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In this review, the Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) lens will be abbreviated as 'Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3'. Here I am reviewing the version for Nikon DX cameras.
Externally and functionally, the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 lens is similar to its longer 'fellow' Sigma 18-250mm f / 3.5-6.3, which is why the reviews of these lenses in many ways turned out to be similar to each other.
The Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 is a versatile lens for cameras with an APS-C sensor. The lens uses a wide range of focal lengths and can shoot in both wide-angle and telephoto ranges. Interesting is the image stabilizer, ultrasonic focusing motor, internal focusing and small size (folded). Overall, the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 is an inexpensive and functional super-zoom for crop cameras with average image quality.
This model is outdated and, at one time, was replaced by Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer).
The first Sigma class 18-200 / 3.5-6.3 hyperzoom was introduced in early 2005, six months earlier than the original Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6 VR and 3 years earlier than the original Canon 18-200/3.5-5.6 IS. In the future, the line of lenses was refined and underwent many various changes. And due to the fact that Sigma also produces lenses with different mounts, for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sigma, Sony / Minolta systems, there can be a huge number of different sub-versions and versions of the same model. I divided the main versions according to optical schemes:
- Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3 [EF, F, K, SA, A], February 2005, scheme 15/13, with red ring and velvet body, macro 1:4.4, without stabilizer, with micro motor [but only for Canon EF-S]. Since December 2007, a micro-motor has also been built into lenses for Nikon (before that, there was no focus motor in the lens). This lens was also produced under the name Quantaray 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated.
- Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer) [EF, F, K, SA, A], September 2006, scheme 18/13, velvet (2006) or black (from August 2007) body, macro 1:3.9. The kind of velvet version I have shown here. Nikon cameras only have 'HSM' written on them. For Pentax, Sigma, Sony/Minolta and Canon cameras, the lens comes without the 'HSM' motor. In the Sigma and Canon version, the lens uses a conventional micromotor. Versions for Sony / Minolta and Pentax do not have a built-in image stabilizer (possibly without a built-in focus motor). Versions released after March 2007 differ from earlier versions in that the 'Optical Stabilizer' label is in a different location (to the left of the 'LOCK' button). Individual specimens differ in the structure of the rubber on the zoom ring. Earlier versions have a Sigma velvet case, while newer versions have a classic black one. This lens was also produced under the name Quantaray 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+ -HSM) Multi-Coated.
- Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) [EF, F, K, SA, A], October 2011, scheme 18/14, with red ring, macro 1:3.8. The Sony/Minolta and Pentax versions do not have a built-in image stabilizer.
- Sigma DC C 18-200 mm 1:3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer) [EF, F, K, SA, A], January 2014, scheme 16/13, macro 1:3. The Sony/Minolta and Pentax versions do not have a built-in image stabilizer.
A line of similar lenses supplemented with super-zooms with a slightly higher zoom ratio:
- Sigma Zoom 18-250mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (Optical Stabilizer), January 2009, 18 elements in 14 groups, macro 1:3.4
- Sigma Zoom 18-250mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO (Optical Stabilizer), June 2012, 16 elements in 13 groups, macro 1:2.9 (best in series)
- Sigma 18-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), September 2014, 17 elements in 13 groups, macro 1:3
During the creation of the review, the lion's share of the time was spent on creating at least some intelligible list of lenses of this line. The difficulty is that on official sites there is no specific data, and sometimes in the description of a lens there is not even a photograph of its appearance. Even pretty resources like dyxum.com, where you can usually find a list of all the models, Sigma was able to confuse with its variety.
As for the model / version directly from this review, it is completely unclear why the HSM motor was built in for the version with Nikon F mount and not built in the version for other systems. On some proven resources, I came across information that the HSM motor for the Nikon version is no different from the micro motor for the Canon version. At the same time, it was pointed out that the micro-motor for Canon is pretty noisy, which I do not observe in the version for Nikon.
