i have a sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 apo dg sigma canon mount lens,the motor has stopped working and the lens will not autofocus,please could you tell me where i could get the lens repaired as soon as possible ready for a shoot in feb
If you don't know how to fix it yourself send it to Sigma UK (01707 329999). They are quite resonable charges for that sort of fault. Their website give a price guide depending on lens and fault. Steve
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Sigma makes their lenses with a variety of mounts for a variety of cameras. A lens with a Canon mount, for example, will not fit onto a Nikon camera. Assuming the lens has a Nikon mount, it is fully compatible with the D200.
If you mean the 150-500mm, you can see a review at http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2008/12/sigma-150-500mm-f5-63-dg-os-hsm-apo-af
In general, Sigma supertelephoto zooms have a pretty good reputation. However, only YOU can decide whether a particular lens is "good enough" for you.
Sigma makes their lenses with a variety of mounts. A lens with a Canon mount, for example, will not fit onto a Sony camera. Assuming you get the Sigma lens with a Sony mount then yes, it will be compatible with the Sony alpha.
The Nikon D40 does not have an autofocus motor, relying on the lens having one. This Sigma lens does not have such a motor, relying on the camera having one. Nikon designates lenses with an autofocus motor AF-S, Sigma calls theirs HSM.
Unfortunately, this lens is not supported by the D40 due to Nikon's unfortunate decision to leave out the autofocus motor from this camera. This is why I tell folks not to waste their money on the D40 - access to the many, many, many lenses that Nikon has made over the years, many of which are available used for a substantial savings, is lost on this camera. The only Nikon lenses that work are AF-S lenses, and some third party lenses that have their own internal motors. I got a list of Sigma lenses that are compatible with the D40 for you:
The list of compatible Sigma lenses for the Nikon D40 as of the current date is as follows:
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
17-35mm F2.8-4 DG
50-500mm F4-6.3 DG
APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
70-200mm F2.8 DG MACRO
100-300mm F4 DG
120-300mm F2.8 DG
300-800mm F5.6 DG
14mm F2.8 EX
30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
150mm F2.8 EX DG
180mm F3.5 EX DG
300mm EX DG
500mm EX DG
800mm f5.6 EX DG
from here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1177682545.html Sorry for the bad news. The cheaper thing at this point may be to sell the D40 and get a D80. I personally have a D70S, but that is no longer made.