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El Duderino
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 21:01
Just got this lens today and had to take some test shots. Nothing too exciting around here, but I thought I'd share. I got this as an upgrade from the kit lens. I hope it was a good decision.

These are straight out of the camera, just resized. All three of these were shot with an aperture of f/4 too:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/June2007021.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/June2007022.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/June2007029.jpg

Do they look OK?

Tee Why
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 21:10
I think I see a touch of CA on the white flower petals. I'd like to see some more formal tests though, like the old brick wall test and 100% crops. The bokeh on the first two are a bit harsh for me, but I don't think any of the normal zooms for cropped bodies have good bokeh.

I recently saw and handled it and it seems to feel better than the Tamron and the higher magnification ratio is nice to have as well I bet.

ed rader
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 21:18
those look okay to my untrained eye. how about a few wide open :D !

ed rader

_aravena
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 22:39
look awesome! looks about like the non macro. but yes, wide open! and mention where you used the macro, just to see how good it is.

El Duderino
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 22:57
Thanks for the feedback so far, everyone. I'll do some more shots tomorrow.

This lens has a similar "tone" compared to my Sigma 70-300mm APO. On bright days, the photos kind of turn out white. I don't know how to explain it. Maybe it's CA?

Tony-S
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 23:03
Probably need to send a PM to Mike ("In2Photos") and ask him to start a new link to this thread in the archive called "18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro" (to discriminate from the non-macro version).

El Duderino
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 23:16
Alright, I've never done a 100% crop before. I zoomed in with Photoshop until it said 100% at the bottom of the image. Looks about right to me. No editing done on this one.

f/8, 1/400:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/flowercrop.jpg

Tony-S
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 23:19
In Photoshop, click on the "crop" icon and set to fixed size of 800 px by 800 px. This will give you a square of maximum size for the forum at 100% crop. Copy and paste this into a new document and save for the forum (i.e., correct size).

Tee Why
9th of June 2007 (Sat), 00:36
Looks pretty good to me.
The photos looking white may be overexposure. CA is more purple fringes seen around a high contrast area, like the edges of the white petals. These are small shots, so I'm not sure if it's CA or not.

El Duderino
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 19:33
Here are a few more uninteresting photos that I took to test it out:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/kurt2-1.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/alley.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/smallfly.jpg

:cool:

_aravena
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 20:46
I noticed that with mine that the result was similar to the 70-300 APO but not in all conditions. I'd have to look through to see, but still, i won't get rid of mine.

Tee Why
11th of June 2007 (Mon), 02:16
shot with the fly looks good. Have fun with the lens.

turbodude
11th of June 2007 (Mon), 04:06
Nice i realy think i am gonna get this one.

goatee
11th of June 2007 (Mon), 04:39
These look great! I had the old non-macro version, and was very happy with it (just wanted a longer, and not so wide lens).

To be honest, I wouldn't even bother with things like shooting brick walls straight on - I never shoot things like that, so I'll zoom right in to make sure that the lens is focussing correctly, but other than that, leave 'lens tests' to people who like to measurebate :).

rrpruett
12th of June 2007 (Tue), 03:15
Anyone shoot this lens on the new MKIII and if so did it work well? I am looking at getting this lens.

AngryCorgi
13th of June 2007 (Wed), 20:05
Anyone shoot this lens on the new MKIII and if so did it work well? I am looking at getting this lens.

I'm getting slightly darker corners (vignetting) on a 1.6x crop camera wide open. At f/4 it seems to be deminishing to a negligible amount. This is not going to work well with a 1.3x frame camera. It is designed for a aps-c sensor. On the nikons (1.5x crop), the vignetting is somewhat severe at f/2.8 @ 18mm. Don't look to buy this, spend your money on a 17-40 f/4L, you'll enjoy it more with that sensor.

AngryCorgi
13th of June 2007 (Wed), 20:39
For those who care, here are random mumblings from all the thoughts running through my head after having my lens for about 1.5 hours; enjoy!!

Got my lens today from Sigma4Less.com!! I had a tammy 17-50 f/2.8 previously, and I sold it locally for about $320. The Sigma ran me around $405 with shipping. I am happy with my $85 upgrade just in opening the box! Very solid lens, and what's this??...a free nylon semi-rigid soft-lined case with a zipper? Tamron should be taking notes! Petal hood looks i-freaking-dentical to the tammy hood: cheap plastic, but not total crap. The lens feels as though it weighs 15-20% more than the tammy (or at least it seems like it does). The zooming system is very stiffly damped and the focus is clearly setup to stay in AF mode (no dampening and pretty sensitive in MF). My eyes are gleaming with little EX coating sparkles that glimmer here and there. I think its a touch cheesy, but better than straight plastic and it makes the barrel feel a bit grippier in the hand, which is critical to lens swapping in a hurry. The AF motor is about the sound level/tone of the tammy's micro motor. The focus speed is about as fast, but my tammy would overshoot slightly and come back a lot. The sigma is not doing this! For the most part its hitting its mark and stopping. Tried it in AI servo mode: this is where micro-motors show their extreme ugly side! The motor is not twitching with quite the same high amplitude the old tammy did. I think the chip in the lens is just a better fit for the canon maybe (its also worth noting in tamron's defense, that my old sample camera was a 350D with crap AF and the new one I'm testing the sig on is a 30D with a cross-center [f/2.8-tuned] AF point). The first few pictures I've taken are showing a considerable improvement at f/2.8...the tammy was soft at all focal lengths wide open, even in the center. I shot test shots using the sig with my black-n-white tile floor in the edges at 18mm @ f/2.8 and f/4. Both showed a little CA (red/green) on the corners (1.5 pixels) that cleaned up very easily with +20/-20 adjustments in the lens tab of the RAW translator for Photoshop. CA is below 1 pixel (and mostly on the edges) at 24mm+ from my shot samples. The focus does not hit as accurately in the medium distance range at 18mm @ f/2.8, but the tammy didn't either. I think this is an inherent short-focus path design compromise: fast AF for areas where its tuned to, but sloppy in the less critical areas. Not a big deal, I never shoot 18mm shots with my subject that far away at f/2.8!! Close focusing through entire focal range is impressively accurate! The images are coming in with no sharpening (RAW) and look very nice with no PP. Some light USM and now they are electric! Shot some quick and dirty macro tests...this lens stops focusing with the element 1.5-2" from the subject!! They allowed the lens to get as close to true macro as it could without a significant redesign. The close-focusing seems very accurate. This will make a good lens for larger insects and flowers when dedicated macros are in the bag. Bokeh appears pretty smooth so far, especially for a 3rd party zoom! I'm liking the investment. I will post shots tomorrow as it's raining and dark and late!