Main technical characteristics of Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer):
|Review Instance Name||The lens barrel has the following inscriptions' Optical Stabilizer SIGMA DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM MACRO 0.45m / 1.48ft ', the border near the front lens says' Sigma Zoom 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM ø72 LENS MADE IN JAPAN ', the review presents the lens with serial number 11843576|
|Front Filter Diameter||72 mm|
|Focal length||18-200 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-300 mm|
|Zoom ratio||11.11 X (usually rounded to 11)|
|Designed by||for Nikon DX digital cameras, there are modifications for other systems|
|Number of aperture blades||7 rounded petals|
|Tags||focusing distance in meters and feet, focal length values for 18, 28, 35, 50, 80, 135, 200 mm, mark of bayonet mount and hood mount / fix. There are labels for the magnification, from 1: 12.8 to 1: 3.9|
|Diaphragm||18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 200 mm from F / 6.3 to F / 40. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control occurs through the camera menu (analog Nikon G - lens type)|
|MDF||0.45 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 3.9|
|The weight||600 g|
|Optical design||18 elements in 13 groups, 3 aspherical ASP elements (in the optical diagram, aspherical elements are shown in pink) and 1 low-dispersion SLD element (in the optical diagram is shown in blue)Image of optical circuit clickable|
|Lens hood||Bayonet type|
|Manufacturer country||LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)|
|Production period||From September 2006 to 2011, it was later replaced by a similar version - Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)|
In 2005, Tamron, Sigma, Minolta / Sony and Nikon introduced their 18-200 class super-zooms. The Canon version had to wait another 3 years, and Tokina is still not on friendly terms with super-zooms, after an unsuccessful experiment with Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm F3.5-5.6DX.
The Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 was manufactured in Japan. The lens is pleasant and weighty to the touch. The retractable frame of the case ('trunk') consists of 2 sections, which are strong enough without any backlashes. The Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 uses reasonably large 72mm filters.
The body is completely black and lacks the characteristic Sigma velvet finish found in older Sigma lenses. However, this version was also produced in a “velvet” version. The focusing and zoom rings are rubberized. There are versions of the same lens with different rubber patterns on the zoom ring. The lens has metal bayonet mount.
There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focus ring at 18 mm focal length is lost. When you change the focal length, the lens hood moves with the front of the lens.
- The zoom ring does not rotate smoothly. At different focal lengths, different efforts should be applied to change the focal length.
- When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.
- The copy that I reviewed has no obvious signs of wear and tear or long-term use, but, nevertheless, the lens barrel ('trunk') spontaneously changes its size under its own weight. The 'LOCK' button solves this problem in part.
- The copy from the review has a slight backlash of the zoom ring (zoom).
- If you shake the lens lightly, you will hear that something is hanging in the middle. Perhaps these are parts of the stabilizer that move freely in the off state. This is observed in many lenses with a stabilizer.
- No rubber mount seal.
- Personally, I do not like the blackened screws that secure the plate with the stabilizer and focus mode switches.
The lens barrel, as well as its mechanical features like two drops of water, were reflected in a newer and longer 'lens Sigma 18-250mm f / 3.5-6.3.
Lock 'LOCK ′
Frame (trunk) of the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 spontaneously changes its size under its own weight (perhaps this begins only with time). For example, when the camera is tilted down, the trunk of the lens spontaneously lengthens (focal length increases). To prevent such an unpleasant incident, there is a focal length switch-lock 'LOCK' (the so-called 'lock') on the lens body, which tightly locks focal length at a value of 18 mm.
To fix the trunk of the lens, you must first set the 18 mm focal length. Near the button there is a drawn arrow that indicates in which direction the switch should be moved to lock the lens.
The switch is located in a convenient place - under the thumb of the left hand, so the lens can be quickly and comfortably 'removed from the lock' before starting shooting.
The effect of spontaneous focal length change (trunk creep) in this lens is very pronounced.
Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 has a built-in image stabilizer. Nowhere exactly is it indicated how many steps excerpts can compensate for the stabilization system. In my observation, the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 stabilizer compensates for no more than 3 stops per shutter speed. I was able to take pictures with my hands on shutter speed 1/30 - 1/40 sec. and 200 mm focal length. In real-life situations, the gimbal really helps, and the gimbal works well (apart from the features described below).
On the case there is a stabilizer operating mode switch 'OS ON / OFF'. Where 'OS' is short for 'Optical Stabilizer'.
The stabilizer has own features. If you listen to the inside of the lens, you can hear a slight noise in the middle of the lens, even if the stabilizer is in the 'OFF' position.
When the camera is turned off, even if the stabilizer was in the 'OFF' position, JVI noticeably how the image twitches, and also the noise from the lens parking is heard - this is a sign that the stabilizer has turned off 'again'.
Also on my camera Nikon D3200, on which I tested this lens, Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 does not automatically turn off the metering, after the time interval specified in the camera settings. The stabilizer works exactly 1 minute after its activation (turning on the camera and / or pressing the focus / metering button exposure) After one minute, the image in JVI, and you also hear noise from the lens parking when the stabilizer is turned off. In this way and the stabilizer and exposure meter with the camera turned on continues to work much longerthan with original Nikon Nikkor lenses. This can adversely affect the battery level. I observed similar unusual behavior of the stabilizer on other Sigma lenses.
