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
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.
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.
i would check ebay for a used sigma 18-200 os forn your needs, you will not miss a shot with this lens.
the 50-200 might have a tad more image quality but if you can not get the shot you want then then the sharpest lens is junk.I assume you want a lens for general photos, the ability to take in the monent ,I had a nikon 50,55-200, it was a good lens but I could not get those spair of the moment photos.My sigma lens has been a very good catch any moment lens but be careful it's a gateway lens
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.