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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    What to do...?

    Hi all,
    So I had been searching for what I thought was a great "walk-around" lens (for lack of a better word. Basically I was looking for something with all of the following qualities:
    1)Higher aperture--at least at the wide end--so that I could shoot indoors
    2)Sharp pictures
    3)Decent zoom range
    4)Range that at least replaces the XTi kit lens, ideally with greater zoom at the wide end
    5)Affordable price

    After a lot of searching, I thought I had found the perfect lens--the Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro. I ordered it, got the Nikon mount accidentally, sent it back to be returned....3 weeks later I get told that they don't have any more in stock. :-/

    The newer Sigma--Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens--is available, and I can exchange it for that one. Unfortunately it is $80 more (originally paid $369, now need to pay $449). That was definitely out of the price I wanted to pay, and would not have ordered a $449 lens initially (I know it doesn't SEEM like a lot, but it kind of is).

    So, what should I do? Is the OS version worth the extra $80? Is there a different lens that meets my criteria, but with a lower price point?

    I'm open to suggestions!
    Still new to this whole "photography" thing....but lovin' it!

    Digital Rebel XTi w/ Kit Lens (18-55); Canon 50/1.8; Canon 70-300IS

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    New Hampshire, USA
    I'm not sure if the HSM OS model has better optics but, if it's at least on par with the regular one, it's worth it. My brother-in-law has the older version and it is a great lens. Stabilization and a high speed motor can only make it better.
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Raleigh, NC, USA
    I'd say yes. I think that lens meets your requirements quite well, and it is supposed to be a very good quality lens. Yes you are spending a lot of money in the first place, but once you are up to $369 I would even pay another $150 to get both image stabilization (allowing hand holding at lower speeds) and HSM (faster, more accurate, and quieter focusing). Those are two features that you will often pay a whole lot for. I would certainly pay another $80. That is one of the most versatile lenses you can buy, most with that kind of range have a much smaller aperture. It may not be the last lens you want, but it will cover most of what you really need.
    Jason Hamilton
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    North Eastern India
    Quote Originally Posted by moneypenny02 View Post
    Is the OS version worth the extra $80? Is there a different lens that meets my criteria, but with a lower price point?
    The Sigma 17-70 is a great choice of lens.

    HSM with FTM, a 4-stop Optical stabilization and a slightly faster aperture (f/4 compared to f/4.5 in the previous model) at the Tele end for only $80 is a steal!!

    Go for it!
    You first see a photo with your mind, and then capture it with your camera!

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    OS version have Optical Stabilizer Function - see SIGMA Lenses overview.
    Advantage of Optical Stabilizer You can see in results of testing Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OS HSM - Chapter Optical Stabilization.
    HSM - Hyper-Sonic Motor also give most faster and exact focusing.
    I think these two features Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens are powerful enough arguments in its advantage.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Dubai, UAE
    Go for it. OS will make hand held indoor shots much more easier (hand holding at a shutter speed of 1/8 at 17mm will be easily possible) and HSM on my 70-200mm works great so that's surely a nice added benefit over the previous version for this lens.
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Sold! I will call up on Monday and pay the difference for the OS lens.
    Still new to this whole "photography" thing....but lovin' it!

    Digital Rebel XTi w/ Kit Lens (18-55); Canon 50/1.8; Canon 70-300IS

    My new flikr page

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