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Worth replacing Canon kit lens with Sigma 2.8 ?

dalowsons 13 89 Australia
21 Feb 2007 12:16AM
Hi there,

I am gradually increasing / improving my lens collection for my Canon 350D and one of the options I have at the moment is replacing the kit (18-55) lens.

I can't afford to go for really good Canon lenses, but I was thinking of getting the Sigma 18-50, 2.8. I know it is a digital specific lens, so would become obsolete when I one day upgrade my 350D, but that doesn't concern me too much at the moment.

My main question is ... does anyone have any experience with this lens, and would you say the difference from the kit lens (speed is an obvious advantage) is worth the change ?

Any opinions welcomed Smile

Thanks !

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guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
21 Feb 2007 7:30AM
Its a cracking lens in my view but rather heavy. I havent used the kit lens as I bought my 350D without lens. The constant 2.8 is very useful.
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
21 Feb 2007 8:47AM

Quote:Its a cracking lens in my view but rather heavy.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DG 450g
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 645g

suggsy 13 3
21 Feb 2007 5:14PM
The OP is referring to the kit lense which is The EF-S 1855mm f/3.55.6 weighing 190g.


dalowsons 13 89 Australia
21 Feb 2007 5:52PM
Thanks for the responses, really appreciate it.

justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
21 Feb 2007 6:01PM
You can read an excellent review HERE
It's worth reading all of it as they suggest how that particular lens compares to similar models.
For what it's worth I find the reviews on that site particularly accurate,thorough and well written.

dalowsons 13 89 Australia
22 Feb 2007 3:28AM
Thanks, Justin - that review was good and now opens up a whole new option ... Sigma vs. Tamron, LOL.

Appreciate your input.

IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
22 Feb 2007 5:36AM

Quote:The OP is referring to the kit lense which is The EF-S 1855mm f/3.55.6 weighing 190g.

I did realise that, but it is like comparing a 600cc motorbike to a 60cc moped, of course one is heavier than the other.
Once you compare it to another 600cc motorbike, it seems quite light in comparison!


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