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Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC 35mm Zoom

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $145.00

Product Description

This remarkably compact high performance zoom lens is ideally suited to a wide range of subjects and was exclusively designed for use with digital SLR cameras.
  • Aperture range: f/4.0-22
  • Min focus: 110cm (43.3in.)

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Franglais a Expert

    Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009

    Strengths:    - Cost
    - Size and weight
    - Image quality
    - Speed (and silence) of autofocus
    - Maximum aperture
    - Efficient lens hood

    Weaknesses:    Difficult to attach and detach the lens hood without turning the focus barrel which makes a grating sound

    The zoom barrel is at the back of the lens instead of being at the front as on the Nikon lenses. It takes a little while to get used to it

    No possibility of retouching the focus manually as you can on the (much more expensive) Nikon lenses

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a review of the 2009 version of this lens in Nikon mount version with the HSM auto-focusing. This means it’s compatible with low-end Nikons like the D40/D40x/D60/D5000

    I bought the 55-200 to stand in temporarily when my Nikon 18-200 VR developed a fault while on holiday. I’m rather impressed with it and I’ve decided to keep on using it.

    The lens is very small and light, with a big circular lens hood that is almost as long as the lens which makes it very efficient. For this price I was expecting a plastic lens mount but it’s made of metal. The zoom barrel is stiffer than on the 18-200 but it’s regular and stays put when set on a focal length (unlike the Nikon). Overall the Sigma doesn’t give the impression of being a cheap lens.

    The Sigma has good performance. Generally it’s slightly better than the Nikon 18-200 but and slightly worse than my huge Nikon 28-70 and 80-200 f2.8 AF-S lenses. The photos are sharp and clear and I have found no cases of light falloff at the edges, loss of definition in the corners, etc. Same story with the autofocus – it’s faster than the 18-200 but slower than the big lenses.

    The Sigma has about ½ stop greater maximum aperture than the Nikon 18-200 at most focal lengths i.e. at 105mm the 18-200 has a maximum aperture of f5.6 while the 55-200 is at about f4.5. If you need to freeze action this could be important

    My impression is that the 55-200 is a good basic lens that gets the job done with no surprises for a very reasonable price. It feels like a natural partner for the D60. I’m not wild about it, perhaps because it’s not very exciting (unlike the 18-200).

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Pro shop in Granada

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 18-200 DX VR
    Nikon 80-200 AFS

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by C R Hickman a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 25, 2006

    Strengths:    Sharp, light, fast focusing, inexpensive. Made in Japan.

    Weaknesses:    Lens hood is a little fiddly. Rear lens cap does not seem to fit Nikon brand lenses.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this lens for my Nikon D70. In the past I would only consider Nikkor lenses but did not believe the equivalent Nikon offering would be any better given a similar cheap contruction at double the price. From the reports I have read so far, the Nikon 55-200mm is unimpressive. I like this Sigma and recommend it as excellent value.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $129.00

    Purchased At:   B & H

    Similar Products Used:   Tokina 12-24mm, Nikon 18-70mm

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by drg a Professional

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2006

    Strengths:    Good color rendition except as noted.
    Metal mount.

    Weaknesses:    Chromatic aberration! (purple/colored fringing).
    Zoom binds.
    Plastic lens hood and awkward in design.
    Corner Falloff that is erratic in intensity across the zoom range.

    Bottom Line:   
    This was part of the two lens kit that Sigma offered that combined the 18-50mm 3.5-5.6DC and 55-200mm 4-5.6DC lenses.

    Perhaps expectations were unrealistic with this lens, after using the companion from the kit, the 18-50mm. The lens feels cheap, is not smooth and in fact, it binds at places in the zoom. This might be a convenient length, for the cost if nothing more, but recent experience with wide to telephoto zoom combos leave this lens as an odd man out.

    The copy I received displays significant Chromatic Aberration under a variety, but not all, lighting conditions and for significant aperture ranges. It is prominent enough to eliminate this lens from most any use other than casual snapshots.

    It has adequate AF performance. Outdoors under bright light with good contrasted subject, it still is not 'speedy'.

    The lens produce reasonably sharp images with little corner fall off at the short end but more so towards the long end of the tele/zoom.

    As part of a kit to get a longer lens for a Digital camera, it is only O.K. You might get a better copy than I did.

    The hood is cheap plastic and started to warp a bit in sunlight after just a few minutes.

    I can't really recommend this lens other than as starter for a short time. It will produce probably an equal photo to most point and shoot lens that are in the same zoom range. There is too great a possibility for disappointment in the resulting photographs produced with this lens. Save your money or purchase the 18-200DC lens that Sigma is producing.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Purchased At:   CAMETA

    Similar Products Used:   Recently used extensively Sigma's wide to telephoto zooms in these lengths
    18-200 DC

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by michaeljfox a Expert

    Date Reviewed: November 10, 2005

    Strengths:    Sharp, good color and fairly contrasty images.

    Weaknesses:    Not a high end build.

    Bottom Line:   
    For such an inexpensive lens, it gives wonderful images. Not overly impressive build quality (what can you expect for under $200!), mine even rattles.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Similar Products Used:   All pre-auto focus Canon lenses, except a nice cheap EF50mm 1.8 and a not so nice and overpriced 17-40 "L".

    Type of photography:   People

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

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Price, weight, sharp, comes with a lens hood, focusses in poor light even with a 1.4x converter

    Weaknesses:    None at the price

    Bottom Line:   
    I got one of the first 55-200's before it was even mentioned in the press. Checking it against a friend's Canon 75-300, it was significantly poorer, so I contacted Sigma UK who gave me a new lens 8 months after purchase ! This second lens was hugely better and matches my good copy of the 18-55 kit lens (which is better than my 50/1.8 prime) in quality.

    The lesson, having tried also a very demo copy of the Sigma 10-20, which was also dreadful although a more recent copy was good, is that Sigma don't seem to get early production sorted out, but wait a few months and they are good value, but only 4 stars for the bad first copy.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $109.00

    Purchased At:   Photo finish

    Similar Products Used:   Canon EOS 300d
    Canon 18-55
    Canon 75-300
    Sigma 10-20

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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