In this article, I will provide some basic results using the Nikon D5500 Digital SLR Camera and the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens lens. My intent is to help you make an informed decision by checking out the unedited sample photos taken by this gear combination.


Let me introduce my venture with photography. I am an amateur photographer who enjoys taking photos to create memorable instances of my family, kids, pets, and nature. For the past 15 years, I have been using digital point-and-shoot cameras, however, I started to feel I was limited by the quality of such cameras. For this reason, I decided to delve into the world of digital SLR cameras.

Nikon D5500 SLR with 18-300mm Sigma lens

As a result of a lengthy online search, I opted to buy the Nikon D5500 camera. It is an amazing entry-level camera, offering all the features one needs to learn and play around. This comes with a standard Nikon 18-55mm lens which has less optical zoom capability than man. Hence, I upgraded the lens and bought an 18-300mm Sigma lens.

The lens proves to be a very versatile solution because, given the 18-300mm range, you won’t need to stay changing lenses between say the standard 18-55mm and some other 55-300mm lenses.

Sample Photos

Let me show you a number of unedited photos from my personal collection. The photos are in JPG format as saved by the camera. Click on the images to download the full JPG files.

ƒ/6 1/125 145 mm ISO800
ƒ/6.3 1/125 300 mm ISO7200
ƒ/7.1 1/800 185 mm ISO200
ƒ/8 1/250 86mm ISO200
ƒ/6.3 1/500 280mm ISO200
ƒ/6.3 1/125 300mm ISO320
ƒ/7.1 1/800 175mm ISO200


In this article, we have shown the quality and range of photos that can be achieved by using the Nikon D5500 Digital SLR Camera and the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens combo.  So if you are an amateur photographer who wants quality shots at an entry-level price, you should give this a try.

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