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01-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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Torn between 3 wide angles

Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy a wide angle lens and get it in the mail before I leave for Florida on Feb. 2nd. I am torn between 3 and they are Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5, or Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6. Pleaseee any input will be appreciated!

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I'd look-up some review and testing sites and pick the one with the best performance/scores.
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QuoteOriginally posted by onesikej8 Quote
Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy a wide angle lens and get it in the mail before I leave for Florida on Feb. 2nd. I am torn between 3 and they are Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5, or Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6. Pleaseee any input will be appreciated!

Kyle
Well, 2 are ultra-wide angles and one is a conventional wide angle. The 17-50 is a completely different animal from the other two. I'd go with that, because a) it's more versatile for general shooting purposes and b) you don't seem to know what you want, so it would be the safest bet.
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well i know for sure the 10-20 will be purchased in the near future. I have read reviews and saw outcomes of all lenses and theyre all amazing. I will be doing rolling shots of cars too so the 10-20 and 10-24 would really be beneficial there. My friend has the sigma and the photos are unreal for car photography. I plan to order one today.

I see with the sigma though that for Canon and Nikon the lens is has HSM, how much of a difference will I notice of not having the HSM?

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I have the non-HSM version of the 10-20. It's not crazy different from any other wider Pentax screw drive lens. The focus throw is something like 70 degrees, so it focuses pretty quick (remember, the wider the lens, the more DOF you have anyways). It's not as loud as my DA 35 F2.4, but it's definitely not quiet like my HSM 17-70.

However, as it is a ultra-wide angle lens, I use it on manual focus 90% of the time. I just make sure of my hyperfocal length requirements.
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I will be using it on manual focus 90% if not 100% of the time as well. I guess I am more torn between the sigma 10-20 and the tammy 17-50. The tammy is catching my eye especially with the quickness and the sigma is keeping me interested because its a lens I have wanted for a while. I think the 10-20 would be better for landscape and portrait shots, no?
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I wouldnt use the 10-20 for portaiture. The lens has significant distortion, even at 20mm that may not show on landscapes and buildings, but can show on a person
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QuoteOriginally posted by onesikej8 Quote
I will be using it on manual focus 90% if not 100% of the time as well. I guess I am more torn between the sigma 10-20 and the tammy 17-50. The tammy is catching my eye especially with the quickness and the sigma is keeping me interested because its a lens I have wanted for a while. I think the 10-20 would be better for landscape and portrait shots, no?
They are completely different beasts. I would not want to use the 10-20 as a portait lens due to the distortion, the unflattering look it will give your subjects and also the huge depth of field.
The 17-50 is more of a walk-around, general purpose lens. The 10-20 is more specialized and would probably be better suited for your car photography.

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I wouldnt use the 10-20 for portaiture. The lens has significant distortion, even at 20mm that may not show on landscapes and buildings, but can show on a person
You're a quicker typer than I
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QuoteOriginally posted by onesikej8 Quote
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
FWIW this is probably my favorite lens, light goes in magic comes out.
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The usual ultrawide contenders are the Sigma 10-20s, Tamron 10-24, and Pentax 12-24. None of these are 'portrait' lenses although the xx-24s are good for group or context shots. I could have bought any of these a year ago. I chose the Tamron, because of focal range, cost, warranty, and Sigma's known QC issues. Those with a Sigma 10-20 (either version) love them -- once they have a good copy, which sometimes requires exchanging 2-3-4 copies. I have no issues with my Tamron.

As mentioned, the Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a totally other type of lens, almost oranges vs orangutans with the ultrawides. It's usually considered the best kit.lens replacement. I haven't used any such replacements so I can't comment, other than to reiterate: read the reviews here.

And whatever lens you choose, make sure the seller has a clear return+refund policy. You can even take the test-drive approach: buy a lens, shoot the sh!t out of it, and decide before the return deadline whether it suits you enough to keep. If not, try another. You needn't be married to a lens. Divorce is cheap and easy. You don't even have to go to Reno. Good luck!
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Wow, this question comes up a lot. My standard response is:

Went through this process a year ago myself and selected the Tamron 10-24. It's get a better track record than the Sigma for QC issues, has a longer warranty, has greater range atthehigh end than the Sigma, and is less expensive with the rebates in place. I'd consider it.

Wide angle, leaning towards Tamron 10-24mm
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Is there a reason why the DA* 12-24 isn't on your list of consideration? It's great glass too,

If you stuck your list, I'd say:
1. Forget the 17-50. It's not an appropriate "true" wide-angle
2. Between the Sigma or Tamron, I'd go with Tamron. Sigma has too many QC issues.
3. Consider the Pentax DA12-24 It's a little more expensive, but makes GREAT pics when you need it. I took this shot a week ago with it:
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That sure is an intense picture, thanks everyone for the feedback,i ended up getting the sigma, my girlfriend will be getting the da 12-24
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