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09-14-2011, 04:33 AM   #1
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Want to buy: sigma 17-70 DC or Sigma 17-70 HSM


I am looking to get another copy of the sigma 17-70 (after seeing how good the lens is on my wife's k-x) but this time i am buying for myself.

There is a newer version of this lens which has the HSM and OS but it is also about $200 more expensive.

Any users using this particular HSM version and can tell me if there are any genuine advantages of paying more? Any difference in sharpness, contrast, etc?


09-14-2011, 05:25 AM   #2
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Reviews (especially from SLRgear) suggest the new one is not better, nor is it worse, than the previous one. You gain HSM (decide if it's a gain), some speed at the tele end, and loose some macro capabilities. Your call.
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I've got the first version Sigma 17-70, which I bought this year from DCW (Digital Camera Warehouse - Sydney), for a very good price. I don't believe the HSM and OS, (which is redundant on a Pentax anyway), is worth the extra $200. And the macro capability is very usable, in my opinion.
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I also have the first version. I bought it second hand for a very good price in great condition. It,s a great lens and the macro is good as a close up option.
I cant possibly see how the newer version can be worth paying so much more for it.

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I bought this online on Friday. I hope I get a good copy though.

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