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  1. #1
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    Which Lens should hit the Xmas List

    The kids want to get me a new lens for Xmas. I told them I wanted the Tamron 28-75 but just seen this Sigma 17-70 F/2.8. I checked the reviews on the Sigma and got mixed feelings. I like that it is 17mm rather than 28mm. Has anybody tried this lens or heard anything good or bad about it?

    Thanks

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  2. #2
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    There are two one with HSM and one without. Which one if any is better??

    Sigma 17 - 70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro AutoFocus Wide Angle Zoom Lens for the Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount. or Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Mount & Minolta Maxxum
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  3. #3
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    You've got 35-70mm covered with your excellent (I hope) Minolta.
    Why not a 20mm or 28mm Prime?

  4. #4
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    I don't think my Minolta 35-70 is the good one. It is the kit lens that came with my 400si. I never use that lens. I just read that the Sigm is only f/2.8 at 17mm. I don't like that.

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  5. #5
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    The OS HSM one is the new variant and is better. However f/2.8 is only at 17mm and I believe anything past 18mm is a smaller aperture. The Sigma's advantage is that you can focus pretty close. On the non HSM almost to the barrel of the lens. And AF is faster too compared to the Tamron.
    Some people were complaining about stripped gears on the older version but you should not have that issue with the HSM.
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  6. #6
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    I found the Tamron 28-75 for $100.00 cheaper here http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/prod...A&sku=TM2875MA

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  7. #7
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    Why not get the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8? I had one on my a700 and it was great. I liked it so much that I bought the Canon mount for my 50D/7D.
    -Paul-
    Canon 7D - Canon 17-55 IS USM - Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS - Canon 50mm f/1.8 - Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 - Canon 430EX II Speedlite


  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdexclpl View Post
    Why not get the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8? I had one on my a700 and it was great. I liked it so much that I bought the Canon mount for my 50D/7D.
    If I get a FF down the road I am covered. Just trying to think ahead. I was going to hold off getting any new lenses until I see what replaces the A700.

    Thanks
    frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  9. #9
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    Depending on your needs (FF down the road and focal length), the 17-50mm or 28-75mm for the price range. A constant aperture is very handy to have. But, definitely wait to see what Sony has coming down the pipe, any day ... (month, year) now.
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    It would most likely be announced in January/February and released in March/April.
    If I had stayed with Sony, FF would have been my next step but now that I'm with Canon, I think the 7D will serve me well for a while.
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