Notable improvements so far tammy vs. siggy

*sharper wide open at all focal lengths, even with RAW and no sharpening
*better macro performance
*better AF (though in fairness it's not a static test; better AF sensor now)
*free good quality semi-rigid nylon-exterior/soft-padded case
*better external construction/stiffer zooming mechanics (some may prefer the tammy's light zooming though I prefer zero creeping)
*lighter CA overall, only even remotely noticeable at 18mm and very easily corrected

Hopefully tomorrow I can comment on color rendition and see if there are any noticable flaws, beyond what has been rambled about.

;)


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Here are some really quick samples...

50mm - f/2.8 - RAW/no sharpening...
http://home.comcast.net/~ntrhll/_MG_0002.jpg
100% crop of the same...
http://home.comcast.net/~ntrhll/_MG_0002_100.jpg

18mm - f/2.8 - RAW/no sharpening...
http://home.comcast.net/~ntrhll/_MG_0040.jpg
100% crop of the same...
http://home.comcast.net/~ntrhll/_MG_0040_100.jpg

</edit>

turbodude
13th of June 2007 (Wed), 22:54
i need to find one of these used

rrpruett
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 00:38
I'm getting slightly darker corners (vignetting) on a 1.6x crop camera wide open. At f/4 it seems to be deminishing to a negligible amount. This is not going to work well with a 1.3x frame camera. It is designed for a aps-c sensor. On the nikons (1.5x crop), the vignetting is somewhat severe at f/2.8 @ 18mm. Don't look to buy this, spend your money on a 17-40 f/4L, you'll enjoy it more with that sensor.

Thanks for the info. I was wondering how this would work on the 1.3 sensor. Too bad I would have liked the extra range and the 2.8 of this lens vs the 17-40 Canon. I am still up in the air on what to get. I need a new lens for wide team shots. I just sold my 17-85IS with my rebel. I will keep searching.

El Duderino
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 01:58
My only complaint so far is that you can't take the lens cap on/off when the hood is on. :mad:

AngryCorgi
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 07:19
Thanks for the info. I was wondering how this would work on the 1.3 sensor. Too bad I would have liked the extra range and the 2.8 of this lens vs the 17-40 Canon. I am still up in the air on what to get. I need a new lens for wide team shots. I just sold my 17-85IS with my rebel. I will keep searching.

You can look into the 17-35 f/2.8L or 16-35 f/2.8L...The 17-35L is a sharp lens and only has some slight edge weaknesses. The 16-35L is superior on the edges and also is a touch wider. With the introduction of the 16-35L-II, the older lens should become more affordable, and there are nice copies of the 17-35L around (you have to look harder!) that come even cheaper. Actually Phil Askey (refer to www.dpreview.com (http://www.dpreview.com), 30D samples (http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/canoneos30d_samples/))still shoots with one some of his Canon SLR reviews, with good results. Also note, that with your 1.3x sensor, a lens with a range of 22-62 will look the same as the 18-50 looks on my 1.6x camera. This means that the 24-70 f/2.8L is a really close option and produces superior images to all of the afforementioned "fast" lenses in the corners. Also, if you want a sharp lens and want to save some money, it's hard to beat the sigma 15-30 DG!! It's 2/3-4/3 stop slower than the 16-35L, but less than half the cost also. It is sharp across the entire lens, and sharp enough in the center to make your eyes bleed! :shock:

You actually have MORE interesting, viable options with your mkIII, just not this gem! :p

Besides, you can take advantage of the moisture-/dust-resistance of your pro-slr by using weather-resistant Ls.

AngryCorgi
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 07:30
My only complaint so far is that you can't take the lens cap on/off when the hood is on. :mad:

I have a potential solution for you, though this may not be an aesthetically pleasing option for you.

These lens caps:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/items/37671.jpghttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/items/109817.jpg

...are designed to be removed by "pinching" the center of the cap. Usually the issue with hood/cap usage is your fingers not being able to hit the outside where most caps de-clutch.

The caps shown above go for US$13.50 and US$8.95, respectively at good ol' B&H Online (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?shs=lens+cap+72mm&ci=0&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=productlist.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t). If you order supplies from them, just throw one in the cart next time you order to keep from paying for shipping of just one lens cap.

goatee
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 08:19
My only complaint so far is that you can't take the lens cap on/off when the hood is on. :mad:

You just need to get the knack - I manage on all my lenses - even the 24-70 which has an enormous hood. (& I used to manage on the Sigma EX 18-50 non-macro)

rrpruett
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 10:36
AngryCorgi,
Thanks for the great info. I will look into the 15-30. I already have a 28-75 Tamron and have been considering the 17-40 but I shoot a lot of low light stuff and would like the 2.8if possible. I might just go with the 17-70L and use flash when needed.

Thanks Again.

AngryCorgi
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 13:15
AngryCorgi,
Thanks for the great info. I will look into the 15-30. I already have a 28-75 Tamron and have been considering the 17-40 but I shoot a lot of low light stuff and would like the 2.8if possible. I might just go with the 17-70L and use flash when needed.

Thanks Again.

No problem.

Don't forget to check the used market for the 17-35L, it could wind up being a bargain!

angryhampster
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 13:29
AngryCorgi,
Thanks for the great info. I will look into the 15-30. I already have a 28-75 Tamron and have been considering the 17-40 but I shoot a lot of low light stuff and would like the 2.8if possible. I might just go with the 17-70L and use flash when needed.

Thanks Again.


Sigma 24-70 is always a good bet.

unix04
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 14:41
i need to find one of these used

i have one that's just a few weeks old that i might be willing to part with. PM me if you're interested...

blur07
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 09:37
Can we see more shots with 18-50?

El Duderino
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 12:43
Can we see more shots with 18-50?

I would like to see some more as well, and I own one.

