View Poll Results: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

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  • No, 3rd party lenses are crap. I use only original lenses.

    87 8.03%
  • Yes, I use only 3rd party lenses. They are as good as the original camera makers' lenses

    51 4.71%
  • I only use 3rd party lenses. They are better than original lenses.

    11 1.02%
  • I only use 3rd party lenses. They may not be as good as original lenses but they are cheaper and good enough.

    103 9.51%
  • No, 3rd party lenses are NOT necessarily crap but I use and buy only original lenses whenever possible.

    245 22.62%
  • I use a mixture of both

    569 52.54%
  • I don't use lenses. I spent too much on my whizz bang bells and whistles camera so I can't afford a similar lens full of bells and whistles so I rather not use a cheap lens, 3rd party or original.

    17 1.57%
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  1. #181
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    Love your collection. Put them up at BnS and I may be interested in some of them.

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    Mostly MF lenses & I think that's about it all...
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    I only own MF lenses. Those are all OM Zuiko.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    Curious... are those AF or MF primes?
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    I think this is highly subjective to the individual lenses. Both original manufacturers and 3rd party manufacturers have nice lenses and crappy lenses, and I always spend time researching a lens before I buy it, so for me it doesn't matter which manufacturer it's from as long as the lens is good
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    Just acquired a Tamron 28-75 F/2.8, so far, so good
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoe161 View Post
    Just acquired a Tamron 28-75 F/2.8, so far, so good
    This is a good lens... I have one too, and it's a good tool for event work.

    Only gripe is the colour reproduction is not as good as a Nikkor. But well, for the price, it's a good deal
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  6. #186

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    Poor chinese boy can only afford third party... But I'm not complaining, the image quality is fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    Love your collection. Put them up at BnS and I may be interested in some of them.
    Have decided to part with my nikkor lenses if you're keen. Refer to BnS section. Need $ to fund for another project!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mondocheesemonster View Post
    Poor chinese boy can only afford third party... But I'm not complaining, the image quality is fantastic!
    U're not alone, i'm also a poor man.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    my first third party lens was the sigma 17-70, reason why i bought it is cos there is no lens in canon's lineup the features a comparable focal range and/or image quality. if canon had produced a lens with the same focal range i would have bought it. for those who are about to recommend the 17-85, i did my research and found that it won numerous "awards" for most pronounced barrel distortion and a low IQ. As for the 15-85, its an excellent lens but its price is twice that of the sigma and hence wayyyyy out of my budget.
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    hmmm... I only have the 12-24 sigma for my canon bodies.

    reason : that is the widest lens available for FF.


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    Greetings to all the seniors here
    I need some advice me on which 3rd party wide angle lens to buy. I am thinking of either getting Tamron, Tokina or Sigma.Was wondering how much does they cost???
    BTW, I am using a Canon EOS 500D. Thanks in advance!

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    Some 3rd party lens is just as good (or even better) than the original counterparts

    My Voltlaigther 125mm f2.5 APO Lathar is one good example..
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    Quote Originally Posted by keantan24 View Post
    Greetings to all the seniors here
    I need some advice me on which 3rd party wide angle lens to buy. I am thinking of either getting Tamron, Tokina or Sigma.Was wondering how much does they cost???
    BTW, I am using a Canon EOS 500D. Thanks in advance!
    i will recommend either the Sigma 10-20 or Tokina 11-16, $600-900, call the shops and ask for the latest pricing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    Some 3rd party lens is just as good (or even better) than the original counterparts ..
    You can let the Zeiss fans do the convincing

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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    You can let the Zeiss fans do the convincing
    Tried quite a few glass for my 30D and performance result from my POV,
    1. Contax CZ 50mm f1.4 (Great color, sharpness and bokeh)
    2. EF 50mm f1.4 (Like the 8 blade aperture for lens flare, sharpness is also good, back focusing after servicing motor (happens a few time ) )
    3. SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 (Good performing glass for good value. Image is sharp and color is good)
    4. EF 50mm f1.8 (Produce decent photos for a very cheap cost)
    5. Nikon Nikkor 55mm F1.2 S (Produced some nice photos before with F1.2, but CA and ghosting spoil some of my photos under certain lighting, color is also not to my liking from my POV)
    6. Canon FD 55mm f1.2 non-SSC (Image is superb on my F-1 new, but correction lens on a canon DSLR degrade image quality badly)

    Not a zeiss fan, but a poor 50mm glass tester hoping to try summilux someday.
    Last edited by wootsk; 15th October 2010 at 10:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wootsk View Post
    Not a zeiss fan, but a poor 50mm glass tester hoping to try summilux someday.
    Or a summicron R... i'm sure you'll like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newghost View Post
    Or a summicron R... i'm sure you'll like it!
    I think summicron is good, but I am a bokeh sucker and if there is a chance and I strike 4D, the glass I wish to get will be canon 50mm f0.95 aka "Dream Lens".

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    I used to have 18-270mm for about a month,but ended up selling it off to get Nikon lens...
    *Simba* loves D700 + 24-70

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    I have owned Sigma, Soligor, Tamron, Tokina, and Vivitar 3rd party lenses.

    I am still using Tamron, Tokina, and Vivitar 3rd party lenses.

    I have not yet owned or used a Zeiss or Voigtlander 3rd party lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoe161 View Post
    Just acquired a Tamron 28-75 F/2.8, so far, so good
    Sharp and cheap. What else can you ask for?
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