Sigma 17-50mm VS Sigma 18-50mm Macro

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  1. Jeffro

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    Ok the two lenses I trying to decide between are

    1. Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM


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    2. Sigma’s 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM

    the Price difference is about $200 bucks. I have a idea of which I will go with but wanted some other opinions! Not really into Macro but mostly cause I dont have the time to learn and mess with but I would like to learn it one day.
    Other than that is 1 mm worth 200 bucks! Any and all comments welcome!!! THANKS
     
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    Well, first it isn't 1mm.
    17 x1.5 = 25.5
    18 x1.5 = 27
    So it depends on what you're shooting under which conditions. Sometimes that extra wide spot is what you need.

    In terms of quality - Every Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lens I've used is softer at its default. 18-105 Nikon is also soft at the default, thus to compensate, sharpness on the cameras is set to b/n 5-7 and I adjust it based on the lens that is mounted to the body.
     
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    First of all Yes I understand that is was not truely 1mm but really! I understand I am not on a full frame sensor and blah blah blah...

    So ... I agree that the 18-105 is soft and I am trying to get away from it. Slowly but surely... LOL

    Thanks for the adjustment info I will look into that more.
     
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    I have the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 HSM Macro, as do many others on this forum. It's a great lens, nice and sharp even at f/2.8. It's not a true macro (I think it's 1:3), that's just marketing jargon meaning it focuses closer than a typical lens. It can focus on objects about an inch or two from the front element, which is pretty good.

    In this focal length I think any kind of image stabilization (Sigma's OS, Nikon's VR) is not needed. I would go with the 18-50 and save yourself a couple hundred bucks, you won't be disappointed. But if you need that extra 1mm and the OS, go with the 17-50.
     
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    With the current mail-in-rebate, the Tamron Di-II 17-50mm f/2.8 is the same price as the Sigma DC 18-50mm f/2.8.
     
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    Ok So I am reading tons of reviews and I think I am leaning towards the 18-50mm

    But I like the statement JustANEngineer made

    Tamron Di-II 17-50mm f/2.8 VS Sigma DC 18-50mm f/2.8.

    They are only a few dollars different. I lean a little towards Sigma but only for one reason... That is I own a Sigma LENS ALREADY AND LOVE IT!! LOL
    I amd stillresearching but if there are some good reasons to pick one over the other let me know! Thanks for the help!
     
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    I prefer the more-neutral color rendition of Tamron lenses over the yellower, warmer color rendering of Sigma lenses. Tamron's cooler color rendering is closer to that of Nikkor lenses,and in my experience, I think Tamron's build quality and reliability is higher than that of Sigma. (I currently own four Sigmas and two Tamrons.)
     
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    could you post two pics??? one of each?? I would love to see what you are seeing!
     
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    I need to decide cause I would like to buy the lens tomorrow!
     
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    Ok Well after reading a hundred or more reviews! I think the Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 is the one!!! Well Maybe! Still looking at the Tamron 17-50mm with VC AHHHHH I CANT Decide!
     
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    I have always been undecided on these two brands also, Sigma vs. Tamron. It appears that the Tamron lens focusing ring turns reverse that of Nikon. Is that true?
     
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    I can vouch for the 18-50 2.8 DC EX HSM. Great lens.
     

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