I will try to take some pictures this weekend to post here.

El Duderino
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 12:50
alright, here's a couple (the turtle one is heavily compressed):

http://photos-691.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v74/113/99/15909691/n15909691_35164733_4002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/centered.jpg

unix04
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 14:33
just adding to the pot :)
http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/623/img3418dh7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

El Duderino
20th of June 2007 (Wed), 21:48
f/2.8, 18mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/me-1.jpg

El Duderino
23rd of June 2007 (Sat), 17:12
Used it for come low light concert photography last night. Worked pretty well.

No PP on these besides resizing:

1/50, f/3.2, 38mm, ISO 800
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/BDB2.jpg


1/30, f/2.8, 24mm, ISO 800
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/BDB3.jpg

Took some shots with my Canon 50mm f/1.8 as well, and they look the same.

:cool:

forevercha
28th of June 2007 (Thu), 00:40
I'm new at this....just got this lens yesterday:

TeamSpeed
28th of June 2007 (Thu), 00:55
Forever, LOVE the 2nd shot, composed nicely, and the b&w touch is great. One variant to that shot would be to do selective coloring and just leave the blue eyes, with everything else desaturated. Could be a cool effect.

forevercha
28th of June 2007 (Thu), 09:00
Thanks for the feedback!

El Duderino
28th of June 2007 (Thu), 11:52
I like the second shot as well, but you should have used a faster shutter speed than 1/60 for a focal length of 50mm. I think the image looks soft because of that.

El Duderino
2nd of July 2007 (Mon), 23:08
OK, some shots converted to black and white:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/blackandwhite6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/blackandwhite11.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/blackandwhite12.jpg

:cool:

Logan7
4th of July 2007 (Wed), 19:34
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w271/Loags/Knob.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w271/Loags/Emblem.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w271/Loags/Flower1.jpg

AngryCorgi
6th of July 2007 (Fri), 18:19
I had a blast in Brasil last week with my 18-50 macro! Here are some HDR shots from mostly handheld AEB shooting with the 30D @ f/8-f/11 with a B+W UV Haze filter (77mm w/ 72-77 step ring).

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1278/725727229_dcf3fb4999_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1244/725727151_7c01b2b90f_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1092/737114911_6f92d553c1_b.jpg

There are many, many more normal shots, but I just got back in on the 4th and have little time to process all my photos. There will be more to come! ;)

Tony-S
7th of July 2007 (Sat), 00:15
Well, I am very happy with this lens so far. It is as sharp as my 17-70 was (that I just sold to get this one), and better than my 17-40L was at f/4 (and equivalent at f/5.6 or f/8 ). Combined with my informal testing (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=343505) makes this lens is a keeper.

Shot at f/4, full-frame and 100% crop.

Tony-S
7th of July 2007 (Sat), 00:18
Shot at f/5.6, full-frame and 100% crop, magnification of 1:3. Note the hot pixel in the crop. :evil:

Tony-S
7th of July 2007 (Sat), 00:20
And finally, at f/4 at about 1:4 magnification. Full-frame and 100% crop.

Logan7
7th of July 2007 (Sat), 05:11
And finally, at f/4 at about 1:4 magnification. Full-frame and 100% crop.

I love dill... mmmmm pickles.

El Duderino
7th of July 2007 (Sat), 22:09
Couple of new shots, minimal post processing down on them.


18mm, f/8, 1/125
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/Arkansas038.jpg


26mm, f/4, 1/60
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/Arkansas042.jpg


And a 100% crop of the mushroom picture, straight out of the camera:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/mushroomcrop.jpg

El Duderino
20th of July 2007 (Fri), 18:21
Here are some new ones. This lens did wonders on my road trip to the Rockies:

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v108/113/99/15909691/n15909691_35621790_7257.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v108/113/99/15909691/n15909691_35621791_7487.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v108/113/99/15909691/n15909691_35621793_7888.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v108/113/99/15909691/n15909691_35621813_2327.jpg

:cool:

TeamSpeed
26th of July 2007 (Thu), 20:14
A couple drab gloomy backyard shots to show the 18-50 range:

TeamSpeed
26th of July 2007 (Thu), 20:14
Some flower macros around the yard:

El Duderino
25th of August 2007 (Sat), 21:20
Loving this lens more with every picture I take. Here are some I took today:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/August01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/August03.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/August05.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/August04.jpg

And to show how sharp this lens really is, a 100% crop

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/crop-1.jpg

:cool:

turbodude
5th of September 2007 (Wed), 18:12
hows the distortion?

turbodude
19th of September 2007 (Wed), 18:16
I love this lens....

sando
21st of September 2007 (Fri), 06:47
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4380.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4361.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4072.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_3582.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4846.jpg

El Duderino
30th of September 2007 (Sun), 22:10
At the St. Louis City Museum. Awesome place.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/citymuseum007small.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/citymuseum018small.jpg

El Duderino
8th of October 2007 (Mon), 00:22
Some ones from today, minimal post processing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/biking1.jpg
1/2000, f/3.5, 33mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/biking2.jpg
1/125, f/4, 50mm

aCiD99
9th of October 2007 (Tue), 20:26
Well this thread is too small, so I think I'll add some.

This one from my XT, rest from my 30D.
http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34990981_583.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998381_1787.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v112/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34742472_4984.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v112/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34797987_7803.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v112/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34797328_1288.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v112/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34797361_8243.jpg

El Duderino
11th of October 2007 (Thu), 20:06
^ Wow, those are some awesome shots.

aCiD99
11th of October 2007 (Thu), 23:39
^ Wow, those are some awesome shots.

Me? Or everyone else, cause I love the tone of your second one.

Tony-S
11th of October 2007 (Thu), 23:51
Well this thread is too small, so I think I'll add some.

