Anti-crisis review # 2. SIGMA EPSILON 28-70




  1. Briefly about the review
  2. Briefly about the lens
  3. History
  4. Main Specifications
  5. Assembly
  6. Focusing
  7. Image quality
  8. Sample Photos
  9. My experience
  10. Similar lenses from Nikon
  11. Results
  12. User Comments
  13. Add your review or question on the lens


Briefly about the review

I got the idea to buy and shoot with the cheapest autofocus lens for the popular Nikon or Canon system. For several days I monitored large online flea markets in search of the cheapest autofocus lens. This time it became the lens SIGMA ZOOM-E AF-E 1: 3.5-4.5 f = 28-70mm MULTI-COATED AUTO FOCUS for the Nikon system. In abbreviated form I will call him in the review Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5. The lens was bought for $ 17.

This is the second 'anti-crisis' review. Last time I had even more hardcore SIGMA DL ZOOM 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6 MULTI-COATED, but it was used on the 'advanced' camera Nikon D70s, this time Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 was used on a simpler camera - Nikon D70, which was also bought for a review of $ 17. But do not worry, the review has test photos and full-frame Nikon D800.

I just wrote a review, but the photographer helped me prepare basic examples of photos. tatyana_tatjyana (instagram)which I gave this lens for several months. As the result showed, even on Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 and simple Nikon D70 You can get nice, warm and atmospheric pictures.

Near such lenses, they often pass by, there are no reviews on them at all, and you can often find quite workable solutions for those who are looking for budget options for autofocus optics.



Briefly about the lens

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is a compact universal lens for film cameras. Allows you to use a range of focal lengths from wide-angle to short-telephoto. This set of focal lengths is very convenient and in demand. Nowadays, the lens is interesting only for its good assembly, slightly enlarged aperture (compared to other similar lenses) and a very low price in the secondary market.

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is an analog of the original Nikon 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 AF Nikkor (MKI). In general, the original lens is much better.

Optically, the Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is a weak lens that only adds enthusiasm when trying to shoot good shots on it.




The Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is most likely the autofocus version of the manual lens 'SIGMA ZOOM-E 1: 3.5 ~ 4.5 f = 28 ~ 70mm MULTI-COATED LENS MADE IN JAPAN Ø52' (inscription near the front lens, period 1986 -1989).

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is available in several modifications. The first under-versions of the lens had a slightly different design. Near the front lens of such lenses, the inscription is: 'SIGMA ZOOM AF-E 1: 3.5 ~ 4.5 f = 28 ~ 70mm MULTI-COATED LENS MADE IN JAPAN Ø52'. The identification of the lens is complicated by the fact that it was produced for different systems, which caused a slight change in the design of the body.

It is reliably known that this lens was produced under other brands, for example, its copy was sold under the name 'EXACTLY 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 MC MACRO LENS MADE IN JAPAN Ø52 ′ (inscription near the front lens)

Important: lens'SIGMA UC ZOOM 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 MULTI-COATED LENS MADE IN JAPAN Ø52'(inscription near the front lens, 1989) has a different optical design and is a completely different lens.

There is nothing more complicated than understanding the versions / subversions / underversion of old lenses from Sigma.

Main technical characteristics of Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5:

Review Instance Name Inscription near the front lens: 'SIGMA ZOOM-E 1: 3.5-4.5 f = 28-70mm ø52', inscription on the case 'ø52 Sigma ZOOM AF-E 1: 3.5-4.5 f = 28-70mm 3305947 MULTI-COATED LENA MADE IN JAPAN '
Basic properties
  • the lens is designed for full-frame SLR cameras, in this case it's an analogue of 'Nikon fx'
  • MULTI COATED - multi-coated optics
  • the presence of the aperture control ring, analog Nikon NON-G lens
  • AF-E - support for automatic focusing by means of a camera motor, analog Nikon AF
  • the lens does not transmit the focusing distance to the camera, analog Nikon 'NON-D'
  • compact sizes
  • ZOOM-E - lens line Sigma EPSILON ZOOM-E / AF-E
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm
Focal length 28-70 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 32-105 mm
Zoom ratio 2.5 x
Designed by for film cameras (available in versions for Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Kyocera [!], Canon)
Number of aperture blades 6 straight petals, form a fairly regular hole on slightly covered diaphragms
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • mark with a maximum magnification ratio MACRO 1: 6.9
  • focal lengths for 28, 35, 50, 70 mm
  • depth of field scale with values ​​of F / 11, 8 for 28 mm and mark F / 22 for 70 mm
  • R tags for infrared operation for 28 and 70 mm focal length
  • Red 'P' mark on aperture ring for automatic programmed camera aperture control
  • 28mm - F / 3.8-F / 22
  • 35mm - F / 3.8-F / 22
  • 50mm - F / 4.2-F / 25
  • 70mm - F / 4.8-F / 29

