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Worth buying: Sigma 18-250 mm Macro?


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tutu10

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Hi,I am using kit lens with D5200 since last 5 years, now I want to upgrade kit lens.Is Sigma 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro Lens worth upgrading?What about Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD?I want a lens with quick focus and sharp images(Macro Lens preferred), so please suggest me some budget lenses.



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I know of only one lens that was a dedicated macro zoom lens.

All other zooms have a limited closer range for practical reasons
but I would not base macro work with these tools.



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Fast focus and sharp images are not the design targets when designing any superzoom except possibly the Canon L 35-350 and 28-300. Convenience and portability are what they are all about.

 

I would much rather split the range in two lenses to get less compromise in the design. A 16-80/2.8-4 in combination with a 70-200/4 are probably the best semi-affordable solution for portability, fast AF and crisp results on DX.

 

Macro on the third-party zooms only means that it focuses a bit closer than non-macro designated lenses. When used up close, they usually have a mushy rendering where lines that should be nice and contrasty just lack definition. A real macro lens OTOH, shows amazing detail and can come even closer.