Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) Review for Nikon Cameras

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Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

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  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. LOCK Button
  6. Stabilizer
  7. Aperture Features
  8. Focusing
  9. The effect of F / 6.3 on focus
  10. Image quality
  11. Sample Photos
  12. Prices / where to buy
  13. Alternatives
  14. My personal experience with the lens
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In this review, the Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) lens I will abbreviate 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.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

In short

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 is a universal lens for cameras with APS-C sensor. The lens uses a wide range of focal lengths and can shoot both in wide-angle and in the tele-range. It is interesting for image stabilizer, ultrasonic focusing motor, internal focusing and small size (when folded). In general, the Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 is an inexpensive and functional super-zoom for cropped 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This model is outdated and, at one time, was replaced by Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer).

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


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 finalized 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 versions and versions of the same model. I distributed the main versions according to optical schemes:

  1. Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3, February 2005, scheme 15/13, with a red ring and a velvet case, macro 1: 4.4, without stabilizer, with a micro motor. Since December 2007, a micro-motor has also been integrated in Nikon lenses (before this, there was no focusing motor in the lens). This lens was produced under the name Quantaray 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated.
  2. Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer), September 2006, scheme 18/13, velvet (2006) or black (from August 2007) building, macro 1: 3.9. The type of velvet version I have shown here. Nikon cameras only have the inscription 'HSM'. For Pentax, Sigma, Sony / Minolta and Canon cameras, the lens comes without an 'HSM' motor. In the version for Sigma and Canon, the lens uses a conventional micromotor. Versions for Sony / Minolta and Pentax do not have a built-in image stabilizer (possibly without inboard motor focusing). Versions released after March 2007 differ from earlier versions in that the inscription 'Optical Stabilizer' is located elsewhere (to the left of the 'LOCK' button). Individual specimens differ in the rubber structure on the zoom ring. Earlier versions have a Sigma velvet case, and newer ones have classic black. This lens was produced under the name Quantaray 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+ -HSM) Multi-Coated.
  3. Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer), October 2011, scheme 18/14, with a red ring. Versions for Sony / Minolta and Pentax do not have an integrated image stabilizer.
  4. Sigma DC C 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM (Optical Stabilizer, Contemporary), January 2014, Scheme 16/13. Versions for Sony / Minolta and Pentax do not have an integrated image stabilizer.

A line of similar lenses supplemented with super-zooms with a slightly higher zoom ratio:

  1. Sigma Zoom 18-250mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (Optical Stabilizer), January 2009, 18 elements in 14 groups
  2. Sigma Zoom 18-250mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO (Optical Stabilizer), June 2012, 16 elements in 13 groups
  3. Sigma 18-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), September 2014, 17 elements in 13 groups

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, 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.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Main technical characteristics of Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer):

Review Instance Name On the lens case there are the following inscriptions' Optical Stabilizer SIGMA DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM MACRO 0.45m / 1.48ft ', on the edge near the front lens it says' Sigma Zoom 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM ø72 LENS MADE IN JAPAN ', the review presents a lens with serial number 11843576
Basic properties
  • DC - the lens is designed for SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor, in this case it's an analogue 'Nikon DX'
  • ZOOM - the ability to change the focal length of the lens
  • LOCK - button for fixing the zoom ring in the 18 mm position.
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - an ultrasonic focusing motor, in this case it is an analogue of 'Nikon SWM'.
  • AF / M - simple focus mode switch
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) - built-in optical stabilizer, in this case it is an analogue of 'Nikon VR'
  • IF (Internal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating - super multi-lightening optics
  • ASP (Aspenherical) - aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme for combating chromatic aberrations. Analogue 'Nikon ED'
  • MACRO 0.45m / 1.48ft - a scale for macro photography, it is possible to shoot at very small focusing distances with a maximum magnification of 0.26X
  • Lack of aperture control ring, analogue 'Nikon G'
  • Bayonet hood included
  • Relatively small size and weight
  • 10 pins microprocessor
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
Labels 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 - type of lens)
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)Optical design Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3Image 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 subsequently 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 super-zooms. Canon had to wait another 3 years, and Tokina is still not friends with super zooms, after an unsuccessful experiment with Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm F3.5-5.6 DX.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 was made in Japan. To the touch the lens is pleasant and weighty. The retractable frame of the body ('trunk') consists of 2 sections, which are quite durable, without any backlash. Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 uses fairly large filters with a diameter of 72 mm.

