Chris Joerg's reviews

  • Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC

    6 out of 10 points and recommended
    Image quality - if you mind price, size and weight.
    Autofocus is loud, slow and due to f 5,6 at the long end inaccurate in low light situations.

    The sigma 18-125 won't do the job if you are looking for THE image of your life. If you take a look at the zoom-range and the price this has to be like this. It has a quite loud, even screeching autofocus which is often inaccurate, especially in low light situations. The autofocus is also quite slow. Tracking of fast moving objects is very hard to do. The lens shows some minor cromatic aberrations. The vignetting is acceptable even at full opened aperture. (You need to turn up the vignetting correction in adobe's raw converter up to ca. 25 to get rid of them, but this is really not a problem)

    Very nice is the low price. It has THE perfect zoom range to travel and it's lightweight. It's quite sharp at f 8. There you can get quite decent results even when you are a censorius amateur. It does a "good" job for all day family & friends snap shooting. Good, but not more.

    If you buy it, you can do nothing wrong. Buy it, start taking pictures and have fun. It's not the lens, it's not the body, it is your point of view that makes the shot. Otherwise spend 1200 € and have a look at a L-series lens... ;-)

    Please have a look at my website. ALL pictures shown are taken with the 18-125 and an Canon EOS 10D, processed with several versions of adobe raw converter:

    Thanks for visiting! Christian Joerg Photographie

    reviewed July 24th, 2007 (purchased for $280)