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.