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Hi,.

I'm looking to purchase my first digital SLR soon, moving up from an older film SLR. I'm looking at the Canon EOS 40D, but I'd really like an "all around" lens for travel. I've been looking at the Sigma 18-200mm OS, and wondering what people on here thought about it..

My other options are the Nikon D300 or the D80 with the 18-200mm VR lens..

The problem there is that the D300 is a little pricey and will leave me with no money left for other lenses, and with the D80... well, I guess I feel like, why buy the D80, when for a couple hundred more, I can get all the bells and whistles of the EOS 40D..

So, I guess my question here is this: Is the quality of the Nikkor 18-200mm THAT significantly higher to warrant going with one of the Nikons? Or is the Sigma lens suitable for a non-pro, as a "travel" lens? I'm sure the Nikkor is a better lens, based on it's price, reviews, and reputation. But as a non-pro, I'm thinking that I can get away with the Sigma..

Any advice would be very appreciated!.

Thanks,.

Ben..

Comments (8)

DJDysfunction wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm looking to purchase my first digital SLR soon, moving up from anolder film SLR. I'm looking at the Canon EOS 40D, but I'd reallylike an "all around" lens for travel. I've been looking at the Sigma18-200mm OS, and wondering what people on here thought about it..

My other options are the Nikon D300 or the D80 with the 18-200mm VRlens..

The problem there is that the D300 is a little pricey and will leaveme with no money left for other lenses, and with the D80... well, Iguess I feel like, why buy the D80, when for a couple hundred more, Ican get all the bells and whistles of the EOS 40D..

So, I guess my question here is this: Is the quality of the Nikkor18-200mm THAT significantly higher to warrant going with one of theNikons? Or is the Sigma lens suitable for a non-pro, as a "travel"lens? I'm sure the Nikkor is a better lens, based on it's price,reviews, and reputation. But as a non-pro, I'm thinking that I canget away with the Sigma..

The Sigma is a pretty poor lens:.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_18200_3563os/index.htm.

Read the review of the Nikon 18-200 VR on the same site and you will get a reasonably balanced view..

There is a Tamron 18-250 but it has no image stabilisation..

If you go with the Nikon realistically you have a choice of 4 bodies D40x, D80, D200 and D300..

My standard advice re DSLRs is spend as much as you can afford on lenses and as little as you need on a body. The body will be worth peanuts in 5 years and you will probably replace it. The lens(es) wilkl hold their value and you will likely still be using it..

Remember also you are buying into a system..

The 40D is a good camera but Canon simply do not make a vacation lens like Nikon and none of the 3rd party mfrs can match it on a Canon body..

I would go with the D80 or D200. If you are not in a hurry there is likely to be a D80s by Easter butn the price will be about the same as the 40D..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #1

I agree with Chris that, if you want a superzoom lens, the Nikon is the one to get. Canon does offer the 17-85IS. 85mm is equivalent to 135 on a Canon body...

Comment #2

Chris Elliott wrote:.

DJDysfunction wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm looking to purchase my first digital SLR soon, moving up from anolder film SLR. I'm looking at the Canon EOS 40D, but I'd reallylike an "all around" lens for travel. I've been looking at the Sigma18-200mm OS, and wondering what people on here thought about it..

My other options are the Nikon D300 or the D80 with the 18-200mm VRlens..

The problem there is that the D300 is a little pricey and will leaveme with no money left for other lenses, and with the D80... well, Iguess I feel like, why buy the D80, when for a couple hundred more, Ican get all the bells and whistles of the EOS 40D..

So, I guess my question here is this: Is the quality of the Nikkor18-200mm THAT significantly higher to warrant going with one of theNikons? Or is the Sigma lens suitable for a non-pro, as a "travel"lens? I'm sure the Nikkor is a better lens, based on it's price,reviews, and reputation. But as a non-pro, I'm thinking that I canget away with the Sigma..

The Sigma is a pretty poor lens:.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_18200_3563os/index.htm.

Read the review of the Nikon 18-200 VR on the same site and you willget a reasonably balanced view..

There is a Tamron 18-250 but it has no image stabilisation..

If you go with the Nikon realistically you have a choice of 4 bodiesD40x, D80, D200 and D300..

