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08-31-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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Sigma 105mm Macro price in Canada & Tamron 90mm

I've noticed that the prices quoted in the reviews of this lens are between $300 and $400. The price on Henrys for this lens (and it's always higher) is $649, while the Tamron 90mm macro is $469 on Henrys.

I see the Tamron more widely available on ebay than the Sigma - does anyone have any thoughts about how one could find this cheaper? I appeal to any Canadians, in particular, although anyone's opinion would be great. $400 is pretty much the most I'm willing to consider for any lens at this point.

Any significant difference between Tamron and Sigmas listed in light of the price difference?

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I suggest you take a look at KEH.com. Price for Sigma 105 f2.8 and Tamron 90 f2.8 in EX condition is around $250 USD. I heard many people say that KEH's scoring is very conservative so the lens is often better than described.

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I can also recommend looking at KEH for used lenses. I am a lover of the Sigma build quality and finish. If I was faced with your decision, I would get the Sigma. The Tamron is just as good optically, but the Sigma has a better build in my opinion. When looking at used Sigmas, be aware that there is a EX version and an EX DG version. The EX DG is newer and has updated coatings that are optimized for digital. The EX is still a great lens though.

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Sadly, the only place for us Canadians to reliably get good prices are from US dealers or eBay. I got a Sigma 105 EX Macro from KEH earlier this year for $265, and it looked like it had hardly been used. Note that this is the older version, not the DG.

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Keh.com you say!

Okay, thanks very much. I hadn't stumbled across KEH but I'm browsing around now, I can tell you. Not with any specific success, but hey. Something will come up. And I'm very much considering that idea of making myself stick with the kit lens for a year. There's much to be said for that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeniseH Quote

I see the Tamron more widely available on ebay than the Sigma - does anyone have any thoughts about how one could find this cheaper? I appeal to any Canadians, in particular, although anyone's opinion would be great.
There are two sources I always look at for comparative pricing. Photoprice is excellent because it gives you real costs, with shipping and taxes included.

Photography, Digital Camera, Lens Price Comparisons for Canada - photoprice.ca

Photoprice doesn't include ProDigital2000 in its pricing survey, so look there too.

Shop eBay Canada Store - Prodigital2000:: Lowepro, Canon
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