If you turn the gimbal mode switch to the 'OFF' position and forget about the 'non-switchable' feature of the lens during real photography, you may feel that you have steel hands, allowing you to shoot with shutter speed 1/20 second and 200mm focal length with stabilizer 'off'. As a result, there will be more sharp frames from this lens than, for example, with Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6 with the stabilizer really turned off.
The built-in Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 stabilizer can track camera movements while creating panoramas.
The Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 variants for Sony and Pentax cameras do not have a built-in stabilizer, since the stabilizer is already present in the cameras of these manufacturers themselves.
Diaphragm lens consists of 7 rounded petalsUnfortunately, not a round hole is formed on strongly covered diaphragms, but polyhedra are obtained in the zone of blur from luminous objects (example) On diaphragms from F / 3.5 to F / 11, the hole is fairly even. Aperture range is available from F / 3.5-6.3 to F / 22-F / 40.
There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:
- 18 mm - F / 3.5
- 28 mm - F / 4
- 35 mm - F / 4.5
- 50 mm - F / 4.8
- 80 mm - F / 5.3
- 135 mm - F / 6
- 200 mm - F / 6.3
To focus, the lens uses a special ultrasonic focusing motor 'HSM' (Hyper Sonic Motor). Although it is written everywhere that this technology uses silent focusing, in fact, the noise from the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 focusing is heard. In general, the lens focuses quite quietly, but not silently.
Auto focus speed average. Focusing time from infinity to MDF and back is approximately equal to that of the lens Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6GII.
Focusing on the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 internal - when focusing, neither the front nor the rear lens rotates, and the lens itself does not change its size when focusing. Sorry, but during auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched. In such Nikon lenses, the focus ring remains stationary during auto focus.
In manual focus mode, the focus ring rotates 45 degrees. Manual focus is very inconvenient. No hard stop (Hard Infinity Focus Stop) for fast and accurate manual focusing.
The lens has a focus distance scale with marks in meters and feet. The scale is plotted on the focus ring. The scale is very meager, on it there are marks for only 5 values of the focusing distance (including 'infinity').
The minimum focusing distance is only 45 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 3.9. Thus, the lens allows you to shoot amateur 'close'. On the retractable frame of the case there are labels indicating the maximum magnification factor for certain focal lengths: 1: 12.8 (28 mm), 1: 10.5 (35 mm), 1: 7.9 (50 mm), 1: 5.6 (80 mm), 1: 4.4 (135 mm), 1: 3.9 (200 mm).
The lens has focus mode switch 'AF / M'. For manual focus, the lens must be switched to 'M' mode, otherwise the focus motor may be damaged. Unfortunately, unlike many Nikon lenses of this type, the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 does not support continuous manual focus mode.
The effect of F / 6.3 on focus
The instructions for most Nikon cameras indicate the threshold for the maximum relative aperture of the lens with which correct auto focus will be available. Most Nikon cameras are designed for lenses only. no darker than f / 5.6. For example, camera Nikon D3200, with the help of which test shots were taken, theoretically should not work correctly with this lens. But still, as my practice has shown, in conditions with good lighting there are no special problems with automatic focusing even on cameras that are not designed to work with lenses with F / 6.3.
You can find a list of Nikon cameras whose focus sensors can easily focus with lenses with a maximum aperture of F / 5.6-8.0 here. At the time of writing, there were only three Nikon DX cameras with this feature: D7100, D7200, D500. In Live View, the restriction on F / 6.3 may not work.
The same remark applies to cameras from other manufacturers.
Small relative aperture - one of the main reasons for frequent focus misses and 'jerking' the focus with this lens.
The quality of the image you create very much depends on the focal length and aperture used.
Sharpness. At 18 mm and the maximum open aperture, the lens is sharp in the center of the frame, but with weak angles. In the range of 28-200, the sharpness floats, increasing or decreasing depending on the specific focal lengths. The sharpness at F / 6.3 and 200 mm is weak, and the edges and corners are very weak. But if you cover the aperture at least to F / 8, then the lens becomes sharp enough over the entire range of focal lengths. When using Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 on a 24 MP camera Nikon D3200 on open apertures, of course, it is very difficult to achieve pixel-by-pixel sharpness even in the center of the frame, but on covered apertures, everything is fine.
Chromatic aberrations most noticeable at 18 mm and 200 mm, especially at the edges of the image. At average focal lengths, aberrations are corrected well.
Vignetting. The strongest vignetting is obtained at 18 mm F / 3.5 and 200 mm F / 6.3. If you cover the aperture to F / 11, vignetting disappears over the entire range of focal lengths.
Distortion most noticeable by 18 mm, with a change in focal length, it goes from barrel-shaped to pillow-shaped.
