I've recently ordered a N80 with a Sigma 28-105 f4-5.6. I'm still waiting for it be delivered. As I'm starting to learn about photography and lenses, it looks like you want to get a lens with the maximum aperature size you can. As I'm looking I see a Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 for only $60 more.
Is the Sigma f2.8-4 lens $60 better than the F4-5.6?
I'm really new to all of this and just want to get some more educated and experienced opinions on this.
And what about the Nikon 28-105 F3.5-4.5 lens? Is it worth $160 more than my ordered Sigma lens?
Thanks for your opinions,
#1. "RE: Sigma 28-105 Zooms" | In response to Reply # 0JOHNAGUAS Basic MemberThu 24-Aug-00 07:25 PM
I've had my Sigma 28-105(f/2.8-4) for almost a year now, and despite the negative reviews on some sites, I am very pleased with its performance (as a serious hobbyist). The wide open aperture at 105 mm is excellent for portraits, but do avoid using 28mm wide open indoors, even if you have fast film. I don't know why, but the labs just don't want to print my shots taken at that setting
The Nikon 28-105 (I heard) is also good, even better than the 24-120, picture-quality wise, and it even focuses as close as around 8 inches. But if budget is a concern, go for the Sigma and you can move up to a Nikon later, as I (eventually) will
a very happy nikonian in the Philippines
#2. "RE: Sigma 28-105 Zooms" | In response to Reply # 0JimB Basic MemberThu 31-Aug-00 02:11 PM
I just got a N60 with the 28-105 f3.8-5.6 lens and upgraded to the 28-105 f2.8-4 lens after a week for the same reasons you are thinking about. The main difference between them that I can see, and from talking with a Sigma rep., besides the maximum aperature is that the 2.8-4 is 6oz heavier and takes a 72mm filter which could get a little pricey. I've also noticed that the AF is a bit faster on the f2.8-4 lens so that may be a factor for you as well. The weight of the lens may also be a factor, it can be a burden. I hope this helps.
#3. "RE: Sigma 28-105 Zooms" | In response to Reply # 2jwankel Basic MemberThu 31-Aug-00 06:53 PM
I just got my N80 two days ago. I've already went back and ordered the faster f2.8-4 lens and will be returning the f3.8-5.6. The downside is the bigger lens size, but I can return the two 62mm filters I bought. Altogether, it's about a $70 difference including the lens and filters.
My wife and I are just moving up from a P&S and we're really looking to learn all that we can. I really don't want to be limited by my equipment hence the NIKON N80 purchase. I think the faster lens will be a solid move.