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Thoughts on Sigma lens


10 Aug 2009 2:49PM
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.

You can view the kind of images I tend to take on my portfolio.

Thank you for taking the time to read and.

Robert Smile

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
10 Aug 2009 7:33PM
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 Wink)

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 Wink Grin) - my take on your situation would be to stick with replacing the kit lens.

I sincerely hope this helps.
10 Aug 2009 7:47PM
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 Smile

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