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Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens f/Nikon, USA $285

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B&H Photo [bhphotovideo.com] has Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Nikon mount on sale for $285.00 + Free expedited shipping
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  • Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Nikon F
  • LCF-77 III 77mm Lens Cap
  • Rear Cap LCR II for Nikon F Mount Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Warranty Extension
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same price on amazon, but BH still has no sales tax outside of NYC.
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same price on amazon, but BH still has no sales tax outside of NYC.
B&H does charges tax on 23 states - Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington (state), Wisconsin and starting April 1 California too!
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B&H does charges tax on 23 states - Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington (state), Wisconsin and starting April 1 California too!
That's what I hear about California too but they still don't charge tax here to CA yet.

Regarding the lens itself, this is a nice upgrade to slr kit lenses. Build quality is great and f2.8 is very helpful. I find I mostly use it when I'm walking around and don't want to bother with changing lenses.

When I'm doing planned photography though, I generally find myself reaching for my 35mm and 50mm primes, hard to beat 1.8.

If I had the option to start over, would've just sprung for the sigma 18-35 1.8 and 50-100 1.8 instead if this and my primes. Those are significantly more expensive though and for a casual photographer looking for a great walk around lens, this is a great deal.
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This is our everyday lens. It's a LOT heavier than the Nikon 18-55 that it replaces, but worth it for the better image quality. In the middle of the range you won't get the speed or bokeh of a prime, but close enough for rock & roll. This is just a really good all-around lens that's hard to beat unless you spend twice as much. For casual hobbyists that's a big leap.
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This is our everyday lens. It's a LOT heavier than the Nikon 18-55 that it replaces, but worth it for the better image quality. In the middle of the range you won't get the speed or bokeh of a prime, but close enough for rock & roll. This is just a really good all-around lens that's hard to beat unless you spend twice as much. For casual hobbyists that's a big leap.
​Even if we're still using Auto Mode for most shots?
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​Even if we're still using Auto Mode for most shots?
Why not, it's constant 2.8 shoot in aperture priority mode. Set to 2.8 and forget.
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​Even if we're still using Auto Mode for most shots?
It will also be great when you decide to start experimenting with shots outside of Auto Mode. Great price for a great lens. I use it a lot indoors.
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That's what I hear about California too but they still don't charge tax here to CA yet.
Have you bought recently? I'm in CA and on April 1 they were adding sales tax to the subtotal
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That's what I hear about California too but they still don't charge tax here to CA yet.

Regarding the lens itself, this is a nice upgrade to slr kit lenses. Build quality is great and f2.8 is very helpful. I find I mostly use it when I'm walking around and don't want to bother with changing lenses.

When I'm doing planned photography though, I generally find myself reaching for my 35mm and 50mm primes, hard to beat 1.8.

If I had the option to start over, would've just sprung for the sigma 18-35 1.8 and 50-100 1.8 instead if this and my primes. Those are significantly more expensive though and for a casual photographer looking for a great walk around lens, this is a great deal.
I had this lens and sold it, also have the 18-35 f/1.8 and a Nikon 35 f/1.8. I prefer the primes still to the 18-35, not sure why, I think cause it misses focus more and weighs so much. I didn't use the Sigma 17-50 much, I mainly use the 35 and 85 f/1.8s and the 18-35. I have a Sigma 50 f/1.4 that I love but it misses so many shots I don't use it as much. When it's in focus it takes beautiful shots.
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Why not, it's constant 2.8 shoot in aperture priority mode. Set to 2.8 and forget.
I wouldn't do that, it's not very sharp at f/2.8, gets much sharper like most lenses when you stop down. It's also a great landscape lens, though I like the Nikon 16-85 (the older one, haven't tried the newer one) better for landscapes.

It's a steal at this price if you're coming from slow zooms. It just won't be a good substitute for primes.
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​Even if we're still using Auto Mode for most shots?
If you're on a Nikon set auto iso and manual mode. Control the aperture and shutter speed and let the camera control the exposure. Great way to learn, and even at f/2.8 it probably won't overexpose anything.
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I wouldn't do that, it's not very sharp at f/2.8, gets much sharper like most lenses when you stop down. It's also a great landscape lens, though I like the Nikon 16-85 (the older one, haven't tried the newer one) better for landscapes.

It's a steal at this price if you're coming from slow zooms. It just won't be a good substitute for primes.
I agree. Get the 35mm DX, stop it down to f/2.8--FAR better results and half the price.
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If I was going to get one DX lens this would be it and the price is pretty good and I'd recommend over the affordable primes in the range. High value purchase.

If you're looking at this coming from a budget prime or kit zoom it's a tossup as to this lens or TTL flash first. Both will improve your shots considerably, but in different ways. More if you edit everything.
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B&H does charges tax on 23 states - Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington (state), Wisconsin and starting April 1 California too!
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