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On the fence: Sigma 17-50 or Canon 15-85

 
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Jan 08, 2013 16:19 |  #16

John from PA wrote in post #15462095 (external link)
Be aware that Sigma has a 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens that will hit the streets supposedly in February.

Interesting. B&H photo has the canon version for pre-order for $499
Any reviews out there for this lens ? I will save $120 if I get this instead of Sigma 17-50




  
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Jan 08, 2013 20:11 |  #17

digitalis99 wrote in post #15462648 (external link)
Interesting. B&H photo has the canon version for pre-order for $499
Any reviews out there for this lens ? I will save $120 if I get this instead of Sigma 17-50

The lens hasn't been released yet, so I doubt there are any reviews (could be wrong).

I have both the Sigma 17-50 and the Canon 15-85. I do a lot of outdoor shooting, mostly of the "snapshot" versus creative sort, and love the 15-85. It rarely leaves my camera, UNLESS I expect to be indoors, evening, or heavy shadow, in which case the Sigma stays glued to the camera. I love the range the 15-85 gives me and the depth of field and low light performance the 17-50 gives me (and I have a Sigma 30mm for when I really need low light). I'm something of a rarity in having both!

Having said that, the Sigma 17-70 is well respected around here. It won't give you shallow depth of field across the zoom range, but it will give you a larger aperture than the Canon 15-85. The as yet unreleased lens apparently has full time manual focus (according to B&H's description), which is a plus. It's also light, and less expensive than either lens you're considering. If you can wait a month or so, it's probably going to be a great lens.


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Jan 08, 2013 21:20 |  #18

digitalis99 wrote in post #15462648 (external link)
Interesting. B&H photo has the canon version for pre-order for $499
Any reviews out there for this lens ? I will save $120 if I get this instead of Sigma 17-50

I'm confused! (normal for me) Is this (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …70mm_F2_8_4_DC_​Macro.html (external link)) not the same lens we are discussing?


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Jan 08, 2013 22:21 |  #19

Hinson wrote in post #15463930 (external link)
I'm confused! (normal for me) Is this (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …70mm_F2_8_4_DC_​Macro.html (external link)) not the same lens we are discussing?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …0mm_f_2_8_4_DC_​Macro.html (external link)




  
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Jan 09, 2013 00:12 |  #20

Sigma is ok




  
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Jan 09, 2013 13:53 |  #21

The lens I was referring to is the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens that will hit the streets supposedly in February. FE Chariot nicely clarified my post.

I believe the "contempory" series will be the lenses that can be coupled to a device and PC and be adjusted to optimize focus on cameras that do not have a manual focus adjustment. A full description exists here...http://www.sigmaphoto.​com …unces-sigma-global-vision (external link).




  
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Jan 09, 2013 14:36 |  #22

Too bad my Sigma 17-50 shipped before I found out about Sigma 17-70 Contemporary. I will have one week left to return it when the new Sigma releases at the end of this month. My hobby is beginner/intermediate and I should concentrate more on learning good composition and exposure techniques. After reading tons of reviews on every forum, there are yay and naysayers for every lens.




  
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Jan 09, 2013 15:31 |  #23

I can only comment on the 15-85:
I got this as a walk about lens for visiting America summer before last and was really pleased with it. It is let down by the aperture, but for the money it's served me well. The 15mm end is particularly useful for indoors as you don't need to step as far back! (obvious really, but 2-3mm does make a great deal of difference at the wider end)




  
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Jan 09, 2013 17:14 |  #24

digitalis99 wrote in post #15467005 (external link)
Too bad my Sigma 17-50 shipped before I found out about Sigma 17-70 Contemporary. I will have one week left to return it when the new Sigma releases at the end of this month. My hobby is beginner/intermediate and I should concentrate more on learning good composition and exposure techniques. After reading tons of reviews on every forum, there are yay and naysayers for every lens.

As far as I am concerned I will not buy another variable aperture zoom even if it is a stop faster like the 17-70 than the typical f5.6 ones. The only exceptions are:
1. It gets me wider than 24mm FF equiv
2. It gets me longer than 300mm

So the 10-22 and 100-400 I would possibly buy.

I wouldn't worry about it, the 17-50 is great.


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Jan 09, 2013 23:20 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #25

I recommend Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS. I owned Tamron 17-50 2.8 and Canon 17-55 2.8 IS before and I found Sigma is as good Canon 17-55 in terms of IQ.


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