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Nikkor 55-200 VR VS Sigma 70-300

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by CyberFish, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. CyberFish


    Mar 1, 2009
    Hey guys. I did a quick search and could not find anything that touched on these two lenses.

    Right now I pretty much use my 18-135 since it is a nice all around lens. However, I find myself wanting more sometimes when it comes to zoom. I carry both lenses with me, but never use the 18-55. Ive read reviews for both and they seem good for the money. I was just curious if the VR trumps the extra 100MM for zoom.

    Or would you recommend me getting a macro or 50MM for now and wait on the zoom?

    Also, is the 18-55 VR kit lens considered an ultra wide, or just a telephoto?

    TIA and sorry for the noob questions.
  2. If you are using your 18-135 lens more often, then you do not need the 18-55.
    I have not used the 18-135 but I have nothing but praise for the 18-55 and I use it often with my D70S.
    No, the 18-55 is not an ultra wide lens although many photographers will not need to go wider than 18mm with DX format for their needs.
    I also own a 55-200 non VR lens and I am very satisfied with the results I get from it. I am not familiar with the Sigma 70-300 but if you have in mind those focal lengths, I would recommend the Nikkor counterpart with VR. On a budget, you should cover your tele needs nicely, for the time being, with the 55-200 but if you thought of the 70-300 do not throw your money away and get it instead of the 55-200.
    If you are contemplating macro photography, for the time being you could use your 18-55 and save money. I am sure the 18-135 could also be useful but I have not used one as I already mentioned. The 50mm lens is a very good lens if indeed you need one but do not jump on it till you have more experience.
    Right now, as I see it, your 18-135 and the 55-200 or better yet, the 70-300 VR is all you need.

    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
  3. CyberFish


    Mar 1, 2009
    My shooting varies. I am not really set on one type of thing. I like to shoot my daughter playing, cars, landscape (have a nice Chicago skyline shot but want to redo it eventually)

    Ive read reviews on the Sigma 70-300 and it gets mixed reviews. Then again, so does the Nikkor.

    Thanks for the heads up.
  4. Martin O

    Martin O Guest

    I had both lenses on my D80. I did not like the Sigma at all, because of its CA and rotating front lens. You can never use the Sigma with a polarization filter on it.
    The Nikon 55-200 VR is a better choice in the budget class.

    Note: Nowadays are Sigmas quality control just a joke.
  5. erewhon


    Jan 12, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
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