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Any experience with a Sigma 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DC IF SLD lens?

I'm interested in a zoom lens in the 50-200mm+ range and have a budget of about $200 USD. I've considered the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro along with the Sigma 50-200mm. They all fall in the same price range and seem very similar.

I really like the fact the to Sigma 50-200 has image stabilization...a big plus.

Does anyone have any experience with either of these lenses? Any feedback or input would be great


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I have used the Sigma 70 - 300 f/5.4 - 6 D Macro and liked it alot until I dropped it and broke the zoom mechanism.

My 70 -300 Tamron Macro Zoom is an older model and it suffers from severe Chromatic Abberations when shooting birds @ 300mm. The newer ones are supposed to be better.

I don't know anything about the 50 -200 but the lens you have clled out does not call out as a stabalized lens, IF is for internal focusing, IS would be a stabalized lens, and $200 would be a low price for a stabalized lens.


hi Phill,

thanks for your reply. The 50-200mm I was looking at is the Sigma 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DC IF SLD Optical Stabilized (OS). I forgot the OS in the original description. The Tamron and Sigma 70-300's seem to lose sharpness past 200mm from what I read. I would be using it on a Canon 500D, so with the 1.6x sensor multiplier, the 50-200 would be a 80-320mm equiv. anyway.

Hi Eric, I have the Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 w/macro. The only 2 problems I have had is it drifts when you carry it and the major problem is I am having zoom problems where it sounds like the gears inside are slipping. I was told about these problems before I bought it, but like you was on a small budget and bought it any way. I am now looking for something else. Hope this helps.


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