Old 01-21-2008, 05:14 PM   #26
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Aping Andrew... but excellent choice. My father in law gave me a Sigma 17-70 when my kit lens stopped working at wider angles. I was shocked at how much happier I am with my pictures. (I also use a Canon 75-300 with it and am also starting to think about upgrading on that department.)
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:26 PM   #27
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Phew - I feel better now after the reassurances. I think that is what I was looking for!

I am actually keen to get the lens (later this week) as I have struggled not having one. Will see what I can do and how long it will take.

At the moment the bulk of my photos are with a Canon 90-300 - excellent lens, but not longer made for some reason I have been told. But does that focal length make things difficult! My latest photo was taken with this lens, but I had to disappear into the distance to take it!
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:35 PM   #28
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Well, my Canon 28-200 is getting sent to KEH.com today as a partial trade in for a 70-200 F/4 L. Even after sharpening the RAW images, the 28-200's too soft. This is the best shot I've gotten with it so far, and it was rejected for being soft - http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=652522641

Good luck with the new lens Kevin, I hope you don't end up having to send it back any time soon.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #29
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Yeah, you won't be disappointed by the Sigma 17-70. I was surprised how 'hefty' and well-built it felt compared to the Kit Lens. When I say 'hefty', I don't mean it's heavy, but rather it feels solid. I did hold the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L on Friday, and it was heavy and felt like it would be bulky for a decent walkaround lens. I didn't take any shots with it so I can't speak for the IQ, but the Sigma is a perfect combo of weight, build quality, and results. You'll be happy!
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:00 PM   #30
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Well have the lens now.

Nicely built, but I have to get used to it. My first and only train shots so far...about shot 15+ with the lens. Seems OK for the price! Will see how it goes!

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=420712640

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=174688371

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=475711&key=0

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=475702&key=0

and

http://www.friendsoftherail.com/phpB...1507&mode=view
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Pleased with it - it is now starting to work well for me.

Have had one photo accepted as well...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=221933
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:06 AM   #32
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Lens is definitely nice - have taken a whole wack of nice shots, including some decent cab shots due to the ability of the wide angle. Am happy with the choice.....!

Thanks for all the advice!
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Still happy with the 17-70mm - in fact it is now may favorite lens! The macro is pretty good as well, so I use it as my general carry lens.

And, with the money I have saved from not going for a more expensive option, I have been able to cobble enough together to buy a Canon 70-200mm F4 - the other lens suggested in this thread. I played with one the other day and was impressed - with the feel, quality etc. I heard there was some variation, so the chap I bought it from tested a whole lot and gave me the sharpest! Helps to have a friendly local camera shop! I could not really afford this lens right now, but I had to bite the bullet if I was going to get it at all as the exchange rate here has gone for a ball of chalk and pushed the price of the new stock up by 26%. So rushed off last weekend to beat the increase!
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And, with the money I have saved from not going for a more expensive option, I have been able to cobble enough together to buy a Canon 70-200mm F4
Tadum! The value of economizing.

Congrats, it's a great lens.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:09 PM   #35
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Well - a little down the line. The Sigma lens is still OK, but boy do I love the Canon 70-200! Taking some really brilliant pics - including believe it or not - insect close-ups!
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