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. #121

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulia View Post
    3rd Party lenses are fantastic becos they're cheaper.
    I have to agree.

  2. #122

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    hi im a newbie. i use loads of 3rd party lenses.to pk mounts and m42 mounts on my 20d.wow im a lens freak.i like old lenses.even if ive got guite a few eos lenses.

  3. #123

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    Hi guys, which of the 3 third party lens do u prefer; Tamron, Tonika or Sigma? Or rather which of these 3 is more reputable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey86 View Post
    Hi guys, which of the 3 third party lens do u prefer; Tamron, Tonika or Sigma? Or rather which of these 3 is more reputable?
    I find both Tamron and Sigma very reputable. Tokina has fewer users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey86 View Post
    Hi guys, which of the 3 third party lens do u prefer; Tamron, Tonika or Sigma? Or rather which of these 3 is more reputable?
    Tamron, just my personal preference.

  6. #126

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    tamron is good. Their lenses seldom disappoint

  7. #127

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    Just bought the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM lens at the IT Exhibition.

    This lens is even more expensive that the Nikon equivalent and has good reviews, even though there is some talk about front/back focusing problems.

    I hope to make good use of it.

  8. #128

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    Third party for me, though I'll get a Nikkor when I can afford it. I'd much rather have the focal length or wide aperture first at a small sacrifice in quality. I can always sell them in the future. Lenses do have good resale value after all, so the slight loss is worth it if I can get the kinds of pictures I want that much earlier.

  9. #129

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    Yes, Tamron. However, have to look for a sharp copy...have rejected 3 but found one good one, the 28-300mm VC lens for Nikon; the 18-270mm VC lens for Canon, also good.

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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Hmmm. How about a spin?

    Sigma original. Tokina original, Tamron Original....

    3rd party lens like fake Nikon. fake Sigma. fake Tamron... etc...

    LOL just jokin.

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    I would like to buy Sigma, but I am always afraid that when a new body comes into the market, it would have compatiability issues; like what happened to my Sigma EF500 flash.
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  12. #132

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    i use canon lenses where possible but im not adverse to using 3rd party lens.

    so far, i have used a sigma 30mm f1.4 which is awesome

    but for now, my entire lineup are L lenses. im a bit of a sucka

  13. #133

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    Almost all review for Sigma 50mm f/1.4 are better than Nikon and Canon 50mm f/1.4. Will be getting my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 tomorrow

  14. #134

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbc View Post
    I would like to buy Sigma, but I am always afraid that when a new body comes into the market, it would have compatiability issues; like what happened to my Sigma EF500 flash.
    Yup, I agree with you. Sigma always has this backward compatibility issue. It happens to a couple of Sigma lenses that i had in the past too.The Rechipping that they provide will easily set you back by $200+. I got rid of them and are staying clear of Sigma this days.
    I prefer Tokina, even an old Tokina 20-35 that I still have is compatible with my latest 5D MKII. My Tokina 10-17 FE works a treat on my 20D too.
    Not to forget, they are built like tank. Perhaps the only disadvantage I find with them is their focusing speed isn't as quick as the Canon lenses.

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    My setup used to be all Ls. Now i'm just going to keep one and change the rest to 3rd party.
    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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    due to certain limitation of 4/3 lens lineup, I use some 3rd party.
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    Started with 18-55mm kit lens, sold it, bought a canon 28-105mm, then bought a canon 50mm/1.8. Sold the 28-105mm and 50mm/1.8 bought a Sigma 10-20mm, sigma 24-70mm, sigma 70-200mm, 30mm/1.4. Now sold all of the sigma and bought all canon 16-35mm/2.8, 28-70mm/2.8, 70-200mm/2.8 IS, 24mm/1.4, 50mm/1.2, 135mm/2

    I prefer canon
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    Quote Originally Posted by occxlr8ed View Post
    Started with 18-55mm kit lens, sold it, bought a canon 28-105mm, then bought a canon 50mm/1.8. Sold the 28-105mm and 50mm/1.8 bought a Sigma 10-20mm, sigma 24-70mm, sigma 70-200mm, 30mm/1.4. Now sold all of the sigma and bought all canon 16-35mm/2.8, 28-70mm/2.8, 70-200mm/2.8 IS, 24mm/1.4, 50mm/1.2, 135mm/2

    I prefer canon

    Can you please provide a flow chart so we can follow the changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by occxlr8ed View Post
    Started with 18-55mm kit lens, sold it, bought a canon 28-105mm, then bought a canon 50mm/1.8. Sold the 28-105mm and 50mm/1.8 bought a Sigma 10-20mm, sigma 24-70mm, sigma 70-200mm, 30mm/1.4. Now sold all of the sigma and bought all canon 16-35mm/2.8, 28-70mm/2.8, 70-200mm/2.8 IS, 24mm/1.4, 50mm/1.2, 135mm/2

    I prefer canon
    Then sponsor me a Sigma 12-24?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Then sponsor me a Sigma 12-24?
    Haha i'm broke now. This is all within 1.5 years as well, and im 20 yrs old and a student........hahah so broke.

    Also my bodies went from a 400D -> 40D -> 5D -> 5d2 + 1d3
    Canon 5D2, 1D3, 24mm/1.4L 50mm/1.2L 135mm/2L 16-35mm/2.8L II 28-70mm/2.8L 70-200mm/2.8L IS

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