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Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Compact Hyperzoom Macro 35mm Zoom

3.3 star rating
                      3.3 / 5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $225.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length28mm - 200mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/5.6
    Min Aperturef/38
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 3.8
    Closest Focusing Distance18.9 in
    Diaphragm Blades8 Blades
    Picture Angle12.3 - 75.4 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements16 Elements in 14 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter2.76 in
    Length2.96 in
    Weight13.4 oz
    Product ID20724485

Product Description

A lens that combines compact size and high performance.
  • Aperture range: f.3.5-38
  • Min focus: 48cm/18.9in

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Tejasmed a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: May 18, 2006

    Strengths:    Solid built with metal lock base.

    Weaknesses:    Noisy focus during auto focus. "Hunts" at low light. The range is 28 /200.
    The sharpness of the pictures is extremely poor especially at close up range. Sharpness is only fair at mid range or full open.
    The fact that it has a MACRO ring, means nothing if used with a D70s. The MACRO function is totally non usable. You have to keep the MACRO ring in the locked position or the D70s will not function and give an Err reading. Pseudo MACRO is only accomplished by using the zoom and hoping the auto focus will lock in. You can put the camera on manual focus and use the focus ring, but it is extremely sensitive. No matter what you do , you cannot get a sharp close up picture. The depth of field is so short that you can only focus on less than the first half of the stickers of a two inch ball cacti. The part that is in focus always comes out soft. Not correctable in Paint Shop Pro X

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price, this is practically a throw a way lens. Having been spoiled by the optics in a Nikon 5700 digital, I purchased a new Nikon D70s and went cheap on the lens. Big mistake!
    For medium shots with plenty of light, it will pass for general use.
    Don't expect good close up or sharp telephoto.

    You get what you pay for.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $167.00

    Purchased At:   Digitalfoto Discount

    Similar Products Used:   Cool Pix 5700, Cool Pix 990, (granted, these are on camera lens and not removable) but the pictures and quality were superior.

    Nikon 18 to 70 mm lens

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by voloholic a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Huge range: 28-300mm!
    Decent optically
    Focuses well in good light
    Great value for $269.00

    Weaknesses:    None,if one understands that this lens doesn't really "replace" other lenses,it complements them.
    AF isn't fast,but not bad either.Not as noisy as many 3rd party hyperzooms.

    Bottom Line:   
    I wanted a do-it-all lens and knew there would be compromises.I expected this lens to be really soft,but it is not-as long as it is used stopped down(f8 works very well,especially with a little Photoshop sharpenimg).I carry this lens when i want to lug only one lens and it covers an enormous range.It performs better than i ever expected.It is not a "five star" optically,but I'm giving it a "5" because it does what it is intended to do so well.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $269.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro (not ant better than the sigma,but costs $400).

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Radiodenver a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2005

    Strengths:    Solid Construction. Very good zoom. Better all around photo quality than the Canon Kit Lens.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy. Noisy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Initial impression...it's worth the money. I mounted this lens on a Canon Digital Rebel XT as a every-day walk around lens. I did some quick comparisons with the Canon Kit lens EFS 18-55, putting both at the same focal length in the same light and camera setup. On a quick test in Auto mode, the Sigma lens outperforms the Canon Kit lense in clarity. The Sigma is a tad bit brighter as well. The Sigma auto-focus is noisy and almost as quick at the kit lens, if not just a hair slower. The construction and feel to the lens is far superior to the kit lens. I like the zoom lock feature and that it comes with a lens hood. It's a heave lens for being so compact. Test shots outdoors in bright sunlight were better than the Kit lens as well, slight better focus and much greater range. Fringing is less with the Sigma than with the Kit lens also by about half on the shots I took both indoors and outdoors. Overall, it feels and performs like a much better lens than what comes stock on the Rebel XT/ EOS 350D. I'm taking to the east coast on vacation, I'll report back with anything additional I find.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   Digital Photo Club

    Similar Products Used:   Canon lenses, Quantaray lenses, Sigma Lenses

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by SpacecaTed a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2005

    Strengths:    -Compact footprint
    -Rotary zoom. No zoom creep (so far)
    -Great all purpose lens

    Weaknesses:    -Pics are on the soft side, but they sharpen very nicely (Thank you, Photoshop!)
    -Will hunt in low light (use AF assist when you can, or switch to MF)

    Bottom Line:   
    So far so good. I have the newer version of this lens (62mm). Can't be beat from a price/performance standpoint. Not the sharpest of lenses (don't expect National Geographic quality from it), however, it greatly reduces the " I missed the shot because I didn't have the right lens attached" scenarios. I have it mated to my Rebel XT and it performs solidly for photographing kids' soccer games. Macro's not too shabby either.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $189.00

    Purchased At:   www.adraycamera.com

    Similar Products Used:   Vivitar 28-210 MF on my trusty Minolta X-700. Not bad, but zoom creep is more like a zoom sprint!

    Type of photography:   Sports

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Simon Spiers a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: March 25, 2005

    Strengths:    Good range zoom
    Good centre sharpness above f8
    Fast focus
    Seems well made
    Nice action

    Weaknesses:    Very soft edge detain at wide appetures
    Zoom creep is hopless when viewing up or down!

    Bottom Line:   
    A carry around lens ideal for a trip out walking when you don't want to carry more than one lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   Park Cameras

    Similar Products Used:   Canon 28-70 f3.5-4.5 II

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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