Review: Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for Nikon
I am probably not qualified enough to give a review on camera gear, but I hope this helps some people out. For the sole purpose of the review, all images will be in unedited form.
The lens is great and a lot better than the stock kit lens that comes with consumer DSLRs. I had been using strictly primes in all of my years of shooting, so it was great being able to adjust my focal length using solely my hands instead of my feet. Though I mostly photograph cars, I am a little bit disappointed in the way that this lens does not get my the kind of depth and compression that I am looking for in automotive photography, compared to the kind of depth you would see taken with prime lenses. However; the lens is amazing when taking photos of people. You can use it wide open at 17mm or fully zoomed in at 50mm at f/2.8 and still get the contrast between your subject and the background, plus that sweet sweet bokeh. No matter how you shoot it though, the lens is tack sharp. The build quality of the lens itself, to me, feels amazing. It is quite heavy, compared to my 35mm and my 50mm.
I do have some gripes about this lens. There is A LOT of vignetting the wider you shoot. Along with vignetting, there is lens distortion; again most notable when shooting around 17mm-24mm. However; these are not much of a problem as they can be fixed in post.
This lens is perfect whether you are a beginner or a professional. For a little above $400, you can add this to your arsenal of lenses or upgrade from your little kit lens.