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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:38 pm 
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I posted this in the Sony section (as I'm an a200 user...) but I didn't get much response; I think it probably belongs here instead so I'm re-posting it. Thanks for the input!

After a lot of research and comparing what I'd like out of a walk-around lens I've arrived at the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO ( http://sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all ... avigator=6 )

I've been comparing it to the Zeiss 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 and the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8... but I think when looking at the features I'm not worried about have the variable aperture across the zoom range (as if I'm shooting in low-light I'll use my prime...), I like the idea of having an almost-macro lens, and it is significantly cheaper then the Zeiss.

Anyone on here shoot with this lens? I've been hanging around Dyxum reading their reviews and they seem mostly positive... I wouldn't mind a more detailed opinion of it though.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:14 pm 
It's probably quite a rare lens, thus you get no comments on it since nobody here uses it. The thing with lenses is you get what you pay for. Remember that and you'll not be disappointed with lenses you buy.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:58 pm 
I've also been considering that lens. It does sound like a good deal.

let me know if you get it and please, share some sample shots. :)


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Think the 17-50mm tammy is a better choice than the 17-70 as long as you don't mind the focusing motor.

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The only thing that really sets the Sigma apart from the Tamron for me is that it is almost macro capable, with a ridiculously close focal ability.

I'd love to have that versatility, and the extra 20mm add a little bit to sweeten the deal as well...

I'm mainly curious if the Tamron is THAT much optically superior to the Sigma. Hahaha, I think I'm just going to have to buy it and find out!

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The signma lens 17-70 is not a bad lens but it is not a great lens either. You may benefit more from this lens if you're a non-canon/non-nikon. Reason being is that this lens is not OS (optically stabilized) so it is quite limited when the sun comes down. If you have IS built-in to the body then this lens is actually quite decent. It is quite verstile and is definately going to be a step up from your A200 kit lens.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:50 pm 
Actually 17-70 is quite good lens, it's good for all-around photographing. I shoot models and nature with it and I'm pretty happy with it. Sharp enough for my SD14 and zoom range is just right. Macro is also very handy to have in all-around lens too.

If you want to look how good photos you can take with it, check my flickr and 17-70 lens group in flickr too:
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