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Sigma 17-70 OS owners - What do you think?

 
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Jul 02, 2012 19:35 |  #1

So I'm now in the market for both a wide angle and a replacement for my 18-55 IS kit lens.

Right now, the 17-70 OS is looking like a pretty good upgrade for not much cost.

What do current owners think of it? Seems like a good deal for $420 with the current rebate.

I'm also looking at:

Tamron 17-50 f2.8 non VC
Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS

Any other suggestions? 17-55 Canon is out of reach due to price, and the 15-85 is a bit too pricey as well and I would prefer the better apertures.


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Jul 02, 2012 20:03 |  #2

I like mine a lot. The 17-50's were too short for my liking and the 15-85 too slow. The 17-70 is pretty much perfect.


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Jul 02, 2012 20:31 |  #3

Love mine! I had a earlier model 17-70 without the OS, and wasn't particularly impressed. I bought a refurb 17-70 OS from Sigma, and think it's terrific. I use it as a walk-around, and as part of a 3-lens kit for travel (10-20, 17-70, 70-200). The image quality is great, color rendition quite accurate, focus speed and accuracy very good, and the zoom range is very functional. I shoot 2 crop bodies (50D and 7D), and it works for me!


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Jul 02, 2012 21:39 as a reply to  @ Don Madson's post |  #4

Love mine as well.

With the other lenses you're looking at though you need to ask yourself if you want the extra 20mm or a constant f2.8

Personally I went with the extra 20mm and I have been very happy with my decision. But what I needed might not be what you need.




  
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Jul 02, 2012 22:19 |  #5

Thanks for the replies.

I think that f2.8 constant would be nice, but so is having an extra 20mm on the long end. Most of my shooting would not require a constant aperture. The 17-70 OS seems to have a lot going for it.. just want some good opinions as it seems that the review sites are a bit more harsh towards it compared to the generally very positive reviews from users.

What type of results are you guys getting with the 17-70 at f2.8 - 4? Do you feel you have to go beyond that to achieve a sharp image?


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Jul 02, 2012 22:29 |  #6

You're ALWAYS going to get sharper images at 5.6 and higher, simply due to the depth of field issues. It also depends on what you're shooting, and what the distance might be. A closer shot gives you less DOF to work with, and subject isolation can be tricky with ANY lens at large apertures...

Where are you in CO...I'm from Arapahoe County..

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Jul 02, 2012 22:37 |  #7

Thanks Don. I know that the images become sharper at higher apertures, but want to make sure that the f2.8-4 is more than just a "You COULD shoot at those settings, but you never will" type of lens.

Larimer County myself.


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Jul 03, 2012 09:12 |  #8

Pulled the trigger on the 17-70. Should arrive Friday, will let you know what I think!

Thanks again for the replies.


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Jul 03, 2012 11:04 |  #9

You will love it. I love mine. It is faster and sharper than my kit lens ever was up to 55. from 55-70 I dont find it to be amazing but it is at least as good as the kit lens.
I love the fast wide end.

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Jul 03, 2012 11:04 as a reply to  @ WaterVsAnchor's post |  #10

i was trying to make this decision about a month ago. the 17-70 or the 17-50. I decided to go with the 17-50 2.8 because of the 2.8 at all focal lengths. While the extra 20mm would have been nice i find the 17-50 incredibly sharp. Could not be happier.

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Jul 03, 2012 13:00 |  #11

Thought about the 17-50 as I'm sure it's got some advantages but just couldn't bring myself to spend the extra $250. That extra money may go to a flash since I don't have one yet.


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Jul 03, 2012 15:05 |  #12

Sirrith wrote in post #14662645 (external link)
I like mine a lot. The 17-50's were too short for my liking and the 15-85 too slow. The 17-70 is pretty much perfect.

My reasoning exactly. Very happy with the choice (I have had it for two years).


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Jul 05, 2012 13:29 |  #13

Here is one of my favorites with this lens taken with my 40D that died a couple weeks ago. My 60d arrives tomorrow and can't wait to use the lens on it!

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Jul 05, 2012 18:58 |  #14

17-50 is super sharp and overall very reliable.

If 17-70 is the same optically, it's between 2.8 and 20mm as the poster above said.

Otherwise, I'd go with the lens with better IQ.


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Jul 05, 2012 19:08 |  #15

I will try the 17-70 and if it doesn't meet expectations I may swap it for the 17-50. Hoping it works out to my liking.

It should arrive tomorrow and I'll post my thoughts sometime soon.


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