My standard advice re DSLRs is spend as much as you can afford onlenses and as little as you need on a body. The body will be worthpeanuts in 5 years and you will probably replace it. The lens(es)wilkl hold their value and you will likely still be using it..

Remember also you are buying into a system..

The 40D is a good camera but Canon simply do not make a vacation lenslike Nikon and none of the 3rd party mfrs can match it on a Canonbody..

I would go with the D80 or D200. If you are not in a hurry there islikely to be a D80s by Easter butn the price will be about the sameas the 40D..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/.

Thanks for your advice. I'm thinking I'm going to end up going Nikon, but I'll see how money is after the holidays..

Thanks again!.

Ben..

Comment #3

Oh, and definitely thank you for turning me on to that website. I hadn't come across that one yet, and it's very hellpfull in determining which lens system I want to buy into..

Chris Elliott wrote:.

DJDysfunction wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm looking to purchase my first digital SLR soon, moving up from anolder film SLR. I'm looking at the Canon EOS 40D, but I'd reallylike an "all around" lens for travel. I've been looking at the Sigma18-200mm OS, and wondering what people on here thought about it..

My other options are the Nikon D300 or the D80 with the 18-200mm VRlens..

The problem there is that the D300 is a little pricey and will leaveme with no money left for other lenses, and with the D80... well, Iguess I feel like, why buy the D80, when for a couple hundred more, Ican get all the bells and whistles of the EOS 40D..

So, I guess my question here is this: Is the quality of the Nikkor18-200mm THAT significantly higher to warrant going with one of theNikons? Or is the Sigma lens suitable for a non-pro, as a "travel"lens? I'm sure the Nikkor is a better lens, based on it's price,reviews, and reputation. But as a non-pro, I'm thinking that I canget away with the Sigma..

The Sigma is a pretty poor lens:.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_18200_3563os/index.htm.

Read the review of the Nikon 18-200 VR on the same site and you willget a reasonably balanced view..

There is a Tamron 18-250 but it has no image stabilisation..

If you go with the Nikon realistically you have a choice of 4 bodiesD40x, D80, D200 and D300..

My standard advice re DSLRs is spend as much as you can afford onlenses and as little as you need on a body. The body will be worthpeanuts in 5 years and you will probably replace it. The lens(es)wilkl hold their value and you will likely still be using it..

Remember also you are buying into a system..

The 40D is a good camera but Canon simply do not make a vacation lenslike Nikon and none of the 3rd party mfrs can match it on a Canonbody..

I would go with the D80 or D200. If you are not in a hurry there islikely to be a D80s by Easter butn the price will be about the sameas the 40D..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

I disagree with your statement of the Sigma being a "pretty poor" lens based on the review you linked. That is not the conclusion of the review. The reviews at fredmiranda .com are very positive, just about as good as the reviews for the Nikon http://www.fredmiranda.com/...hp?product=332&sort=7&cat=37&page=1. The two lenses are close, the Nkon is a lot more expensive. The Sigma is one of those 3rd party "vacation lenses" that can be used on a Canon..

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Comment #5

I just got the Sigma 70-300 APO DG lens for my Sony A100. So far, I am pretty impressed. I got it used from B&H Photo. I am very happy with it..

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Comment #6

Is the ability to change lenses. While superzooms are convenient, they are really compromises. Have you considered getting several lenses, each one for a separate task?.

Boris..

Comment #7

Peter A. Stavrakoglou wrote:.

I disagree with your statement of the Sigma being a "pretty poor"lens based on the review you linked. etc.

1. I think the OP can read. He can decide for himself..

2. The Fred Miranda reviews are purely subjective from people who have already invested money in the lens and have a vested interest. Those same people do not also own the Nikon lens. Thus there is no level playing field for comparison..

3. I would not describe any lens that gives inconsistent results across it zoom range unless stopped down to at least f/9 and gives miserable results wide open at 35mm and 100mm as anything other than "pretty poor". (The Nikon gives similar results from somewhere around f5.6 - a whole two stops better).

4 All lenses are a compromise. If you are to use just one lens it has to be of reasonably even quality throughout the zoom range.

5.Don't complain at me. Complain to Photozone.de. I didn't write the review. But I do find their reviews pretty reliable objective evidence of the ability of a lens..

6.There are similar reviews at SLR gear showing the same characteristics across the zoom range:http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/2.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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