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Testseek.com have collected 18 expert reviews of the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and the average rating is 66%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM.
 
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The editors liked

  • Compact dimensions for such a wide focal range
  • Very good image quality in the frame centre across the whole focal range
  • Decent image quality on the edge of the frame
  • Very good correction of the longitudinal chromatic aberration
  • Sensible correction of
  • 13.9x focal length range with impressive closeup capability
  • Ideal general purpose / travel lens
  • Fast
  • Quiet autofocus
  • Effective image stabilization (about 3 stops benefit at all focal lengths)
  • Good build quality
  • Smooth zoom ring action and limited zoom creep
  • Very good performance for a superzoom
  • Effective optical Stabilisation
  • Compact size
  • Light weight
  • Long 11.1x zoom range. Compact. Maximum 1
  • 3 macro magnification. Optically stabilized. Compact. Available for most APS-C camera systems. Attractive price tag.

The editors didn't like

  • A bit too many reflections near 100 mm focal length
  • Noticeable vignetting at both ends of focal range
  • Image quality on the edge of the frame at 18 and 100 mm and at the maximum relative aperture a bit under the decency level.
  • Somewhat soft wide open in the middle of the zoom range
  • Very strong pincushion distortion across much of the zoom range
  • F/6.3 max aperture at 250mm is relatively slow
  • No full time manual focus override (which isn't really much of an issue)
  • Sharpness suffers at maximum aperture. Distortion throughout zoom range

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  Published: 2015-12-24, Author: Kevin , review by: dxomark.com

  • With such an extensive focal range on offer, lenses like this never match the performance of models with less ambitious zoom ranges, but then again, what you're paying for here is flexibility and convenience. Still, with relatively affordable pricing, sta...

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  Published: 2014-08-14, review by: bobatkins.com

  • Though the azlink2-->Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO HSM may not be the sharpest and fastest of lenses it nevertheless represents a very useful lens for travel and other applications where size and weight are of primary importance. It covers a wide ra...

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  Published: 2014-08-13, Author: Julia , review by: popphoto.com

  • Abstract:  Sigma revises a much-loved zoomIs the 18–200mm APS-C zoom a sought-after lens category? We've tested four of them in recent years, and almost all the current stabilized models are in their third-generation. (Yes, they're popular.) The new version, the 18–...

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  Published: 2014-06-27, review by: lenstip.com

  • compact dimensions for such a wide focal range, very good image quality in the frame centre across the whole focal range, decent image quality on the edge of the frame, very good correction of the longitudinal chromatic aberration, sensible correction of
  • a bit too many reflections near 100 mm focal length, noticeable vignetting at both ends of focal range, image quality on the edge of the frame at 18 and 100 mm and at the maximum relative aperture a bit under the decency level.
  • The launch of the Sigma C 18–200 mm f/3.5–6.3 DC Macro OS HSM was for me a surprise. After introducing a new company policy there seem to be so many lenses to be replaced, so many new constructions to be created; launching an amateur 18-200 mm model less ...

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  Published: 2014-06-04, Author: Kevin , review by: dxomark.com

  • Abstract:  This is the second and final part of our comprehensive lens recommendations for the new entry-level Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D. This time we've assessed zoom lenses from both the Canon and third party makers to see how well they perform on the camera, and...

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  Published: 2014-03-24, Author: Jim , review by: pcmag.com

  • Long 11.1x zoom range. Compact. Maximum 1:3 macro magnification. Optically stabilized. Compact. Available for most APS-C camera systems. Attractive price tag.
  • Sharpness suffers at maximum aperture. Distortion throughout zoom range
  • The Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens trades some optical quality for a compact design, low cost, and long zoom range....

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  Published: 2014-01-31, Author: Bryan , review by: The-digital-picture.com

  • Abstract:  I may get time to complete a full Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM review in the future, but please make use of the standard image quality test results now....

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  Published: 2013-12-11, Author: Kevin , review by: dxomark.com

  • Abstract:  We've now had the opportunity to assess the entry-level 24-Mpix Nikon D3200 with a wide range of lenses. We've analyzed a total of over 140 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality, and to discover which of those models perform...

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  Published: 2012-06-18, Author: Gary , review by: ephotozine.com

  • Very good performance for a superzoom, Effective optical Stabilisation, Compact size, Light weight, Good build quality
  • f/6.3 max aperture at 250mm is relatively slow, No full time manual focus override (which isn't really much of an issue)
  • Superzoom lenses are often full of compromises, but in this 18-250mm lens from Sigma, the compromises are few and far between. It may be the case that shorter zoom ranges may yield better performance overall, but if you're after a convenient all-in-one le...

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  Published: 2006-01-01, review by: dpreview.com

  • 13.9x focal length range with impressive closeup capability, ideal general purpose / travel lens, Fast, quiet autofocus, Effective image stabilization (about 3 stops benefit at all focal lengths), Good build quality, smooth zoom ring action and limited zoom creep,
  • Somewhat soft wide open in the middle of the zoom range, Very strong pincushion distortion across much of the zoom range,
  • The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM may sound like it's just a minor update compared to its 'non-Macro' predecessor, but the reality is a little more complex. Along with its reduced size and improved close-up ability come a couple of other cha...

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