Because of the global financial crisis and strenghtening of Yen last year, many manufacturers increases their lens price. Nikon is one of them. Nikon high quality grade lenses are climbing steadily, and many of them are over $1750. But don’t worry so much, because there are cheaper alternative, which is Sigma lenses.
Sigma lenses are generally inferior to Nikon, but they provide very interesting value / performance. Sigma lens collection fills the gap nicely.
Here is consumer / low-grade lens comparison table:
BQ is built quality, IQ is lmage Quality, price can change without notice.
|Sigma DC zoom lens||BQ||IQ||Price||Nikon DX zoom lens||BQ||IQ||Price|
|Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM||7||7||$480||Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5||7||8||$830|
|Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4 OS HSM||6||5||$300||Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR||5||5||kit|
|Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 OS HSM||7||6||$330||Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR||6||7||$335|
|Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR||7||8||$675|
|Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 VR||7||4||$550|
|Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8||9||8||$1300|
|Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 OS HSM||6||-||$300||Nikon 50-200mm f/4-5.6 VR||6||7||$225|
|Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS||6||-||$400||Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR||7||7||$500|
|Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM||7||6||$530||Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II||7||7||$850|
In this category, Nikon generally have better lens collection. So if you’re looking for consumer grade lenses, I recommend you to get Nikon lenses if you have the budget.
If you are in tight budget Sigma could come to rescue. Some Nikon lenses are quite expensive such as the ultra wide angle 10-24mm, so if you are willing to compromise a bit on image quality, Sigma 10-20mm is a nice option. It is almost half price cheaper. For vacation lens like Nikon 18-200mm VR, Sigma 18-250mm OS has longer reach and $300 cheaper. It is a good alternative.
Next is the category of high quality zoom lenses.
|Sigma EX, DG zoom lens||BQ||IQ||Price||Nikon FX zoom lens||BQ||IQ||Price|
|Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM||7||7||$850||Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8||10||10||$1815|
|Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8||9||9||$1750|
|Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM||9||8||$800||Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8||10||9||$1900|
|Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM||8||7||$750|
|Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM||8||8||$800||Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR||9||9||$2000|
|Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO||8||5||$1100||Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR||8||7||$1650|
|Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II||9||10||$2300|
High quality lenses above are optimized for full frame dSLR cameras (except Sigma 50-150mm), but it is also compatible with crop sensor DSLR camera. Nikon has best quality zoom lenses around, but The price might be a major turn off.
Fortunately, Sigma has plenty of great lenses which is significantly cheaper. Lenses like Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM and 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM are a very nice alternative for people who is under budget but want to get professional quality images.
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