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Sigma 17-70 / 18-50 / 24-70 / 28-70

 
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Aug 21, 2006 07:48 |  #1

Hi

I currently own sigma 18-200 but not very satisfied with this hence planning to replace it with one of the following :

Sigma 17-70
Sigma 18-50
sigma 24-70
Sigma 28-70

I went thru different threads but got confused b'cos in some of the threads 17-70 is specifeid better lens and in some place otherones.

Can experts in this forus guide me in this reagrd like which is the best lens out of these 4 lenses.

Expecting some concrete responses with reallife images.

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Aug 21, 2006 07:59 |  #2

Hi Rakesh,

I have the 24-70, and basically bought it for the 2.8. If this is not a priority for you, I will advice to stay away from this particular model as the 82mm makes buying filters an expensive exercise.

This topic has been discussed before, there are plenty of sample pics for you to look at.

17-70 is a good lens. is it 'better' than A or B or C? you need to decide for yourself.

other questions:
why are you not happy with 18-200?
I assume you use the wider end of the range more?
what do you shoot?

the other more practical consideration is price and availability where you are. I bought the 24-70 in malaysia, and they had (at that time) the 17-70 and 24-70. Have you checked if your local pusher has all 4 models? Your options may be automatically restricted if they dont carry all 4 models.

hope this helps.


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Aug 21, 2006 08:12 as a reply to  @ -kk-'s post |  #3

Hi Kevin

I'm from India. I am using 18-200 for Family functions, landscape and portraits but it slower lens and takes time to find a correct focus. Sometimes it keeps on hunting.

I checked with my local Authorised Sigma vendor : he is currently having 24-70, 28-70 and 18-50 and he advised not to go for 17-70 as in his opinion the results are not good and he told that the person who bought 17-70 returned it and took 24-70 or 28/70.

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Aug 21, 2006 08:21 as a reply to  @ rakesh's post |  #4
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rakesh wrote:
he advised not to go for 17-70 as in his opinion the results are not good and he told that the person who bought 17-70 returned it and took 24-70 or 28/70.

Rakesh, does he have the Sigma 17-70mm in stock? If not, he's probably telling you that because he wants to sell what he has in stock.

The Sigma 17-70mm is an excellent lens. I don't know that I'd lean on it to take the place of anything with a 200mm reach, but it's a damn fine lens...


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Aug 21, 2006 09:24 as a reply to  @ Steve Parr's post |  #5

Hi Steve

Have you taken any recent shot with 17-70. Can you share it with me.

If possible and is not troublesome for you, can you send me some shots at 17 mm, 25mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 60 mm and 70 mm to my email id @ rakesh at mg-india dot com

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Aug 21, 2006 09:28 as a reply to  @ rakesh's post |  #6
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rakesh wrote:
Hi Steve

Have you taken any recent shot with 17-70. Can you share it with me.

If possible and is not troublesome for you, can you send me some shots at 17 mm, 25mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 60 mm and 70 mm to my email id @ akesh@mg-india.com (external link)

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Rakesh

Right now, I'm on the road in Montreal and don't have any type of photo software on this computer (for resizing). I'd be happy to do that test for you, bubt it won't be until I return to San Diego in September. Maybe someone who has it, and can do it, would be willing to volunteer...


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Aug 21, 2006 10:32 |  #7

whats wrong with the 18-50?
I'm taking my chances and I'll probably buy that lens soon (if i convince myself that I dont need the 10-20 first).


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Aug 21, 2006 11:35 |  #8

I like my Sigma 17-70, pin sharp, good focal range, great contrast & saturation, its just an all round good lens.

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Aug 21, 2006 11:43 |  #9

Rakesh,

From everything I've read the Sigma 17-70 DC seems like a damn fine lens. Great focal length, quick on the wide-end, well built, sharp, and it doesn't break the bank. When I purchased my 17-40L the Sigma was too new and I was too impatient, if I could do my choice all over again the 17-70 would get some SERIOUS consideration.

For sample images there's a ton in this thread:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=186589

And 2758 sample photos at random here:
http://www.pbase.com …igma/17_70_28_4​5_dc_macro (external link)

Enjoy.



  
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Aug 21, 2006 12:01 as a reply to  @ rakesh's post |  #10

rakesh wrote:
Hi Steve

Have you taken any recent shot with 17-70. Can you share it with me.

If possible and is not troublesome for you, can you send me some shots at 17 mm, 25mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 60 mm and 70 mm to my email id @ rakesh@@@@@@

Regards

Rakesh

Hey Rakesh,

This has nothing to do with the thread, but NEVER, and I MEAN NEVER post you e-mail address like that on any forum! If you really want to post it, spell out the at and the dot parts. Otherwise, you are just asking to get a spam flood as bots will scan your address very quickly. I would suggest you go back and edit the post to avoid this.


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Aug 21, 2006 12:40 as a reply to  @ foty89's post |  #11

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I've rectified in my original post to avoid SPAMs.

I look forward to concrete responses to my queries.

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Aug 21, 2006 13:01 |  #12

my best advice is if you have a chance, go to a local store and try all the lens out. i originally bought the 24-70, but had to return it because of focusing problems (you will notice quite a few cases where people have to send their 24-70 back to sigma for services). however, if you get a good copy, the lens is awesome!

i just bought the 17-70 and so far, it's looking sweet! the focal range is good and pictures have been great - at both wide and long end. i'm glad i ended up with the 17-70 instead of the 24-70, especially since i enjoy shooting at the wider end! i also haven't read too many stories of people sending their 17-70 to sigma for services. maybe sigma have better QC on this lens.

the one thing i don't like about the 17-70 is how the focusing ring move outside the lens. sometimes when i hold the lens to take pictures, the ring would move while i'm holding that section. i'll just have to get use to holding the lens closer.




  
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Aug 21, 2006 13:42 |  #13

Yes that is annoying, if you are holding it at the time it messes up focus for that one shot, but ive got in a habit of holding it back a little bit further so I dont touch it, im fine with it now.

Its one of those lenses that dare I say matches L image quality (or almost then) & is SO much cheaper, the 18-50EX is a good lens but has problems & I wouldnt want to go from 70mm down to 50mm, you always want more!

Some also say that it lacks saturation compared to an L lens, but my shot of the castle above certainly doesnt lack any saturation, put it this way, would you want the image to be any more saturated? I think it would look false.

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Aug 21, 2006 13:53 as a reply to  @ Coco-Puffs's post |  #14

Coco-Puffs wrote:
whats wrong with the 18-50?
I'm taking my chances and I'll probably buy that lens soon (if i convince myself that I dont need the 10-20 first).

From what I hear, A LOT!!

If it were me I would avoid that one, you may get lucky but I have heard of lots of problems with that lens, mainly focussing & poor quality control, where as the 17-70 seems to have a better track record so far, maybe Sigma have spent more time on quality control with the 17-70?

Also 50mm isnt that much reach, where as 70 is a lot better, the only thing I think Sigma should have done on the 17-70 is to have stopped the rotating focus ring (not a major problem) & it should have been the 17-70 EX, as its build is very good & I dont see any reason why it doesnt come in the EX range.

Nick :-)
Oh & the 17-70 makes a very decent macro lens as well, not true 1:1 but its pretty good.




  
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Aug 21, 2006 21:57 as a reply to  @ Nick_C's post |  #15

Hi Nick and others

Thanks for the suggestions and advises. Now it is almost decided that I'll go for either 17-70 or 24-70.

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