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Thread started 14 Jun 2010 (Monday) 06:36
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In depth look: Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS vs Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS vs Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC

 
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Jun 14, 2010 06:36 |  #1

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at these 3 particular lenses. Same or similar focal length, with f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization. Here are the specs I've got so far, maybe others can contribute as well. If there are other specs I should add, just let me know!

Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS
price: $1099 (Adorama)

Lens Construction: 19 elements in 12 groups
Focus: Autofocus with Full time manual focus, ring USM
Min Focus Distance: 1.15ft / 35cm
diaphragm blades: 7
min aperture: f/22
stabilization: 3 stop
filter size: 77mm
distance scale: YES- Window
size dia x length: 3.3 x 4.4 inches/ 83.5 x 110.6 mm
weight: 22.8oz / 645g

Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS
Price: $669 (Adorama)

Lens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
Focus: Autofocus or manual focus, (micro) HSM
Min Focus Distance: 11inch / 28cm
diaphragm blades: 7
min aperture: f/22
stabilization: 4 stop
filter size: 77mm
distance scale: (printed)
size dia x length: 3.3 x 3.6 inches/ 83.5 x 91.8 mm
weight: 19.9oz / 565g

Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC
$649 (Adorama reg price)

Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups
Focus: Autofocus / manual focus
Min Focus Distance: 11.4 inches / 29cm
diaphragm blades: 7
min aperture: f/32
stabilization: 4 stop
filter size: 72mm
distance scale: (printed)
size dia x length: 3.13 x 3.7 inches/
weight: 20.15oz / 570g

(work in progress)


Sony A6000, 16-50PZ, 55-210, 35mm 1.8 OSS
Canon 60D, 30D
Tamron 28-75 2.8, Tamron 17-35, Sigma 50mm 1.4, Canon 85mm 1.8

  
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May 02, 2011 21:54 |  #2

Is that it?


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May 02, 2011 22:04 |  #3

I thought the Canon had 4 stop IS as well.




  
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May 02, 2011 22:07 |  #4

Rocafella wrote in post #12336573 (external link)
Is that it?

DStanic wrote in post #10358083 (external link)
(work in progress)

I think not.


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May 02, 2011 22:29 |  #5
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HKGuns wrote in post #12336638 (external link)
I thought the Canon had 4 stop IS as well.

nope, 17-55 is only 3, 15-85 is 4


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May 02, 2011 23:34 |  #6

EthanFrank wrote in post #12336660 (external link)
I think not.

Well to be honest. The guy had 11 months to update his original post and he haven't yet.


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May 02, 2011 23:37 |  #7

Rocafella wrote in post #12336573 (external link)
Is that it?

*thread necromancer raises a fallen diaku from the ground* =p


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EthanFrank
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May 02, 2011 23:40 |  #8

Jdmhood wrote in post #12337255 (external link)
Well to be honest. The guy had 11 months to update his original post and he haven't yet.

A good point. We could always continue the comparison through discussion, but I'm sure it's all been said before.


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arentol
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May 03, 2011 00:17 |  #9

Here is the rest:

The Sigma has the best resolution by a small margin on average.
The Canon has best CA control by a small margin.
The Sigma has the least vignetting
The Sigma has the best average resolution per $$ at every focal length.
The Tamron doesn't win at anything except lowest price.

This is all based exclusively on Photozone.de 15mp results.


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DStanic
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May 10, 2011 06:51 |  #10

Sorry guys! I was pretty close to ordering a Sigma 17-50 but the local shops said it was "special order", which meant I could not return it if I didn't like it. I made up my mind to go full frame instead with the 5Dc and am very happy.

Now if only Sigma could come out with a 24-70 f/2.8 OS I would be all over that (as long as it was reasonable price).


Sony A6000, 16-50PZ, 55-210, 35mm 1.8 OSS
Canon 60D, 30D
Tamron 28-75 2.8, Tamron 17-35, Sigma 50mm 1.4, Canon 85mm 1.8

  
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May 25, 2011 18:11 |  #11

Just got my Sigma 17-50 and I'm nothing short of ga ga . See below thread

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1044681


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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8, Canon EF 50mm f/1,8
Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS HSM
Canon 430EX II

  
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May 25, 2011 20:07 |  #12

rrwilliams64 wrote in post #12478901 (external link)
Just got my Sigma 17-50 and I'm nothing short of ga ga .

ZOMBIE thread Resurrection:
I have the Tamron 17-50 2.8 - it's the GA GA ² !

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …&FLI=0&API=0&Le​nsComp=398 (external link)




  
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May 25, 2011 22:58 |  #13

What about the Canon 15-85? My options are Sigma 17-50 or 15-85 for the t2i. I plan on getting 70-200 after.




  
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May 25, 2011 23:01 |  #14

dream5hift wrote in post #12480540 (external link)
What about the Canon 15-85? My options are Sigma 17-50 or 15-85 for the t2i. I plan on getting 70-200 after.

the others are all f/2.8. apples and oranges comparison.



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Sep 14, 2011 12:58 |  #15

dream5hift wrote in post #12480540 (external link)
What about the Canon 15-85? My options are Sigma 17-50 or 15-85 for the t2i. I plan on getting 70-200 after.

I don't know if this will help you but I have the Tamron lens mentioned by the OP (except it's the non-VC version) and I've rented the Canon 15-85 so I can compare those two.
My experience was that the Canon was slightly sharper and slightly better on colours.
The focal range is also longer of course and going down to 15mm is very handy for landscapes.
On the down side the Canon is MUCH heavier (too heavy for me) and much more expensive. As someone else said it also doesn't go down to f2.8 so you can't really get proper bokeh from it.

In summary it depends what kind of photography you're into. If you take a lot of portraits you may prefer the Tamron as it blurs the background nicely, especially at 50mm.
If you mostly take landscapes then the Canon is sharper.
Hope that helps.


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