Sigma 17-55 ?!

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Black Beard Lens New Member • Posts: 22
Sigma 17-55 ?!
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Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 , i did my research and i found it's a good lens on a budget that gives a good image quality to work on landscape or portrait

any advices ?

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Svein Eriksen Senior Member • Posts: 2,367
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Black Beard Lens wrote:

Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 …..

Lots of positive reviews of that lens, but does it outperform your current lens enough to justify the price (assuming you already have a kit lens that cover the same zoom range)?

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atom14 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,005
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Svein Eriksen wrote:

Black Beard Lens wrote:

Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 …..

Lots of positive reviews of that lens, but does it outperform your current lens enough to justify the price (assuming you already have a kit lens that cover the same zoom range)?

I have that lens and it works very well with my Sigma SD1M, but I wholly agree with Svein's point. It's a discontinued lens, so you'd have to make sure of the quality of the now used product.

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OP Black Beard Lens New Member • Posts: 22
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  1. I agree with you , it's a very good lens comparing with others zoom lenss that come with the same zoom range and price , I already have a Nikon 18-105 but I'm not satisfied with the quality and the aperture , I want to have a zoom lens with a wide aperture and good quality as well , I know that if I want a good lens for portrait I must get a prime lens such 50mm or 85mm with a very wide aperture and other wide angle for landscape like tokina for example , it's very expensive for me right now that's why I want something between them that can gives the same function and results so far , thank you
Craig Gillette Forum Pro • Posts: 12,109
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I have one for my D7200.  I was choosing between it and the 18-140 when upgrading from the older 18-70 kit lens.  I went with the 18-140 and got a bad copy, went to the 17-50/2.8 Sigma and was quite satisfied with it.

WongRQ Contributing Member • Posts: 870
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Black Beard Lens wrote:

Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 , i did my research and i found it's a good lens on a budget that gives a good image quality to work on landscape or portrait

any advices ?

Landscapes: If the lens is sharp then it can be a great landscape lens. People use full-frame equivalent 16-35mm lenses. Therefore you might want to check out the SIGMA 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM, check if it's a good lens as well.

Portraits: For portraits, it really depends. Many people say that you should get a 50mm f/1.8, but it depends on the type of portraits you're shooting. If you're shooting headshots a 70-200mm is the best, even on a crop sensor camera. Additionally, you may want to buy some lights if you're really planning on doing professional portraits.

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Gary Martin
Gary Martin Veteran Member • Posts: 5,050
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It's a very good and versatile lens, and an excellent value as well. I think you made a good decision 

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Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 8,770
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It's a good and versatile lens, and not as expensive as the OEM lenses of similar quality.

The problem that most often kills lenses is breakage of the ribbon cable that connects the aperture mechanism with the contacts on the mount, so a heavily used lens that has been treated carefully may not show any signs of weakness until it breaks. Replacement cables are available, but I have never dared taking a lens apart myself.

The best focal length for portraits depend on so many factors that IMHO, the best portrait lens is a zoom. On APS-C, 50-150mm f/2.8 was my favourite.

The lens makers will have you believe that you need ultra thin DoF for portraits. Shallow DoF can give a portrait a "dreamy" look, but you can get that with 50mm at f/2.8 and some backlighting. You can also use shallow DoF to blow the background out of focus in order to isolate your subject. My point of view is that you, as the photographer, always have to be aware of the background, and not just rely on your lens to blow it away. No amount of blur can make a brick wall unrecogniseable, for example.

Good luck and good light.

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Black Beard Lens wrote:

Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 , i did my research and i found it's a good lens on a budget that gives a good image quality to work on landscape or portrait

any advices ?

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Black Beard Lens wrote:

Hey there !

i want to get a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for my Nikon D7200 , i did my research and i found it's a good lens on a budget that gives a good image quality to work on landscape or portrait

any advices ?

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