Recommended Sigma lenses for Nikon D5000 and Nikon D3000

by Enche Tjin on February 6, 2010

Sigma lens collection is a great alternative for photographers in budget. Generally, Sigma lenses are good optically and fast in auto focus performance. Some of them are quite unique, for example, Sigma  17-70mm and 150-500mm super telephoto zoom.

Sigma lenses below have HSM or built-in auto focus motor, therefore, it is fully compatible with Nikon D5000, D3000 and older models. Sigma HSM can’t beat Nikon AF-S in accuracy but they perform very well in many situations.

Here are some suitable Sigma lens for Nikon D5000 and D3000:

Sigma-10-20-hsmSigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM Price: $480

This ultra-wide lens is a great alternative of  better quality but expensive Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ($999) . Sigma 10-20mm is great for amateur landscape photography. Build quality is excellent and it produces very good image when stop down to f/8.

sigma-17-70mm-os-hsmSigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS HSM Price: $450

It is a very versatile general purpose lens for walk around and event photography. This lens is equipped with OS (optical stabilization) which awesome in shooting low light photography. The aperture are quite big for amateur lens. This will be great lens if you are looking for a better quality lens to upgrade from your kit lens.

sigma-18-250mmSigma 18-250mm f3.5-5.6 OS HSM Price: $530

Sigma multipurpose, superzoom lens for any occasion. This lens is like two in one lens, wide + telephoto zoom. It is great for vacation because you don’t have to change lens.  The lens is pretty sharp in wide angle part, but not very good in telephoto part. Sigma 18-250mm is not as good optically compare to Nikon version of 18-200mm which is the best in the market so far. But it is still a good deal if you consider the versatility.

sigma-50-150mmSigma 50-150mm f/2.8 HSM Price: $750

Sigma medium telephoto lens mimics the popular 70-200mm in 35mm film SLR camera. Due to its big aperture, it is good for many kinds of photography, including for portrait, wedding, indoor sport such as basketball or volleyball. It is relatively light compared to regular 70-200 lens. In addition, the built-quality of this lens is pro grade.

Sigma-150-500mmSigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Price: $999

This super telephoto zoom lens is excellent for wildlife and nature photography. It has great reach which make this lens unique. It does not focus very fast, but it is acceptable. Because it has a small maximum aperture, it is great only in bright day condition. Most of the time, you will have to stick this lens to monopod or tripod due to the heavy and bulky size.

That’s all folks. You can get your lenses from Amazon, they have a very competitive price and great service. I hope this can help you and have fun making pictures with the lenses!

Related: Nikon lenses for D3000, D5000, D60 and D40 or Tamron lenses

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Mark Foster February 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

I have an older Nikon and upgrading to a d5000. I like them for the light weight. I been photographing for 20 years and will not us any other lens than a Sigma. I use the 18-55mm telephoto, 18-125mm telephoto, and the 70-300mm telephoto lens. You can’t beat the Quality of Sigma. I use them for Nature photography and Wedding photography

eric barraza May 16, 2010 at 2:29 am

I have a Nikon D3000
Amazing Camera!!
I like information about lens !

Elizabeth July 12, 2010 at 1:32 am

I love my Nikon D60. I bought it used along with a 35mm f/1.8 lens. Now it’s time for a telephoto lens. Thanks for the info here!

faiz July 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

hai, which one is better for nikon D3000, is it nikkor 18-200mm or sigma 18-250mm? For potrait which one you guys prefer? For candid?

Enche Tjin July 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

Nikon one is better.

kamera-gue July 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Sigma adds an optical stabilizer called OS on their 70-300mm and it works well, and it will AF with Nikon D5000 and below, even no HSM mark (just a slow focus motor). I currently writing a review for this lens. I think the Sigma 70-300mm DG OS can be listed here as a cheap tele lens (under $450).

Don July 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm

How can you call these affordable alternatives when the Nikon 18-55 kit lens and the Nikon AF S 55-200mm VR are both excellent lenses that cost less than all of the above Sigma’s?

Enche Tjin July 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hi Don, these Sigma lenses are a step up from the kit lenses.

Burr August 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Does the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS HSM auto focus on a Nikon D5000?

Does the lens have a built-in motor since the D5000 body doesn’t?

Enche Tjin August 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

yes it does because the lens has internal focusing motor (HSM).

Sheila November 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I have a D5000 & need a new lens. My son is in HS & playing basketball right now & will be in baseball in the spring. I need a lens that will be compatible for both. Any recommendations? I’m on a budget =)

Enche Tjin November 22, 2010 at 1:28 am

For baseball, Nikon 55-200mm will be great deal. For basketball (is it indoor?) it will be hard to use this lens but it might be usable if the light condition is bright enough.

Other alternative is 70-200mm f/2.8, but this lens will cost around 5 times more expensive.

Enche Tjin November 22, 2010 at 1:31 am

For Sigma alternative, you can look for Sigma 50-200mm OS HSM, but honestly Nikon version looks like a better deal (better image quality).

Julia December 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Hi! Can you please let me know if I can use Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II with my Nikon D5000. I’m looking to buy one very soon but need to be sure that it will work. Thank you very much!

Enche Tjin December 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Yes, it will work because it has HSM (hypersonic motor).

