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Dec 29, 2010 11:02 |  #1

Ideally I would like to buy the Canon 17-55mm 2.8, but at around $1000 this is too much, at least for now. Please advise on the best alternative from the following 3. For 7D body.

a) Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC - $549.00

b) Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM - $669.00

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Enter your own suggestion if you think there is another standard zoom, constant aperture lens which I should consider :)

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Dec 29, 2010 11:05 |  #2

To answer your topic question, it's the Canon 17-55mm 2.8 IS hands down. Just save up and get it.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:05 |  #3

+1 for the Sigma. I had to micro adjust +8 with mine, nothing too bad.

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Dec 29, 2010 11:07 |  #4

alpharon wrote in post #11534851 (external link)
To answer your topic question, it's the Canon 17-55mm 2.8 IS hands down. Just save up and get it.

It's twice as much as the Tamron!! :neutral:


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Dec 29, 2010 11:07 |  #5

Good thread. I'm debating whether to get the 17-55 as well as everyone raves about it. Did you wind up getting your 7D? I'm in the same boat as you. My cart is ready over on b&h with a 7d and 17-55mm but the price tag is scary. LOL




  
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Dec 29, 2010 11:08 |  #6

I haven't used either of the alternatives - but I have used the Canon and it is amazing.

My choices and rankings (based on user reviews and my experiences):

1.Canon 17-55mm IS (sharp, blazing fast & accurate AF - even in low light conditions)
2. Sigma 17-50mm OS (from user reports - this is a sharp lens - up there w/the Canon)
3. Tamron 17-50mm non-VC
4.Tamron 17-50mm VC

Hard choice for the #2 spot: Sigma and Tamron non-VC are both excellent, from what I hear and read.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:08 |  #7

Stamp wrote in post #11534853 (external link)
+1 for the Sigma. I had to micro adjust +8 with mine, nothing too bad.


Are you just saying that because you own one? :p


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Dec 29, 2010 11:09 |  #8

Stamp wrote in post #11534853 (external link)
+1 for the Sigma. I had to micro adjust +8 with mine, nothing too bad.


"Only" having to MA +8 does not sound like a glowing recommendation.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:10 |  #9

tkbslc wrote in post #11534877 (external link)
"Only" having to MA +8 does not sound like a glowing recommendation.

Only +8 with a SIGMA (keyword). :lol::lol:


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Dec 29, 2010 11:11 |  #10

spacemonkey_ wrote in post #11534865 (external link)
Good thread. I'm debating whether to get the 17-55 as well as everyone raves about it. Did you wind up getting your 7D? I'm in the same boat as you. My cart is ready over on b&h with a 7d and 17-55mm but the price tag is scary. LOL

Not yet lol, I'm still in Australia. I'll be back in 2 weeks then I'll order it. But the 7D and 17-55mm together is just way too much.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:11 |  #11

tkbslc wrote in post #11534877 (external link)
"Only" having to MA +8 does not sound like a glowing recommendation.

Considering my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS needed +5 MA, I don't think it's all that bad, do you. ;)

Mystery wrote in post #11534873 (external link)
Are you just saying that because you own one? :p

I'm saying it because I own one, I'm happy with it, I have no regrets with it, and I've done my research as well.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:12 |  #12

I have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 without the VC. I only rarely miss the VC, but I was sure happy with the $350 price tag.




  
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Dec 29, 2010 11:13 |  #13

hieu1004 wrote in post #11534868 (external link)
I haven't used either of the alternatives - but I have used the Canon and it is amazing.

My choices and rankings (based on user reviews and my experiences):

1.Canon 17-55mm IS (sharp, blazing fast & accurate AF - even in low light conditions)
2. Sigma 17-50mm OS (from user reports - this is a sharp lens - up there w/the Canon)
3. Tamron 17-50mm non-VC
4.Tamron 17-50mm VC


This is not the first time I've seen people put the non-VC Tamron above the VC. Any particular reason? One would think that the cibration compensation would help get less blurry, sharper images. And for video, it's a must.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:14 |  #14

Stamp wrote in post #11534893 (external link)
Considering my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS needed +5 MA, I don't think it's all that bad, do you. ;)
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Sure do. My camera, along with probably 80% of bodies on the market, does not even have MA as an option.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:15 |  #15

Mystery wrote in post #11534904 (external link)
This is not the first time I've seen people put the non-VC Tamron above the VC. Any particular reason? One would think that the cibration compensation would help get less blurry, sharper images. And for video, it's a must.

Everyone is different - but I can tell you that I don't need IS/VC at that focal length. I use my 17-40mm all the time and never miss the IS and I can shoot at pretty low shutters. The 70-200, for example, I feel completely opposite about as I need the IS for that focal length. The non-VC is reported as quite a bit sharper too.


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