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Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
I have the 17-50 f2.8 Sigma and it is great, but if I had it to do over I would probably go with the 17-70 for the extra range and Macro capability.
Well its a trade off. Little extra zoom but at the loss of low constant aperture. The 17-50 would make a better video lens for lower light. But if you shoot video the wide end at night then its about the same.

I got this lens for two reasons other then the lens specifications.

One was the Canon EF 28-135mm my wife bought a few years back is just garbage. The build quality is so bad Canon should have been a shamed to even sell that lens and the image quality while good back then doesn't hold up at all to newer higher MP sensors. Even on her 600D the images were only good enough for Facebook or 5x7 photos. So that lens needed replaced.

The other reason is I am holding out on Sigma to revamp their 70-300mm into the new lens series. I am hoping they don't get to carried away and price it with their new Sports line. But I would love to see it placed into their Contemporary line and have a 2.8-4.5 aperture unlike most that have 4-5.6 now. Giving it better light handling without breaking the bank. Now Tamron makes an excellent 70-300. But Tamrons Vibration Control (their Image Stabilizer) isn't good at all for Video. Its superb for sports and wildlife photography, I just want lens that cover two areas. But for its current price point at around 400 USD. Unless Sigma updates their 70-300 by August, then I will order the Tamron version without hesitation. I really don't need it right now, but this fall I am headed back to the states for two months of wildlife photography and will need one then.

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