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Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens Canon: $250; Nikon: $240

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RedTag Camera through eBay has the popular Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens with optical stabilization available for $240 (for Nikon) or $250 (for Canon) after applying coupon code PRESDAY.

Canon:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sigma-17...33c9190962

Nikon:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sigma-17...33c6a4131f

NOTE: These are "Gray market" lenses meaning that they are not sold by an authorized Sigma dealer and thus they do not carry the 4yr Sigma warranty. However, the price is significantly less than buying one from B&H or Amazon ($369) and it's rare that camera lenses will ever require repair anyway.
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I bought mine from the same company for $299 last year and took it to Italy. No regrets paying at that price for the results I got.
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I've owned this lens in the past. Would buy again especially at this price.
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I got this for $399 + tax from amazon in 2014. Its a really fast lens, and the one I use the most. I think its totally worth it for $250.
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I wouldn't agree that it's junk... It's basically the exact same lens without a manufacturer US warranty. If you know what you're buying and understand the warranty situation it could be a great deal for you. Personally I'd forego the warranty to save $130. This seller is well know with good reviews and any warranty would be handled through them. Decide accordingly if it's worth it for you.
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I'm looking for a lens like this, but wish it was one of the Sigma's DG variety (for full size sensor cameras) instead of the DC (cropped sensor cameras) model.
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Great lens for crop cameras. At this price I'd be apt to take the grey market risk and just pay for service if it ever needed it, I assume Sigma will still fix these for cash money? If not I'm sure major 3rd parties will. Out of warranty these lenses are borderline disposable.
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I'm looking for a lens like this, but wish it was one of the Sigma's DG variety (for full size sensor cameras) instead of the DC (cropped sensor cameras) model.
For full frame a 24-70 f2.8 will gave similar (or better) results. The noise advantage of full frame allows for slower glass, but I'd take advantage and consider buying a third party or used from the brand of your camera 24-70. Though something like a 24-120/24-105 f4 may be more flexible depending on your brand.
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Just FYI for gray market Sigma items - not only is there no warranty but Sigma will charge you a $250 fine even if you choose to pay for your repair yourself. https://www.sigmaphoto.com/articl...-products/
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i'll take $240 w/ no warranty. Have several lenses Nikon and Sigma and never needed to make a claim
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I wouldn't agree that it's junk... It's basically the exact same lens without a manufacturer US warranty. If you know what you're buying and understand the warranty situation it could be a great deal for you. Personally I'd forego the warranty to save $130. This seller is well know with good reviews and any warranty would be handled through them. Decide accordingly if it's worth it for you.
Yup, I agree; this is the exact same lens just without the US warranty and for many this will be a great deal. However, from personal experience I just want to add that the US warranty may come in handy if you ever plan to upgrade your body -- Sigma reverse engineers Canon/Nikon tech in order to get their lenses to work with them, so any Canon/Nikon bodies released after the manufacture of this lens MAY experience issues. Case in point, my Sigma EX DC 50-150mm f/2.8 II AP that worked beautifully on my Nikon D5000 wouldn't focus after I upgraded my body to the newer Nikon D5500, but Sigma upgraded the firmware for free as I had the warranty. Still, this is a wonderful price on this lens (and I've heard Sigma sells a USB dock for upgrading the firmware yourself, though it's not compatible with all lenses).

Edit: Just checked the Sigma website and it does not appear that this lens is compatible with the USB dock at this time, so unless that changes, any future firmware upgrades will need to go through Sigma directly.
https://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-usb-dock
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Will this work for full frame?
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Best lens I have so far. Color reproduction is awesome and very fast focus too. Would recommend any time.
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Yup, I agree; this is the exact same lens just without the US warranty and for many this will be a great deal. However, from personal experience I just want to add that the US warranty may come in handy if you ever plan to upgrade your body -- Sigma reverse engineers Canon/Nikon tech in order to get their lenses to work with them, so any Canon/Nikon bodies released after the manufacture of this lens MAY experience issues. Case in point, my Sigma EX DC 50-150mm f/2.8 II AP that worked beautifully on my Nikon D5000 wouldn't focus after I upgraded my body to the newer Nikon D5500, but Sigma upgraded the firmware for free as I had the warranty. Still, this is a wonderful price on this lens (and I've heard Sigma sells a USB dock for upgrading the firmware yourself, though it's not compatible with all lenses).

Edit: Just checked the Sigma website and it does not appear that this lens is compatible with the USB dock at this time, so unless that changes, any future firmware upgrades will need to go through Sigma directly.
https://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-usb-dock
Just for reference purposes the dock is only compatible with their newer lenses. They've been branding the new lenses with C Contemporary S Sport and A Art. Those are the dock compatible lenses.
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