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Sigma 10-20mm vs. Sigma 17-70mm

 
jhs2419
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Mar 09, 2013 07:25 |  #1

Hi,

I have been trying to decide on a wide angle lens for spring break. I will be travelling to an area with quite a few beaches.

I would like to keep my budget under $400, and I have narrowed my choices down to two lenses:
-Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 HSM DC AF
-Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM (old version)

I originally decided on the 17-70, but I read something about how zoom lenses perform best in their middle range, and I would most likely be shooting at the 17-25 range of the 17-70. Would this be a problem?

What are the pros of each lens? For my budget, is there a better option? (I could spend up to 500 if the lens would be that much better). I am not against buying used.

I shoot with a Canon 50D, so I have a cropped frame.

Thanks!


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Mar 09, 2013 07:42 |  #2

I believe the 17-70 is actually best at the wide end. But I had the older version, I am not sure how the newest version performs.

You have to decide whether you want an UWA or a mid-range zoom, this isn't really a matter of image quality.


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Mar 09, 2013 08:00 |  #3

This will certainly come down to personal preference.. My vote is 10-20 but I am bias because I have never held the other..
Be sure to see what we have done with the 10-20 thread..
https://photography-on-the.net …ead.php?t=14306​4&page=311


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Mar 09, 2013 08:05 |  #4

I'm still learning the fine points of my 10-20. At the wide end it is a bit of a challenge. At >15 mm it's a very easy and sharp lens. If you want wide, I recommend the 10-20. If you want more versatility, I'd recommend the 17-70 for the extra range.


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Mar 09, 2013 13:40 |  #5

jhs2419 wrote in post #15694650 (external link)
What are the pros of each lens?

10-20mm is wider

17-70 is longer and faster

They are two totally different lenses, you need to figure out what you need. Is 17mm going to be wide enough for what you need? Is 20mm going to be long enough for what you need?

If you plan on doing nothing but wide landscape shots then the 10-20 is going to be a great lens for you. But if you plan on using it to shoot people, espically close ups, then expect the people to have some funny looking features.

Persoanly I find the 17-70 to be a very versital lens and a great all around choice. But if you need a UWA the 10-20 is the better choice




  
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Mar 09, 2013 16:47 |  #6

Love my 10-20.. Feels solid and give good results

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Mar 09, 2013 17:01 |  #7

I don't use it anymore as I also have the Canon 17-55 f/2.8...but the Sigma 17-70 is an extremely useful lens when in Holiday mode...great focal range and more useful than the 10-20 range for me.


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Mar 09, 2013 19:09 |  #8

I agree with above 10-20 has severe limitations


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