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Old 19-04-2010, 23:15   #1 (permalink)
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Sigma 17-35 EX manual only - what should I do

Hi. I have just joined this forum having been out of Photography for the last year or so. Some years ago I had a Canon 10D and bought the above mentioned lens to use with it. The auto-focus failed but I continued to use it OK. I then swapped to an Olympus E500 so tried to get the lens fixed so that I could sell it. They quoted me £105. As a manual lens it was worth that on EBay. I sold it but had it returned as it supposedly has a scratch on the lens. As it had been protected by a filter at all times I was sceptical but couldn't test it as I no longer had a Canon camera.

Now, I have a Canon 500D and want to use this lens again.

Here is my question. Is it worth paying Sigma to fix it. They are once again doing their own fixing and are quoting £93 + VAT, or should I throw it away (or most likely keep it but use it manually) and buy a new lens.

Any thoughts would be helpful.

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Old 20-04-2010, 07:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 17-35 EX manual only - what should I do

Welcome to Pixalo David

My immediate reaction is that the focal range of the Sigma is covered by your kit lens, so unless the extra speed of the Sigma is important I'd not bother about getting it repaired as it would not be worth it.

You could just keep it for occasional use, or sell it as a manual focus lens to make something on it. See what the others think.
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Re: Sigma 17-35 EX manual only - what should I do

Hi David welcome to Pixalo.

As this is the EX version I would not go to the expense to have it repaired. The EX was reported when it was released to be somewhat soft at its full aperture.

The later revised version 17-35 EX DG had a much better perfomance particularly because it had been re jigged for digital cameras.

I hope this helps David.
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Re: Sigma 17-35 EX manual only - what should I do

I thank you both for the comments. As it seems that there isn't a scratch on the lens, I will probably put it on EBay. I am thinking of using the money towards a Canon 1.8 50mm. I would prefer a 35 (comes out at 50 roughly on the 500D) but can't afford that. However, I think that it would be a good idea to have a fast lens to hand.
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As this is the EX version I would not go to the expense to have it repaired. The EX was reported when it was released to be somewhat soft at its full aperture.
All I can say is that I've been using mine for several years and I certainly wouldn't call it soft at any aperture.

On the other hand, I wouldn't bother with it for a cropped DSLR. At 1.6X it's effectively a 28mm equivalent, which I don't think is wide enough to justify carting that big a lens around.
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