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Lens Candidates 17-50OS and 17-55, 17-40

 
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Jan 14, 2013 12:47 |  #1

I'm hoping some users of the following lenses can chime in and give me some insight.
-Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS
-Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS
-Canon 17-40 f/4L

I'm looking for a wide angle-standard lens to hopefully replace a couple lenses I sold to to fund a Sigma 35 1.4. I'm asking to the owners of these lenses:
-Why did you choose the lens you have?
-What has your real-world-shooting experience been with these lenses?

I have a budget of up to $650 for this lens [or more if it's justifiable by performance]
and will probably shop used. Are there any bad batches of these lenses I should watch out for?


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Jan 14, 2013 12:57 |  #2

while I don't own or have much experience with these lenses, I'd say go to your camera shop and try all of em out see what one you like more


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Jan 14, 2013 13:19 |  #3

I work at a camera-shop, actually. :lol:
To me, all of these lenses feel solid (especially the L, of course).
But I'm wanting to hear from people that have on-location experience with the lenses.


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Jan 14, 2013 14:57 |  #4

I'd say the Sigma - nice and solid lens. And actually I'd recommend buying it new - it's currently on sale (619$ at B&H etc.), and in US it comes with a nice 4-years warranty. (Here in Canada we're spoiled by Sigma - I paid ~700$ locally a year ago, but it came with a whopping 10 years warranty!)


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Jan 14, 2013 15:12 |  #5

Haven't shot the 17-40mm - of course you'd lose one Fstop, then one+ stops with lack of IS. I would choose one of the other two. Of those, I would choose the Sigma - there's not hundreds more in value in going for the Canon IMO, and I used both.


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Jan 14, 2013 15:32 |  #6

You're forgetting the Tamron 17-50 2.8 :)

The canon 17-55 is a nice lens but bigger than the rest and quality difference is hard to tell over the sigma or tAmron. I went Tamron and don't regret it one bit.

I have a 17-40 for sale if you're interested.

If you


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Jan 14, 2013 15:36 |  #7

Oops. Clicked early.

I chose the TamrOn because of price for performance was the best IMO.

I've shot a couple weddings using only this lens and also family stuff indoors without flash. Works great. I had the sigma but found the edges too soft for me. Others don't seem to have any problem so the quality may vary.


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Jan 14, 2013 16:30 |  #8

I would say the 17-55 is out of your budget so go with the Sigma or the Tamron. If you can find a 17-55 for that price get on it. Such a great lens.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 17:58 |  #9

assuming you're on a crop, i'd forget the 17-40L...i just can't think of anything it offers you to be worth choosing it over the others...but i would've also probably just picked up the sigma 30mm f1.4, instead of the 35mm f1.4...again, because you're on a crop, and it's considerably cheaper...


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Jan 14, 2013 20:11 |  #10

I have the canon 17-55 2.8 IS USM on my T3I makes a awesome camera. Quite simply buy the best glass you can afford. If you don't you'll kick yourself later




  
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Jan 14, 2013 22:30 |  #11

Viva-photography wrote in post #15487532 (external link)
I work at a camera-shop, actually. :lol:
To me, all of these lenses feel solid (especially the L, of course).
But I'm wanting to hear from people that have on-location experience with the lenses.

have you used all of them? because working at a camera-shop I'm assuming you know what you like most in your lenses.


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Jan 14, 2013 22:56 |  #12

I know nothing about the siggy, so I'd compare the two canons.

This is so me :( >> If weight is a problem, get the L instead

If IS is needed, get the EFS instead

If you may get a 5D or another fullframe cam body, get the L - an ultrawide for your future fullframe.

If f/2.8 is wise for you, get the EFS.


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Jan 15, 2013 11:04 |  #13

I only have used the canon 17-55, and to me it is a fantastic lens worth every penny, it lives glued to my 7D. You will get used to the weight with time (it is not that bad). Having a baby was the reason I got it, and it has proved it self time and time again indoors. The built quality is not as bad as some here suggest (yes it could be better for the price, and include a hood). Image IQ is really outstanding, even when compared to my 100L is not that far off. The only thing is that some times I wish there was a little more reach, but that it is (in part) why I got the 100L. Just my two cents.


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Jan 15, 2013 11:21 |  #14

If you are going to stay with a crop body and have the cash, and don't mind the size and weight, the Canon 17-55IS is the right call.
If you think you might want to go full-frame down the road, the Canon 17-40 F4 is light, sharp, and has a constant length when zoomed. It may not be quite as versatile as the 17-5IS, but it does have fast and accurate AF indoors. This is an advantage over non-Canon lenses. It also will remain compatible with future Canon bodies, and can take advantage of the peripheral illumination feature of Canon bodies (but you won't need it on a crop body). It is also less expensive than the 17-55IS. Color and contrast are very good, and the lens gives you typical Canon color rendition.
The Tamron is less expensive than the others, and could be sharper (than the 17-40L), but AF is reported to be slower in low light. This negates some of the advantage of F2.8.
If you work in a camera shop, shouldn't you be giving everyone else advice? Can you try out any of the demo models?




  
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Jan 15, 2013 16:13 |  #15

I owned the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 non VC for about 4 years and was pleased with the results. The AF did hunt in extremely low light but if careful I could overcome it. Last year I upgraded to the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 OS and have been very happy. It is just as sharp and the AF is more accurate. also, the build quality is better. I have not been disappointed.

Happy Shopping!


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