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Eoghan
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Oct 30, 2006 03:29 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm wanting to buy a better 'everyday' lens that what I am using currently.

I bought my 350d as body only, because I had the kit lense from my old eos300. its served its purpose but i feel its just not right for the 350d. so I want to renew it.

I have had a look around and have found reviews of the sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC macrom lense which seems good, but haven't found many about the sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX DC or the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD aspherical which are also in the running. they are all priced within budget...

at the moment, i'm swaying towards the sigma 17-70mm

The lense will be used as the everyday lense. from macro style work to landscapes, indoor shots (motorshows etc) to night shots (pics of cityscapes at night etc)

So, can i have some advice please.

thanks

Eoghan


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Oct 30, 2006 04:46 |  #2

As nice as the 17-70 is, I find myself wishing for the 2.8 constant aperture. If you find yourself in low light conditions and use the telephoto end of your zoom a lot, the 2.8 lenses may be better. I find very lttle difference between 50mm and 70mm.

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Oct 30, 2006 05:31 |  #3

Eoghan; I owned both lenses and just got rid of the Sigma 18-50 EX 2.8 and kept my 17-70 DC macro.
I personally found no difference in build quality. The 17-70 is better on closeups and has a lill longer range which makes it more versatile. I used the 18-50 EX 2.8 for a few model shoots and stock photo sessions, but the 17-70 can do the same work. Unless you shoot in low light all the time, I'd say stick to your original plan and get the 17-70. The 18-50 will cost you a lill more, especialy if you get the new version which also has macro capabilities.
I heard many good things about the Tamron too.


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Oct 30, 2006 09:34 as a reply to  @ Janika's post |  #4

I'm happy with the 17-70.

If its a general walkabout lens then most likely you'll be outside when you use 70mm so the speed won't be as much of an issue.

Indoors I use the wide end more so it works pretty well. I guess if you need to zoom indoors you might need the flash...


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Oct 30, 2006 09:45 |  #5

hi

thanks for the posts. I think I knew my answer before I asked the question to be honest with you. :oops: but thought it best to seek advice.

thanks again

Eoghan


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Oct 30, 2006 09:47 as a reply to  @ evandavies's post |  #6

I work at the long end of my Sigma 17-70mm a lot and actually do notice the difference in reach between the 50mm and 70mm. It all depends on what you are shooting and as Stefan pointed out, if you are in low light conditions often enough you may find the fixed f/2.8 to be advantageous. I knew that at least for now most of the shooting I am doing with zoom lenses is outdoors and generally good or excellent lighting. For indoor use I will probably gravitate more towards my 50mm f/1.8 (the only prime I own at this time) or use the 580EX flash which I will be ordering within the hour..Yayy!!


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Oct 30, 2006 09:57 |  #7

Eoghan wrote in post #2189140 (external link)
Hi all,

I'm wanting to buy a better 'everyday' lens that what I am using currently.

I bought my 350d as body only, because I had the kit lense from my old eos300. its served its purpose but i feel its just not right for the 350d. so I want to renew it.

I have had a look around and have found reviews of the sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC macrom lense which seems good, but haven't found many about the sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX DC or the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD aspherical which are also in the running. they are all priced within budget...

at the moment, i'm swaying towards the sigma 17-70mm

The lense will be used as the everyday lense. from macro style work to landscapes, indoor shots (motorshows etc) to night shots (pics of cityscapes at night etc)

So, can i have some advice please.

thanks

Eoghan

if you want the best everyday lens in that range get the canon 17-55....but it will cost you :).

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