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Old Sep 24, 2007, 7:12 AM   #1
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hello everyone,



I've been thinking about replacing my kit 18-55 lens with a sharper and broader-use lens. first I thought of getting the 18-70 (kit for the d70) or the 18-135 (kit for the d80). they seem to have nice test results at slrgear.com. I considered the nikkor 18-200vr but gave up when I saw the price tag. today I saw the sigma 17-70 test at slrgear and it seems to perform great. low distortion, slightly wider angle (I'm an architect, so that's great), macro capability, small (as opposed to the 18-135) and pretty sharp. pretty versatile as well. so that's my favorite candidate so far.

anyone got any other suggestions on the up to usd 400s price tag?

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Old Sep 27, 2007, 3:25 AM   #2
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Hmm i'll just throw in my opinion then:

The 17-70 hsm or the 18-50 2.8 hsm are good ideas. Both pretty good lenses to replace the kitlens.
But if you don't have a tele yet, have you thought of buying one? or a super-wideangle?
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 10:08 AM   #3
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I've been using the Sigma for a few weeks and love it- it's very sharp, nice color, and a solid build.
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 6:51 PM   #4
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thanks, chris89 and b94new.

I do have a tele, the tamron 70-300... before, with 4x6 prints, I thought it was great, but now with digital I realize it is indeed pretty much unusable beyond 200mm. no worries there, though, it pretty much suits my needs. I've been thinking of getting a super wide angle as well, but a tamron 11-18 costs about 600€... I love wide angle, but that's just too much money. I wouldn't use it that much anyway.

right now I'd like something to go a little beyond the 55mm... but long zooms always mean lower quality, at least in my price tag range. so the 17-70 seems like a nice quality/size/versatility/price mix, at least for now. it seems sharp judging by what you say, plus the review at slrgear.com.
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you couldn't be more right. 17-70 does sound like the best solution then.
Go with the HSM one if you can, shouldnt be that much more expensive.
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what stopped you going for the Nikkor 18-70?
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Old Oct 27, 2007, 5:15 AM   #7
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I've been leaning rather towards the Sigma because, judging from the test results at slrgear, it performs better (though slightly, it's true) and for its macro capability. it's only a little it more expensive, and I won't say the extra 1 mm doesn't help as well.

though I'm not sure yet. I might wait a while and make the switch to alpha next year. but the sigma is still my most likely acquisition for the next few weeks

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