The case is completely black and does not have the characteristic Sigma velvet coating typical of old Sigma lenses. However, this version was also released in a “velvet” version. The focus and zoom rings are rubberized. There are versions of the same lens with a different rubber pattern 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.

Negative moments:

  • 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 instance that I visited in the review does not have obvious signs of wear or prolonged use, but, nevertheless, the lens barrel ('trunk') spontaneously changes its size under its own weight. Partially this problem is solved by the 'LOCK' button.
  • 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 body, as well as its mechanical features, like two drops of water, were displayed in a newer and longer 'lens' Sigma 18-250mm f / 3.5-6.3.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm 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

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


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. During actual filming, the stabilizer really helps, and the stabilizer itself works well (if you do not take into account 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 stabilizer mode switch to the “OFF” position and forget about the “non-deactivable” feature of the lens during real photography, it may seem that you have steel hands that allow you to shoot with shutter speed 1/20 second and 200 mm focal length with the stabilizer turned off. As a result, there will be more sharp frames from this lens than, for example, from 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.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


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
Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


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.

When used on a camera Nikon D3200 with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system the lens often refocused during operation in the range of 135-200 mm. The lens often fidgets for the exact focus.

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.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

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.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Image quality

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 backlight well and has good contrast. Flare and exposure are difficult to obtain. While working with Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3, I noticed that the lens is a bit green, possibly due to not-so-good enlightenment.

In general, I would like better performance from the lens.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sample Photos

All sample photos were shot on camera. Nikon D3200, the gallery shows images without processing (only resize + EXIF data).

RAW source files ('.NEF') can be download from this link (21 file, 415 MB). Source files in '.JPEG' format can download from this link (49 photos, 619 MB).

Lens price

Catalog of modern Sigma lenses can look at this link.

All prices on Sigma 18-250mm

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Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3


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):

  1. Model A14 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 AF (IF) Aspherical LD ​​XR DiII Macro, February 2005. Country of origin Japan or China. The Pentax version has a metal mount; for Nikon / Canon / Sony / Minolta, the mount is plastic. In March 2008, an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A14 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch, 8 microprocessor pins and metal mount.
  2. PROMASTER +18/3.5-6.3 DIGITAL XR EDO AF Aspherical LD ​​(IF) Macrois a model Tamron model a14 under the brand Promaster. Japanese assembly.
  3. Model B018 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VCAugust 2015.
  4. Model B011 Tamron 18-200 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III VC, black or silver, December 2011, for cameras with Sony E mount and Canon EOS M
  5. Model A18 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 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.
  6. Model B003 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD [IF] Aspherical VC MacroJuly 2008.
  7. Model B008 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD, December 2010. Country of origin China or Vietnam.
  8. Model B008TS Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZDSeptember 2016.
  9. Model B016 Tamron +16/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD Macro, February 2014.
  10. Model B028 Tamron +18/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLDJune 2017.

Sigma (different mounts):

  1. Sigma 18-200 mm/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC , February 2005.
  2. Quantaray +18/3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'
  3. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer)September 2006 velvet or smooth black body. The HSM motor is only available on Nikon camera lenses.
  4. Quantaray +18/3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+ -HSM) Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'.
  5. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 II Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)October 2011.
  6. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), January 2014.
  7. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)January 2009
  8. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC Macro HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)June 2012.
  9. Sigma +18/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer)September 2014.

Nikon (F):

  1. Nikon +18/3.5-5.6G DX VRNovember 2005.
  2. Nikon +18/3.5-5.6GII DX VRJuly 2009.
  3. Nikon +18/3.5-5.6G DX VRJune 2012.
  4. Nikon +18/3.5-6.3G DX VRApril 2014.

Sony ('A' or 'E'):

  1. Sony +18/3.5-6.3 AF DT mount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron model a14.
  2. Minolta +18/3.5-6.3 AF DT Dmount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron a14
  3. Sony +18/3.5-6.3 AF DT, A mount, since 2007, most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.
  4. Sony +18/3.5-6.3 OSSmount E + its copy in the face Hasselblad E 3.5-6.3 / 18-200 OSS
  5. Sony +18/3.5-6.3 OSS LEmount E
  6. Sony +18/3.5-6.3 PZ OSSmount E

Pentax (K):

  1. Pentax +18/3.5-6.3 AL SMC DA [IF], October 2007, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model a18.
  2. Pentax +18/3.5-6.3 ED SMC DA SDM, September 2012, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model b008.
  3. Samsung +18/ 3.5-6.3, with Pentax KAF2 mount, 2008, (most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.