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998381_1787.jpg


This one should be in a contest or a Sigma ad. Might need a bump in exposure on the top half, but otherwise a great shot. You ought to send them a lowres of it. Nice work.

aCiD99
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 00:26
Thanks Tony :)

I took a bunch there, there's a portrait one that's also neat.
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v135/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998384_5185.jpg

That night I went back and got this one, probably my favourite EVER:
25s exposure,with my car in the foreground. Must be seen full size though :(
http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998399_7223.jpg

I played a lot that day & night with the fog and my car and this lens:
http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998383_2481.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v126/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34998391_4722.jpg

coach51
5th of November 2007 (Mon), 17:27
Love this lens. Got it about a month ago and had to share some results here. Click on the photo for a larger version.
]http://lightwriterpix.com/msa/albums/userpics/normal_20071102_0162PS.jpg (http://lightwriterpix.com/msa/albums/userpics/20071102_0162PS.jpg)
http://lightwriterpix.com/msa//albums/userpics/normal_IMG_9622PS.jpg (http://lightwriterpix.com/msa/albums/userpics/IMG_9622PS.jpg)
http://lightwriterpix.com/msa//albums/userpics/normal_20071017_0056PS.jpg (http://lightwriterpix.com/msa//albums/userpics/20071017_0056PS.jpg) ...and click here for the whole day at this park with the Sigma 18-50 (http://lightwriterpix.com/archives/rg/rg101707/).
http://lightwriterpix.com/msa//albums/userpics/normal_IMG_9443PS.jpg (http://lightwriterpix.com/msa//albums/userpics/IMG_9443PS.jpg)

I really like the sharpness of this lens.

unix04
14th of November 2007 (Wed), 19:42
Me? Or everyone else, cause I love the tone of your second one.

you're almost making me regret selling mine!!! hahaha... what a great lens it is though... sheesh!!!

aCiD99
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 23:17
you're almost making me regret selling mine!!! hahaha... what a great lens it is though... sheesh!!!

LOL; I just realized who this was after reading it when you originally posted!

Thanks again for the great lens :)

El Duderino
24th of November 2007 (Sat), 18:54
Few from my Mom's house over Thanksgiving, barely any post processing besides resizing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/november1a.jpg
50mm, 1/160, f/6.3

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/november3.jpg
23mm, 1/160, f/5

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/november2.jpg
18mm, 1/40, f/2.8

aCiD99
24th of November 2007 (Sat), 20:57
More:
ONLY birthday cake candle light:
http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v154/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35206649_243.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v130/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35135029_2223.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v130/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35135031_4144.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v112/97/120/81002655/n81002655_34742468_3976.jpg

http://photos-655.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v135/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35064490_8307.jpg

http://photos-655.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v135/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35074007_4714.jpg

deltroid
23rd of December 2007 (Sun), 09:14
Just got mine about 2 weeks ago...

Gotta love this lens!

TeamSpeed
23rd of December 2007 (Sun), 15:00
Great pictures, I love mine as well. It is a shame that it vignettes on the 1D series. Mine is now for sale. :(

What is the 1D Sigma equivalent lens with the same macro 1:3 capabilities for the 1D?

Here is one of my more recent ones with this lens and my 30D.

El Duderino
12th of January 2008 (Sat), 21:54
Couple recent ones.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/20080108057.jpg
24mm, 1/80, f/5.6


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/20080108019.jpg
29mm, 0.6, f/22

mechengr154
2nd of February 2008 (Sat), 14:09
Thanks to all who have contributed to this review. I am planning on going with the Sigma 18-50 & 50-150 (w/ 2x) combo and possibly selling the 17-70. From what I have read here the 18-50 is a very good "alternative", of sorts, to the 17-40L and th 17-55 IS.

TeamSpeed
6th of February 2008 (Wed), 08:02
Thanks to all who have contributed to this review. I am planning on going with the Sigma 18-50 & 50-150 (w/ 2x) combo and possibly selling the 17-70. From what I have read here the 18-50 is a very good "alternative", of sorts, to the 17-40L and th 17-55 IS.

I agree, I went from the 17-55 IS to the 18-50, I found it to be as sharp with a great macro mode, lighter, and smaller. Obviously no IS, but I found that what I was shooting, I didn't really need IS on my wide angle walkaround. So $350 vs $900 at the time, I decided to recoup my $550 and put it into longer glass and upgraded bodies.

aCiD99
23rd of February 2008 (Sat), 00:42
This thread needs some more love!

This is my new car show lens... Detroit:

http://www.bradgoldring.com/images/photography/automotive/large/naias11.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v185/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35855815_9401.jpg

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v182/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35856074_1576.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v193/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35911467_758.jpg

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v185/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35847026_1989.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v182/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35855784_1187.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v182/97/120/81002655/n81002655_35855809_7587.jpg

kansascityshuffle
27th of February 2008 (Wed), 09:51
I'll have this lens in my mailbox towards the end of the week! It'll be coming with me to Panama City Beach for spring break, so I'll have some much needed updates to this thread in the near future!

turbodude
27th of February 2008 (Wed), 10:49
here is one from the other night...

kansascityshuffle
29th of February 2008 (Fri), 18:45
Just got mine today! Here's a few.


Love the bokeh on this one. That's a 737 hiding back there.
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/jcopelan/PurduePics0004.jpg

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/jcopelan/PurduePics0003.jpg

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/jcopelan/PurduePics0002.jpg

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/jcopelan/PurduePics0001.jpg

Lastly, a little fun I had in my other toy
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/jcopelan/PurduePics0005.jpg

aCiD99
16th of March 2008 (Sun), 14:29
Detroit
http://photos-655.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sctm/v213/97/120/81002655/n81002655_36343633_1385.jpg

http://photos-655.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sctm/v213/97/120/81002655/n81002655_36343637_344.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v199/97/120/81002655/n81002655_36351480_1704.jpg

petris
21st of March 2008 (Fri), 13:04
My first DSLR and my first shots :o

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2025/2349460257_3680a5a364.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2012/2350293138_a81b566de5.jpg?v=0

27spots
26th of March 2008 (Wed), 20:31
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2005/2364551999_073f589529.jpg

jenningsphoto
26th of March 2008 (Wed), 20:52
Love mine, use it all the time (along w/ the 50-150). These two nearly monopolize my camera. As a matter of fact, I am considering selling all my other lenses to finance one of the new tele HSM OS lenses and the announced 50 1.4.

http://Jennings.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p124166139-5.jpg

40D, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 200, No Flash, no PP

El Duderino
30th of March 2008 (Sun), 19:13
Few I took while in NYC.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/NYC2008048.jpg
f/10, 5s, 20mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/NYC2008097.jpg
f/8, 1/160s, 18mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/NYC2008037.jpg
f/3.2, 1/60s, 18mm

aarbiser
31st of March 2008 (Mon), 01:49
Proberly buying this lens this week as all the shots look great.
Is a good upgrade from the canon stock lens. I have read all the forums and searched but seem to be getting mixed ideas. I dont have a whole lot to spend and this falls well into my price catergory
A few qusetions please. Can you use extension tubes with this lens. Also is a regular flash ok or a would a macro flash be better (i currently have a 430ex with a canon 400d.
My other lenses are a canon 50mm 1.8 and a 28-135is canon.

