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May 19, 2010 23:59 |  #16

are there any other lenses that have about the same range, the same price, but better IQ?

with reference to the tamron 17-50... which do u refer to?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_17_50mm_f_2_8_​XR_Di.html (external link)

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http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_SP_AF_17_50mm_​f_2_8.html (external link)




  
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May 20, 2010 01:41 |  #17

ayee007 wrote in post #10213818 (external link)
are there any other lenses that have about the same range, the same price, but better IQ?

No.


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May 20, 2010 21:37 |  #18

gcogger wrote in post #10214152 (external link)
No.

lol straight and simple...! for $415ish...is this HSM version worthwhile...million dollar question...i just want to find a lens to replace my kit lens as a walk around that gives better IQ...i considered the 28-135, but i dont think the IQ is much better...




  
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May 20, 2010 22:17 as a reply to  @ ayee007's post |  #19

I just got the non-OS 17-70 as an upgrade for my kit lens.
I was also contemplating the 15-85, but in the end, I just could not justify the additional cost.
Only had the lens for a few days and I am very happy with it.
First few initial shots, I was still on the fence. My first shots were blurry and/or oof.
Next I put the camera on my tripod and took side by side shots with my kit lens and was quite happy with the results.
I think the first shots were operator error.
When I stopped both lenses down to f/9, the Sigma blew the kit lens away.
I was also nervous about "focusing issues', but mine worked great out of the box.

So the pros are:
I gained a little more light, f/2.8-4.5.
I also gained a little more IQ.
I gained a little more on the long and short end.
I also gained macro capabilities. (Just starting to play with this.)


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May 24, 2010 08:37 |  #20

As posted in another thread, I got the non-OS version about three years ago and have been extremely happy with it ever since. It's so sharp all the way through, produces great colour and contrasts.

The close up feature is just terrific. I have a 100mm f/2.8 which is my primary macro lens, however I always snap on the 17-70mm for anything over about 50mm diameter.


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May 24, 2010 20:05 |  #21

thanks for all the feedback everyone. seems like everyone is a fan of the non-os version, but the new hsm version seems to have mixed reviews. i wish i had a store that carried this lens locally so i could test it out!




  
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May 24, 2010 20:19 as a reply to  @ ayee007's post |  #22

I had the Sigma 17-70mm HSM OS 2.8-4 and return it the next day. The lens came with focusing issues right out of the box.

I ended up spending a little more on a Canon 15-85 and I am very happy with it. It completely blows away the Sigma, the only downside is that it costs a little more than the Sigma 17-70 HSM OS 2.8-4. Right now there's a $100 rebate so the price of the Canon is $620 until July 2010.


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May 24, 2010 20:57 as a reply to  @ robbykh's post |  #23

I had both versions of the 17-70. The new version is spectacular.... and I loved the older model. Fast/accurate focus, sharp, great build quality. Love this lens.


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May 24, 2010 21:20 |  #24

haha this is a total hit or miss...that makes me really nervous! even though the deal is spectacular on the 15-85, i just spent a big chunk on a 70-200 f4L, so another 600 would kill me at this point! if i get one, i plan to get one off beachcamera (ebay) with the 8% bing and 3% mrrebate...cant imagine what a pain returns would be!




  
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May 24, 2010 21:24 |  #25

Because of pricing I'm thinking of selling my 18-50 for the new 17-70 since I have a feeling the 18-50 replacement, 17-50 HSM OS is going to overpriced like the 70-200 was.


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May 24, 2010 21:28 |  #26

haha where you buying from? let me know how the lens turns out!




  
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May 24, 2010 21:33 |  #27

Will do but it won't be till the end of this year or early next when more reviews come out.

Everyone speaks of the Canon as a replacement but it's so0o0o much slower, it's not close. No way could I use this for weddings. I'm probably getting a 5D though so maybe I should ditch the idea. Still, my 20D and 18-50 are a killer pair and I think I'll keep them together and let the 5D work the primes and 70-200.


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May 24, 2010 21:57 |  #28

you mean the 15-85 is slower than the 17-70? but everyone raves about the IQ difference in the 15-85




  
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May 24, 2010 22:03 as a reply to  @ _aravena's post |  #29

Take a look at these shots taken with my 15-85, in low light, I'm very happy with this lens.

Excuse the overexposure I was testing the focusing and sharpness of the lens.


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