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28-200 - worth it?
« on: July 14, 2006, 11:57:23 AM »
Minolta Fit Sigma 28-200mm F3-5.6 UC Lens & Box

And what is the UC bit?

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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2006, 12:20:42 PM »
Worth it? Depends how much they're asking. Would have to be really really really cheap. Depends also on what you need it for (eg a paperweight)

www.photozone.de 's user reports say:

Sigma AF 28-105mm f/3.8-5.6 UC III
AF Speed    Build Quality   Number of Inputs

Performance WIDE (wide open)        poor (*)
Performance WIDE (stopped down)   poor (*)
Performance LONG (wide open)        poor (*)
Performance LONG (stopped down)     poor (*)
Distortions WIDE                    critical (*)
Distortions LONG                    heavy distortions (**-)
Vignetting WIDE                   critical (*)
Vignetting LONG                   significant (w/o) (***-)
Color Balance                       neutral
Flare                                heavy flare (*)    
Optical Verdict (max. 5 pts)           very poor (1.03)    
AF Speed                          very slow (*)
Build Quality                         bad (*)    
Number of Inputs                        13


UC? - I've no idea bit it doesn't seem worth finding out :P

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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2006, 12:59:46 PM »
Thought Sigma were usually fairly reasonable in terms of quality, this one doesn't sound much good though!
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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2006, 01:02:42 PM »
Doesn't help that its an older version. There's a newer (D) version that scores better on the user polling.
Sigma lenses can have compatibility issues with the 7D/5D (though they can often be re-chipped)

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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2006, 01:06:00 PM »
Sigma lenses can have compatibility issues with the 7D/5D

Please tell me more I've got a sigma 70 -210 f2.8 apo it seems to work ok with the 5d or is there something subtle I'm missing?
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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2006, 01:18:53 PM »
"can" was the key word there :)
If yours is working, then all is well.

Some sigma lenses have been reported to not be detected by the camera (ie the camera thinks no lens is attached), or the AF doesnt work. More often its the slightly older sigma's which work fine with older KM cameras but not on the digitals.

I'm not trying to dismiss all Sigmas, some are good, but others not. If yours is working ok then don't be worred :)

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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2006, 02:13:57 PM »
Sigma lenses can have compatibility issues with the 7D/5D

Please tell me more I've got a sigma 70 -210 f2.8 apo it seems to work ok with the 5d or is there something subtle I'm missing?

Oh...I think you should be worried, in fact I would sell it as soon as possible....to me :smile:

I have been looking for ages for one of these but the are like rocking horse droppings to find on the used market.


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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2006, 04:01:03 PM »
but the are like rocking horse droppings to find on the used market.

I wasn't even looking for one at the time just noticed it in a shop.It irritated me that the 200 end of an ordinary zoom (5.6) was virtually unusable in typical English Winter handheld so I bought it £190 IIRC
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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2006, 12:38:21 PM »
Thanks to all for help/opinions :)

fother:
It was the 28-200 not 28-105 ... ;)

Currently looking at the 70-300's as there are 6 or so I'm watching on ebay atm :D - might get one as a test ;)

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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2006, 12:57:36 PM »

fother:
It was the 28-200 not 28-105 ... ;)



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Re: 28-200 - worth it?
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2006, 01:46:55 PM »
hehe... guess it means it is a bigger paperweight! :)

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