Next lens decision: Help?

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  1. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Christmas is nearing, and this is my situation. I want another lens for my D70S, and was looking at the Sigma 18-50 F2.8 HSM. After discussing it with my parents, they agreed to purchase an 18-50 for me for Christmas assuming that my GPA would be 4.0 or above. This would allow me to sell my Nikkor 18-70mm, and I estimate I will get around $100-200 from the sale, which is nice. I will also have some Christmas gift money coming in. Here is my dilema. These are the lenses I'm considering:

    Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro
    Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro
    Sigma 70-200 F2.8
    Tokina 50-135mm F2.8
    Sigma 18-50 HSM

    I am into very general photography. I enjoy Landscapes the most, but get very little chance to shoot them. I am wanting to get into portrait and people photography. Here are my options as far as a setup:

    Get the Sigma 18-50 HSM, sell the 18-70, and start saving for a Tokina 100mm Macro or a Sigma 105mm Macro.

    Keep the 18-70, put the Christmas money toward getting a Tokina 50-135, or maybe a Sigma 70-200 (a long shot).

    My main question is the amount of improvement from the 18-70mm to the 18-50? And is the 18-70 a good enough lens for a semi-advanced photographer to be using? I'm also assuming the Tokina 50-135's quality is on par with the 70-200, or at least past the Sigma 18-50.

    Priorities for buying a lens (in order):

    1) Image quality
    2) Build quality
    3) AF
    4) F stop
    5) Size (assuming it fits in my Tamrac Adventure 7).

    EDIT: I would also like to know if the Tokina (or the Sigma) macro is on par image quality-wise with the 70-200.
     
  2. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This doesn't make too much sense to me. You are wanting to replace one consumer lens with another consumer lens that has less focal range. Yes, you would be getting a constant f/2.8 aperture, but are you convinced that image quality will be improved? Price difference on new products is only ~$40 more for the Sigma. Without researching, that makes me want to go Hmmmmm?

    Personally, I would consider a focal length that you are missing and need rather than getting less than you have.

    Just my 2¢.

    Oh, and for another 1¢..... Nah, hell, I'll throw this in for free....use the lens hood provided with whatever you decide on.
     
  3. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Huh? The sigma is nearly double the price of the 18-70, and is supposedly on par with the Nikkor 17-55 F2.8, a near-pro lens. This seems like quite a large jump to me, but I could be wrong. That's at least what I have read.

    The 50-135 is also looking more appealing by the minute. From what I've read, it has pro-level quality and is not too far out of reach of my budget. Now I just have to make sure it fits in my Tamrac Adventure 7 :p.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Maybe I pulled up the wrong Sigma 18-50 F2.8 HSM. After rebate, it is only $377. Perhaps you can provide your link.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can find them for under $370US any time at Sigma4less.

    As far as quality... this lens has beat out $1500 Nikkor lenses in 3 photography shootouts last year. It is an incredible lens, period... add in the fact that it is 1/4 the price of a Nikkor and has a 3:1 macro, something NONE of it's competitors have, makes this choice a complete no brainer if this is the range you are looking for.

    I own this lens and can tell you it is incredibly sharp and of good quality.
     
  6. Orgnoi1

    Orgnoi1 TPF Noob!

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    I cant speak for all of the lenses on your list... but a fellow moderator on my site uses both the 18-50 and the 70-200 Siggies... and they are both EXTREMELY good lenses for the prices... you wont find a lens on par for IQ for anywhere near the price ranges with the same specs...
     
  7. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Well then, I guess that's my first choice as far as a walkaround lens. Thanks guys.
     

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