The lens tolerates side and back light well and has good contrast. Glare and flares are difficult to get. While working with the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3, I noticed that the lens is a little 'green', perhaps due to the not very successful enlightenment.
In general, I would like better performance from the lens.
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Below is a list of all hyper-zooms for SLR or mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor and a range of focal lengths greater than or equal to the classic 18-200 mm.
Tamron (different mounts):
- Model A14 Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF (IF) Aspherical LD XR DiII Macro, February 2005. Country of manufacture Japan or China. The version for Pentax cameras has a metal mount, for Nikon / Canon / Sony / Minolta the mount is plastic. In March 2008, an improved Tamron Model appears for Nikon cameras. A14 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch, 8 microprocessor pins and metal mount.
- Model B018 Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VCAugust 2015.
- Model B011 Tamron 18-200 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC, black or silver, December 2011, for mount mirrorless cameras Sony E и Canon EOS M
- Model A18 Tamron 18-250/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro, September 2006. Country of origin Japan or China. In December 2007, an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A18 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch and 8 microprocessor pins.
- Model B003 Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD [IF] Aspherical VC MacroJuly 2008.
- Model B008 Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD, December 2010. Country of origin China or Vietnam.
- Model B008TS Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZDSeptember 2016.
- Model B016 Tamron 16-300/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD Macro, February 2014.
- Model B028 Tamron 18-400/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD, June 2017.
Promaster (various mounts):
- PROMASTER 18-200/3.5-6.3 DIGITAL XR EDO AF Aspherical LD (IF) Macrocopy Tamron model a14 under the Promaster brand. Japanese assembly
Sigma (different mounts):
- Sigma 18-200 mm/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC, February 2005.
- Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer)September 2006 velvet or smooth black body. The HSM motor is only available on Nikon camera lenses.
- Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 II Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)October 2011.
- Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), January 2014.
- Sigma 18-250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)January 2009
- Sigma 18-250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC Macro HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)June 2012.
- Sigma 18-300/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer)September 2014.
Quantaray (different mounts):
- Quantaray 18-200/3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated, copy of Sigma 18-200mm/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (2005) branded as 'Quantaray'
- Quantaray 18-200/3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+-HSM) Multi-Coated, copy Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (+-HSM) OS (2006) under the banner of 'Quantaray'.
- Nikon 18-200/3.5-5.6G DX VRNovember 2005.
- Nikon 18-200/3.5-5.6GII DX VRJuly 2009.
- Nikon 18-300/3.5-5.6G DX VR, June 2012.
- Nikon 18-300/3.5-6.3G DX VRApril 2014.
Sony ('A' or 'E'):
- Sony 18-200/ 3.5-6.3 AF DT, A mount, most likely uses an optical design Tamron model a14.
- minolta 18-200/3.5-6.3AF DT Dmount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron a14
- Sony 18-250/3.5-6.3 AF DT, A mount, since 2007, most likely uses Tamron Model A18 optical design.
- Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS, E-mount, May 2010
- Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS LE, E-mount, May 2012
- Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 PZ OSS, E-mount, September 2012
Hasselblad (Sony E):
- Hasselblad E 3.5-6.3/18-200 OSS copy Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS, September 2012
- Pentax 18-250/3.5-6.3 AL SMC DA [IF], October 2007, most likely uses Tamron Model A18 optical design.
- Pentax 18-270/3.5-6.3 ED SMC DA SDM, September 2012, most likely uses an optical design Tamron model b008.
- Samsung 18-250/ 3.5-6.3, with a Pentax KAF2 mount, 2008, (most likely uses the Tamron Model A18 optical design.
- Canon 18-200/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens EF-S (Image Sbabilizer), August 2008.
- Samsung 18-200/3.5-5.6 ED OIS i-Function, Samsung NX mount
If there are funds, I would recommend buying Sigma DC C 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM (Optical Stabilizer, Contemporary). I usually recommend native lenses, but Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical It has not been updated for a long time, but was developed during the time of 6 MP cameras. If you want the maximum zoom ratio for minimal money, then Tamron 18-200 F / 3.5-6.3 Model A14 N II will be just right (if you find a good copy).
Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 did not cause me any emotions or impressions. it dark standard zoom lens with mediocre image quality and the 'sigma' characteristics of older Sigma lenses. As usual, in this case, I have to write 'maybe I had a bad copy on the review'. I would prefer using the shorter Nikon 18-105 / 3.5-5.6 VRthan I spent my money on Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3.
Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS is a classic 'dark' super zoom lens with stabilizer. The lens has many features described in the review. I would walk past this lens and try to replace it with something else.