Final question.
what does the magnification 1:1 mean and what what does this lens have as i think it is something else.

Thak you and look forward to trying this beauty out soon.

jenningsphoto
31st of March 2008 (Mon), 20:29
First, make sure the version you purchase has the word 'macro' in its name and is 72mm filter size. I haven't tried tubes, but it should not be a problem. What the tubes does is make it so you can focus more closely. You can experiment, but don't add too much tube as the only way to focus will be to literally have the lens touching the object (a single 12mm will probably be sufficient.)
Per the flash, the 430ex will be perfect. No need for specialty flash so spend your money elsewhere.
Finally 1:1 means that the image size will be lifesize compared to the size of the camera sensor. The 18-50 is 1:3 at 50mm which means your not lifesize, but it is a good "close-up" lens. The tube will help to increase the ratio to maybe 1:2 (just a guess).

aarbiser
1st of April 2008 (Tue), 00:58
Thanks for all the help. Brought the lens yesterday and it does have macro and 72mm. Looking forward to using it. Havnt brought flash yet but hopefully will have funds soon.

Keduf
1st of April 2008 (Tue), 23:55
Wow...Great pics! I'm thinking of getting the 17-70mm...Would the image quality be the same as with this lens? After lots of research I had made a decision, but now after finding these pics, maybe I should reconsider? :confused:
Thanks

El Duderino
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 01:31
Wow...Great pics! I'm thinking of getting the 17-70mm...Would the image quality be the same as with this lens? After lots of research I had made a decision, but now after finding these pics, maybe I should reconsider? :confused:
Thanks

I was torn between those 2 lenses as well. I reckon the image quality is about the same for both. I wanted the constant f/2.8 aperture though, so I went with the 18-50.

Tony-S
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 01:51
Wow...Great pics! I'm thinking of getting the 17-70mm...Would the image quality be the same as with this lens?

Optically, about the same (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=343505). The decision should be if you want constant aperture or wider/longer.

Keduf
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 04:53
Thanks for the replies..you know, i didn't even notice the 18-80 had constant f/2.8 aperture! :rolleyes:

coolshot
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 18:08
is this EF-S mount only? also I saw on the sigma website they have one with a HSM motor for nikon mounts. You think they are gonna release one for canon?

Tony-S
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 20:05
It is an EF mount. It will mount on ff and 1.3x, but you will likely get vignetting. The HSM for Noink (please note correct spelling) is because of their 40-series camera that doesn't have its own focusing motor. We are hopeful that an HSM version for Canon will become available, but we'll just have to wait.

google
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 21:34
Photo taken with a CP on. Whatcha think?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2192/2415218738_56bf82614d_o.jpg

El Duderino
20th of April 2008 (Sun), 18:57
Not my favorite shot in the world, but I took this today. Shows how sharp the lens is.

No post processing besides resizing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/flowers.jpg
f/4, 1/1250, 29mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/flowerscrop.jpg
100% crop

google
20th of April 2008 (Sun), 22:49
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u196/27spots/stormtroopers-e.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u196/27spots/supergirl-e.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u196/27spots/ww-e.jpg

blur07
21st of April 2008 (Mon), 01:21
google: GREEAT shots!

hanselito
24th of April 2008 (Thu), 14:31
I just received this lens an hour ago! I'll upload as soon as I get some shots!

neil_g
28th of April 2008 (Mon), 07:45
just a quick shot from me..

EXIF Image Details - Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Focal Length: 29 mm, F-Number: F/3.5, Exposure Time: 0.0166 sec. 1/60, Metering Mode: Spot, ISO Speed: 200, Flash Mode: Off
http://images34.fotki.com/v1150/photos/5/59418/6049552/IMG_3777-vi.jpg

100% crop
http://images35.fotki.com/v1166/photos/5/59418/6049552/IMG_3777a-vi.jpg

coolshot
5th of May 2008 (Mon), 00:54
I just got mine! Both shot at 2.8
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/coolshot/photography%20gear/bonklan0012.jpg
I didn't bother to put on a tripod or correct white balance in pp.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/coolshot/photography%20gear/18-55IS0028.jpg
Natural light, no PP. This is was shot on a tripod with shutter release cable. I can't believe how heavy it is compared to my 18-55IS.

gregnash
12th of May 2008 (Mon), 11:21
Coolshot (AKA strikeout) what is your impressions of the Sigma 18-50mm vs your Cano 18-55mm IS? Both seem to be great lenses with the Sigma offering the f/2.8 constant. Did you see a noticeable IQ difference between the two? Does one focus faster than the other and have more accurate AF?

coolshot
12th of May 2008 (Mon), 12:43
well the canon is more warm color wise. I find that I was using f8 on the canon + sharpening in DPP to get tack sharp. Out of the box at 2.8 i was pleased with sigma although I still ramp up the sharpening in DPP. AF is about the same but the macro feature lets you lock on better close up.

323
18th of May 2008 (Sun), 01:48
the macro capability really comes in handy. i owned the sigma 17-70 before. it was great never really having to worry about being too close to an object where your lens couldnt focus

323
21st of May 2008 (Wed), 22:03
http://www.team80d.com/peeeels/gallery/albums/random/random04.jpg

http://www.team80d.com/peeeels/gallery/albums/random/random01.jpg

http://www.team80d.com/peeeels/gallery/albums/random/random02.jpg

http://www.team80d.com/peeeels/gallery/albums/random/random03.jpg

lonelyjew
22nd of May 2008 (Thu), 01:32
Bah! I can't look at this! There is no way I'll hold out waiting for this lens to finally ship with this thread teasing me!

