Craig C123's reviews
7 out of 10 points and recommendedDecent IQ, comparatively light, decent zoom range.Not stellar IQ
Initially buying a Sigma zoom for my new Nikon D50, i quickly returned it and I traded up, paying a bit more to get this Nikon 17-70. For the money, i consider it a great buy. And it seems a fairly light lens for the decent quality it can deliver. It focuses fast and quietly. I've had good results with close up (though not macro) shots. Zooming out i haven't been so impressed, but i'm attributing this more to the D50's somewhat wacky color bleeding in brightly lit settings.reviewed January 1st, 2007 (purchased for $250)
4 out of 10 points and not recommendedLight and compact.Resultant image quality is shoddy at too many points in the zoom and aperture range.
I bought this lens when i bought a new Nikon D50. I opted for it over the Tamron 18-200 mm zoom, thinking i would get sharper pictures given the narrower (but still broad) zoom range. Not so! I found it pretty disappointing in terms of sharpness through much of the range. My photo results suggest there are a few sweet spots of crisper focus in the midrange, but its too soft at the extremes and most of the inbetween spots to warrant keeping. I replaced it with the Nikon 17-70 mm, for just a bit more money, and got consistenly better pictures (though obviously losing some of the zoom range).reviewed January 1st, 2007 (purchased for $260)