On the Nikon D70, D40 at 28mm focal length the camera sees the lens as '28 mm F / 3.8 'and at 70mm as '70 mm F / 4.8'.

The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type).

There are marks on the aperture ring: 3.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, P, the ring rotates with clicks, you can set one additional position between pairs of numbers (and two additional values ​​between F / 3.5 and F / 5.6).

Important: there is no aperture ring lock button

MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.55 m over the entire range of focal lengths, the maximum magnification ratio is achieved by 70 mm focal length and is approximately 1: 6.9
The weight
  • 384 grams (measured)
  • 460 grams in other sources
Optical design 9 elements in 9 groups

The same optical scheme is used by the SIGMA ZOOM-E 1 manual predecessor lens: 3.5 ~ 4.5 f = 28 ~ 70mm

No exact optical data found

Lens hood bayonet model unknown
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period Around 1988-1990. Subsequently replaced by SIGMA UC ZOOM 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 MULTI-COATED
Price Prices for modern universal Sigma lenses are available see here.

In addition to Sigma Epsilon, the company produced many lenses with other Greek letters in its name: Alpha, Beta, Lambda, Kappa, Omega, Delta, Gamma, Theta, Pi, Eta, Tau.




Build quality Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is at a good level. Unfortunately, in the review I had a lens with a tight zoom ring and a rather badly battered life. I didn’t even try to somehow beautifully reshape his appearance in a lightcube or somehow ennoble his deplorable state.

The lens uses a metal mount. The retractable frame of the housing consists of one section. The zoom ring is rubberized. Ring aperture plastic. The zoom ring rotates 90 degrees without jerking. A similar body design is characteristic of very old Sigma autofocus lenses.

Focus rings, as such, the lens is simply has. For manual focusing, you can rotate a very thin part of the body frame, on which there are grooves for attaching a bayonet hood, or rotate the trunk itself. With the lens hood installed, you will need to rotate the lens hood to perform manual focusing.

The frame (trunk) of the Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 does not spontaneously change its size under its own weight.

The Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 uses a bayonet hood that locks into the grooves located on the main body of the body (actually on what can be considered the focusing ring). When changing the focal length, the hood does not extend with the 'trunk'. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation.

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 has a peculiarity - the trunk of the lens lengthens with a decrease in focal length (in fact, it moves in waves, but this is almost imperceptible). Sometimes it’s a little annoying, it’s usual that the longer the trunk of the lens - the more focal length installed on it. With this design, you can more efficiently use a hood that can be very long and protect the lens well from side light at any focal length.

During a change in focal length, the rear lens remains stationary.

The diaphragm device consists of 6 not rounded petals.




Auto focus speed is average, comfortable for most photo tasks.

During focusing, the front lens and the frame for filters spin and drive forward. When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

The focus ring, or what might be called the focus ring, rotates 135 degrees. The stroke of the ring is smooth. The minimum focusing distance is 0.55 m. The maximum magnification ratio is only 1: 6.9 (weak). Manual focusing is very inconvenient due to the lack of a focus ring as such.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system) and Nikon D70 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 900 focusing system) behaves well, very rarely makes a mistake in focusing. On camera Nikon D90 I checked the presence of the back and focus front at different focusing distances and different values ​​of the focal length (infinity and MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using phase sensors completely coincided with the Live View mode.

