Sigma 18-200MM HSM or 18-200MM OS HSM

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  1. Michael.McBee

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    The price of the 18-200MM HSM is $310 and the OS HSM is $480.

    Do any of you guys use this lense? Is the stabilization worth the $170 difference?
     
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    Are you looking to buy it for your D40?
     
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    I would probably pay for the later, although i have not tryed out sigma's OS
     
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    Yea,
    I'm looking to purchase one or the other for my D40!
     
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    Not sure if you know... but you won't be able to use the autofocus on any lenses other than Nikkor lenses. The d40 doesn't have a focus motor built into it.
    I used to shoot with my D40 up until 2 months ago.
     
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    These lenses do auto focus on the D40. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) gives them the ability to auto focus on the D40.
     
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    Yep, as long as the Sigma lens has HSM it will work on the D40 and D40x.
     
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    Cool, then go for it :) (When I got mine, I was told that sigma didn't make lenses for the D40... haven't done further research on it... so I stand to be corrected) Look forward to seeing results when you make you decision :D
     
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    IMO if you have the extra money image stabilization is worth it.... the lens is slow to begin with so every little bit helps....
     
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    I was looking at that lens in the past as well for Canon.

    At that time, if I am going to get the lens, I will get the OS version as well because, according to Photozone, the optical quality of the OS version (as least for the Canon mount version) is better than the non-OS.

    (note: I change my mind and decided not get that)

    I know Dave here has the Canon version with he OS and he like it. And the place where he get is cheaper than $480
     
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    OS. No question about it.
     
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    Depends what you're shooting. If you like low-light photos and don't want to get a tripod, then yes, certainly get the OS. It will allow you to use much slower a shutter speed than a non-OS lens.

    Just before you do, though, be sure to try the lens out in a camera shop. According to the manual (and reading between the lines), the D40 will only autofocus with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or higher (lower F-number). It will probably work with a 6.3 lens, but better to be safe than sorry.
     

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