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Which lens would you choose?
Poll ended at Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:28 pm
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM 45%  45%  [ 5 ]
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 55%  55%  [ 6 ]
Total votes : 11
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:25 pm 
I am a bit confused about which lens to buy for my Nikon D7000!

Should I buy the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM or just buy the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR ?

Also should I get the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG APO Macro HSM II or get the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR just because it is a Nikon?


I opened this thread also in the Third party lens part of the forum.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:13 pm 
Sigma both times.

The Nikons have nothing going for them other than well... they are Nikons.

Having an f2.8 IMHO is crucial, especially if this is your only lens.

It lets you keep the ISO down in low light (by up to 2 stops compared with the 16-85 or 70-300) and it will let you blow the background out of focus with so much more ease.

I wouldnt consider the 16-85 at all to be honest, Id rather have an 18-200mm.

On that note and 18-200mm and 35mm f1.8 for low light is IMHO the ultimate combination for amateur DX.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:30 pm 
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Hi 12345,

Given you want to be anonymous do I also guess from your name that you want to be numerous as well. :lol: :lol:

Seriously, welcome to the forum but I have deleted your duplicate post. Please take a moment to glance through our forum rules to see why.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:16 pm 

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Depands on what you want the lenses for. If it's low light and moving subjects, f2.8 will be useful (2/3 stop advantage at the wide end, more as you go to telephoto).

I take more static subjects in low light, so the 16-85 does well for me, its extra reach at the telephoto end adding versatility. I'm very happy with the lens, but it's for what I do.

The 35/1.8 is excellent in low light, but, of course no image stabilisation and shallow depth of field.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:17 am 
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I went through a similar though process with the the canon 15-85 and the canon 17-55 is usm .
I think the extra 2mm at the wide end is useful, if you want a general purpose lens the 16-85 is hard to beat.

If low light is important to you I would just get the 35mm 1.8 G DX its a lot brighter than 2.8. Its a great little lens. I have used it on a borrowed D90. Then there is the 50 1.4

I feel the 17-55 is too specific, unless its bokeh you are chasing. With the high iso abilty of the D7000, the extra light from the 2.8 isn`t going to make that much difference.

With the bigger zooms, what range to you need, what do you want to use them for, where do you plan on using them?
Comparing a 70-200 2.8 vs a 70-300 4.5-5.6 isn`t really possible

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