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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:02 pm 
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After a lot of research and comparing what I'd like out of a walk-around lens I've arrived at either:

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/1750_diII_a016.asp

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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
http://sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all ... avigator=6

Anyone here used the Tamron? I am kind of leaning towards the Sigma... but the quality-control issues they have make me really nervous...

Thanks!

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I got one advice for you, stay away from the Sigma! it has a reputation of gearstripping!

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we had the tamron 17-50mm when we had our canon gear and it is an excellent lens very quick and tack sharp as good or better than the canon brand name equivalent

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You're comparing apples to oranges. The sigma is only F/2.8 ath the wide end, where the tamron is 2.8 throughout the whole range.

I've handled the sigma though, and it's a pretty good lens as a kitlens replacement, as long as you're willing to give up stabilisation.

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The OP is a Sony shooter, so he's not giving up stabilization ;)

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Thanks for the correction :)
In that case: excellent kitlens. Feels solid, has coating quite similar to the pro line EX coating. Zooms ring felt good when I used it, too.

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