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    Default Which 70mm-300mm is better? Tamron or Sigma?

    Considering of getting a longer range lens with macro capabilities... Narrow down the search to the follows... Need some advice...

    Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    - http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/70300_di_a017.asp

    Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6DG Macro
    - http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english...0_4_56_apo.htm

    Seems like Tamron is slightly better:
    - Lighter weight (435g VS 550g)
    - 13 elements and 9 groups VS 14 elements and 10 groups
    - Smaller min aperature (F32 VS F22)

    The question is that is there anything more to look out for? Not too sure which one AF faster etc... What's the approx price out there for these lens?
    I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby

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    Default Re: Which 70mm-300mm is better? Tamron or Sigma?

    between 2... Sigma... of course..

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    Take sigma.... Had that lens before i sold it off - it is sharp
    Last edited by kitkat; 27th October 2006 at 10:21 AM.

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    tamron over sigma

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    both will do fine. I had an earlier version of the Sigma 70-300 APO which worked fine for me (sharp wide open!) till the "L" bug bit and I upgraded to 70-200F4L.

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    Default Re: Which 70mm-300mm is better? Tamron or Sigma?

    prefer the design by Tamron....but strange cant seem to find the nikon mount ones in the shops...

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    sigma over tamron.
    the CA in tamron is high (visible), while in sigma is not.
    but.., imho, compared to tamron, sigma is a little bit soft in its 300mm wide open.

    your choice.

    I have sigma by the way.., the APO glass is the reason.

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    so tamron or sigma?
    i cannot make this choice too.
    for tamron will the size sacifice quality?
    the elements n group.more or less is better?
    and aperature(though ppl look at bigger F-stops)
    tamron not easy to find. sigma is every where!!!

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    I was told by a semi pro.(Not to mention name) from CS also. Tamron built is apparently much much better than Sigma. Reason?? Be cos for Sigma,after a year or so,the glass alignment will be out & the coating will start to peep of if no proper care is taken of.. Dun believe?? Jolly well buy this 2 lens to compare... @ 1st many of us dun believe his words.. End up how?? All regretted Y?? all very stubborn lor.Eventually all chose never to buy sigma again... Well,money is yours.. & choice is always yours also.. Believe or not is not my problem.. I dun gain or lose a single cent for believing in what I said.






    Mr ....(Semi Pro), correct or not?? haahaa..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawoo View Post
    I was told by a semi pro.(Not to mention name) from CS also. Tamron built is apparently much much better than Sigma. Reason?? Be cos for Sigma,after a year or so,the glass alignment will be out & the coating will start to peep of if no proper care is taken of.. Dun believe?? Jolly well buy this 2 lens to compare... @ 1st many of us dun believe his words.. End up how?? All regretted Y?? all very stubborn lor.Eventually all chose never to buy sigma again... Well,money is yours.. & choice is always yours also.. Believe or not is not my problem.. I dun gain or lose a single cent for believing in what I said.

    Mr ....(Semi Pro), correct or not?? haahaa..

    Not true. I have use sigma lens for 2 yrs before selling off. The coat did not fall off as you say.

    Basically I have several sigma , tamron and nikkor lens. None fall off. Proper care (to the equipment) is important.
    Last edited by kitkat; 27th October 2006 at 11:24 AM.

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    i believe the image quality of both lens are the same. (Not much different)

    i will go for Sigma because of the built quality.

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    i am a tamron user... the lens is fine throughout the focal length except at 300mm which is rather soft. that is the trade-off for a $200++ vs a $1k++. see this thread, taken by tamron lens http://forum.clubsnap.com/showthread.php?t=231026

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawoo View Post
    I was told by a semi pro.(Not to mention name) from CS also. Tamron built is apparently much much better than Sigma. Reason?? Be cos for Sigma,after a year or so,the glass alignment will be out & the coating will start to peep of if no proper care is taken of.. Dun believe?? Jolly well buy this 2 lens to compare... @ 1st many of us dun believe his words.. End up how?? All regretted Y?? all very stubborn lor.Eventually all chose never to buy sigma again... Well,money is yours.. & choice is always yours also.. Believe or not is not my problem.. I dun gain or lose a single cent for believing in what I said.

    Mr ....(Semi Pro), correct or not?? haahaa..

    hey i read about the coating peeling b4.
    ic so this is true?
    so what i proper care? nd to blow after every use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    hey i read about the coating peeling b4.
    ic so this is true?
    so what i proper care? nd to blow after every use?
    I believe that was referred to the body-paint coating, near the tripod collar.
    not the lens coating itself.. (which is much more important, imho)
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    chey...
    so both in terms of pix quality n build is bout there rite?
    does any one know bout the price of the tamron?
    i seach round onli got china one at 250buck....

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    Default Re: Which 70mm-300mm is better? Tamron or Sigma?

    Sigma image quality is good.

    but cosmetics not very good.

    flaking is common with sigma lenses anyway.

    tamron, af is slow. bulit wise slight better den sigma. optical. for some lenses, tamron is much better

    but for the range of lens.. Sigma has proven to be a better one....


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    Which AF is faster???
    I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby

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    Here;s some good ref. material for you, scanned from Digital Photo magazine.. You won't go wrong with either, Tamron wins mainly because of the lower price.. Personally, I would go for the Tamron..








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    Well, in the May 2006 issue of Practical Photography, the picked the Sigma over the Tamron, Canon, Olympus and Nikon equivalents. If you wanna take a look at the roundup lemme know.

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    I only started buying magazines in June Do scan it in to have a read if possible..

    Like I said, won't go wrong with either

    Quote Originally Posted by Denosha View Post
    Well, in the May 2006 issue of Practical Photography, the picked the Sigma over the Tamron, Canon, Olympus and Nikon equivalents. If you wanna take a look at the roundup lemme know.

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