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12-07-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Another Lense Question

If you had to choose between the Da 16-50mm, Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX OS HSM or the Tamron17-50mm f2.8 XR LD which would you choose?? Why??

12-07-2010, 07:35 PM   #2
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Well I would choose the Tamron 17-50 because:

It is way more affordable, the IQ is very good for my needs, and it is not an SDM lens, which is something I value very little and would not bother paying for. I'm not so sure about whether the SDM reliability problems are real or imagined, but in any case, I have no real use for it.

The WR of the 16-50 is nice, but I would still buy the lens that is 1/2 the price. I have seen some incredible photos from it on this forum. Very sharp.
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I'd go for the DA 16-50 just because of the weather sealing. I think all three can take good pictures and all have their strengths/weaknesses. But, with the way I use my equipment (lots of hiking/hunting trips in various kinds of weather) dictates a little extra protection from the elements. With that, it also has solid optics that have been well regarded on this forum and various other websites. SDM....well....I'm still shooting with a K10d don't yet have an opinion about it. I can say the AF functionality on my K10d is too slow for many of the things I want to do so I shoot a lot of MF lenses.
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