323
22nd of May 2008 (Thu), 16:39
Bah! I can't look at this! There is no way I'll hold out waiting for this lens to finally ship with this thread teasing me!

hHahaha

Rollout
22nd of May 2008 (Thu), 22:08
wooowww!!!! i am so glad i bought this lens!! the pics look freakin awesome even with little/no pp!!
i cant wait for the ups guy..

lonelyjew
22nd of May 2008 (Thu), 23:09
hHahaha

You have no idea. The filter that I bought for it came today but as far as I know the lens hasn't even shipped!

323
23rd of May 2008 (Fri), 00:59
ahhhh. that sucks. u'll really enjoy the lens when you get it. after sh ootin some pics with it, im more pleased with the photos than the tamron 17-50. plus the tamron zoom ring turns the opposite direction which really annoys me

Banangraut
26th of May 2008 (Mon), 16:30
I'm thinking about getting this lens, but one thing is bothering me. Is it soft in the corners? And if, does it help stopping down. I couldn't find any soft corners in these pictures in this post, but I'm still worried about the soft corners with the previous non-macro model.

lonelyjew
31st of May 2008 (Sat), 13:00
ahhhh. that sucks. u'll really enjoy the lens when you get it. after sh ootin some pics with it, im more pleased with the photos than the tamron 17-50. plus the tamron zoom ring turns the opposite direction which really annoys me

When I get it.... I got it today, well, not it, the older version. When I ordered it the website said clearly "in stock" but, after it didn't ship for a few days I gave them a call and they told me it was back ordered. Checked back at the website and it's still in stock. It finally shipped more than a week late.

I was as giddy as a schoolgirl when I received the box this morning. I admired the build quality over the other lenses I have and then remembered I should put on the UV filter on it asap to protect my new baby. Pull out the filter and it doesn't fit. At first I was a little dumbfounded and then I realized what happened. Sure enough they sent me the old version. They're closed today as well so I emailed them having to do my best to make the email reserved and not a a torrent of swears. They had better cover the shipping both ways...

Thank you beachcamera, the $20 I saved was not worth it.

coolshot
31st of May 2008 (Sat), 13:32
When I get it.... I got it today, well, not it, the older version. When I ordered it the website said clearly "in stock" but, after it didn't ship for a few days I gave them a call and they told me it was back ordered. Checked back at the website and it's still in stock. It finally shipped more than a week late.

I was as giddy as a schoolgirl when I received the box this morning. I admired the build quality over the other lenses I have and then remembered I should put on the UV filter on it asap to protect my new baby. Pull out the filter and it doesn't fit. At first I was a little dumbfounded and then I realized what happened. Sure enough they sent me the old version. They're closed today as well so I emailed them having to do my best to make the email reserved and not a a torrent of swears. They had better cover the shipping both ways...

Thank you beachcamera, the $20 I saved was not worth it.

So they sent you the older non macro version? That sucks. I ordered mine from beach camera as well a while back and they did the same thing to me as far as shipping goes. The website says its in stock but when you call them they said its on back ordered. It took two weeks to get but B&H was closed for passover. I would be so pissed if they sent me the older one.

323
31st of May 2008 (Sat), 21:51
ahhhh

gorby
1st of June 2008 (Sun), 21:57
great stuff, hope to contribute to this soon (just ordered from amazon)

Rollout
2nd of June 2008 (Mon), 00:23
When I get it.... I got it today, well, not it, the older version. When I ordered it the website said clearly "in stock" but, after it didn't ship for a few days I gave them a call and they told me it was back ordered. Checked back at the website and it's still in stock. It finally shipped more than a week late.

I was as giddy as a schoolgirl when I received the box this morning. I admired the build quality over the other lenses I have and then remembered I should put on the UV filter on it asap to protect my new baby. Pull out the filter and it doesn't fit. At first I was a little dumbfounded and then I realized what happened. Sure enough they sent me the old version. They're closed today as well so I emailed them having to do my best to make the email reserved and not a a torrent of swears. They had better cover the shipping both ways...

Thank you beachcamera, the $20 I saved was not worth it.

ahhh!! im in the same boat.. ordered mine 2 weeks ago from them thinking the item was in stock (coz thats what it said on the site) but when i emailed them after 5 days they said its in back order!

the site does not even list this lens anymore for canon!! i hope they dont ship out an old version :confused:

Cosimo
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 07:31
Just got one. Only had time to do a couple of test shots. Seems pretty quick, first impressions are good. I'll give it proper test this weekend when my new 40d arrives.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2592703224_2412b60619_o.jpg

google
30th of June 2008 (Mon), 16:04
three buck chuck!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3292/2623144034_77f4f25fd6_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2623144424_7d679f0022_o.jpg

El Duderino
5th of July 2008 (Sat), 18:33
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/IMG_7971.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/IMG_8051.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/IMG_8170edit.jpg

EXIF data should be intact. I believe all of these were shot with a polarizer.

vic_6
6th of July 2008 (Sun), 18:07
traded my 24-70 2.8 for this lens and so far it's been real good :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2643057305_647f1c2ffe_o.jpg

lonelyjew
8th of July 2008 (Tue), 13:50
Lens won't focus correctly but a little luck lets me get decent results. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/whatareyoulookingat.jpg http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/wetpurple.jpg http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/wetfpinkflower.jpg http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/rose.jpg

FlexiPack
8th of July 2008 (Tue), 14:24
I've just placed an order for this lens. Can't wait, fingers crossed mine doesn't have any focus issues!

hoods
12th of July 2008 (Sat), 00:15
Love the lens.
Just found this guy tonite.
He's a year late. Secada
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/2659547129_608846c993.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/2660375878_48db855beb.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2660374014_fe720b15c3.jpg

AlanU
13th of July 2008 (Sun), 11:13
A remarkable lens that wont break the bank. I am just as pleased with this lens compared to my L brick.

