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Old 06-06-2006, 17:48   #1 (permalink)
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Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Well someone has to treat ones self these days at Birthday time

Anyway a big thankyou to P-E for delivering my new lenses in such a well wrapped box. All in excellent condition

So what I did I buy. The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 & then the real killer ....the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 . Only had a bit of time to play with the lenses, & both are beautiful pieces of kit...... & how quiet & smooth is that AF on the Nikon. Also love the Bokeh on that Sigma at 200mm fully open.

WIll post back if I ever get chance to play with them futher

In the meantime I will be keeping a close on the Review section to see what others have thought of these lenses here :-

Nikon AF-S 17-55mm DX f/2.8 G Lens Review
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens review
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Old 07-06-2006, 18:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

hi Dave and welcome back,
ive got the sigma and its the best lens ive had, i use it with my d200 and they are awesome together, the nikon 17-55 is next on my list, enjoy mate
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Old 07-06-2006, 18:48   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Cheers FTMFTM If you get chance chuck a review up for the lens, as it'll help others like me in the future.

Must admit it feels a nice bit of kit. Just need to find some time to use it now
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Old 07-06-2006, 20:41   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

I would love a 17-55 - its supposed to be awesome! Shame about the price though!

Enjoy it, and let us know what you think.
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Old 07-06-2006, 21:09   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Will do. Will be interesting to see how people rate it in the Equipment review section. Once I feel I've had enough use fo the lens, I'll be posting my thoughts there.
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Old 07-06-2006, 21:10   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Forgot to mention P-E actually reckoned the Sigma 70-200 was sharper than 17-55......will have to check that out.
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Old 07-06-2006, 21:26   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Remember Dave we agreed that you weren't to show any images using the 17-55

Glad you like them and I am looking forward to seeing some pictures from both of those lenses

The 17-55 never came off my D2Hs until now.
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Old 07-06-2006, 22:16   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Come on P-E ....stop teasing us & give your honest opinion of your lenses on the Equipment reviews . I like others have lusted for lenses such as this for months if not years. It's people like yourself with the real hands on experience that can guide us one way or the other. If you don't . I'll only post 17-55 shots for next month

Anyway you owe me , for getting me in debt
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Old 07-06-2006, 22:29   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

I will post a few basic reviews of my hands on experience where I can.

"Anyway you owe me , for getting me in debt".......who me

You got a quality piece of glass there......both the Sigma 70-200 and Nikon 17-55.

Yes I felt the 70-200 was sharper than the 17-55 but everything about the 17-55 is just pure class.

I will look forward as to what you think when you find the time.

Is the missis still talking to you after the spending spree
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Old 07-06-2006, 23:07   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Lets put it this way :-

Wife :-how much ?
Dave :- you don't want to know...so she left it.

Then I got the 18-200 through the post & I stupidly said
Dave :- only cost 550 ish from memory
Wife :- HOW MUCH !!!!! At least those other 2 lenses only cost you a couple of hundred quid
Dave :- Actually it was ** much
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She is now threatening to spend same amount on some bedroom furniture. Darn expensive this Photography lark
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Old 08-06-2006, 04:56   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Congrats on the new toys mate, as reputations go you've got yourself 2 great pieces of glass...

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I know what you mean mate, I've just purchaced a new tripod head but suddenly realised I don't have a sufficently wide lens to take full advantage of it... so a Canon 10-22 or Canon 17-40L is getting ordered in the next few weeks. Well that's my excuse for getting it and I'm sticking to it

Oh and then it's my birthday in July which means there's a macro lens with my name on it as a prezzie to myself. Cant wait.

Looking forward to seeing some shot with the new toys... don't worry, I wont tell P-E
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:50   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

LOL.... have you considered the Sigma 10-20mm ? Could save you some dosh, for even more toys
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

I have mate, two reasons I discounted it... I've heard quite a few reports of bad quality control, specificly images taken with it are sharp on one side and soft on the other, strange one that plenty rate it very highly but it's still a worry for me.
The other is that I'm not a big fan of the Sigma colour cast that all it's lenses seem to produce, some like it, but I've got used to the "Canon" colour since I picked up the 100-400L IS, so I think I'll stick with Canon where I can (read: afford to )
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Old 08-06-2006, 09:29   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Must admit I bought the Sigma in this country, rather than HK, just in case of any problems. Mine ws fine, although I mainly shoot Mono so wouldn't notice any colour cast . I think FingerZ recently bought the SIgma 10-20 from HK.... would be interesting to see what he made of it.
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

I posted another mini review of the Nikkor 17-55. Love mine personally and it rarely gets removed from the camera unless I'm shooting motorsports

I have now consolidated all my lenses into 3 and a teleconverter

10-20 Sigma
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TC14E-II t/c

That little lot is pretty much all I need and doesn't weigh to much either.



Will post a mini review of my old Sigma 70-200 later
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Re: Birthday Present to myself - Nikon 17-55 + Sigma 70-200 Lenses :)

Could be heading the same way....although I'll have to kepp the nifty fifty ...but then again I should test against the 17-55 1st
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