Important: but on camera Nikon D800 the lens did not focus well on infinity, there was a feeling that the lens rests on the focus ring to infinity, but the camera does not confirm accurate focusing.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Focus Features:

  1. Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 does not have a focus mode switch. To translate the lens into manual focus on cameras with motor For focusing, use the focus mode switching lever located near the camera mount. For cameras without motor Only manual focus mode will always be available for focusing.
  2. During auto focus, what is called the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched.
  3. Focus speed may vary slightly from the camera used. This issue has been considered. here.
  4. During focusing, the lens and camera are quite noisy.
  5. There is a small effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing).
  6. Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 - a lens from a third-party manufacturer. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some Nikon cameras. Details on this issue are considered by me. here.
  7. When changing the focal length, focusing is almost not lost.
  8. Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 does not transmit the focus distance to the subject in the camera and is a type lens Nikon NON-D.
  9. The lens has a scale with a focusing distance in meters and feet. Such a scale in itself is of little use and is present more for show (justification of this thought here) The distance scale is made using a special window.
  10. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  11. Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
  12. The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to the extreme position (orange / red mark P 22). No diaphragm ring lock. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks.


Image quality

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is an optically weak lens, perhaps in the review I did not have the most successful instance. Weak sharpness on open apertures, strong chromatic aberration, strong barrel-shaped distortion at 28 mm focal length, a lot of glare in the backlight. And Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is not optimized for working with digital cameras.

Nevertheless, on covered apertures, the center of the image can show acceptable sharpness, which is quite enough to get decent photos, especially on cropped cameras of the Nikon DX series.



Sample Photos

Sample photos on Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 and Nikon D70 (only hardcore!) prepared tatyana_tatjyana (instagram), which has repeatedly helped me with examples of photographs on similar inexpensive lenses: Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G II, Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G VR, Sigma DC 17-70 / 2.8-4.5 и Sony E 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 OSS.

Original photos from Nikon D800 (thank ProFotoSale) can download from this linkbut it is very dangerous for the eyes!

Original photos from Nikon D70 (on-camera JPEG) can download from this link.

My experience

This review of Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is part of the project “anti-crisis solutions” and “good photos for cheap equipment”.

Quite often I receive messages or calls like “I bought a Nikon D850 / Canon 5D Mark IV + 24-70 / 2.8, but the pictures do not come out, either they are boring, or they do not satisfy me. What else can I buy so that I can shoot this and that. ” There may be many comic answers, but the essence remains the same - technique is a secondary element in creating a good photo. This approach allows you to focus on other key things that are responsible for a good result. Of course, I strongly recommend everyone to use the highest quality photographic equipment, but sometimes this does not have any decisive influence on the final product.

The SIGMA ZOOM-E AF-E 1: 3.5-4.5 f = 28-70mm MULTI-COATED AUTO FOCUS MACRO is a classic example of a lens from a bygone era. In it, even the markings and the name give back to the old days. Nowadays it is very rarely indicated in the name of the lens 'MULTICOATED' and 'AUTO FOCUS', but for its time the presence of autofocus and multi-coating was a serious advantage and this could distinguish the lens from a huge crowd of similar manual brothers.

Nowadays, they have ceased to indicate the focal length and aperture values ​​through the tilde (curl '~'): '1: 3.5 ~ 4.5' and 'f = 28 ~ 70mm', and you rarely come across the indication of the focal length through 'f ='. Even the 'ZOOM' prefix is ​​rarely used now. And the marking 'ZOOM-ε' (lowercase Greek letter Эпсилон) seems somewhat mysterious. In this case, next to the front lens is indicated 'ZOOM-e', but on the case itself the letter' ε 'has already left' ZOOM 'and has become a prefix in the marking'AF-ε', which only adds intrigue. maybe epsilon auto focus does some special magic, especially when paired epsilon zoom... The crown of all, of course, is the Greek letter 'Σ' (Sigma) inscribed on the zoom ring.



List of all Nikon FX 28-XXX autofocus lenses:

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be see here.




Due to the reliable assembly, the Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 will live for more than a dozen years. As practice has shown, some non-motorized lenses are very tenacious, especially for systems with lever aperture control. For example, in the case of such lenses for Canon, they can often fail due to breakdowns of the built-in focus motor and built-in iris control mechanism, and there can also be much more compatibility problems on modern cameras.

