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02-04-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 24-70mm f/2.8

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Clearly, I do not need this lens, how ever I seem to be falling into an LBA attack.
Sigma | 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF Autofocus Lens | 548109

My Question is this...Does anyboby have this lens that can comment? the 82mm filter size tells me that this lens has allot of glass and may just be the ticket for Hicking and walking around...

02-04-2008, 03:12 PM   #2
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I looked into buying either that lens or the Tamron. The Tamron gets MUCH more favorable reviews. Only advantage to the Sigma is it starts out a bit wider at 24mm vs. 28mm. Unless you have money to burn, keep shooting with your Tamron.
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I have the non-macro version of the lens and can say that it's a a great walkaround lens. The only downfall for me, is that the lens seems really soft on the edges wide open at f2.8

I'm in the process of selling mine as I'm looking to replace it with the DA* zooms
02-04-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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What has attracted me to it, is the Macro capabilities...Since I will be using it mostly for Hiking, I figure the close up abilities to catch that bug or what ever maybe lurking would be of benefit..other wise I would just stick to my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 + that 24mm wide angle would just about be perfect..

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You do know that your Tamron has the same closeup abilities (perhaps even more) than the Sigma? If I remember correctly, the Tamron's minimum focus distance is slightly shorter than the Sigma.
02-04-2008, 05:43 PM   #6
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Yea, I compared the specs last night...I did go ahead and order it. I will have it Wed...If I don't like it, I will simply return it for credit. There are plenty of things to buy there anyway..
02-04-2008, 07:34 PM   #7
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I looked at this lens, plus the sigma 24-60, and the tamron 28-75.

In the end, what sold me on the tamron, was the image quality of the tamron, reported best in class.

Additionally, the 67 mm filter size, for me, is the same as the filter on my SMC 18-35 FA-J lens, and I already had a polarizer, and two graduated neutral density filters .

The common filter size saved me hundreds in other filters.
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Yea that different filter size is a bugger isn't it? That being said, that Sigma 24-70 looked quite sharp at 24mm/2.8 on the test done by Photodo. It would sure be a nice walk-around lens.

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