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Monday, January 29, 2007

Short Report: Sigma Zoom Combo

Two low-priced lenses from Sigma are ideal for photographers on a budget

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These are simple, basic lenses designed to offer a great deal of value for the price. You can buy both of them as a package for less than $250 (street price). Individually, the 18-50mm sells for a very affordable $110 (street price) while the 55-200mm sells for less than $150 (street price). Special coatings make these lenses more digital-friendly, and you'll find an aspherical lens in the 18-50mm enhances performance.

The Sigma lens combo is ideal for new or student photographers on a tight budget who still need a good focal length range with decent lenses. In addition, the Sigma 18-50mm and 55-200mm lenses are perfect for the traveler who wants to move about lightly and simply.

Resolution: 6.1 megapixels
Lens: Nikkor DX, G-AF, D-AF
Viewfinder: Optical
Media Type: CompactFlash
Shooting Modes: Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), programmed auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual
Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Metering System: 3-D color matrix, center-weighted, spot
Focus Modes: Single Area AF,
Dynamic Area AF, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Maximum FPS: 3 fps in Continuous mode
ISO Equivalency: 200 to 1600
Power Source: Nikon Li-Ion rechargeable EN-EL3, or three CR2 batteries
Size: 5.5x4.4x3.1 inches
Weight: 21 ounces (body only)
Estimated Street Price: $999
Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.


Key Features

• Exceptionally low price

• Compact, easy-to-carry lenses

• Two lenses make a great combo


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