Nikkor 18-105mm VR vs. Sigma 18-125mm OS vs. Sigma 18-200mm OS

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mrgreen4242, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I'm going to replace my D40 kit lens (18-55mm non-VR) with a slightly longer lens with optical stabilization. I'll be trading my kit lens in at B&H and put the money towards the new lens, so I'll get about $60 off the lens price.

    I'm looking to keep the expenditure under $300 (I'd like to try to also save for a Sigma 30mm f/1.4). So, the options boil down to:

    1) Nikkor 18-105mm VR AF-S for $329
    2) Sigma 18-125mm OS HSM for $339
    3) Sigma 18-200mm OS HSM for $429

    So, #1 is a genuine Nikkor lens which is usually considered a plus, and it's also the cheapest by a bit. #2 adds a little more zoom and seems to have no other fault besides not being a Nikkor (although Sigma is usually a well respected lens) and being just a tiny bit more.

    Finally #3 is a bit out of my desired price, but it's the wide range is certainly appealing. That said, I could probably get a dedicated long zoom lens with faster speed at the longer ends as well as more reach. Plus, it's another $100 away from the f/1.4 that I think I would use more than the 105 to 200mm focal range.

    So, the questions are is the 18-200mm worth the extra money? Is the Nikon brand worth losing the little extra zoom range over the Sigma? Is there a lens in this class that I'm not looking at? I need something in the roughly 18-100 range and at least f/3.5, faster is better of course.
  2. leandroc76 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2003

    Reason: VR.

    Sigma's 18-200 is VERY slow at the 200 end. (6.3) no good

    Think about: Save for the 18-200mm VR. It's a decent lens especially with a Speedlight attached.

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