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Dec 29, 2010 14:19 |  #76

LightRules wrote in post #11536003 (external link)
Sounds about right, what he says. But he isn't really comparing it to the other lenses directly. Hard to say. Like I said, optically they're all good enough. But AF speed/noise is the real issue here. If you can accept it, I think the VC is a great lens.

I pretty much agree with exactly what you said, based on my research of all 3 lenses. But, I'm no pro.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 15:03 |  #77

LightRules wrote in post #11535941 (external link)
Yes that is normal for this lens.



Bob Atkins has a fairly good test here: http://www.bobatkins.c​om …5_Sigma_17-50_review.html (external link) . However, he doesn't make mention of the "cons" of the 17-55 (eg, dust, build-feel, fragile IS unit).

This has made up my mind for me. 4 Year warranty, lens hood, lens case, and it beats the Canon it most of the optic tests. Can't wait to throw this on the 7D.


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Dec 29, 2010 15:11 |  #78

Buyers remorse I have, somewhat, after reading threads like these... :(

However, right or wrong, two items that guided me towards the Canon were (a) the Canon's USM + manual focus, and (b) Canon vs. Sigma quality,,, seems quite a few reports of Sigma issues with "bad" copies, whereas not so much with the Canon [granted Sigma's warranty is MUCH better than Canon's]. And since I am not a patient person when it comes to buying, I want it right when I buy it, no sending back, hoping for better copy, etc. The reports of Sigma having a 'rattle' also didn't bode well for my decision. But, the Sigma comes with a lens hood! ;)

EDIT: whilst typing this, see that Mystery posted the above... good luck, and best shooting! After you get it, please share your thoughts. :)


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Dec 29, 2010 15:22 |  #79

ShadowCaver wrote in post #11536402 (external link)
Buyers remorse I have, somewhat, after reading threads like these... :(

However, right or wrong, two items that guided me towards the Canon were (a) the Canon's USM + manual focus, and (b) Canon vs. Sigma quality,,, seems quite a few reports of Sigma issues with "bad" copies, whereas not so much with the Canon [granted Sigma's warranty is MUCH better than Canon's]. And since I am not a patient person when it comes to buying, I want it right when I buy it, no sending back, hoping for better copy, etc. The reports of Sigma having a 'rattle' also didn't bode well for my decision. But, the Sigma comes with a lens hood! ;)

EDIT: whilst typing this, see that Mystery posted the above... good luck, and best shooting! After you get it, please share your thoughts. :)

Really? I wouldn't think anyone would have buyer's remorse after owning what's probably one of Canon's best lenses ever. Any particular reason.

I'm also not a big fan of the rattling aspect of the Sigma lens, but it's something I'm sure I can live with. It seem to have better optics than the Canon judging from the above comparison, better macro, sharper, and the AF is faster and quieter than the Tamron VC so the Sigma seems the best option. Of course like the reviewer, If I had the money, I'd probably go for the Canon since it's the fastest.

Also Lightrules opinion on the Sigma lens also means a lot since he has such vast experience with the lenses!


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Dec 29, 2010 15:30 |  #80

ShadowCaver wrote in post #11536402 (external link)
Buyers remorse I have, somewhat, after reading threads like these... :(

However, right or wrong, two items that guided me towards the Canon were (a) the Canon's USM + manual focus, and (b) Canon vs. Sigma quality,,, seems quite a few reports of Sigma issues with "bad" copies, whereas not so much with the Canon [granted Sigma's warranty is MUCH better than Canon's]. And since I am not a patient person when it comes to buying, I want it right when I buy it, no sending back, hoping for better copy, etc. The reports of Sigma having a 'rattle' also didn't bode well for my decision. But, the Sigma comes with a lens hood! ;)

EDIT: whilst typing this, see that Mystery posted the above... good luck, and best shooting! After you get it, please share your thoughts. :)

Don't worry about it - the Canon is a great lens - you made a good decision. Stay away from these forums if you don't want buyers remorse - hanging out in the gear threads will only make you feel you have inadequate gear and make you go broke. :lol::lol:


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Dec 29, 2010 15:53 |  #81

Good for you Mystery. Looking forward to seeing some reviews in the next few weeks.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 15:56 |  #82

I just picked my sigma up and shook it, you can hear the OS system moving around in there, but it's nowhere near what was on that youtube video. That guy's copy must have the whole thing disassembled in there.


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Dec 29, 2010 16:02 |  #83

spacemonkey_ wrote in post #11536667 (external link)
Good for you Mystery. Looking forward to seeing some reviews in the next few weeks.

Will definitely post reviews and tests of both the camera & lens.

Please if anyone finds any info on a better alternative to the Sigma, do share in this thread.


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Dec 29, 2010 16:22 |  #84

Mystery wrote in post #11536707 (external link)
Please if anyone finds any info on a better alternative to the Sigma, do share in this thread.

We already did - it's called the Tamron 17-50 :p

Kidding. I'm eager to see some test photos once you get yours.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 16:29 as a reply to  @ ShadowCaver's post |  #85

Buyers remorse I have, somewhat, after reading threads like these... :(

No need for buyers remorse , the 17-55 is regarded as Canon"s best EFS lens and more than likely the best lens in that range overall, I searched all over the net reading all the reviews and decided it was the best lens for me and I have no regrets , love this lens :D

It all comes down to price , sharpness , colour , aperture , IQ , build , FL , etc etc only you can decided on what is more important to you and in what order.


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Dec 29, 2010 16:29 |  #86

I guess nobody mentioned the canon 15-85mm IS USM lens as an alternative. It's not fixed but still a very quality lens.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 16:31 |  #87

Fligi7 wrote in post #11536817 (external link)
We already did - it's called the Tamron 17-50 :p

Kidding. I'm eager to see some test photos once you get yours.

lol, before this thread I was kind of geared towards buying the Tamron, but the slower/noisier AF kind of put me off. IQ quality seems to be beautiful on it though.

Can anyone explain to me what exactly FTM (full-time manual focusing) is on these lenses? In the reviews I'm reading of the Sigma, the reviewers say it's a shame that the lens LACKS this feature.

Thanks.


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Dec 29, 2010 16:59 |  #88

FTM is the ability to focus manually without having to switch off the AF. For instance, say it's on AF and you go to focus on something and it doesn't get it quite right... with FTM you can simply refocus manually without switching off the AF. Without FTM, you have to (e.g. really should) switch this off before manually focusing.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 17:15 |  #89

Fligi7 wrote in post #11536991 (external link)
FTM is the ability to focus manually without having to switch off the AF. For instance, say it's on AF and you go to focus on something and it doesn't get it quite right... with FTM you can simply refocus manually without switching off the AF. Without FTM, you have to (e.g. really should) switch this off before manually focusing.

Ahh thanks. Not that big of a deal really, I mean when you're snapping away in AF you don't really stop to manual focus right?

Seems like it would be faster to just take another pic if the AF misses, rather than turn to manual focus.

I guess I'll find out how important/useful the lack of the feature is once I get the lens. For now, I have no clue, just seems like it's not that big of a deal.


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Dec 29, 2010 17:18 |  #90

Mystery wrote in post #11537068 (external link)
Ahh thanks. Not that big of a deal really, I mean when you're snapping away in AF you don't really stop to manual focus right?

Seems like it would be faster to just take another pic if the AF misses, rather than turn to manual focus.

I guess I'll find out how missed the ability to focus manually in AF mode is once I get the lens. For now, I have no clue, just seems like it's not that big a deal.

The only time I've used it , is when I'm birding .


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