By itself, the Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 is a very compact lens with a very convenient set of focal lengths. Slightly oversized aperture (F / 4.5 versus F / 5.6 for darker counterparts) allows autofocus to work better, and overall gives a gain of 1/2 step in many categories.

Sigma AF-E 28-70 / 3.5-4.5 can be a street station wagon (street photo) in both full-frame and cropped cameras. Optical lens is weak.

10 main advantages

  1. very low cost, one of the cheapest AF lenses in the aftermarket
  2. compact sizes
  3. while changing the focal length, the rear lens remains stationary
  4. auto focus speed sufficient for comfortable operation
  5. small standard diameter of the front filter
  6. increased aperture (F / 4.5 versus F / 5.6 on more 'simple' lenses, for example Sigma 35-80 / 4-5.6 or Nikon 28-80 / 3.5-5.6D)
  7. good assembly: there is no self-extension of the trunk, the zoom ring is rubberized, metal mount, bayonet type hood
  8. presence of aperture ring, depth of field scale, focusing distance window, tags for working in the IR spectrum
  9. the direction of rotation of the zoom ring and focus coincides with the original lens Nikon 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 AF Nikkor
  10. good image quality on covered apertures in the center of the frame

10 main disadvantages

  1. as such, the manual focus ring is missing. For manual focusing, rotate the trunk of the lens, or a narrow strip with grooves for the hood, or the hood itself
  2. total 6 non-rounded aperture blades
  3. noisy auto focus, no built-in focus motor (critical for owners of younger Nikon DX cameras)
  4. the lens does not transmit the focus distance to the camera (analog Nikon NON-D)
  5. rotation of the front lens and the frame for the filters during focusing, in addition, the trunk of the lens also goes forward (inconvenience when using polarists and other specific filters)
  6. no aperture ring retainer (the ring can be accidentally caught and get an 'fEE' error)
  7. there may be incompatibility with some cameras and / or teleconverters (no exact data). For example, errors in the correct entry in EXIF values ​​'28 /3.8 and 70 / 4.8 'when used on some Nikon cameras
  8. lack of data about the lens in modern cameras, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of distortion (distortion etc.)
  9. weak maximum magnification ratio, which is only 1: 6.9 (for example, whale Nikon 18-55 GII allows you to shoot 1: 3.2)
  10. strong distortion at 28 mm focal length, poor resolution on open apertures, strong chromatic aberration

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Comments: 42, on the topic: Anti-crisis review # 2. SIGMA EPSILON 28-70

  • Not a bot

    @ there was a feeling that the lens rests on the focusing ring at infinity @ - sounds cool)

  • Eugen

    Tatiana - bravo!

  • Neo

    Photo from a concert on d70 ISO 900 without noise - very cool. Here not only the weak lens distinguished itself, but also the weak camera. And about the d850 and “it doesn’t work” more than once I hear from a teacher I know from a local photography school, these people will need to show Arkady's reviews, especially this one

  • Trueash

    Still, I would recommend some kind of fix as an “anti-crisis” solution. I bet the good old fifty dollars - yes, the flexibility of use suffers a little, it is not possible to get closer everywhere, but in any case, you can be sure that in the given conditions it will not let you down.
    Sometimes I think, maybe why are these zooms in general? Take another 28 and 200 ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Well, I will be incredibly glad if you find some kind of autofocus fix for $ 17 under Nikon or Canon.

      • Trueash

        Yes, about 17 dollars - I did not take that into account :) Reasonable. Is it something to death

  • Oleg

    My first kit: Nikon D70s ($ 40) in very good condition with a range of approximately 30 frames and Nikkor 000-28G ($ 80) also in very good condition. The lens turned out to be quite decent, the camera is also decent, at least 40MP (for amateur tasks this is quite enough, because it is more than the resolution of the screens of most pocket and desktop gadgets!). The screen is small, but for me, it was clearer on it than on the Canon6D full-frame screen. And 5D does not connect via wire to the computer (there is no driver support, however, I haven’t tried it on Win 5) and through OTG to the phone, and the D10s sees both the laptop and the phone (you can quickly view it on the big screen during shooting).

