Sigma 18-35 versus Nikon 17-55 on a d300

Started Jan 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
greenmanphoto Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
Re: Sigma 18-35 versus Nikon 17-55 on a d300

AnotherMike's last line is what sealed the deal for me, as I just bought the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. I didn't consider the Sigma 18-35 too much, honestly, as I wasn't too keen on switching to the 17-50/55 in first place. I'll be using this lens a LOT for adventure races, trail races, and mountain bike races, places where I previously used my 16-85. I think I'm going to miss that 85 range, too! I JUST bought the Tamron after considering the Sigma 17-50, as well. I talked with a few folks at the semi-local camera store, and was told by them all that it's hard to justify the price difference of the Nikon 17-55 over either the Tamron or Sigma, coming out to be double the price. I have a Tamron 70-300 that's done fairly well for me, and I bought a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 in October or so, and I've been happy with it. On the other hand, I have a Sigma 10-20 f3.5 that I've also been very pleased with, so... I read numerous online comments regarding how Sigma's variable quality can be an issue, and quite a few comments specifically regarding the 17-50 and issues with it. With my experience so far with Tamron, and these comments on Sigma, I decided to go for the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. I'll be using it tomorrow for the first time at a 100-mile trail run, and next Sunday at a high school mountain bike race, so we'll see if I made the right choice. If it doesn't work out as well as I'd hope, then I'll reconsider the decision. The camera shop extended their return policy for me by a week to allow that evaluation period.

Good luck!


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