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Sep 10, 2007 19:18 |  #1

i can't decide if to go for the sigma 17-70 or the canon 17-85
the canon is £100 more but has the IS which would be quite useful
i would really like the 17-55 canon but £300-£400 more than the other two is quite steep especially when its not l glass or weather sealed


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Sep 10, 2007 19:26 |  #2

Sigma over the 17-85 and the 17-55 over any other 17-** on a crop body


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Sep 10, 2007 19:28 |  #3

How often will you need weather sealing and the 17-55's IQ is basically L anyway


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Sep 10, 2007 19:29 |  #4

I never liked my 17-85 so I sold it :)


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Sep 10, 2007 19:55 as a reply to  @ sandro9mm's post |  #5

i like my 17-85, its a nice range, i played with the Sigma and found it very slow to focus, and just didnt feel as nice as the canon. Yes the canon is f4, and the sig is f2.8, but the canon has IS... swings and round abouts. You will see loadsa sharp images of the sigma, however i didnt find it as sharp or fast focusing.


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Sep 10, 2007 20:02 |  #6

The 17-85 is weakest at the wide end. But it is unfair to criticize its performance at the long end! I have directly compared it to two other lenses that are widely praised, the Tamron 28-75mm and the Canon 70-200 f/4L, at 70mm it is difficult to identify which lens is which even with test patterns. Quite a vew other owners have done similar comparisons, even against notables like the Canon 24-70mm, and gotten similar favorable results from the 17-85mm


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Sep 10, 2007 20:41 |  #7

My Sigma 18-200 produced better images than the 17-85, and the new OS version adds that wonderful feature at around the same price with far more range.


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Sep 10, 2007 22:27 |  #8

17-85 is light, has fast, silent, accurate focus. Color and contrast is not as good as L lens but center sharpness is equal to L


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Sep 11, 2007 00:31 |  #9

I had the 17-85mm sold it after a month.. Its not bad shooting outdoors in broad day light, but when it comes it indoors and low lighting.. its not good at all.. I have no experience with the sigma.. and I hear the 17-55mm IS is a pretty good


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Sep 11, 2007 05:43 |  #10

i might just go for the tamron 17-50 instead as i have read some good reviews on it and its 2.8


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Sep 11, 2007 06:48 as a reply to  @ steunited's post |  #11

17-85 is kit lens optics with IS so not the best lens. The 17-70 will out perform it optically no problem. Focus speed of both will be very similar



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Sep 11, 2007 10:26 |  #12

jonnypb wrote in post #3906208 (external link)
17-85 is kit lens optics with IS very similar

That's not true. IS has much better contrast and sharpness wideopen. Otherwise I would have saved alot of money sticking with the 1855 :evil:


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Sep 11, 2007 10:29 |  #13

DVS_WiNdz wrote in post #3905162 (external link)
I had the 17-85mm sold it after a month.. Its not bad shooting outdoors in broad day light, but when it comes it indoors and low lighting.. its not good at all.. I have no experience with the sigma.. and I hear the 17-55mm IS is a pretty good

For Indoor, I recommend Tammy 17-50. Nonetheless, I have good result with 17-85 at night (outdoor) and with flash indoor.


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Sep 11, 2007 11:16 |  #14

17-85 is a nice lens, i've got it as well and it's great.
Haven't tried it in low light conditions yet though.


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Sep 11, 2007 11:57 |  #15

The 17-85 is a great all-around lens and an ideal walkaround lens. It is not great for shooting moving subjects indoors, as the widest aperture is not that wide, but the IS does wonders for taking indoor shots of static scenes. You can handhold at very slow shutter speeds and still get sharp photos as long as the subjects have no movement.

And outdoors it is fantastic with a great range, fast and silent autofocus, and good quality optics, maybe not L quality, but very high quality nonetheless.


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