Daughter (background) and niece making noise on the piano.

http://members.shaw.ca/ella_baby/ella_rhys2b.jpg

Heres a lineup of Vintage VW beetles at a car show. The car shown first in line (mine) can put to shame the newest Porsch 911 GT2 with 530HP in a 1/4 mile race. My Pumpgas fairweather street car is not an easy one to tame. That entire lineup of cars are all in the 11-12 second category.

http://members.shaw.ca/aircooled/lineup800.jpg

dmorgan
14th of July 2008 (Mon), 16:23
http://home.datamorgana.no/2008/07/indreeide/IMG_0952_2.JPG

Tony-S
22nd of July 2008 (Tue), 22:55
Shot at 50mm f/4. The macro provision can sure come in handy. Other than an exposure adjustment and relief of highlights of the raw image, no other pp (besides conversion to jpeg).

vic_6
28th of July 2008 (Mon), 06:43
from a recent shoot :) not much post work here. just the borders and obvious conversion on the right side.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/2706223045_b943075223_o.jpg

EdZep
28th of July 2008 (Mon), 10:18
Heavy crop, won't win any technical awards, but, I'll live with it. EXIF stripped out by PSP 7. 1/80 at f11 and ISO 400, hand held. 40D with Sigma 18-50 Macro.

I'm just testing my second 18-50 Macro. The first was de-centered and could not take an acceptably sharp photo at any f-stop. This one looks like a potential keeper.

One thing worries me. If I give the lens a light shake or quick dip, I hear a light "clump" sound that makes me wonder if there's a loose element inside. It's not the barrels, as I'm holding them both; nor the hood or caps.

"Doctor, doctor! It hurts when I go like this."

"Don't go like that."

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/2705667320_6abc61e18d_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwfloyd/2705667320/

EdZep
30th of July 2008 (Wed), 14:45
Went on a get acquainted walk yesterday. The lens seems acceptable. Images seem to need a bit more contrast and processing than those from my 70-200 f4L IS, but, that's to be expected.

Standard size manhole cover
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3053/2714478502_7ed9bbf32a_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwfloyd/2714478502/

Fire engine control gauges
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3085/2717015286_b61ba2041f_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwfloyd/2717015286/

Gateway to vertigo
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3079/2717015304_4937a8898a_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwfloyd/2717015304/

Here comes the Postal Inspector... to make me leave Federal property. I didn't argue much, mainly because I knew he had just become the very photo I was trying to make, and the exchange would become a good caption.

He asked what type of photos I was taking, and I told him I wanted to get the building, with a blurry person in motion. He said I could keep shooting, but would have to do so from the sidewalk (which was about 2 feet away). I didn't think this was right, but am not well experienced with post-911 federal protocols.

Lens testing... I knew I could have gotten a shot like this, at 1/15 sec., with an IS lens. But, with this non-IS lens, I was not sure. I was squatting against a railing, for additional stability.

A short time later: Damn! I just heard on the radio that apparent pipe bombs were found today at two post offices in Ohio. That must have had this inspector a bit more on edge.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3018/2714478522_9a3ab37a90_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwfloyd/2714478522/

lonelyjew
9th of August 2008 (Sat), 16:37
I can finally contribute to this thread!

I decided I'd go to the gym but beforehand take a few pictures to test the capabilities of the lens. Suffice it to say I didn't end up going to the gym.

This one is darn close to a 100% crop though I don't know how it exactly translates.
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/butterflycrop.jpg

Another one that is fairly heavily cropped
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/sharing.jpg

Yet another heavy crop :)
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/wowbwbee.jpg

I didn't realize how shallow the depth of field would be. I was shooting mainly at f/8 and even that wasn't enough.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/branch.jpg

El Duderino
22nd of August 2008 (Fri), 19:37
^^^WOW.

Here are some from the past week:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/redbarn1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/IMG_8377edit.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/soybomb/IMG_8388edit.jpg

google
1st of September 2008 (Mon), 23:33
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2819577635_09dc5045b1_o.jpg

lonelyjew
7th of September 2008 (Sun), 20:00
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/periwinkle.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/prettywhite.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/oldy.jpg

DStanic
16th of October 2008 (Thu), 08:40
I have a couple questions:

1. Has anyone here "upgraded" from a 24-60 f/2.8 to a 18-50? Was there any difference in IQ? Same/worse/better?

2. Does the newest version have HSM? And does it have better IQ then previous models?

3. How sharp is it wide open?

4. Any focus issues (quality control) worse/same as other sigma lenses?

I may consider swapping to this if the quality is the same. HSM would be really nice if it's available. I love the Sigma EX build quality, don't really want a Tamron.

google
16th of October 2008 (Thu), 08:53
I have a couple questions:

2. Does the newest version have HSM? And does it have better IQ then previous models?

I may consider swapping to this if the quality is the same. HSM would be really nice if it's available. I love the Sigma EX build quality, don't really want a Tamron.

The Canon version does not have HSM. It's a wonderful lens and I wish it had HSM and OS!

ommmjido
8th of December 2008 (Mon), 04:18
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/ommmjido/random2.jpg

norwegianwood
28th of December 2008 (Sun), 12:21
Hi! First time posting on this forum, allthough I've been lurking around here for a pretty long time without being registered:)

I'm going to pick up this lens tomorrow (together with my phottix-grip;) (I think I will have problems getting sleep to night...)) after all the good things people have been saying about it! This thread helped along too.

Can somebody please post some more pictures in this thread? I'm pretty shure there are a lot of people in here that's sitting on some great shots taken with this lens:D

dmorgan
29th of December 2008 (Mon), 10:50
Can somebody please post some more pictures in this thread? I'm pretty shure there are a lot of people in here that's sitting on some great shots taken with this lens
http://home.datamorgana.no/2008/12/jula/IMG_5199.JPG
http://home.datamorgana.no/2008/12/jula/IMG_5252.JPG
http://home.datamorgana.no/2008/12/jula/IMG_5331.JPG

TMill
30th of December 2008 (Tue), 00:49
Here's my contribution. These are right out of the camera. No PP. I really like this lens so far.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i19/CobraTommy/MarbyDAD039.jpg
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i19/CobraTommy/MarbyDAD049.jpg

norwegianwood
2nd of January 2009 (Fri), 16:01
Very nice pics dmorgan! Just got this lens today:p

lonelyjew
4th of January 2009 (Sun), 21:59
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/IMG_9997.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/cameraclosediagonal.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/autumngoldwide.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/novembergoldcloser.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/superlonelyjew/pics/photography/warbandnotsocontrast-1.jpg

origamione
10th of January 2009 (Sat), 08:30
Wow..! very impressive photos guys!

