Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Noice Lens, really impressed with it....
The SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM incorporates Sigma’s original anti-shake compensation function, with a 13.8 times zoom ratio. As opposed to having an anti-shake function in the camera body, this lens’s Hybrid Optical Stabilizer provides not only an anti-shake function for the camera body, but also compensates for image shaking in the view finder as the Optical Stabilizer is built in to the lens. Incorporating four Special Low Dispersion glass elements and three aspherical lens elements provides excellent image quality throughout the entire zoom range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7 inches) at all focal lengths and a maximum magnification of 1: 3.4 reproduction ratio, making it ideal for close-up photography. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarizing filters and the supplied petal-type hood. Incorporating super multi-layer coating reduce the ghost in the backlight photography.
(… and I will except donations , test equipment etc lol ) Anyhooo, I am planning on going deeper down the rabbit whole of photography. In my research I have been crafting this list of things I want to own. I do not want to purchase these things all at once, but over time. This is a Work in Progress, and any Suggestions would be welcomed appreciated.
-Update- After An Existential Crisis during my week off from normal reality , in my down times, I got to think about my Camera Wants and needs. I got to do a ton more research and talk to a photographer or two, and well, I came to the conclusion that the Nikon D5000 was just not right for me. It’s a fine Camera but… … there are others. For a little more money, this camera would work better, so here it is, the new list buying a camera, the way I am doing it, is an experience, more on that later…
Well here is the current working list.
-Nikon D90 12.3MP DX Digital SLR Camera or Sigma SD14/SD15
- 18-105mm VR Lens or 18-200 mm
- 50mm f/1.8D prime
-12-24mm Nikkor 0r 10-20mm Sigma
- Neck Strap
- 2 x SanDisk - 8GB Extreme III Secure Digital (SDHC) Card - 30MB/s Edition
-Glass Lens Filters
- Lowepro - Topload Zoom 1 Camera Holster Bag
-ML-L3 Remote Control Transmitter if I get nikon
-Flash (yet to be determined, which one)
-Seat Belt Camera Strap
-Level Camera cube
-White Balance lens Cap
-MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack if I get the Nikon
I did not discern what I was in store for when I received my loaner Sigma DP2 Camera. Oh The scores of Pictures I have taken, accompanied by fanatical laughter (using my inside voice of course, no really!!! ). It has to be understood, I really have developed an affection for this camera. The pictures were so pleasant to take and behold. So far the Sigma Dp2 is the best camera I’ve ever used.
First off the DP2 boldly has the heart of a DLSR thumping at its core. Saying that, it’s a camera preordained for people with a certain level of patience. This Camera is not sympathetic to rushing shots. The camera works best when you put modest thought towards taking a picture. What its FOVEON X3® picks up is amazing. The camera is not hard to learn, especially if you have experience with ‘Manual mode’
on other cameras.
If you don’t have experience, it will take a little determination to get your pictures correct, initially. The menus were very easy for this geek to learn. I did not have any issues with them what so ever. My Geek Intuition Wrapped my brain around it very fast. Adjusting things was very easy, and the DP2’s manual focus was purely splendid.
The Sigma has an Amazing ‘Depth of Field’ control to it. I was caught off guard at first. The first set of pictures I took were at a Train station I use every day. I got to look at the station in a new light after those initial shots. The DP2’s Manual Focus was my favorite part of the Camera, I rarely did not use it.
The Camera’s Body was unique. As I was using it, I sometimes got the comment that the Camera did not look like much. That’s one of my Favorite things about the camera. It’s a great camera to hold, fitting in my hands nicely. Very lite to me, but not flimsy.
Sigma DP2 Specs -Format FOVEON X3® Direct -Image Sensor (CMOS) Image Sensor Size 20.7×13.8mm (0.8 inch×0.5 inch) -Number of Pixels Effective Pixels 14.06MP (2652×1768×3 layers) -Aspect Ratio 3:2 Focal Length 24.2mm F2.8 (35mm equivalent focal length:41mm) – -Lens Construction 6 Groups 7 -Elements Shooting Range 28cm??(Full Mode) -Storage Media SD Card/Compatible with SDHC,Multi Media Card Full Specs here http://sigma-dp.com/DP2/specification.html
It’s Hard to complain about anything on this Camera. It Performed as it should have. Did I desire anything? Yes, an optical zoom of some sort would have been nice. In the end that is just my personal opinion. I am just a student in the art of Photo Fu.
Shooting with the Sigma DP2 made me feel like a trainee being able to practice with a master level sword for the first time. I have a bit of faith that says I will own this camera or maybe it’s predecessor, one day. Sigma would be a fool not to continue the evolution of the DP line. I didn’t want to write this review at all. It basically meant I was at the twilight of my demo period. I have to reluctantly return the Sigma dp2b.This makes my heart is heavy.
The Sigma DP2 does not play to the Common understanding. It’s a Piece of art meant to produce art.