The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is Sigma’s latest super-zoom for APS-C SLRs, distinguished from the previous version by the addition of ‘Macro’ to its name. It’s is one of the best lenses of its type, with decent optics, fast autofocus and effective image stabilization. The 18-250mm is available in mounts for all current SLRs, although the Sony and Pentax versions don’t include image stabilization and drop ‘OS’ from the name. Overall it's a reliable performer, and its close-up capability is handy too.
Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Lens
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“ The Sigma 18-250mm is compact, has decent enough optics, offers fast autofocus and effective image stabilization, and tops this all off with impressive close-up ability. We'd be inclined to conclude that it's the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market.”
- 18-250mm focal length, only compatible with APS-C DSLRs
- 27-375mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 28.8-400mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- Micromotor-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, Up to 4 stops claimed
- 62mm filters
- Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||18–250 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (Up to 4 stops claimed)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha DT|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F6.3|
|Motor type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||470 g (1.04 lb)|
|Diameter||74 mm (2.89″)|
|Length||89 mm (3.49″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||62 mm|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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The Sigma 18-250mm F3.6-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is one of the best of the current bunch of SLR superzooms, with decent optics, fast autofocus and effective image stabilization. It's a reliable performer, and its close-up capability is handy too.
Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight, all-in-one general purpose and travel lens.
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Good All-around, Convenient Lens
I have to agree with the other 2 reviewers on this lens. The 883-306 model is for Nikon DX DSLRs. It's a new lens from Sigma. I purchased it a few months ago. So far I'm satisfied. Very compact & lightweight, and a good value. Build and operation is very good. Seems to auto-focus at the speed of my Nikon lenses. As for sharpness, it's on par with my other zooms. I have noticed softness in the upper left corner at 250mm, but it's probably acceptable given the purpose & price category of this ...
Works well, well-priced
I have been using this lens for about a month now, and am generally pleased with it, although it does have some limitations and shortcomings, as does any lens. Firstly, this is a VERY compact superzoom lens. You can tell that from its specs, but when you actually use one, it is still a surprise how small this is, for what it does. This is a strong contributor to its value as an all-day walk-around or hiking/backpacking lens. Secondly, it is well-built (for its price), and the controls work ...
Small, Fast and quiet
I have this lens on a Canon 450D body with battery grip and have found its size and weight well suited to this setup. I tried out the Tamron 18-270, Canon 18-200, Sigma 18-200 and older 18-250. To be quite honest didn't really have an issue with any of them regarding image quality and reach is actually fairly all similar. Didn't like the way the Tamron image jumps when using image stabilisation and the Canon is pretty big. In the end I even bought this lens without trying it in the hope that ...
Aiming for a super-moon shot.
I took a few shots of the last super-moon we had but, due to the lack of an available tripod (long story) the results were less than impressive. What it did show was that my current Sigma 18-250mm lens doesn't really have the reach to get a good detailed shot of the moon. With the next super-moon coming up on the 9th (which I will have my tripod back for), I have a small budget of around £100 (which I might be able to stretch a little) to see if I can improve the situation. So I was wondering which of the following would give me a better result with my Canon 650D: YONGNUO YN-2.0X II 2×Teleconverter with my Sigma 15-250mm (which would take the maximum aperture at full extension from 6.3 to 13, I think) or Opteka 500mm f/8 Telephoto Mirror Lens (optionally with a Opteka 2X Manual Telephoto Converter ) Or maybe something else? I know none of these will give me as good a shot as a proper long lens so I'm not expecting miracles but I would like some nice shots. My other thought was to ...
