Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 Upgrade from Nikon 18-55 VR1 – Should I Buy It?

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– Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 Upgrade from Nikon 18-55 VR1 – Should I Buy It?

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22 thoughts on “Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 Upgrade from Nikon 18-55 VR1 – Should I Buy It?”

  1. The Sigma 17-50 2.8 is an incredible lens, but if you can't take advantage of it's light gathering ability, there is not a huge point of buying it. Here I have 2 ideas:
    – If you don't need longer focal length, buy the 17-50 only, because if you zoom out to 50mm at 2.8, it is still a very capable portrait lens! Yes, the 50 1.8G has a SLIGHTLY better background blur, but don't overthink it, the Sigma is also very capable, and you don't have to constantly switch lenses. It's enough for general usage AND casual portrait.
    – The other idea is exactly as Matt said: buy a Nikon 18-140 VR, or a 18-105 VR (very good value), or a Sigma 17-70 (2.8-4).
    The combo, what I recommend is the 18-105 VR (for general photography) and the 50 1.8G (for portraits). Roughly he same price as the Sigma 17-50, but much more versatile.

    Just try to think through if you need longer reach, OR low light performance (and background separation). Then choose one of these options 🙂

  2. It all depends on why he wants to upgrade: if for sharpness and low light performance, then definitely Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS! It is twice as sharp as the kit lens, and has excellent low-light performance! the Nikon 18-140mm is also good – its sharpness is between the kit lens and the Sigma, and has far greater reach. Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 has better low-light performance than Nikon 18-140, equally sharp as the Nikon, has a decent reach.

  3. What do you think about a new Imported model (Sigma 17-50mm) from Gizmo-Outlets for $273 on eBay? Do you recommend buying it?

  4. I'm pretty sure the Sigma 17-50mm delivers a better image-quality and focus-speed than an equaliy priced 18-140mm lens.
    Of course, it's convenient if you don't have to swap lenses, but the bigger zoom range probably means that the lens gets more complicated to build and that the munufacturer therefore has to make compromises in terms of sharpness, autofocus speed, apperature, chromatic aberration, weight and build quality.

  5. I'm very happy with the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 For my Nikon. It's very sharp and love the constant aperture. As DeletedDelusion mentioned with a bigger zoomrange there will be more compromises. And for my Canon i have the EF-S 24mm F2.8 The kitlens from the Canon is not sharp and misfocusses 60% of the time.

  6. I purchased Tamrons 17 – 50 f2.8 to replace my Nikon 18 – 55 kit lens. It has no Optical stabilisation like the Nikkor did but I'd rather have the faster constant f2.8 throughout the zoom range. Had I been aware of this back when I bought my first DSLR I'd have just purchased the body only and not bothered with the kit lens at all. As such I'd advise anybody to forget the kit lens and buy one of these instead ( be it Sigma or Tamron) given they are relatively cheap to buy 😀

  7. If that guy really need a fast zoom (indoor events for exemple) would you still recommend to buy the 17-50 f2.8 AND the 50 1.8G? The difference is that big between 1.8 and 2.8 at 50mm? Looking at dxomark the 50mm 1.8g is not sharp wide open anyway so he may end up using it step down at 2.8 anyway… what do you think?

  8. The sigma 17-50 is great but you really need to know, what they shoot?  And how much do you want to spend?The 18-105 is more versatile but the Sigma is sharper but sharpness isn't everything.  If you are a walk around guy and want convenience, go with the 18-105 and 50mm for portraits.  I would probably step up a little and get the Sigma 17-50 and find a used Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G1 used going for about 500.  You have to switch but those two lenses give you HUGE flexibility and VC on both. The 5.6 wide open at 105 if pretty slow IMO and for a hundred or so more dollars, I would get a pro quality used lens.  Just my opinion.  Good luck

  9. Sigma 17 – 50 2.8 is one lens that stays on my camera all the time. I love the constant aperture of 2.8 for low light conditions. it's sharp and fast. I had Nikon 18 – 55 but it's no match to Sigma. Sigma build quality is exceptionally good.

  10. hi there i shoot with the 17-70 and 90mm vc for most of my event and the 17-70 is one of the best value for money.

  11. Hey Matt, I have a choice that I'm about to face.
    I wanna buy a camera for mostly streetphotography and architecture, but also some of landscape photography. I have about $2000 to spend on it. Would You reccomend me X-T20 or X-T1. What about Olympus like E-M5II?
    Thank You and keep on doing good work!

  12. Hi everyone. I bought a Sony A6000, (first camera I ever buy). I used to take photos of landscapes, portraits, my child running the front yard and would try my best @ macro, (with my iphone, lol). I am on a budget and want bang for my buck. Im considering a, nifty fifty and a Sony SEL 35mm f/1.8 OSS. What do you all recommend, (also, for macro)? Thanks.

  13. That's a good recommendation. Also the sigma 50-100 f 1.8 would be a good lens, as on a crop sensor, it'll be close to a 70-200 fx. Can be used for portraits, sports, landscape. It's a real nice all around lens also. It's a little pricey, but if you can afford it, worth every penny.

    Happy Shooting
    Ron NYC
    Raw2artphoto

  14. Why Nikon never add VR to their Prime lens? Especially for the need to shoot video. I have Nikon 18-55 VRii, 35mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.8G. As I m using Nikon D7000, I can only shoot video with 18-55 vrii handheld without much shake movement.

  15. Just got this lens few days ago , although it's heavy , but really happy with the build quality and picture quality! Really happy that I choose Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 to replace my kit lens

  16. Do I still need a 17-50 f2.8 if I have 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 3.5 and 10-24? I travel a lot and I find myself having a hard time on changing lenses since my 10-24 doesn't have enough reach.

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