Death of a lens…..

Today my all purpose lens decided to give in! The Sigma 18-200mm with Optical Stabiliser. As an all purpose lens’ when unable to carry a full bag of kit’ it has proved to be great. Image quality has been good for such a long zoom range, so i’m quite sad it’s broken.

The zooming ring suddenly stopped working, it turned but didn’t zoom the lens. I was having to photograph whilst cycling in a large group of people, so there was no chance to stop and see what was wrong. The lens still moved, but i wasn’t to keen on that with the zoom ring not working. But slung over my shoulder the lens slid by itself, so i locked it. I still managed to take photos as we cycled around, but at the end when i tried to take a few photos the auto focus stopped working, it went a bit crazy! Manual focus worked ok, but by now i really didn’t want to use it until i’d had it looked at by professionals.

Sitting on the train on the way home i had a look at it and could hear something rattling around inside, and that really has to be a bad sign.

As much as i’d like to be able to get it fixed, i do wonder if it’s worth it. It often costs just to have it looked at, and repairs can be expensive. Even if i did get it fixed i’m not sure i’d really trust a lens that’s had bits rattling around inside. I’m not sure, but i think the Optical Stabiliser had also stopped working, if so then that would also be quite bad.

In the meantime i need to get something to use as an everyday lens. I’m thinking of a standard zoom of 18-50(or 55)mm, but that leaves me a bit of a gap in lenses, so a 18-125mm may be worth trying……….

If money were no object then there’s many lenses i’d consider, but unfortunately money is so often tight.



About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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