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01-24-2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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70-300 Tamron or Sigma...

I sheepishly post this, as i anticipate thsi topic has been debated ad nauseum on various forums

I don't want to spend a fortune on a telezoom, just want to cover the FL and live w/ some of the IQ compromises.
...I have a SMC-M 50mm f1.7 and a Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 (my main lens) and am looking at the tele end inexpensively

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO $165
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DiLD Macro $120
Both in EC+ condition

note = the Siggy is the APO version
I'm aware of the limitations of both these lenses, hence the price(s). Not expecting miracles past 200 and understand i'll be stopping down as necessary, also understand the wildcard of copy quality variances that cany be spoken to til one's actually shot with a particular lens.

that said (whew), for a budgeteer at this FL, any thoughts? The Tamron rates a 7.77 on the forums (26 reviews) and the Siggy APO a 7.94 (16 reviews)

apples for apples here?
Noting the price difference (not a big deal, but still), is the Tamron a better low investment choice?

thnx in advance.

01-25-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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Nah, didnt even need the input, did a lil research, bought the Tamron. Both economy lenses w/ share of warts and such that do what they do at that price point....
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I'm glad we did not have to come up with answers that 42 reviews did not have :-) Happy shooting.
01-25-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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LOL, SpecialK, i was ashamed after I posted. Partly at being lazy, partly at asking a qstn I already knew the answer to.

Not unlke..."Should I buy an '88 Impala or a '87 Malibu? moot point, , they're both unremarkable vehicles that'll just get ya where you're going, nothing more". ;-D

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I've had a few different lenses in this range, two Sigmas, a Tamron, a Tokina, and a Promaster. Not a lot of difference, you can do pretty decent with any of them. I hope those are prices are for new, because they should be quite a bit less used. Good luck with whatever you get.
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Choose your poison. Tammy is a little sharper, Sigma has much better purple fringing control.

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