Current state of wide (zoom) lenses

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Current state of wide (zoom) lenses
Apr 2, 2013

After weeks of research I've completely stalled out. My Italy trip is looming and I need to make a decision quick. I turn to you in this dark hour...

CRITERIA:

  • Canon T2i (have 18-55mm kit + 50mm)
  • Frustrated w/ 50mm tightness, but adore it's depth of field - I need a wide lens that'll give me dat sweet bokeh.
  • Low light performance is important!
  • Sub $1000 budget (any more I'd sooner in a full-frame body)
  • Auto-focus is a must

All of photozone's wide prime reviews stink except the $1200 Canon 9_9

TOP CONTENDERS:

  • Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 ($600)
    • Right price and image quality
    • Bad quality control user reviews scare me. Is it worth the risk? What if it fails in the middle of my trip?
    • Could use 50mm for real low light.
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 ($500)
    • Right price, image quality, and low light performance
    • Again, bad quality control user reviews scare me. Maybe it's been improved and those bad reports are now old?
    • Nervous being limited by prime in Italy where I'll be shooting architecture and landscapes. Maybe it's wide enough?
  • Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 ($1000)

    • As good as I can get quality
    • Resistent to spending that much when I should put it towards a full-frame body (which I don't have the funds to invest in now)
  • Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 ($500)

    • Slightly cheaper, lower quality version of the Sigma. Noisy focus
    • But is it free from Sigma's poor quality control issues?
    • Is the downsides of this one worth avoiding the potential downsides of Sigmas?
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