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04-16-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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New Sigma 17-70 DC Macro has arrived

First shot with the new 17-70 lens, of a garden orb spider. Shot from around 3" (7cm), Macro seems crisp and bright. Shot was F16 - 70mm - 180/sec - ISO 200 - Spot Metering on K10D.

Should have some fun with this, I was desperate for a good Macro for the K10D... happy now.

I doubt this male spider, the smaller one live much longer. It is the custom of spiders to eat the male after mating...

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04-16-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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That's pretty good. Kinda makes me wonder if i really needed a serious macro (100mm dfa) or maybe i should just upgrade my 16-45mm.. hmmm
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I picked up the 17-70 for a family member for my minolta body. It's actually a very nice lens, terribly versatile and good performance all 'round. It's a great 'kit' lens for around all kinds of shooting...landscapes, portraits, flowers and bugs. I consider the 'macro' feature to be more of an 'extreme close focus' since you do have to be right next to the subject.

With a 100mm macro you can be significantly farther from the subject to get the equivalent 1:2.3 magnification. You have to be careful not to touch the subject on the front element with the 17-70
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Can you take a couple non-macro shots? I want to see how this thing handles everything, it may even replace the 18-55 for me because that looks great!

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I love the Sigma 17-70mm

I'm going to retire it because I now have a zoom kit but this is definitely best value for money lens I have ever owned and it's a very decent zoom too. Here are some photos I took with it on a recent trip:

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Leah:

Beautiful pics. I received my Sigma 17-70 Macro lens just today, and after taking several trial shots at different focal lengths and aperatures, I couldn't be more pleased. I just hope I'll be at least half as pleased with the Sigma 70-300 APO DG lens which UPS has scheduled for delivery tomorrow. Oh, and Phil, your shot of the spider is pretty neat also.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clem Nichols Quote
Leah:

Beautiful pics. I received my Sigma 17-70 Macro lens just today, and after taking several trial shots at different focal lengths and aperatures, I couldn't be more pleased. I just hope I'll be at least half as pleased with the Sigma 70-300 APO DG lens which UPS has scheduled for delivery tomorrow. Oh, and Phil, your shot of the spider is pretty neat also.
Haha I can't help but to imagine that the new DA17-70 is a Sigma rebrand. Olympus has done it with their ZD75-300.
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Great pix but I do hate to see good images ruined by stuff written across them.

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Non Macro Shots

QuoteOriginally posted by Buschmaster Quote
Can you take a couple non-macro shots? I want to see how this thing handles everything, it may even replace the 18-55 for me because that looks great!
Two quick shots, old house and fronds of a palm tree. House was at 1000/sec - F8 - 17mm - inset is at 100%.



Fronds at 1/60th - F16 - 37mm



Absolutely no PP, shot in JPG with +1 Sharpness.

Was about to purchases a polarizing filter, do not think I need it. This lens has super contrast already.

Re the comment about words on images??? A pic from my online gallery ended up on an Amex ad, well part of the pic.. they told me to talk to their lawyers as there was no copyright notice on it and they got it from an public domain database.

Not that my images are worth anything to anyone but me, but from my perspective anyway, that is why I have my little words there.

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Re the comment about words on images??? A pic from my online gallery ended up on an Amex ad, well part of the pic.. they told me to talk to their lawyers as there was no copyright notice on it and they got it from an public domain database.

Not that my images are worth anything to anyone but me, but from my perspective anyway, that is why I have my little words there.

Phil
Did you get some compensation?
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Did you get some compensation?
No, but they did pull the graphic image a few weeks later.. I could identify it pixel by pixel, but was not worth the cost of getting legally involved.

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Cheap excuses by Amex.

Legally copyright must be assumed to exist at all times, public domain or not, and all reasonable attempts must be made to trace the copyright owner.

You have the right to redress at law.

There are lawyers who will take on this work on a "no win, no fee basis"
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It's just simpler to ruin a part of the photo with words

Than to worry about who is illegally using it with a stupid excuse, the prints I assure you are words free .
I have the Pentax 50-200mm for my long end and love it. Hope you tele Sigma works out just as well!
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