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Would a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens be suitable upgrade for my 18-70mm Sony kit lens which has gone kaput.
I don't use it too often, most of my photographs being of dogs using a 70-300 Minolta lens, I do how ever take a few dog portraits , the quality of which I was happy using the 18-70mm lens.
Or would I be as well to get the Kit lens repaired, it seems a rear element has unscrewed it's self and fallen off.
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OK... been watching this thread all afternoon and we're now into early evening and no-one has responded Robert.
Firstly - in general - Sigma lenses are good. They won't (necessarily) be up to OEM standards but overall they are one of the better independent manufacturers.
They generally have two 'levels' (standards) of lenses and this instance, your suggested replacement is a 'DC' lens. Sigma's top-end offerings are their 'EX' range.
In my experience of recent years (i.e. in the 'digital' world) I find that sticking with the OEM kit lens is normally a good move... (please note the italics )
I use Nikon equipment and like many similar users who have started out with older Nikon bodies, find that their 18-70mm 'kit lens' is actually VERY good...
So... to sum up - and given that I am talking 'generalities' here - and that I know nothing about Sony equipment (other than they make my sensor ) - my take on your situation would be to stick with replacing the kit lens.
I sincerely hope this helps.
Thank you for your reply Mike.
I've been mulling this over all afternoon, and I think I'll go down the repair road, I've got no complaints at all regarding the Sony kit lens, so better the devil you know I suppose.
Maybe once I've saved a few more pennies I can go for the EX range, I do have some £20.00 Jessops vouchers won in various competitions, so that will take the sting out of it a bit
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