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I'm usually ok making decisions about gear I want or need, and normally just ask for user opinions on certain gear or alternatives I may have overlooked. This one is different.

I have a sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (underused but great). I decided to trade this and buy a sigma 17-50mm OS f2.8 because I think it would get more use and be a better walkaround lens. The price I was offered on trade was very poor so I put it on a local site but no real interest. I used it last night in a tight enviroment with only ok light and it was great, so I'll probably keep it.

Do you think its a waste to still purchase the 17-50 because of the overlap.
 

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Ultimately lens choices are subjective. What works for one photographer might not work at all for the next one.

But when I started in photography, for a couple of years I kept buying a new camera that always was slightly better than the previous one, simply because the previous choice was clearly insufficient to my needs.

At one point I realized that I had spent THOUSANDS of euros on my cameras, but all I had to show for was a couple compact cameras. Had I spent all that money at once, I could have already gotten a pretty sweet setup.

Nowadays I have a D750, a 28mm f1.8, a 70-200mm f4 and sometimes also a SB910 and/or a 16-35mm f4. Its costy, but I have everything I really need.

So my general advice would be: Think about whats the optimal setup is you need for your photography, then work towards exactly that setup - instead of thinking about making small improvements to your current setup. Because doing the later is really expensive and inefficient.

Buying a 17-50mm f2.8 when you already have a 18-35mm f1.8 sounds exactly like such a small improvement. Especially when the 18-35mm f1.8 is already underused.
 

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Those are two very different animals. On a crop body, the 17-50 is great. I had one for two-ish years and loved it. The 18-35 is a low-light animal, and gives a very unique image-quality when shot at 18 and 1.8--if you can swing it, keep both. You may eventually sell one, but you can make that decision later.

Jake
 

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I agree with SolarFlare but have something to add. Look through the shots that you already have from that lens. Check what focal length you used the most. Look at the photos and ask yourself if you would have wanted to be closer or wider. You need to figure out why the lens you have isn't getting used, and what your needs actually are. Then based on that information... Make a lens purchase.
 

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1. Could you possibly get a better price on ebay?
2. Maybe the sigma 17-70 2.8 instead, so you use it a bit more?
 
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Those are two very different animals. On a crop body, the 17-50 is great. I had one for two-ish years and loved it. The 18-35 is a low-light animal, and gives a very unique image-quality when shot at 18 and 1.8--if you can swing it, keep both. You may eventually sell one, but you can make that decision later.

Jake
Id like both, but I don't know is that just my nerdy gear side or a sensible choice
 
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I agree with SolarFlare but have something to add. Look through the shots that you already have from that lens. Check what focal length you used the most. Look at the photos and ask yourself if you would have wanted to be closer or wider. You need to figure out why the lens you have isn't getting used, and what your needs actually are. Then based on that information... Make a lens purchase.

My needs are simple. I want a 10-600 f1.8 VR thats small and cheap, does macro and goes off the chart at DxO :)

Seriously though, I really like the 18-35mm. The only reason that it is under used is that I like more flexibility on a zoom. If I head out with a camera and want one lens I'll likely put on my 18-105 for the convenience, and I actually love that lens, but its not a low light option.

I guess I'd like the 17-50 as its a viable low light option with more flexibility than the 18-35. The 18-35 then is a winner when I need it. I'm greedy
 
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1. Could you possibly get a better price on ebay?
2. Maybe the sigma 17-70 2.8 instead, so you use it a bit more?

1. Possibly, and I do think if I wait that I'd get asking price here, I'm not in a hurry but have sold stuff before to almost immediately regret it.

2. The sigma 17-70 f2.8/4 is nice, but if I buy I'd go f2.8 constant
 

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Buying crap because you have a existential 'need' for a feature that you use once a year, maybe, is really dumb, imo.
It's a tiny step from total gear worship without ever taking pictures.

Unless your pictures are crap because you don't have it, you don't need it.
 
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Buying crap because you have a existential 'need' for a feature that you use once a year, maybe, is really dumb, imo.
It's a tiny step from total gear worship without ever taking pictures.

Unless your pictures are crap because you don't have it, you don't need it.

I agree mostly, but most gear that I have bought does get used quite regularly. My "buy" filter isn't to bad. I suppose I am trying to justify to myself a good standard lens as an addition, or maybe a replacement to a more speciality lens (that is my least used item)
 

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My best friend is a gear junkie.
He has 3 Sony A bodies two Nikon bodies, an A6000, lots of lenses, 6 camera bags, three printers and just a whole bunch of stuff.
He owns every gadget you can think of - and some you can't.

If I ever sell anything, he wants rights of first refusal.
That stuff doesn't contribute substantially to his photography.
He is just as good with/without 90% of the stuff.

We went to Iceland, he took a body and a lens.
 
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My best friend is a gear junkie.
He has 3 Sony A bodies two Nikon bodies, an A6000, lots of lenses, 6 camera bags, three printers and just a whole bunch of stuff.
He owns every gadget you can think of - and some you can't.

If I ever sell anything, he wants rights of first refusal.
That stuff doesn't contribute substantially to his photography.
He is just as good with/without 90% of the stuff.

We went to Iceland, he took a body and a lens.

I'll sit on my hands a while. I don't want to much kit either. A few good choices is best. It's good to get others points of view

Thanks all for the helpful input
 

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the 18-35 art and the 18-70 contemporary would be a killer pair of lenses to own IMO, looking at the images on flickr that 17-70 is very impressive. looks to have better IQ than the 17-50mm 2.8, just not a constant 2.8 but it does have a bit more zoom. some day i would really like to have both of those lenses. if i can sell off some of my gear i have not maybe ill have them one day.

i am not sure i would get the 17-50mm if you already own the 18-35mm but that is just me.
 
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Ended up selling the 18-35 f1.8 and buying a sigma 17-50mm OS along with a nikon 35mm f1.8, had enough change to bring my other half to a nice hotel for a break. The 17-50 seems nice, but I'll know in a few weeks once the honeymoon period is over ;)
 

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