Julia December 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Thank you for your quick answer. Last question – how would I know what Tamron lenses would work with it as well? Does it have to say HSM in a description too? Thank you

Enche Tjin December 6, 2010 at 12:40 am

Yes, the Tamron usually has built-in AF motor for Nikon cameras. It does not say HSM, but it will say something like this: Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 with built-in motor for Nikon DSLR cameras.

Julia December 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

Great! Thanks for that info!

Walter December 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm

should i go for a 55-200mm + 35 f/1.8 lens or straight go for sigma 17-70mm lens?

cjd February 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I have D5000 and wanna spend 30 grands for ma lens..i do landscape travel n potraits,sud i invest in nikon 18-200mm or 70-300 or wide angle sigma 10-24mm..i want the pic quality and sharpness to be excellent..plz suggest me

Enche Tjin February 14, 2011 at 2:09 am

@cjb, what camera do you use?

jht March 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

why is the sigma 70-200mm 2.8 hsm 2 not included here? :) i need some lens review for my d3000… i am just worried about the lens not having the OS.

Enche Tjin March 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hi jht, I have the review here. It is great alternative lens but like u said it does not has OS so it is a bit hard to handle in low light situation.

Sri Lanka March 17, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hi Enche Tjin

Thankx for the link. I was looking for this…

sarah March 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I wanna to buy D5000 so wanna to know which one is the best lens (telephoto) for landscape travel, potraits and i love nature like bird..I’m on a budget

Enche Tjin March 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

I’ll recommend 55-200mm VR if you on tight budget. If you have a more flexible budget, I recommend Nikon 70-300mm VR

sarah March 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

are nikon lens 24-120mm 3.5-5.6d is best for D5000?
and when i wanna use this lens? indoor or any place?plz suggest me …. i’m beginner

sarah March 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

are nikon lens 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 vr is best for D5000?
and when i wanna use this lens? indoor or any place?plz suggest me …. i’m beginner

SK March 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

I m using Nikon D5000 with 18-55 mm lens & want to go for telephoto lens
Will u plz suggest me which 1 I should go for
1.Nikkor 55-200 mm ,
2.Sigma 70-300 mm apo or
3. Tameron 70-300 mm

With Thanks
Swapnil K.

jht April 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

@sarah, nikon 35mm 1.8 is the best lens for d5000.. :) you may want to wait for the d5100, it will be in the market this end of april…

@SK, i’ll suggest you to choose the 55-200mm.. but if i were you, save some more and go for the sigma 70-200mm 2.8 hsm ii, you wont regret it! i promise you, i ended up selling my 55-200 for the 2.8……. :)

Andrea April 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

i have a Nikon D5000 with Nikkor 18-55 mm and Nikkor 55-200… I would like to have one that goes a little wider and a little longer… so how is the
Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG Macro Aspherical Lens for Nikon AFD Cameras?
sorry if you already addressed this.

Enche Tjin April 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I think that the Sigma 28-300mm quality is not good and it also isn’t wide enough for landscape or indoor. I don’t think that this lens will auto focus in D5000. So I would recommend Sigma 18-250mm instead.

Andrea April 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

ok.thank you..someone just suggested a tamron 10-24 …said that was their favorite lens. what do you think of this one?

jht April 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

base on the reviews i read tamron 10-24mm is the worst lens compared to sigma 10-20, nikon 10-24, tokina 12-24…. i’l rather go for sigma 10-20mm and for build and image quality go for tokina..

Sarah June 17, 2011 at 4:26 am

hello..i change my mind to go for d5100 & same question about telephoto lens and wide zoom?
Will u plz suggest me..thanks

phoenixjaz July 28, 2011 at 5:29 am

Hi just want to know the diffence of the ff sigma lenses
17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM
17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM “for Nikon Only”†
17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

im planning to buy one.. my camera is Nikon D5000 please help.

Enche Tjin July 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

All of those lenses will works well with Nikon D5000. But the best will be Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM :)

jht August 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

yup! i agree… 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM :)

phoenixjaz September 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM why it is the best? is it because of the fixed apperture?

Enche Tjin September 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

yes, it is also very well designed lens.

phoenixjaz September 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

oh i would love that! but its quite expensive.. i have to choose between these models:
17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM
17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM “for Nikon Only”†
17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

what is the best lens to buy? thanks so much

MiSeo March 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I have a D5000 and I am shopping for new lenses, I live in Alaska and I want to take pictures of the Northern lights (what is the best lens to do this???)

And also, my wife and I like to take crusies around Prince William Sound, what is the best lens (regular and telephoto) I should use to take pictures of the wildlife (both on land (sometimes high up in the trees like an eagle) and in the water, like a moving dolphin)

Enche Tjin March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Wide angle lens will be great for photographing the Northern Lights such as Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM. Don’t forget to use tripod. For wildlife, I recommend Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR which has fast auto focus and relatively long focal lenght.

Janice June 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I have a nikon d 3000. will a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens work with my camera

Enche Tjin June 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

@Janice the motorized version will work. Check this out

karen February 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi i have a sigma 20-80mm macro leans and have just had a nikon D5000 can you help as it dos not fit and do not know wich converta ring to fix the problem

Enche Tjin February 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Hi karen, first, you need to identify what is the mount of your sigma lens. For example, is it for Canon? Sony or Pentax? then you find the appropiate adapter.

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