Are Sigma Lenses any good

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by photo girl, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. photo girl

    photo girl TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2004
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Utah
    I am debating on purchasing a lens. There are two that intrest me but I'm not sure wich one would be better for portraits.

    One is a Sigma its zoom range 20-44. It has been digitally enhanced and the f-stop is lower then the Nikon I think it is 2.5 or so.

    The Nikon lens has a zoom range of 24-120. It has vibration reduction and the f-stop is 3.5-5.6.

    I am not sure wich one would be better and the price diffrence is only $50.00.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Varthlokkur

    Varthlokkur TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2004
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    see if they will let you try them out. Traditionally Nikon would be better. Sigma makes some good lenses but nikon is usually much better.
     
  3. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2003
    Messages:
    7,021
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Lawrence, KS
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Sigma makes perfectly fine lenses. The Nikon lens may be better for you, but there is nothing wrong with a Sigma lens if used properly.
     
  4. molested_cow

    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,628
    Likes Received:
    460
    Location:
    Here N There
    I think Nikkor are more expensive just because they are Nikkon.... of course I do hear that Nikkor lens are better than Sigma. Haven't heard any complain about sigma though.

    I know of someone who uses Canon camera and sigma lenses. He seems to be very happy with them. Sigma lenses are much cheaper too.
     
  5. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2004
    Messages:
    5,346
    Likes Received:
    65
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have a Sigma 70-300mm lens, and it performs pretty well, especially considering it's price, only $170. I also have a Tamron 17-55mm wide angle that I payed $460 which I love. Do lots of research. A lot of times the third party lenses perform almost as well as the name brands for a fraction of the cost.

    www.fredmiranda.com is a great site for lens reviews.
     
  6. photobug

    photobug TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,562
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Pasco, WA
    According to the Photozone lens ranking page (see it here) the Nikon 24-120 is rated 2 points higher than the Sigma 24-135.

    The Sigma is a faster lens, with a longer focal length than the Nikon. At Adorama the US version of the Nikon is $510, the grey market version is $485, and the sigma is $319.

    It's your money, but to me 2 rating points isn't worth $166 (for a grey market lens) let alone $191 for the US version.

    Now I'm not knocking Nikon lenses. Nikon makes fine equipment, as do most camera manufacturers, but unless you're making your living from your photography I think your money is well spent on the Sigma.

    There may be ergonomic issues, or noise/autofocus speed issues I'm not aware of though. In the end you need to try them both and decide how best to spend your money.

    Oh, and the Sigma you're looking at is really too short for portraits, unless you like making everybody look like they are wearing a clown nose. Either the 24-120 or the Sigma 24-135 should work fine for portraits, and be a nice "walking around" lens as well.
     
  7. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,405
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Indianapolis, IN
    I've got a sigma 70-200 f2.8 and love it.
     
  8. pilgrim

    pilgrim TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2003
    Messages:
    806
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Victoria BC Canada
    thanks for that link matt! looks like some great reviews, and I think that was the final push I needed to get my new lens... :D
     
  9. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2003
    Messages:
    9,746
    Likes Received:
    42
    Location:
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I also bought a new Sigma 75-300 Apochromatic and it is tack sharp! I love it!!
     
  10. nikon90s

    nikon90s TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    581
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Kalispell, MT.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    buy the Nikon glass, I have 2 sigma lenses that I will be selling next year, just need to save some $$$ first. I find that the Nikon glass is sharper on my D70.

    Just my 2 cents
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

sigma lens utah