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Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 OS for a walkaround or something longer?

 
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Oct 16, 2010 21:50 |  #16

I've been using the 17-70os for about a year now, and i cant see myself wanting to replace it untill i can afford a 24-70 f2.8L. The sigma has great reach, is faster across the range than the kit lens, and has a decent focus speed, it can hunt a bit in low light, but still a vast improvement over the 18-55.




  
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Oct 16, 2010 22:39 |  #17

Thanks everyone, I ended up ordering the 17-70 OS and received it a couple days ago.

I've been busy here with work for the past few days so I haven't been able to go out shooting, but from the few test shots I've taken I'm pretty happy. It seems like I got a good copy so far at least; it's very sharp and the AF and OS seem to work well. I love the HSM, it is fast and nearly silent, much nicer than my non USM lenses. The reach is just enough for me, I figure if I need to get closer I'll use my legs or try a different angle instead, or if nothing else I'll slip my 55-250 on and get really close. All in all, I feel like I made a great choice. I'll be sure to update if anything changes, but I'm pretty sure I found the lens that's gonna stay on my camera about 90% of the time.




  
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Oct 17, 2010 00:00 |  #18

You can get the Sigma 17-70 os from Abes of Maine for $395 with coupon codes.
Mine arrived yesterday.


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Nov 02, 2010 00:29 |  #19

mattchapman wrote in post #11111168 (external link)
You can get the Sigma 17-70 os from Abes of Maine for $395 with coupon codes.
Mine arrived yesterday. :)

thanks! i just ordered too! exciting...:D


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Nov 11, 2010 10:00 |  #20

I have had mine for about a month and love it. I recently did an engagement session with it and it preformed excellent.




  
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Nov 12, 2010 15:24 |  #21

mattchapman wrote in post #11111168 (external link)
You can get the Sigma 17-70 os from Abes of Maine for $395 with coupon codes.
Mine arrived yesterday.

What's the coupon code? Can you pm me?

Thanks,




  
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Nov 12, 2010 17:41 |  #22

here's a copy of my receipt. it has the codes for the coupons. the first one just popped up when i went into my cart. i found the 2nd one here:
http://www.retailmenot​.com/view/abesofmaine.​com (external link)

17-70mm F2.8- 4 DC MACRO OS HSM for Canon ( 668-101 / 668101 )
Product description AALOYAL:
BONUS Add to cart for Free Lens Cleaning kit !! Limited time Offer !!
Price Discount: $ -40.41
AACK:
BONUS Add to cart for Free Lens Cleaning kit !!Free Item: LCK3 (QTY 1)
$ 449.00 1 $ 449.00
LOYALTY15:$15 off your order of $400 or more! (Exclusions Apply)
Price Discount: $ -15.00

Subtotal: $ 449.00
Price Discount: $ -55.41
Shipping: $ 0.00
Tax: $ 0.00
Total;: $ 393.59


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Nov 12, 2010 18:05 |  #23

It's a good price so long as you're willing to put up with Abes upsell tactics and spotty customer service.


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Nov 12, 2010 20:58 |  #24

smholl wrote in post #11089997 (external link)
Has anyone compared the Sigma 17-70 OS to the Canon 15-85 EF-s? I've narrowed my next lens purchase to either of these two. This would be replacing the Canon 28-135 on my 50D.

The Canon 15-85 is like $700 and $450 for the Sigma 17-70. I would get the Sigma and then a Canon 50mm f1.8 and still have a few dollars in my pocket. The big question is is the Canon image quality $250 better.

I like the images and ratings for the Sigma along with the price.


