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Jan 29, 2012 20:50 |  #1

Since Christmas I have been shuffling/selling/buyi​ng bc I knew I wanted to upgrade lenses (I used to have the kit and 50mm) and now am about to pull the trigger(s). I now currently have BNIB Sigma 30mm 1.4 that I am sending off to Sigma for calibration tomorrow - but beyond that I need to make some purchases. I have about $1100. Both options below are approximately $1100.

Option A) Add new Sigma 10-20mm + new Sigma 17-50mm
Pros: Great lenses from what I read, long warranties, my gear will then cover fast prime, UWA, and zoom
Con: Will they both suck at focusing like the 30mm I just bought?

Option B) Add new Canon 17-55mm + hood
Pros: great lens
Cons: dust/1 yr warranty, price, I only get 1 lens


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Jan 29, 2012 21:00 |  #2

I would go with option #1.


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Jan 29, 2012 21:03 |  #3

GregoryF wrote in post #13791425 (external link)
I would go with option #1.

there was no option #1 :D!

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Jan 29, 2012 21:06 |  #4

Option A. More versatility and sigma lenses are good once calibrated properly.
I just picked up a 50mm 1.4 from a friend and love it. I haven't fully gone out to take shots but the ones I did came out pretty good.


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Jan 29, 2012 21:20 |  #5

Option A

If the AF isn't working, send them straight back... don't mess around with sending them to Sigma. The only way we can convince Sigma to sort out their QC is by having the dealers return every flaky lens... and that will only happen if we return them to the dealers as faulty.


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Jan 29, 2012 22:10 |  #6

option A, but I am biased having both.

I think that the 17-50 has a great track record, is basically as good as the canon and the 10-20 is a must have for crop sensors. You will get more out of those 2 lenses for your photography than slightly sharper corners at a 100% crop at 2.8 only from one lens.


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Jan 29, 2012 22:17 |  #7

Option A :)


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Jan 29, 2012 22:26 |  #8

I am shipping my barely opened 30mm 1.4 to Sigma tomorrow for calibration - I wonder could I just drop ship the 17-50 and the 10-20 directly to them for calibration? Then they ship me my whole pile of gear and camera body back. That way I only have to do this once? All the Sigma horror stories make me anxious.


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Jan 29, 2012 22:50 |  #9

Call me weird but I'd go canon and have a killer versatile zoom. Very little complaints about AF issues with the 17-55IS. ONly use the "IS" when needed since there has been some people complaining of dying IS.

OR

Get the sigma's at a local shop and select the best lenses with no issues. This can be a good or bad experience. I will never play that sigma game ever.

Only anticipated headache for me is to find a perfect 50L ....one day. Otherwise I foresee NO lens that will give me serious AF issues.


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Jan 29, 2012 22:52 |  #10

I have honestly never heard of any Sigma 17-50's having any problems. It's seems to be mostly the primes that have problems. Definitely Option A.


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Jan 29, 2012 22:55 |  #11

I'd go for the 17-55 and worry about WA later. There is simply no better IQ in that range for a 1.6x body. The 17-55 on my 7D is hard to tell aprart from the 24-70 on the 5D2.


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Jan 30, 2012 00:28 |  #12

Raylon wrote in post #13792145 (external link)
I have honestly never heard of any Sigma 17-50's having any problems. It's seems to be mostly the primes that have problems. Definitely Option A.

It seems that Sigma's been fixing their af inconsistency problems as of late. Flip thru reviews of their newer lenses, namely the mentioned 17-50 and even their 70-200 OS and you'll find maybe one person, if any, with any focusing issues.


OT: I'd also go with option A. I've had the 17-55 and it's only pros over the Sigma is the USM, which is a bit faster than HSM, and the slightly better edge performance.The Sigma is sharper in the center of the frame and stopping down once or even will even things out along the border. With them on such equal ground IQ wise, no way I'd pay near double just to have the Canon. Pocket those savings and get the 10-20 for the versatility.


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Jan 30, 2012 04:19 |  #13

K6AZ wrote in post #13792158 (external link)
I'd go for the 17-55 and worry about WA later. There is simply no better IQ in that range for a 1.6x body.

Yes there is, the sigma 17-50 ;)
Its better in the centre frame, while the canon is better at the edges.


I'd go option A.


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Jan 30, 2012 05:26 |  #14

Up until id bought my sigma 85 I would have said canon every time. Now though I would prob swing towards getting 2 lenses for the same money as 1. Never had fcussing issues with my siggy, its only a month old so they may have sorted their issues right enough (or maybe i was lucky)


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Jan 30, 2012 08:14 as a reply to  @ xpfloyd's post |  #15

The real question is whether you believe the Canon 17-55 is better than the 17-50. If so, I would get the 17-55 and add the UWA later. If not, I would go with the 17-50 and Canon 10-22 if your budget would allow.

I personally bought the 17-55 then added the 10-22. The decision to go with 17-55 over the 17-50 was a hard one but I ultimately went with the Canon because I felt it was a better overall lens and I didn't want to play the Sigma lottery.

The curent relatively small price difference between the Sigma UWA and the Canon UWA doesn't justify going with the Sigma UWA IMO.




  
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