Best lens for around $400?

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    What is the best lens for around $400? I know I have to be more specific, but I want to know in terms of quality which lens will give better IQ. It can be anything from wide, to medium, to telephoto. It can also be a prime. I do a lot of general photography, from landscapes to portraits. I've been eyeing the Tokina 100mm Macro for a good portrait lens, but I want to know what you guys suggest.

    EDIT: Nikon mount.
     
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    Gotta plug my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. Paid around 350 USD for it and its optics are often compared to those of the venerable Nikkor lens with similar specs.
     
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    I've been eyeing that lens too. Maybe I could save up a bit and sell my 18-70. So the optics are exceptional?
     
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    +1 for the tamron, except my vote goes to the 28-75mm f/2.8, because I have that and not the 17-50. Both are great.
     
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    Although a macro lens would be great to have. On your D70 it will be like a 150. Thats kinda long for a portrait lens. Will flatten things and that may not be wanted depending on the body type of the person. But if you are anywhere interested in macro work. I think it would be a good thing to have.
     
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    I don't have much to compare it to other than my kit lens and 50mm prime. I'll see if I can find some decent examples to post on here from the 17-50. The big aperture definitely helps to freeze motion and in low light (though the f/1.8 of the nifty-fifty, let alone the f/1.4 of my older manual 50mm have spoiled me rotten - nothing ISO 1600 can't fix, albeit with extra noise). What I do notice is the detail when zooming in on a shot (cropping) is better on the 17-50 than on my kit 18-55. Now, what would be really sweet would be VR (VC) on the 17-50 :).
     
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    The 28-75 is great for doing more portrait shooting than landscapes, close quarters shots and other wide-angle shooting. It's also not a DX lens (thought it is Di - digitally optimized) so it can be used on full frame sensors without vignetting (or so the reviews say), while the 17-50 will vignette at least at the extremes.
     
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    Eh, I don't plan on getting a full frame anytime soon. My next body will probably be a D200, maybe a D300. But that's way in the future. I think the 17-50 appeals to me more because of its ability to go wide. I already have my 50mm 1.8 as a portrait lens, and the 28-75mm isn't wide enough for wide shots and isn't long enough for tele shots. I think the 17-50 would serve me better, considering I love the outdoors more than I do anything. Any other contestants?
     
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    I'm asking because I'm considering getting another lens for Christmas, and my budget is $400 max. My biggest concern is quality of the glass and image quality, although the F2.8 is a real advantage.

    Is the sigma 18-50 any good?
     
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    I have the Tamron 28-75 on my D300 and absolutely love it. As a matter of fact i chose it over the sigma 18-50.

    But if you want that extra bit of wideness get the sigma. I hear its sharper too.
     
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    Well, my main two priorities are optical quality and sharpness. The Sigma and the Tamron are the same price, whichever one produces better images I'll take.
     
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    The 18-50 2.8 is a great little piece of glass. Optics are exceptional.

    You could also consider the sigma 10-20, it's around 450 but another great option.
     

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