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Old Jan 31, 2012, 5:48 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by jfphotos View Post
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Reviewing this thread, mainly because disney is local. Agree the Nikon 16-85 and competing Sigma 17-70 are excellent walkaround lens, and a step up from the kit 18-55 and 18-105. They were on my short list until I opted for the fixed aperture Tamron 17-50 which may be too short for the OP. A good way to see if 85 is "sufficient" would be to 1) look at the focal length on the 55-200 for field of coverage, and 2) review general photos taken with the 55-200 (not nature or those requiring the longer focal length) and note what focal length was actually used.

Now the reason for this post. I have found the 55-200 to be relatively sharp EXCEPT at the maximum focal length. That is also consistent with test results, and generally true of most zooms at their minimum and maximum range. I am considering selling it and getting a 70-300 (fixed aperture 70-200 way out of budget) with the only question being the cheaper Tamron or sticking with Nikon.

Here is an example of the 55-200 @ 200mm, VR on, 1/1000 sec, f5.6 ISO 200 on a D90. Notice the generalized blur and the lack of crispness in the feathers and post, while the limited 5.6 DOF should have helped it pop against the background.

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Old Jan 31, 2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by jfphotos View Post
A couple other people told me about the 17-70, but do you have any trouble with the automatic focus? Some reviews say that can be troublesome...
There were two versions of the Sigma 17-70. The first was not stabilized, had a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5, and used the cameras own AF motor (It's been discontinued.) The second is stabilized, has a maximum aperture of f2.8-4.0, and has Sigma's HSM (HyperSonic Motor.)

I've not heard anything negative about the AF for either of them, but make sure that the reviews you're reading are about the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM.
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