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Old Aug 10, 2005, 6:24 AM   #1
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Hi Guys

I am a bit confused about these two lenses,Sigma 18-125 mm and Canon 17-85 mm USM IS

I own a Canon 350 D with the kit lens and planning to update the kit lens.Can any onegive advise that which lens will be better substitution for my 350D.I am not a pro Photographer and mostly takeindoor shots as well as portraits.I checked the price of these two lenses,and got shocked after hearing the price of the Canon 17-85mm lens.Its obviously very much overpriced and Sigma on the other hand having a reasonable price.Is there a big difference between the picture quality of these two lenses?

Sigma 18-125mm-----------Rs.12,000/-(Indian Currency)

Canon 17-85mm USM IS-----------Rs.29,000/-(Indian Currency)

(ITS MORE THAN DOUBLEPRICE)

I will be very much helpfull and will be greatfull to you all,plz post your valuable advices...

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Old Aug 10, 2005, 8:13 AM   #2
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Some reviews here:http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...=27&page=2
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Old Aug 10, 2005, 8:51 AM   #3
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and mostly takeindoor shots as well as portraits
The canon 17-85 is the better lens plus it has Image Stabilization which will let you hand hold in 3 stops lower light than normally required. But if you are shocked by the price why not forget about both of them for the time being and buy yourself a 50mm f1.8. 100dollar's or there abouts.

From your quote above this lens is all you need. Use your feet to zoom, its also more fun.
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Old Aug 10, 2005, 11:57 AM   #4
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Hi Jonathan,

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Old Aug 10, 2005, 12:06 PM   #5
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Hii LBoy,

Thanks for your advice regarding 50 mm f1.8.Iwill try to save some money for 17-85 and for the time being I may go for 50mm f1.8.

I would alsolike to know about the Sigma 18-50 mm f2.8 EX DC lens.Is it having better optics than the Canon 17-85?I will be waiting 4 your reply.



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Old Aug 10, 2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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I've had both and much preferred the 17-85 IS. The 18-125 was not much sharper than the kit 18-55. You also might look at the Sigma 24-70 EX DG Macro. Not as good on range but sharper faster and less expensive than the 17-85.
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Between the 17-85 and 18-125, and if $ isn't an issue, I'd opt for the Canon. Having IS and USM is a great boon and will get you some real keepers. While I'm not convinced that OPTICALLY the Canon is better (the Sigma is quite good), it is overall the better lens, hence the much higher price. There are many, however, who strongly dislike the 17-85, so head's up on that. The Sigma is simply a very good consumer-grade, convenient, low-priced, nice walk around lens during good light.

You might also want to look into the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 or the 24-70 f2.8, which are in a different optical class. You can see my site for test shots of all these lenses, except for the Canon: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/lenstests
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Hmm,* just try www.fredmiranda.com/reviews and click the link for canon zoom lenses. I think it's on the third page in this section that you will find the 17-85sudarshansen wrote:
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Advice revoked; due to ultra high bs levels thread has attained.
I refuse to continue to participate in threads that exhibit brand bigotry, or just expound on plain bad advice.
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Yeah, sure,

of course the Sigma18-50 mm f2.8 EX DC lens is much better than the lens originally asked about - 18 - 125 mm F3.5 - F5.6 DC

Of course its more expensive by about 70-80 percent.

I'd agree with the 17-40 L as a good option also, but stick to my original recommendation of the 17-85 IS as a truly excellent beginners/intermediate walk about lens.

You'll get more keepers with the 17-85.... (just my 2 cents) haha
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