Light tele for D70: Sigma 55-200 or Nikon 28-200?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Albert Voss, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. Albert Voss

    Albert Voss Guest

    Looking for a moderate telezoom for a D70 that has to be light (really
    light), I am thinking about Sigma's new DC lens 55-200 /4,0-5,6 (310
    g) against the Nikon 28-200/3,5-5,6 D IF (360 g). Being twice as
    expensive (or not as dirt cheap) as the Sigma, is the Nikon optically
    better in the 55-200 range?

    Albert Voss, Apr 9, 2004
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  2. The Sigma lens is not especially good. I've been using it and I am
    considering getting a 70-200mm f2.8 instead, because it really is not
    very sharp.

    If you have the Nikon 18-70mm zoom for D70, you hardly need to overlap
    with one from 28-200mm. Just get the Nikon 70-200mm (or 80-200mm, or
    whatever good s/h or new Nikon optic you can find - there is hardly a
    shortage of standard tele zooms!)

    David Kilpatrick, Apr 9, 2004
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  3. Albert Voss

    Albert Voss Guest

    The Sigma lens is not especially good. I've been using it and I am
    I deliberately meant what I wrote: a "light" lens, point.

    You totally missed my point by giving the cheap (a joke!) advice to
    take up a AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2,8G IF-ED. Whow, thats not
    only some 2200 EUR, which is prohibitive for most people even in the
    high income country, where I live, but it is a whopping 1.479 g,
    which is prohibitive for me personally.

    I would not take it for a city holiday trip, even if I was given it
    for free. I take photos for pleasure and will not end like those poor
    pro chaps that have to take Ibuprofen, just to survive another
    shooting for their livelihood.

    And I know how good or rather bad long zooms are, I have had quite a
    few of them in the last decades myself.

    So once again, seriously, is there anybody who really cant tell the
    presumed difference in the category that I am looking to, really light
    tele zooms?

    Albert Voss, Apr 9, 2004
  4. Albert Voss

    Albert Voss Guest

    As no light tele zoom is a speed champion, unfortunately you need a
    kilogramm for f/2,8 and all zooms in this range and with F/5,6, I have
    circled this in already. Is its AF speed slower than with newer
    The APO Sigma is the favourite of many, as I have learned. But with
    more than a pound it sounds less attractive as the newer 55-200, which
    in DSLR terms is a 70-300 anyway, which would be enough for me without
    a tripod.

    Anybody out there that has compared the older APO with the new DC

    Albert Voss, Apr 10, 2004
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