Sigma Lenses.. any good?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Trey, Nov 1, 2004.

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    Alan Brennan Guest

    On Wed, 03 Nov 2004 18:57:44 -0800
    Randall Ainsworth ( )
    Lets be reasonable here Randall. I have known my share of pretty crappy
    Sigma lenses. For instance there's a 28-80 zoom which came with an A2E I
    bought second hand which works nicely on a Canon 30D, sometimes on a
    300D and never on the A2E, Lord alone knows why. But they do not
    necessarily deliver crappy pictures. There are some quite good lenses
    with a Sigma name on the front. The 100-300 f4 and the 120-300 f2.8 are
    both consistently well reviewed and rated above the equivalent Canon and
    Nikon offerings. In fact the Canon 100-300 f4.5-5.6 is consistently
    ranked as a fairly poor lens. It is true that buying Canon generally is
    a guarantee of good build quality, but I have had one or two nasty
    little cheapies from Canon in my time. The FD 50mm f2 they put on the
    low end A series cameras in some markets for example.The zoom that comes
    in the 300D kit performs well, but don't look too closely at how it's
    made. And I'm told the Canon 55-200 "super zoom" is one to avoid. It's
    case by case, surely.
    Alan Brennan, Nov 4, 2004
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    BillB Guest

    Sad. I imagine that when you were younger and more in control of
    your faculties, this particular vile side of your personality
    wouldn't have been so easily shown, at least in public. It also
    explains your past meanness, bitterness and inability either to put
    forth a coherent argument or inability to care about wanting to do
    so. Very sad indeed.
    BillB, Nov 4, 2004
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    Chris Down Guest


    I am afraid I cheated I went to the USA and bought it there. There are are
    too many uncertainties regarding duty, VAT etc to risk going the mail order

    Most of the major stores have web sites so you can check and compare prices.
    I recommend you get a trusted friend going there on holiday or for business
    to pick the item up for you.

    Chris Down, Nov 4, 2004
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    brian Guest

    Randall, I have a Sigma lens, I have also had Sigma lenses in the past, and
    so far I have had no problems with them and the only reason I get any crappy
    photos when I use them is because of something I did wrong, not the lens,
    again, please do not throw your unwanted, and unwarranted comments about a
    product you have no dealings with. I believe you have a Canon 10D?, why
    don't you use your experiences of this product to generate some feedback to
    the group regarding its good and bad points, something I could not and would
    not do, as I have no experience with the product.

    brian, Nov 4, 2004
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    brian Guest

    Randall be understanding dis negroid-american languag, what da fuq iz ya
    jivin' about brace yourself foo'! Sigma iz da king o' spurious lenses
    Don't make me come ovah there bitch...

    brian, Nov 4, 2004
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    brian Guest

    I will now translate previous paragraph into Ebonics for the benefit of our
    jive ass bro's

    Sad. I imagine dat when ya wuz younger an' mo' in control o'
    yo' faculties, dis here particular vile side o' yo' personality
    wouldn't gots been so easily shown, at least in public. It also
    explains yo' past meanness, bitterness an' inability either ta put
    forth uh coherent argument or inability ta care about wanting ta do
    so. Very sad indeed.
    Jus' like Orenthawl James.

    brian, Nov 4, 2004
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    Bob Monaghan Guest

    Surprise! Sigma has made zoom lenses sold under the Leica and Hasselblad
    brand names ;-) Other third party lenses have been rebranded and sold as
    nikon lenses, minolta, and so on major brand lenses.

    quoting joe-b at
    My Leica 28-70 zoom was made by Sigma...

    and quoting Bob Shell (former editor of Shutterbug) at same URL:
    Or more correctly, Sigma used to make lenses for Leica. Today the
    Japanese-made Leica lenses are from Kyocera. Sigma does make the
    Hasselblad zoom, though, and Fuji makes the Hasselblad X-Pan and lenses

    the pro line sigma lenses are very good performers at great price points,
    esp. for extreme optics (e.g., my sigma 14mm rectilinear).

    See Roger Hicks & Frances Schultz THE LENS BOOK for discussion of sigma
    lenses and third party vs. mfger lenses. Roger Hicks is one of
    the lens testing gurus for Brit. Jrnl of Photography, Shutterbug, etc.,
    the fact that he uses a number of Sigma lenses in his pro photowork says
    some very good things about their suitability for amateur and pro use IMHO

    grins bobm
    Bob Monaghan, Nov 5, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    Oh crap Randall, are you reading this? LOL
    D.R., Nov 6, 2004
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    Angela Guest

    Thanks Chris - I am off to the US next year - I'll take a look!
    Angela, Nov 7, 2004
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