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justawriter

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Replacing my 18-270
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:40:49 AM »
Just a quick question for the group mega-mind. My Tamron 18-270 (older version) bit the dust (literally, I work in the North Dakota oil patch and until they paved some key roads this summer it was like a dust storm every day). I use my 7D for newspaper work so IQ isn't the #1 priority compared to getting the photo right now, and I appreciate not having to swap lenses. So right now B&H has the Sigma 18-250 with a $200 instant rebate at $349 and the Tamron has a $70 mail in rebate at $379. I am leaning towards the Sigma because I don't think I will miss those 20 extra mm and I really don't like mail in rebates. Any thoughts one way or another on these two lenses, especially in terms of durability and weather resistance?

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Replacing my 18-270
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:40:49 AM »

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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 11:12:52 AM »
Just my 2 cents... If you're looking for durability and weather resistance, look at L lenses though you must also have a camera that's weather resistant to complete the package.  The 24-105 and 17-40 L lenses are the cheapest.  They would need filters though to complete the sealing.  As far as I know, those lenses you mentioned are not weather resistant.

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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 11:29:27 AM »
Given that the 24-105L would give me half the flexibility at three or four times the cost, (not to mention having to carry around a 55-250 or 70-300 as well, which is what I am trying to avoid in the first place) that's pretty much a non-starter. Plus, a small town journalist, I avoid a lot of income tax by avoiding a lot of income, so cost is pretty high on my priority list for this purchase.

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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 04:21:51 PM »
Go with the Sigma  :)
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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 08:16:10 PM »
In South Dakota Winter Weather, consider them throw away lenses.  If they last for a year, you are lucky.
 
Since You would need to upgrade your body to make use of a expensive weather sealed lens, just get a cheap one and don't worry.  Neither has stellar image quality at the longer focal lengths so it really doesn't matter a whole lot as far as Sigma or Tamron.

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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 11:15:36 PM »
Given that the 24-105L would give me half the flexibility at three or four times the cost, (not to mention having to carry around a 55-250 or 70-300 as well, which is what I am trying to avoid in the first place) that's pretty much a non-starter. Plus, a small town journalist, I avoid a lot of income tax by avoiding a lot of income, so cost is pretty high on my priority list for this purchase.

Well, that's really a problem because you won't find weather sealing in any of the non-L lenses as far as I know.  Maybe a 2nd hand lens can serve you well.  In any case, rain sleeves like these seem to be a good alternative and maybe a better alternative.  It can be more useful in a lot of ways.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Rain-Capes-Covers-Slickers/ci/3313/N/4075788778

For photojournalists, I think the Sigma version 18-250 will serve you well.  IQ isn't so important in photo journalism as most of your print won't be big enough to notice a lot of difference in terms of IQ.  It's better if you don't change lenses during your coverage.

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Re: Replacing my 18-270
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 11:15:36 PM »