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Old 21-06-2009, 01:40   #1 (permalink)
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Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Just a quick question after some terrible googling....

I've currently got a Sigma lens that I quite like, however my eyesight failing on me in combination with a contact lens I loathe is forcing me to look at swapping all my manual focus lenses to AF. But not sure which to get...

Option 1:
Sigma 28-300 or Tamron 28-300

Option 2:
Tamron 70-300
+ Tamron 28-80

Now I've had to clean out my sensor and focus plate thing because of dust etc during lens changes. I try and be careful but I'm not normally in safe place to do it! (race pits, beach, forest etc!!) so I'm thinking the 28-300 is possibly a better idea in the short term as it would mean less changes.

But obviously there are going to be some downsides to having such a focal range? And the two lenses may be better option. It's only an extra $70NZ to have the two lenses over the one (Tamron).

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I've read the Sigma can be softer at the top end of 300, and the Tamron seems wider at the same focal lengths.


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Old 21-06-2009, 01:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Found this is comparison of the 18-200s. So little different but still not very helpful!
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Old 21-06-2009, 08:26   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

'Fraid I can't help - don't know any of those lenses!

I tend to only research what I'm looking for to cover my immediate needs - was looking down my lens lineup recently (was feeling acquisitive) and faintly to my surprise (as I just hadn't considered it!) never use anything between 20mm (from Sigma 10-20mm) and 105mm (Sigma macro)! Somewhere I've got a 50mm as everyone suggested it was "needed" - and I've never used it (other than to try it out)!

As for sensor dust! Well, I'm forever changing lenses - will change a lens and then change my mind, swapping back without even taking a shot! As a result, I get dust "bunnies" immediately after I've just cleaned the sensor!
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

I have the newish Tamron 18 - 270 and am very pleased with it. I bought it earlier this year, following very good reviews, to replace the Canon 17 - 85 and 70 - 300 lenses I used before.

I am very pleased with the new lens and have just about stopped using to two Canons. It obviously cuts down a lot on lens changing. The Tamron also has quite a good macro capability.

I know Silkstone has one of these lenses and also likes it a lot.

If you want to have a look some examples I recently posted this
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All the dragons were taken with the Tamron but not the other two pictures.
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Thanks Mark and John.

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Somewhere I've got a 50mm as everyone suggested it was "needed" - and I've never used it (other than to try it out)!
Know the feeling!! I have the use of a 50mm screw mount pentax lens courtesy of my aunts new husband (completely approved of that marriage after I found out he was a pentax user! LOL) and I like it when using the extension tubes but thats not often enough to warrant buying one!

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As a result, I get dust "bunnies" immediately after I've just cleaned the sensor
Yep, know that one too!! LOL. Have more problem with the focusing section tho. Doesn't change the image but is irritating when its gets really bad!!

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It obviously cuts down a lot on lens changing. The Tamron also has quite a good macro capability.
Thats what I figured. The less changes the better! Just a bit concerned that laziness will result in softness at the ends of the focal range?

I like the dragons to BTW John. Very nice.
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

The Tamron 18-270 gets good press and Silkstone has given it a positive review

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspheric [IF] Macro -

I think that 28 at the wide end is simply not wide enough. If you don't want to go the 18-270 range, the Sigma 70-300 APO is highly rated, but I don't know about the Tamron 70-300.
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Thanks Graham. 18-270 is Canon/Nikon only? Wanting it for my pentax (pref w/o adaptor). Tho the 18-200 comes in the pentax mount.

We just sent one of those off for repair. Think it was dropped and the zoom broke on it. Knew something was wrong when the aperture numbers were on the left hand side of the barrel rather than on top!!

So will stick with the one lens. Just have to decide Tamron or Sigma. Quite a big difference in price tho so maybe the Tamron to keep to budget!!
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

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The Tamron 18-270 gets good press and Silkstone has given it a positive review

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspheric [IF] Macro -

I think that 28 at the wide end is simply not wide enough. If you don't want to go the 18-270 range, the Sigma 70-300 APO is highly rated, but I don't know about the Tamron 70-300.
Sigma 70-300 APO is a good lens optically,but is a pain to use; its also very cheap(and feels it) had mine for a couple of months but just could'nt get used to it. I sold it on but the poor chap who bought it has informed that the focus has gone haywire,it had only had about 50 applications.Onestop , from whome I purchased the lens, would not repair under warranty,apparently they only give a 6 month warranty on lenses and mine was about 7-8 months old. Any would be buyers from that firm needs to beware! Thier prices are not that much less than uk anyway,I've certainly learned my lesson,uk only from now on!
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

I'm pretty sure that the Sigma 18-250 is available in Pentax mount.
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Old 21-06-2009, 23:37   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

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Thanks Samleo, thats also good to know. Buying mine onshore through work so warranty shouldn't be a problem.

Graham you are correct, the 18-250 is in Pentax mount. Its around an $80NZ difference in cost for the Di II 18-200 over the 28-300 Di. The 18-250 is another $370 NZ on top of the 18-200 so puts its slightly out of how much I can spend!

So heres the gazillion dollar question - which end do I sacrifice... LOL. Might skip the wide as want to get a Pentax Ultra Wide Angle later in the year. And 300 is the max I would go as wildlife isn't really my thing!

Tamron seems to get better reviews, and have used one at work in the past (the now defunct 18-200!) so will probably go for the 28-300 Di and then the wide angle later.

Thanks for your help guys!
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

I have recently picked up a Sigma 18-200 IS for my Canon. It's great as an outdoor lens but indoors it struggles a bit at the long end. Even with a flashgun, with a max aperture at 200mm of f/6.3 and a relatively small front element (I'm unfairly comparing it with my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8) it doesn't suck a lot of light in.

I doubt you will find one lens that does everything but so far the 18-200mm is doing pretty well for me.
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Well after all that I've just got an email with a very good price on a Pentax FA-J 75-300. So will work beautifully on my film camera and not-so-beautifully-but-will-do-for-now on my digital camera.

The the 28 will have to wait! But am covered now from 27-480 essentially with three different lenses. Not ideal but will be ok!
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Re: Tamron or Sigma Lens (28-300 or two lens)

Have just got the Tamron 18- 270 for my 40D on Silks recommendation and am delighted (thanks Silks), It was bought to replace the Canon 17 - 85 the electonics on which has recently been playing up.

The results with the Tamron are so unbeliably better than those with the Cannon, which was my first lens purchased for use on a 350D. and as a relative newcomer I was blaming the results on my poor technique , now however I am beginning to believe that I had a dodgy lens from the start and did not know enough to recognise it.

Perhaps I should have done given that my nifty fifty works well for me too'

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Thanks Dan.

Here are some test photos I took yesterday on a rather foggy winter day with the Pentax 75-300.









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