Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro instead of Canon 17-85mm IS?

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Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro instead of Canon 17-85mm IS?
Aug 17, 2009

I have a 30D with the 18-55mm IS, and wanted something with a bit more reach. For a beginner on a budget the common wisdom is to get the Canon 17-85 IS. Are there any alternatives I should look at before I pull the trigger? For example, it seems like the Sigma AF 17-70 is a bit sharper and somewhat faster (F2.8), even though it lacks IS.

Shooting will consist of family/kids/vacation and the typical mundane budding hobbyist stuff (landscapes, portraits, etc.). I also have the 50mm 1.8 and the 55-250mm IS.

Any thoughts?

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