Choosing between Nikon 17-55m f2.8 vs Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 vs tamron 17-50mm f2.8

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Choosing between Nikon 17-55m f2.8 vs Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 vs tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Sep 19, 2012

Hey everyone, I am about to purchase a D7000 now that the price dropped and having a hell of a time deciding on which lens I should buy. I could go used Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 or do I go new sigma/tamron 17-50mm f2.8

I used to have a canon rebel but never used much more than kit lenses. In terms of what i photorgraph its primarily for vacations, family get togethers, sporting events. While on vacation I like taking pictures of buildings, landscapes, architecture, and art. Sporting is allot of football which as wek now can run into the night so that is important.

I guess my biggest question is do i sacrafice minimally on image sharpness and go with a 3rd party vendor like sigma/tamron, and if so which do you prefer and why, or do I sacrafice image stabilization and go with the gold standard nikon lens. I know that with shooting sports the image stabilization associated with the other lesns becomes a negligible point but will I regret it in long run when taking photos of other things.

Reson I am so interested is I'm going on a really once in a life time vacation to Europe in December and want to bring the right equipment.

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