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Nov 13, 2010 15:24 |  #25

Comparing the ISO charts only, the Canon has a slight advantage at the wider focal lengths at wide open aperatures. The Sigma got very soft at the zoom end, while the Canon stayed relatively sharp. In fairness, the Sigma's wide open aperature at 70 is f/4 vs. f/5.6 on the Canon at 85mm. Canon maintained better sharpness midframe over the Sigma. Sigma showed a bit of chromatic abberation, whereas the Canon tended to minimize CA. When stopped down, IQ was pretty close. I chose the 15-85 for its larger focal range and (IMO) better overall IQ from comparison charts and consumer pics... but it was a $100 cheaper a few months ago. Except for the Sigma's softness at 70mm, you probably wouldn't see a huge difference in IQ between the two in real-world shots.


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Nov 13, 2010 20:34 |  #26

mikebarry wrote in post #11278223 (external link)
Comparing the ISO charts only, the Canon has a slight advantage at the wider focal lengths at wide open aperatures. The Sigma got very soft at the zoom end, while the Canon stayed relatively sharp. In fairness, the Sigma's wide open aperature at 70 is f/4 vs. f/5.6 on the Canon at 85mm. Canon maintained better sharpness midframe over the Sigma. Sigma showed a bit of chromatic abberation, whereas the Canon tended to minimize CA. When stopped down, IQ was pretty close. I chose the 15-85 for its larger focal range and (IMO) better overall IQ from comparison charts and consumer pics... but it was a $100 cheaper a few months ago. Except for the Sigma's softness at 70mm, you probably wouldn't see a huge difference in IQ between the two in real-world shots.

I took a few shots at 70mm.. and its not soft. Oh, you ment just iso charts. Sorry




  
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Nov 14, 2010 02:20 |  #27

mikebarry wrote in post #11278223 (external link)
Comparing the ISO charts only, the Canon has a slight advantage at the wider focal lengths at wide open aperatures. The Sigma got very soft at the zoom end, while the Canon stayed relatively sharp. In fairness, the Sigma's wide open aperature at 70 is f/4 vs. f/5.6 on the Canon at 85mm. Canon maintained better sharpness midframe over the Sigma. Sigma showed a bit of chromatic abberation, whereas the Canon tended to minimize CA. When stopped down, IQ was pretty close. I chose the 15-85 for its larger focal range and (IMO) better overall IQ from comparison charts and consumer pics... but it was a $100 cheaper a few months ago. Except for the Sigma's softness at 70mm, you probably wouldn't see a huge difference in IQ between the two in real-world shots.

strange.

because mine is extremly sharper at 70mm.


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Nov 14, 2010 08:14 |  #28

crimsonblack wrote in post #11274779 (external link)
The Canon 15-85 is like $700 and $450 for the Sigma 17-70. I would get the Sigma and then a Canon 50mm f1.8 and still have a few dollars in my pocket. The big question is is the Canon image quality $250 better.

I had the non-OS version of the Sigma, which is said to have slightly better IQ than the OS, and replaced it with the 15-85. No regrets at all. I lost the nice macro ability of the Sigma, but to my eye, the overall color and contrast of the Canon is better. The USM focus of the Canon is faster than the micro-motor of the non-OS, and much more reliable.

Is the Canon $250 better, perhaps not, especially when you can get part or most of the way to adding a quality prime for the difference. Although, I picked up the Canon when it had the rebate, so I only paid something like $600 new. For me it was well worth the additional cost because I sold the non-OS and a 10-20 to get into the 15-85 as I needed a single(ish) lens solution in that zoom range.


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Nov 14, 2010 19:58 as a reply to  @ ct1co2's post |  #29

Hmm...quite tempted by this Abe's deal...




  
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Nov 14, 2010 22:40 |  #30

mattchapman wrote in post #11274102 (external link)
It's a good price so long as you're willing to put up with Abes upsell tactics and spotty customer service.

I've had nothing but great customer service from them, like recently when I had to return a new lens I received that was broken upon arrival.

As far as their upsell tactics, as long as you're willing to take a call from them to "verify your mailing address" and then say no to a couple of sales offers, it's worth it. Especially when their prices are significantly better on some items- like this 17-70 OS lens.


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