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Sigma or Nikon kit lenses

Michael2000 16 111
12 Aug 2006 5:37PM
I'm looking to buy my first digital slr and wondered what lense to go for.

If i buy a D70 or D80 should i go for the 18-70 lense thats comes with the kit or should i opt for body only and the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC.

I have read excellent reviews about the sigma and could use the constant f2.8.

I have other lenses to cover the gap.

Has anyone used both of these lenses and or can they point me to exaples in the gallery.

Thanks in advance.

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StrayCat 15 19.1k 3 Canada
12 Aug 2006 6:34PM
I have the Nikon 18-70mm, and can't fault it. No experience with Sigma. Have a look at Nikon's 18-200mm VR. It could be the only lens you need.
IanA 16 3.0k 12 England
12 Aug 2006 7:51PM
Get the Sigma!


Michael2000 16 111
12 Aug 2006 11:46PM
Thanks Character thats the review that first got me interested. I have read other reviews and they are similar. Does anyone know if Tokina or Tamron make a worthy alternative?
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2006 8:31AM
I use the Nikon 18-70 for a lot of my photo's and have no complaints at all - it's a cracking lens.
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2006 8:32AM

Quote:Have a look at Nikon's 18-200mm VR. It could be the only lens you need.

Last retailer I spoke to about this lens had 500 people on the waiting list and they expected to recieve 3.
Michael2000 16 111
13 Aug 2006 9:41AM
I'm more interested in the wide end really. I have lenses that will cover the tele end already which i use on my nikon f4.
daviewat 16 4.1k Scotland
13 Aug 2006 9:47AM
Have a look at the sigma 17-70mm I use one on my new 30D and it is superb Smile)

IanA 16 3.0k 12 England
13 Aug 2006 10:10AM
Tamron have just brought out a competitor. Nice, not so plasticy as usual but still not quite up to the Sigma. Better than the Nikon kit lens though. The Tamron I have is pre-production but you may be able to get them now.

ruralscotland 15 1.3k
13 Aug 2006 11:12AM
Having used Sigma and Tamron lenses, I would rate Tamron higher than Sigma in most lenses.

Although the Sigma 18-50 F2.8 is a very capable lens, I would also look at the 17-35 and 17-50 offerings from Tamron.

The 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II LD ASP IF was a major contender for me when I bought the 17-40L, I still reckon the Tamron was as good a lens, and I took plenty of shots in testing.

The above is an SP lens, which is Tamrons Superior Performance lens, and it shows. VERY VERY NICE LENS.

Michael2000 16 111
14 Aug 2006 9:01AM
Thanks for your advice eveyone.
riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
14 Aug 2006 9:36AM
I picked up an 10 - 200mmVR last week in Totenham Court Road, so some are still around. The Nikon 18 - 70 is very good, no discernible distortions, and I now have it surplus to requirements!
AndyM 14 99
14 Aug 2006 6:20PM
Another vote here for the Nikon 18-70. A very good lens.
Emmog 10 38 1 England
23 Feb 2009 5:53PM

Quote: Does anyone know if Tokina or Tamron make a worthy alternative?

I have heard that Tokina are not as good a lens as the Tamron.

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