The guideline exposure for the moon is the "loony 11" rule - so f/11 @ 1/ISO With reasonably standard lenses eg 250mm quite reasonable photos can be taken handheld, however for impact you want as much reach as you can whilst still freezing motion of the moon across the frame for maximum sharpness. You might ask in the Astro forum for suggestions with the mirror lens. f/8 sounds workable but running to f/16 might be a bit limiting. You have the advantage of using a crop camera to start with. Atmospheric conditions play a big part as well even on what appears to be a clear night. Continue Reading
I got this the other night, which is obv nothing special but considering I was fighting with my tripod in the dark on uneven backyard I was happy enough - 100-400 w/ a kenko 2x. I wanted to stack a few exposures, but everything was so jumpy that there was no way to get the frames lined up from shot to shot without it being very tedious, so I just went with the one. Continue Reading
I've seen shots done using the Opteka 500-1000mm lens and basically you're better off enlarging your 250mm shots than using this lens, it's that soft. As for the teleconverter 2x, according to reviews it seems as sharp as canons, but you'll loose a lot of light. I've seen a warning that you can't use an EF-S lens, make sure that it works ok before you pull the trigger. I'm not sure the optics of the 55-250mm are up to the task of giving you a better image without TC. More info about EF-S lenses and TC's: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2710599 It takes about 1000mm to fill the frame with the moon though. I'm satisfied what the 100-400L can give me with 18mp 7D. If you want anything better beyond that it's going to cost serious money for a proper 500mm+ lenses or an astro telescope. With a telescope you can often only shoot a small section of the moon, but very sharp. Some would use panorama techniques to stitch a whole moon together but that takes some patience. Renting a ... Continue Reading
Enthusiast Looking to Upgrade Either Lens or Body
Hi all, First time posting here and I have been torn for weeks so I decided to try posting here. I have read dozens of reviews, articles and other forum posts and I am at a quandary. My current gear- Canon XSi which I have had and loved for 4+ years but am starting to feel its limitations in terms of ISO, processing power for continuous shooting RAW and FPS Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Canon 18-55 kit lens, Canon 55-250 kit lens I primarily use my camera in the outdoors on hiking and mountain climbing trips. It is often subjected to bad weather and getting wet, but this has not yet been an issue with my XSi. I am not really willing to sacrifice image quality to get a true weatherproof camera. I mostly shoot landscapes and action shots of climbers, so I spend most of my time at the extremes of my focal ranges. Low light is also often a critical issue for me when shooting on the move in at dawn and dusk. Because I am a climber who is also a photographer and not the other way around, I must keep ...
I'm not sure about the Sigma lenses that you mention, but maybe the Canon SL1 (100D) camera would be a good upgrade for you since it's relatively light. It has gotten great reviews. The Canon 70D would be better in terms of image quality etc., but then it's a size & weight issue that you'd have to decide. You could consider one or more of the Canon STM lenses, if you thought you might like to take some video pictures too. Continue Reading
Hello, a lot to answer here, so I'm doing it inline so as to not miss anything. :) A lot of different uses here. Low light+landscape usually calls for 35mm format cameras, but they are pricey (5d, 6d, 1d lines). An original 5D could be affordable, well built, and give you fantastic image quality, but no sensor shake cleaner, etc.... You also have to consider the weight of the thing. There are travel tripods that are small and light enough to use for star/night shots that you could take with you. A better choice would be the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS, fantastic lens. The 18-35 f1.8 is simply amazing but no OS, costly, and an even more limited range. Super zooms are going to cost you in terms of image quality and they won't be significantly better than your kit lens in lower light situations, with perhaps the exception of the inclusion of a stabilizer. It's hard to beat the combo you are using for light weight/performance. The newer kit lens has better image quality than the one ... Continue Reading
Trouble with Sigma lens and Sony A-57 camera
I've been looking for a telephoto lens for my Sony A-57 camera that can travel with me and not be too heavy. I have tried Sony, Tamron and even Tonika lenses and there were no problems, so I didn't have qualms about buying a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens recently. The lens I bought fit onto the camera okay (though a bit tight), and the lens cap flew off & was hard to get back on and secured, but the main problem was that I couldn't even take a picture with it. When I pressed the shutter button the camera gave me an error message that said to check the lens connection or to adjust settings in the custom menu to read the lens. I called Sony tech service and their only advice was to enable the "Release w/o Lens" setting. This did allow me to take a picture, but only with manual focusing. The auto-focus did not work and the aperture was only displayed as "F--" in any setting I tried. This particular lens is being returned, but since I'm relatively new to photography and ...
Its not unheard of for some Sigma lenses not to work with Sony SLT cameras - send Sigma an email. If in doubt stick to Sony, Minolta or Tamron lenses. Continue Reading
it's not just Sony. Look at the recent issues with Sigmas on Nikons (Df, D5300 etc.) for example. http://nikonrumors.com/2013/12/03/some-sigma-lenses-have-af-and-os-issues-with-the-nikon-df-firmware-update-coming-soon.aspx/ Sigma reverse engineers mount protocols rather than licencing & oft-times is caught out between generations. Frequently they are willing to release firmware updates to correct this but only for lenses going back so far. Tamron & Tokina don't seem to have these issues ... Continue Reading
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