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Sigma 17-70 Old vs 17-70 New?

 
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May 01, 2010 21:19 |  #1

I have the old Sigma 17-70, no OS or HSM. Never really liked the thing. Slow focus, loud, etc. Plus it's broken after a few years of use.

Need to get a replacement lens for that range.

Was wondering if anyone has owned both the new and old versions of this lens and if they notice any serious differences?

Spring/Summer is coming, not sure I can wait to save up for a 24-105. Anyone have some other ideas?


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May 04, 2010 15:43 |  #2

No one has owned both? Is that a bad sign?


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May 04, 2010 15:50 as a reply to  @ JoshBowers's post |  #3

I haven't owned both, but I did have the new one for a very short time before returning it. I was disappointed with the image quality. my 18-55 IS is sharper. It also wasn't very fast at focusing and front focused. It was fairly quiet but I just didn't see enough of an improvement over the kit lens to keep it.


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May 04, 2010 16:29 as a reply to  @ scooby24's post |  #4

I never owned the old one either but I had the new one for a couple of days and returned it due to front focusing. I thought about keeping it and getting it serviced because I liked the HSM and OS and it seemed fairly sharp to me where it did focus. In the end though I decided I valued constant f2.8 more than the 20mm extra reach so I returned it and got a Tamron 17-50 VC instead.




  
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May 04, 2010 17:02 |  #5

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No one has owned both? Is that a bad sign?

I'm sure you'll find someone out there that thinks is the best lens out there, I particularly don't like it and have read many bad negative feedback on it.

If you like the wide end you have the Tamron 17-50 non-VC or VC (some prefer VC) and the Canon 17-55 IS. On the long end you have the Tamron 28-75 and the Canon 24-70 or 24-105.


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I actually heard some good reviews on the non-OS model. Not sure how the OS performs though.


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May 04, 2010 17:52 |  #7

I was looking at this lens, now i'm between the EF-S 15-85 IS USM and the EF 17-40L f/4


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May 04, 2010 19:33 |  #8

I have a 10-22 and 70-200

So the 17-70 was very nice to fill in between those two. The focusing and quality issues just made it a pain though.

Right now I am looking at the 17-40, 17-55, and 24-105.

I do mostly portraits and most of them are in the wider range. So the 24-105 would probably not work on a crop body for me (not wide enough).

So I'm back to the wider lenses I guess. 17-40, 17-55.

a 5D with a 24-105 would probably be my best fit... Too bad thats out of the budget.

Thanks for the responses. Glad I'm not the only person who has problems with the Sigma lens. Can't stand the external zoom either. So Probably end up with the 17-40 and keep the 70-200 handy. Anyone have this setup?


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May 04, 2010 19:46 as a reply to  @ JoshBowers's post |  #9

I've had both. The new one is better than the old one. Focus is faster and more accurate. OS is useful, but I have not found a need for it much. It is beefier and more robust and feels more solid. It is nice and sharp, as well. I've been very happy with it.

My only gripe is that it can be a tad soft wide open at 70mm... but still totally usable.

Here is a thread I made with some examples... https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=840675

Thread with more examples... https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=790964


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