    Many beginners avoid such old technology, preferring Nikon 3-series or Canon analogs with live-view and because of “what, only 6 megapixels ??”, and I will not say that in vain, because who is more convenient to work with, and the result it will be better. But the D70s is a very decent device with a “screwdriver”, quick settings for an additional screen and a long-lasting battery. I don't know how much it differs from the D70.

    When it comes to lenses like 28-80 for full-frame crop, this is a compromise. 70-80mm is noticeably nicer than 55mm, but 28mm is noticeably less pleasant than 18mm. And the 28-70 (80) is cheaper, because there is no built-in motor, and owners of a full frame rarely look at them today, and most owners of the Nikon 18-55 crop are more convenient, since many models do not have a “screwdriver”.

    • Pokemon

      Beginners avoid used equipment, because they are reasonably afraid of three things:
      1) They slid a dead / barely alive camera / lens.
      2) They are afraid that they will not be able to cope with the old equipment (especially of a professional level), the ergonomics of which can be unfriendly for a beginner.
      3) They are afraid to be unfashionable among friends.

      • Alexander

        I think your second and third points are untenable. But on the first point to the point. Now there are so many crooks that you need to be afraid of what is "slipped" in the first place. I also wanted to buy something from the “old” Nikon and Canon, but after thinking it over, I gave up this idea, because really, everywhere there is one crook. If something comes across with a known history of use, then maybe I'll buy it.

        • Pokemon

          I come across a shame in Avito almost every week. Due to lack of money and currency fluctuations, there are a lot of fraudsters and even if you decide to buy a used one, you need to double-check everything and it’s not a fact that you won’t be fools, even having the experience of buying a dozen or more cameras and two dozen lenses.
          On points 2 and 3 I will explain in more detail:
          2) You can give an old unit in the hands of a newbie - for example 1Ds_mk2 or Fuji Protroyka / Heap (I will not remember about Kodak). Alternatively, you can give Nikon 3-ku or 4-ku.
          And there will be a guaranteed stupor. It is necessary that a person understands at least the basics of photography and has experience in shooting.
          3) The third point is also relevant, since many consult with friends or acquaintances and they listen to them, and focus on their experience. Perhaps after 2015, due to the drop in incomes of the population associated with the targeted collapse of the national currency rates, it became different, but before people bought equipment with which they were deeply at you.
          On Avito there are enough ads for Watering cans, for example, models X or X2 and there are funny ads. I once saw a deputy from United Russia who changed D810 to D5 and asked where he had a backlight and various funny questions.

      • Seladir

        To look unfashionable, it is enough to walk with a camera at all and not be a photographer at the same time x)
        So there are either friends with relevant interests, or a misunderstanding "oh, that is easier for a smartphone." And it is simpler, and in a number of subjects it is quite good. Only this is not the main thing.

  • Victor

    I own Sigma 28-105 / 2.8-4, bought for 19 euros. A very compromise lens, of course, but still it is lighter and much more convenient than this.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Dear readers, Ivan and Alexei, please do not get personal. Try again to express your thoughts to the general public in a different format. Thank.
    The whole long flood was cleared. On Radozhiv there is a very short and very simple set of rules for comments, described here.
    Further continuation of the flood will lead to being blacklisted.

    • Alexey

      and by the way, since you're here, is there a place for my note on focusing with ML? I tried to find a suitable place myself, but there were more than one such places. most likely, it makes sense to bring everything related to the practical use of manual optics in one place.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        add a little later

        • Alexey

          I will then write a note about adjusting the focus confirmation, which can be entered into the chips on the adapters. for this topic is completely covered in complete darkness. there are some speculations) and few can tell the facts, those who know how it all works in principle :) you had something about programming and using chips, but, I remember, not everything is written there. I wrote something at Yevtifeev, and somewhere else. it will be necessary for you to write, for the order :)

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Thank you

  • BB

    Whoever doesn't like putting a used eyecup to his face can buy a new one, it costs a penny on Ali.

