Help me choose a 17(ish) to 50(ish) f/2.8 lens

Started Feb 10, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Help me choose a 17(ish) to 50(ish) f/2.8 lens

Hi all,

I've had to be more realistic with my budget as I really need to get my eyes fixed, so I'm hoping you can help me choose a lens from the following list:

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/?/photo/lenses/Sigmalens.html#zoom
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Macro
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/?/photo/lenses/tamron.html#af1750
Tamron AF SP 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II LD ASP IF

The main things I'm looking for are (in order of preference):

  • IQ

  • Fast focusing

  • Silent focusing

I can live without the silence, but the IQ and fast focusing are a must.

If there are any other contenders in this price range, I'd be interested in hearing about those too, but I just can't afford the Nikon right now...

I seem to remember a website (but not the URL :() that hosted people's images. The notable thing was that you could search by equipment type to see real world sample images... Anyone remember this site? It would help me in choosing!

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