Sigma 17-70 vs Nikon 16-85 vs Nikon 18-140 for D7100

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  1. JCE

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    I appreciate you taking the time to give a long detailed response. Your experience and advice is very useful.

    I am not so sure I will miss that speed on the zoom end, if I go with either Sigmas over the 16-85. In specific instances, I think I will miss the extra 20mm zoom from the 17-50 to the 17-70, and I would also miss that extra 15mm if I went with the 70 instead of the 85. I find myself shooting on the wide end mostly, so that is why the 16 is appealing again, even though I lost 2/3 stop compared to the Sigmas. I do have a 10-24, but I don't like to change lenses a lot, or carry around a bag with extra lenses when I am out just tooling around. Most of the time this lens will be used in the day, and if it will be used in low light I will have a tripod and would probably be shooting at smaller apertures anyway....as you write we each have different needs. So, I think I am talking myself into the 16-85, especially since I am just running from $100 by considering the 17-70 and would sacrifice what I really want......wider range. For the 17-50, I am even sacrificing even more range for the same cost, only to gain speed I don't think I will need. Going with the Nikon negates any present or future quality issues with the Sigmas as well, even though I am at the point now that this is not an issue after reading about it some more.

    I want to take your advice and consider this awhile longer before I buy, though. The 16-85 is on sale for another week I think, and I plan to go to the shop next week and check out each of these lenses before I do anything.

    Again I appreciate your reply. Take care.


     
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    The Bokeh on the 17-70mm at 70mm and f/4 is still pretty decent.

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    I have the 16-85 and it is my go to lens. It is sharp and consistent (as normal zooms go). From comparing test results with the 18-140 I would say that the IQ of the 2 from 18-85 is pretty equal, from 16-18, the 16-85 is far superior and from 85-140 the 18-140 definitely has the edge. (just being a smartass) I personally love my little 16-85, it isn't much bigger than a prime and it does the job for me. I have the 18-105 that came with my D7000 and the 16-85 is definitely sharper than the 18-105.
     
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    This is is exactly were I am sitting right now. What lens did you decide on? I am leaning towards the sigma 17-70 Contemporary lens. I know it has some CA issues and vignetting, but that's correctable in post.
     
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    Good review. Hi bro, I have nikon 18-140 and think about adding sigma 17-50/2.8. I am not a professional photographer but just take everyday photos. Sometimes I need a 2.8 lense in a dark condition rather than increase iso rate. Could you give me am advise whether I should buy extra sigma 17-50/2.8? Or any others options would you recommend me?
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    The thread you responded to is over 3 years old. You should start your own thread to get current info.
     

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