photography and learning your own requirements, it's a good idea. If you're likely to find it lacking quite rapidly, maybe not. My go-to lens now is a better Nikon 18-200 which doesn't reach quite as far but can just be cropped to arrive at roughly the same quality.
  9. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    This - Two of the worst lenses I've ever owned have been Sigmas but others vary from perfectly acceptable to top-flight professional standard. You need to take each lens on its merits.

    Currently I have a Sigma fisheye which is excellent and a 18-200 zoom on my backup DSLR which is a very versatile and acceptable lens. Over the years, I've occasionally rented various models of their long tales and zooms for specific jobs and found them very competent.
  10. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    The A series lenses are excellent. The 18-35 is legendary in low-budget filmmaking. There really is nothing like it. f/1.8. Very sharp throughout it's range. It's like owning several primes. It is a bit of a cliche though. Just about every aspiring filmmaker uses one. For good reason.
  11. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Yes, check some of the ranged shots on my flickr. Its not the best quality but for 300mm at under 200quid its probably one of the best you'll get.

    One day if I can justify it I'll get a fancier one.
  12. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I've got a sigma 24mm f1.4 for my D90 and it's my fav lens. It's the only one that goes back in the box and not frown around the camera bag.
  13. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    After much humming and haa-ing and reading of reviews I've just bought a (used) Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. I'm very new to all this photography mallarky but ive found out quickly that a wide angle lens is what I need and this seemed a decent lens without needing a mortgage to buy it.

    Everyone told me it was a zoom lens I'd need first - and I listened and bought a Nikkor 55-200 mm / F 4.0-5.6 AF-S DX G ED VR II.

    I suppose it'll come in useful...
  14. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

    My Pentax lens is 50 - 200, I looked at 18 - 200, but a bit 'Blimey' price wise.
  15. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I don't know about Pentax fit, only Nikon. I paid about £250 for mine, used but in perfect condition. The original price is a fair bit more.
  16. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

    Unless I can figure out WTF I've done to my camera, I won't be buying any new lenses. :(

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