  • Pokemon

    It seems to me that many Sigma screwdrivers until the mid-90s are characterized by the following symptoms:
    1) The lens will be optically weak.
    2) Accentuation of warm shades - Leaving in yellow, orange and light brown shades.
    3) Accurate focus on full-frame cameras.
    4) The exposure meter of the FF cameras with the old Sigma (even non-d) works relatively accurately
    5) Insensitive to disease by fungus or mold.
    6) Good survivability. Even rain-flooded and wet inside lenses work after drying without problems and consequences. In winter, Sigma screwdrivers can withstand well -20s.

    • Alexey

      there is such a thing as sigma 70-210 2.8 for kenon. optically - quite good glass. mechanically - well, controversially, often requires repair, but still maintainable. electrically - and here is the problem. alteration is needed, otherwise when you try to shoot with a closed hole, the camera will issue ERR 01, due to the fact that the exchange protocol has changed a long time ago.

  • BB

    Several years ago I bought a Nikon 28-80 / 3.3-5.6 + F65 for 550 UAH (≈ $ 20), then I also sold the carcass (since there was already an F80), and then it was not the only offer at a similar price. Now I looked at OLX - 28-80 are offered for 1500 UAH (≈ $ 55). IMHO, 28-80 is not worth that much.

    • B. R. P.

      Yes, cheaper than a thousand is extremely rare.

  • koba

    Excellent! I already wrote here about the anti-crisis chamber, as a joke, of course, but there is a lot of truth in this joke. For example, Canon 40D - recently I came across a copy in condition 95, without a single scratch and mileage 33000, and cost exactly $ 55 (in China, of course, although it usually costs about $ 85 now with such excellent condition). I didn’t buy it, I have a lot of cameras here, but is this camera not working at the moment? I think it’s still like a worker. Attach to it the same anti-crisis, but in fact excellent Tamron 17-50 / 2.8 (not VC !!!!) for $ 120 and please, for $ 200 with batteries and a memory card. What's wrong?

  • Sergei

    A good idea.
    In addition to the anti-crisis review of the lenses, do an anti-crisis review of the digital system cameras themselves (used).
    Of course, not all the great variety, but the most common and the best in terms of price / consumer quality.
    On the main systems (Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, etc.).
    Much has already been done in this regard - there are detailed reviews of old models. But there was no emphasis on price (like $ 17 for this AF Sigma).

  • Oleg

    Anti-crisis is not the most correct wording in this case. Because anti-crisis solutions are different for different segments of the population. For some, the anti-crisis solution is to buy 85 1.8 instead of 85 1.2, for another - 50 1.8 instead of 50 1.4., And for the third, the anti-crisis solution is to purchase Helios-44.

    But in general, this is an interesting topic, to show what you can get for a different price set. It is also interesting to watch how people without much experience shoot equipment on the TOP, and the pros use very simple cameras.

  • Oleg

    I will add. That is, you need to understand who needs an anti-crisis solution, what alternative to the usual, pre-crisis technology is for him, and what result it gives. Ideally - in comparison with conventional techniques, but it is possible without comparison.

    For example, let's take a wedding photographer (food photographer, street, fashion, reporter ...), real or fictional. We outline the circle of tasks and his usual technique, for which he calmly performs the work. But then, bam, there is a crisis, and he cannot buy the same equipment. We take, for example, this Sigma, and find out to what extent it can really act as an anti-crisis solution - lost frames due to speed and focusing tenacity, work in different lighting conditions, etc. They described the identified disadvantages, analyzed how much you can put up with them and made a conclusion - whether this option is suitable as an anti-crisis solution or not.

    • Ivan

      In a crisis, he doesn’t need equipment either. There are practically no orders (in Moscow all events are prohibited), and if there are, then there are a lot of people who want to fulfill the order.

      • Oleg

        Not all crises are related to quarantine. Here, I think, we are talking about situations where the photographer can take pictures, but he has financial difficulties that limit the budget for the purchase of equipment.

        • Ivan

          I agree, I just thought you were describing the current situation. By the way, there is no quarantine, as well as the emergency regime associated with it.

          • Onotole

            So, there is no quarantine, and events are prohibited, you can't go anywhere, orders are zero. And there is no quarantine, yeah.

            • Ivan

              Self-isolation is not quarantine. In quarantine, the state takes responsibility and provides the population with everything necessary. I would not like to develop this topic, otherwise Arkady will be banned for flooding.

