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Old Nov 24, 2003, 6:34 AM   #1
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Default Canon EF 28-135 IS USM vs Sigma 24-135 f2.8

All, with the 300d having the 1.6x multiplier, does anyone have any thoughts on going for the Sigma lens as opposed to the Canon in order to gain the extra 4mm wide? Is the difference significant enough to warrant compromising on the better quality Canon in favour of the Sigma? (I think by the f2.8 on the Sigma it is a faster lens, but no IS)
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Old Nov 24, 2003, 7:44 AM   #2
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IMO 24mm still is not wide enough... You need at least 17mm (ie ~ 28mm equivalent)!

... How about 12mm with Ultrasonic full manual overide!
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Old Nov 24, 2003, 7:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. The advice is appreciated.

Having just been to the camera shop, I am now considering a Sigma 15-30mm, and using that with the Canon 28-135. I hope it won't mean changing lenses constantly, but I will probably keep the 28-135 on the camera most of the time. There is also a 12-24mm Sigma, but that may be a bit too dramativ for my needs. Can anyone comment on the Sigma 15-30mm as opposed to the 17-35mm? This is getting a bit confusing!
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The Sigma 15-30mm is optically better than the 17-35mm (which I have) @ the peripherals especially up close; However the EX 17-35mm has HSM which is faster and quieter plus you can overide the AF anytime without flipping the AF/MF switch as well as a larger f/2.8-stop (and a filter thread up-front). With a 1.6x crop the result is not too bad, but if you want to upgrade to a full-frame later the 15-30mm might be a better buy. They are both "EX" lenses which are better than their run of the mill line!

If you get the EX 15-30mm then you can stop @ one lens... I'm thinking of getting the EX 12-24mm since my 17mm is still a bit tight for some shots!
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Old Nov 24, 2003, 11:30 AM   #5
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there is a new 17-35 2.8-4 sigma coming out in 3 weeks from sigma. 12/12/03
1- better HSM motor
2- better manual focus setup (same as canons)
3- improved optics (we can only hope)
4- dumped the 82mm filter ring and slapped on a 77mm one now as to fit in with the high end canon lenses which are 77mm which most people have already

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0311/03...igma1735mm.asp
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Now I'm convinced to wait for the Sigma 17-35, depending on the price when it is released. I ain't a pro so it renders 'L' lenses out of range, but as long as I can fire away with reasonable quality then I'm happy. I think the Sigma 17-35mm and the Canon 28-135mm is they way to go. I intend to be snapping some great landscape shots in Cape Town this x-mas, so I should be covered with this selection, and keep the 1.6x gremlin at bay.
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Now I'm convinced to wait for the Sigma 17-35
... You have to take the announcement with a grain of salt. This 12-24mm was announced several months ago and I'm still waiting... Hopefully my Santa can pick it up too! :lol: :lol: :lol:

What about the EF-S 18-55mm lens that comes with the kit? You can't really lose with $100!
BTW this IS lens was announced almost a year ago... Where can anyone get their hand on one?
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ok. so it might run a little behind. i'm in no mood to spend until the new year.
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I hope the Sigma does arrive on the 12th like they said, X-mas waits for no man!

As far as the 18-55mm kit lens goes, it does its job. I have taken a couple of pictures which to me look superb, I would like to post one in particular and would appreciate any criticism from you guys. Its a wothwhile lense to keep around in the 'ol gadget bag since it weighs nothing and has a useful zoom range, but I don't believe it does the 300d any justice.
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called sigma today here in the US. they haven't announced the new lens here yet. forgot that DPreview origins out of the UK. sigma europe is releasing the 17-35 in Dec. we here in the US may see it in Jan i was informed.
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