Hey, i was checking around at ebay, found this lens and it's advertised for canon mount that come with HSM. Strange, i thought there's no HSM version for canon mount just yet?

ebay link (http://cgi.ebay.com/Sigma-18-50mm-f-2-8-EX-DC-HSM-Macro-Lens-for-Canon-EOS_W0QQitemZ110326544046QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera _Lenses?hash=item110326544046&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

Tony-S
10th of January 2009 (Sat), 10:43
It doesn't. Only the Noink mount has HSM.

origamione
10th of January 2009 (Sat), 11:02
It doesn't. Only the Noink mount has HSM.

Hehe... that's what i thought so, i guess the seller got it all wrong then. :D

gabebalazs
26th of January 2009 (Mon), 22:00
Got this lens a week ago. Here are some quick n' dirty pics.
Toledo auto show (nothing spectacular).
ISO 400, most of these are f/3.2 or f/2.8

some crop and resize from jpeg, no other PP.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Lexus_ISF.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/MKS.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/MKS_Interior.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Porsche.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Old_plymouth.jpg

black419
28th of January 2009 (Wed), 09:04
Has anyone used this lens compared with the tamron 17-50. Which would you recommend, I am thinking of purchasing either the Sigma 18-50 or the Tamron 17-50mm.
Also is the AF system better in Sigma or Tamron?

gabebalazs
28th of January 2009 (Wed), 10:58
I was in the same situation, here is what I posted about 10 days ago in a different thread:

I bought a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 Macro last week. I ALSO bought a Tamron 17-50 last week. They arrived on the same UPS truck.

Then my 3 day torture test began. AF, MF, various focal lengths, aperture, tripod, same test image etc.

I ended up keeping the Sigma. The Tamron wasn't bad, but it was kind of uneven, sharpness variations were worse than the Sigma, perhaps I had a bad copy. Since I did extensive manual focus tests, AF problems were non-applicable. But for example there were focal lengths were the edges were sharper than the center, with the center being a bit soft. Odd.

The Sigma is sharper overall. I even made a sharpness shootout chart where I gave 1 point to the better image at certain focal lengths, certain apertures, AF and MF.
24 possible combinations of aperture, focal length, and focusing method. The Sigma won 22 of them. The images I compared were composites of three images that were 100% crops from the center and both edges from one image (did not do extreme corners, but looked ar them too and results were consistently matching the edges.) Then compared it to the composite taken with the other lens.

The Tamron is a good lens too, the wider wide angle is appealing, and it is probably about 1.5 mm wider and not 1mm.

Focus noise: Tamron is definately louder and less pleasant to the ear.
Focusing speed: Tamron seems to be faster.

I'm sending the Tamron back to B&H this morning. It is a good lens but having done all these tests, the Sigma is the sharper copy, no doubt.

These two lenses are very similar though, and both are good choices provided you get a good copy. I think the question, which is better more depends on whether you get a good copy of the particular lens than the differences between the two.

I have lots of comparison pictures, if anyone needs them PM me.

But it's not entirely a happy ending. I will have to send the Sigma in for minor calibration. At 50mm, close distance focusing (Macros and anything under maybe 3 feet) it front focuses. It does not show up in real life longer distance pictures.

DBJ
23rd of February 2009 (Mon), 02:31
I was in the same situation, here is what I posted about 10 days ago in a different thread:

Thanks for the info, it was very helpful. Which did you like better wide open? Would you recommend using either wide open on a regular basis? Thanks.

kennys350d
23rd of February 2009 (Mon), 02:49
So if Im understanding this right, this Sigma is cheaper and better..? No way...

mr.lemarc
23rd of February 2009 (Mon), 11:34
I just pulled the trigger on the sigma macro after finding out it existed and had a new generation. I was considering the tamron 17-50mm, but after seeing the pictures hear and the good things about this lens -- i had a change of heart.

I should be getting the lens soon, and will post back. I am also curious how your guy's lens perform wide open and if any have issues with front/back focusing or low light auto focus hunting.

Canonswhitelensesrule
23rd of February 2009 (Mon), 18:19
I am contemplating buying this lens.

It's between this lens, the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, and the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8 I.S.

Looking at each of the lenses' photo archive images, to me the majority of the photos taken with either the Tamron, or the Canon seem just a bit "sharper" and have a bit more "pop" to them. Although there are quite a few "tack" sharp photos taken with the Sigma, but overall, I find the ones taken with the Canon or Tamron, just a bit sharper.

I like the fact that the Sigma zooms the same way as the Canon lenses.

I like the fact that the Canon has I.S. (nice to have if needed)

I'm also looking to sell photographs that I eventually take with the lens I buy, so that is another thing for me to take into consideration.

Then there's always the cost factor as well.

Decisions decisions decisions!!

mr.lemarc
24th of February 2009 (Tue), 23:46
just got my sigma 18-50mm 2.8 macro from amazon today. seems pretty good so far

the build quality is nice and the extra lens pouch was a cool bonus. (nice not to worry about hood and pouch, feels like i'm buying an L lens...kind of)

the pictures seem pretty good, and the 2.8 gives a nice DOF with good bokeh.

just shooting around the house handheld, I feel it backfocuses just a tiny bit (@ 2.8) after shooting some batteries and text.

I'll give it a closer look if i have any issues when i start shooting in the real word. but so far, love the 2.8 and seems like a good choice. focusing is noticeably slower than the 17-85mm IS USM in low light, but in good light it works good.

kennys350d
25th of February 2009 (Wed), 01:18
^test shots..? waiting on mine from amazon aswell..

mr.lemarc
25th of February 2009 (Wed), 02:08
Here are two shots wide open at f/2.8. Sorry for the low-res file though. If I do end up doing back front focus tests with tripod, I'll find a better way to post the pics so you can actually see the diff. Actually in the battery shot, you can kind of see the back focus a bit as my thumb is in focus. Definitely not a big deal, just something I notice while pixel peeping.

roynaldo1
27th of February 2009 (Fri), 10:14
Borrowed this lens from work, her are a few samples:

roynaldo1
27th of February 2009 (Fri), 10:22
Couple more:

KenjiS
1st of March 2009 (Sun), 16:01
Wow...this thread just sold me on getting an 18-50 instead of the 18-125 OS!

Thanks O_O