              • Oleg

                I agree that there is no need to develop this topic, because we do not take a situation when it is impossible to work for various reasons - then there is no point in any lens (camera), we consider a situation where it is possible to work, but finances do not allow us to purchase any desired working tool, therefore we are looking for a suitable budget option.

              • Onotole

                Then another challenge is needed, with slightly different rules - you can work, but only from home. That is, in essence, only the subject shooting remains, therefore, we need such a camera and such a lens that will allow us to fulfill the minimum requirements for this type of shooting, but since money, as always, is running low, we need the cheapest set of similar ones.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Yes, do at least some. By the way, the photo for this review was prepared by my mother, who generally has no idea about all these shutter speeds, apertures, noises, skin tones, etc., focusing points, megapixels, picking in RAW, banding, noise in the shadows, aberration, vignette and distortion, Watering can, Zeiss and Voith. She just loves to shoot, which many amateur and photographers lack.

              • Onotole

                I cannot agree with this statement. Take at least the exposure - in the overwhelming majority of cases, the exposure is very correct in accordance with the plot (which, by the way, in my opinion, is really not enough for many photographers of different skill levels).
                And this cannot be the result of the camera's automation (especially the D70). This is either conscious management of the shooting process, or a decent selection from a huge array of all sorts of different shots (over- and underexposed), which in fact also implies an understanding of what is correct exposure. The same goes for focus, and, at a stretch, everything else. And picking in RAW is more often than not just a harmless hobby, in my opinion, I don't see anything really bad in it.
                Regarding the challenge - I just suggested an idea, thinking aloud no more, there was no one to offend the goal.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                No, everywhere (really everywhere) all the examples from this review have P mode and auto ISO (you can download the sources and see for yourself). Auto ISO on the D70 is still a problem, since ISO values ​​cannot just be taken and imprinted on sample photos. D70 writes them in some non-standard place (only if auto ISO is turned on). Therefore, for all 40 photos, I had to manually look at the value of the current ISO with the native utility and enter separately for each photo.
                My mother does not even know what exposure compensation or exposure itself is. Everywhere on-camera JPEG, I modified some of the pictures, because the sensor on the d70 is dirty. Everywhere a central focus point or auto focus point selection (I don’t remember which mode I left it). During testing, and this is about 5 months (3 winter months and 2 spring), only about 2000 frames were shot. I didn’t explain anything to her, she doesn’t read my reviews. Just a housewife with a soap box, a reflex mirror.
                By the way, this once again shows that the presence of the desire for good photographs is not always associated with a subtle understanding of the technical components. For example, in this case, the plot search and frame composition play a big role.

  • Michael

    Why there aren’t enough warm shades on the d70. On the d40, everything is fine, although the matrices are the same.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      1. Different processors that process the signal from these sensors. In d40, the processing process is based on d200, in d70 the older. The same made it possible to use ISO HI40 (1) for d3200, only 70 for D1600.
      2. If you judge by the pictures from this review, then keep in mind that this is Sigma 30 years ago for $ 17.

    • Ivan

      The matrix is ​​not the only thing in the chamber that is responsible for the final result. The circuit contains a processor, software, and other components. Same thing with OLED matrices for TVs. They are released only by LG, and TVs are released, except LG, Sony, Panasonic. At the same time, “non-native” Panases are considered to be the standards, which more skillfully bring the picture to mind.

  • Alexey

    I used this sigma on film (ilford pan 400) coupled with 7000 minolta the impressions are very good; For some micro-contrast enhancement (IMHO), the Zh2 filter is useful :)

  • Alexey

    I’ve been using this lens on Minolta 7000 af for several years = a very versatile and reliable tool = they don’t make these now ... I use it for photography on black and white film (Ilford) on color emulsions, this lens is not so good, but on panchromes with a Zh2 filter - beauty, not a picture, especially in a sunny winter landscape ... in the photo (ilford hp plus 400) my shepherd Rosa 2011 evening lighting was exposed at par for a microhair dryer for 10 minutes ... while I was looking for a b / w I found a color shot ... (fuji 100)

  • Alexey

    and here is bw

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