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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Photozone have reviewed the Sigma AF 17-50mm f/2.8 HSM DC EX OS... looks like a good one :) Very high resolution in center regions even wide open, although corners may be a problem unless you stop down. In a quick scan of best UK prices, the lens seems to be about 75% of the price of the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:27 pm 
Yes,I knew Sigma would pull this off. But honestly,I would pay extra for the Canon 17-55 if I was Canon,because it's sharper. The Sigma looks like having very decent sharpness,but not impressive.
From the many many samples I saw,the Tamron still owns the best 17-50mm F/2.8 budget lens.

The HSM might be a winning option here,because the Tammy...can really be noticed in a room,if you know what I mean.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:22 am 
agreed at that price... the nikkor doesn't seem so far away.

i think it was a stupid move on behalf of Sigma.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:59 am 
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I just had another look at current UK prices. The Sigma is still about 3/4 of the Canon's price. I'm not familiar with the Nikon range, is the nearest lens the AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G without VR? If so, the Sigma is 2/3 of that! So there is a fair old saving to be made there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:16 am 
oh believe me! i'm the biggest sigma guy on these boards. i've probably had more sigmas than anyone here.

but the moment where their prices go over 800$ USD. i say "meh" for a midrange zoom.

if it was an FX 17-50, hell yes. but for a DX model. no way.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:32 am 
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I don't get it... are you saying you'd never pay for an expensive Sigma, or that you'd not pay for an expensive midrange zoom? I have noted some people like to see Sigma as the very cheap option, but as they're going up in optical quality, so has their prices.

The way I see it, it is still cheaper than the equivalent Canon or if I got the right Nikon. There's a value proposition from that to be considered. A FX lens of this spec would be something totally different and I'm sure would smash the bank.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:44 am 
what i'm saying is i'd never pay for an expensive sigma.


i didn't buy a sigma 70-200 because I know that a Nikkor 80-200 can be had for the same price.


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