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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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Some reviews claim that 3rd lenses are better..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yappy View Post
    Some reviews claim that 3rd lenses are better..?
    There are some brands which are better in terms of image quality, but in terms of compatibility issues and controls, I always have the belief that the original brand is more superior.
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    That said, I do have 3rd party lenses and I got them for the lower price and not too bad image quality.

    After-all, I paid abt $500 for a 28-75 f2.8 lens when the next original option is more than $2000 away...

    This is the strongest point for those who are tight on budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by occxlr8ed View Post
    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
    wow.. u r a very rich student~!!
    U prob hv more gear than some photogs who make a living doing photography

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    That said, I do have 3rd party lenses and I got them for the lower price and not too bad image quality.

    After-all, I paid abt $500 for a 28-75 f2.8 lens when the next original option is more than $2000 away...

    This is the strongest point for those who are tight on budget.
    Same reason as me getting the 17-50 f2.8.
    New $600+, Nikon's 17-55 $2000+.

  6. #166

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Same reason as me getting the 17-50 f2.8.
    New $600+, Nikon's 17-55 $2000+.
    Can buy 4 of the 17-50.. at least when it drop on the floor you are not scare of the expensive repair cost of the 17-55 and u can buy another copy of the 17-50 anytime... IQ wise both are very alike except nikkor has better build, heavier and more contrasty color.. else the tamron is lighter and more neutral in color.

    The rest like Tokina 11-16, sigma 30 F1.4, sigma 50 F1.4 are all proven better then the original makers interm of IQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega23 View Post
    Can buy 4 of the 17-50.. at least when it drop on the floor you are not scare of the expensive repair cost of the 17-55 and u can buy another copy of the 17-50 anytime... IQ wise both are very alike except nikkor has better build, heavier and more contrasty color.. else the tamron is lighter and more neutral in color.

    The rest like Tokina 11-16, sigma 30 F1.4, sigma 50 F1.4 are all proven better then the original makers interm of IQ.
    I would say, to each his own.
    Some people will think it's worth it to pay for the original.
    For me, i can't justify myself to pay 4 times the price (in the case of Tamron 17-50 and Nikon 17-55).
    I would rather use the remaining money to get other glasses.

  8. #168

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    Great lenses listed here, they fit the bill for wide aperture junkies who like lenses with solid build and good image quality. They happen to be at the same price point or higher than the Nikon/ Canon originals though...wonder if the 3rd party manufacturers made a pact with the "originals" to develop great lenses at only at certain focal lengths, while keeping the prices (and sometimes quality) of other lenses lower so they do not compete for the same clientele as the incumbents.
    Quote Originally Posted by Omega23 View Post
    The rest like Tokina 11-16, sigma 30 F1.4, sigma 50 F1.4 are all proven better then the original makers interm of IQ.
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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    That said, I do have 3rd party lenses and I got them for the lower price and not too bad image quality.

    After-all, I paid abt $500 for a 28-75 f2.8 lens when the next original option is more than $2000 away...

    This is the strongest point for those who are tight on budget.
    this is exactly what I am thinking now

    i would rather spend 500$ for 3rd party than maybe almost 2k$ for 2nd hand original brand

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikha View Post
    this is exactly what I am thinking now

    i would rather spend 500$ for 3rd party than maybe almost 2k$ for 2nd hand original brand
    Agree. As long as it works for u.
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    I prefer Nikon than third party lens =) But Tokina 11-16, Tamron 90 Macro and Sigma 150 Macro is an excellent lens worth investing. I wonder how many people facing Sigma lens common problem like exterior skin peel and back/ front focusing.
    D300/700/3S|14-24|24-70|70-200|17-55|16|14|24PC|28|50|85|105M|135DC|500|18-200|24-120|200-400|T11-16

  12. #172

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    Used mainly Nikon lenses, unless the 3rd party lens are very good. For example, Tokina 11-16 and voigtlander 58 SLII.

  13. #173

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    I use both tamron and sony lens

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    I think some Tamron lens are quite good...price more competitive than original...
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    I sold one original zoom lens and use the money to buy 6 non-original primes, 24f2.8, 35f2, 50f3.5macro, 50f1.4, 100f2.8 & 200f4. The best is I know they will last me the next 20 years without any service problem.
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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Tamron 180mm F3.5 Macro VS Canon 180mm L F3.5 Macro

    Definitely go for Tamron for the price and image quality.

    Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 HSM vs Canon 24-70mm F2.8 USM L

    I prefer Sigma for the weight and price.
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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    I am using Sigma 10-20mm for more than a year now and love the value for money associated with it...I also used Nikkor 10-24mm but didnt like it...

    The main reason we go for 3rd party lens is becoz of low price and good quality..Sigma is my choice... Even Tokina 11-16mm is highly praised compared to its counterparts in Canon or Nikon.
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  18. #178

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    I used to own the tamron 17-50mm and 90mm macro. Must say they are really good.
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    Default Re: Do you use 3rd party lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    I sold one original zoom lens and use the money to buy 6 non-original primes, 24f2.8, 35f2, 50f3.5macro, 50f1.4, 100f2.8 & 200f4. The best is I know they will last me the next 20 years without any service problem.
    Curious... are those AF or MF primes?

  20. #180

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    my drycab is totally filled and i need to sell...

    Contax 50 1.4, 85 1.4, 135 2.8, 58 2
    Carl Zeiss ZE 50 1.4
    Sigma 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8
    Takumar 50 1.4
    Zuiko 55 1.2
    Voigtlander 40 2, 58 1.4
    Nikkor 35 2, 55 1.2, 105 2.5, 35-105 3.5-4.5
    Rolleinar 135 2.8
    Yashica 135 2.8
    Hellios 58 2
    Leica 50 2

    Mostly MF lenses & I think that's about it all...
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