Canon (EFS):

  1. Canon +18/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens EF-S (Image Sbabilizer)August 2008.

Samsung (NX):

  1. Samsung +18/3.5-5.6 ED OIS i-Functionmount Samsung NX

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).

A complete list of all original lenses Nikon Nikkor DX You can find at this link.

My experience

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 'sigma' features typical of old Sigma lenses. As usual, in this case I am obliged to write 'maybe I didn’t have a particularly good copy on the review'. I'd rather use a shorter Nikon 18-105 / 3.5-5.6 VRthan I spent my money on Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3.

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 on the Nikon D3200 camera, next to the Sigma 18-250mm f / 3.5-6.3

Sigma 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 on camera Nikon D3200located nearby Sigma 18-250mm 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 go past this lens and try to replace it with something else.

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Comments: 21, on the topic: Overview of Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) for Nikon cameras

  • Ruslan

    I do not recommend anyone to buy this .. It is soapy at all aperture values ​​+ inaccurate autofocus

  • Alexander Malyaev

    Did you like Sigma 18-250 more? Well, or less did not like? :)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I liked 18-250 more

      • wharfage

        Thank you!
        I already put an end to sigmotamrons and Nikkor 18-200 +, I completely agree that they are all WORSE 18-105 in quality / price.
        I'd like to see a detailed analysis of the tamron 16-300 from Arcadia!

  • Annatol

    In vain that passed by.
    It was necessary to carefully examine it.
    Century is one of the best lenses. Many of the best shots have been taken but he

    • Interestingly

      Share it? I don’t chickens, the pictures are really interesting, I also shot them))

  • Oleg

    it’s just a lens with a pronounced soft effect (well, there’s a warm, lamp still)

    • Andrei

      soft effect for monocle, Jupiter 9, canon 135soft, and this one is just soap

    • Oleg

      I was kidding. In fact, the spread of focal lengths is smaller than that of Sigma 18-250, and the quality is inferior. You won’t guess. This can be attributed to the topic of third-party optics. Each lens can carry a surprise - 50/50

  • anonym

    Well what to say. Arkady can show both the best and worst qualities of the lens and camera. The review is useful and intuitive. Everything is not very bad.

  • Franz

    I don’t know what you expected from him, a normal, normal (at one time, and now completely) “travel” lens, so as not to carry a bunch of expensive glass with you, not expensive ... Price-quality ... you’ll come home, you can handle it, if you don’t like it ..

    • Andrei

      for me it’s worse than 18-55.
      You say that the range of focal lengths is 4 times wider, so it’s 4 times more expensive than new, and if used. look, then 6-7 times more expensive.
      from the budget it is better to buy a conditional 55-250.

    • Artem

      For a travel case, dragging only a Nikon 35mm. The rest is hard to carry.

  • Andrei

    Thanks for the review. Arkady, I recently got a Sigma 50-200mm f / 4-5.6 DC OS HSM Nikon lens in my hands. Have you had any experience with such a lens? I would like to hear your opinion.

  • Koba

    Someone may be surprised, but I have such a lens on my Sigma SD14. I can say the following about him: everything to the review is correct! In addition to a more or less acceptable focus speed, it is worthless. On the diaphragm 8, one way or another, you can "work". Therefore, such a lens in China now costs about $ 50, although in my opinion it is not worth it!

  • Still

    I don’t know how where on d5100 in Live View aftofocus does not work at all

  • Artem

    I don’t know ... I’ve been using Sigma Zoom DC 18-200mm 1: 3.5-6.3 II HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer) for more than six months now, a newer model. Got a new one at a ridiculous price. He took to replace the 18-55 kit for Nikon D5100. Impressions are positive. Of course, the sharpness on an open hole suffers a little, but if you cover up to 5,6 or up to 9, then very much nothing happens. Excellent build and quality materials.

  • Matthew

    Thanks for the great review! He made the right conclusions for himself)))

  • Alex

    Months two are marrowing 18-200 for Canon -polit normal)) З 6.3 to the end there were no problems. Ине One, what, justice, dratє - irregular zusilla with a wrapped zoom. Enemy, scho contagious, schshich angry there. Wim - quiet pennies, for yaky yogo buying wine, madly, varty. Especially, the very same as walking.

  • Garma

    Is Nikon 3500 compatible with Siqma DC 18-200 1: 3,5: 6,3

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, if only these are versions of HSM / II HSM / HSM C under Nikon

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