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Nikon 17-55 or Sigma 18-50 2.8

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ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 5:21 AM

Does anyone have the nikon 17-55 Dx or even better does someone have both this lens and the sigma 18.50 2.8 EX DC.

Any views on either lens would be good. The 17-55 is what I want but is there much difference between it and the sigma. No point in spending all that money if the sigma is as good.

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chrism
chrism  10118 forum posts England
13 Jun 2005 - 6:26 AM

I got the Nikon last weekend, the few shots I've had out of it so far have fantastic resolution.. I'll let you know when I get a bit more familiar with it.

ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 7:11 AM

Thanks Chris - any chance of having an unprocessed nef to look at. Have you tested across the range from 2.8 upwards.

chrism
chrism  10118 forum posts England
13 Jun 2005 - 7:44 AM

Not yet, I got the lens and a D1X at the same time, but haven't had much of a chance to use them yet... I can send you a file later this week when I get some.

ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 10:09 AM

Thanks chris i will send you my email.

IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 10:55 AM

The 18-50 EX Sigma is the sharpest lens I have ever used!

Ian

ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 11:05 AM

Thanks Ian - I see you have the nikon 70-200vr. How do you compare it to that. I have the Nikon as well so that will give me a feel for a comparison.

IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 11:43 AM

In the tests that we carried out, the two lenses were virtually inseperable on the sharpness front. Build is good too. this has also been backed up by seperate tests elsewhere.
Hope it helps.

Ian

dave thelens
13 Jun 2005 - 11:45 AM

I have had the 17/55mm f2.8 for about six months now .. and its the best bit of glass I have ever had .. I use it for around 90% of my shots ... otherwise its the 70/200VR which is also a stunning chunk of glass ... I love 'em both

tepot
tepot  94416 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Jun 2005 - 11:57 AM

i would go with the Nikon 1st choice, and the Sigma second if i couldn't afford the Nikon.

ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2005 - 1:25 PM

Thanks Dave, I think having the 70-200 is the route of my problem as once you have experienced that lens everthing else falls by the wayside. I can afford both Terry but being a tight arse I dont wont to spend anymore than I have to, however, I want the sharpest lens so will pay if needed. Cheers.

tepot
tepot  94416 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Jun 2005 - 8:32 PM

i think a general rule is get the best you can afford Ray, you most often gets what ya pays for in life, and that goes for anything, not just photographically.

ray1
ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2005 - 12:30 AM

You probably right Terry and I suppose the pain of spending all that money only hurts for a week or two.

tepot
tepot  94416 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Jun 2005 - 5:32 AM

have you ever bought a cheaper version of something and everytime you use it you think to yourself "if i'd only bought the other one"? it bugs the hell out of me so i try to buy what i REALLY want in the first place, it got so bad one time, after i had bought a piece of hi-fi equipment, i actually went out and bought the one i had wanted in the first place, i then had 2 of them....lol

peace of mind though.

IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2005 - 6:24 AM

It amazes me that people will insist that paying 3x as much for a product will ensure they get something 'better'.
This is one case! :-|

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