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04-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Help with Tamron 70-200 or Sigma 70-200


I know this is well travelled ground and I have been reading what I can find, but I was hoping those with recent experiences could provide some guidance.

I am looking to get either the Tamron 70-200 or the newer Sigma 70-200. I have a k5ii and a k5. For lenses I use a Sigma 10-20 (f3.5), 31 Lmtd, 55 DA*, 77 Lmtd, 60-50 DA* and 300 DA*.

I used to have the 50-135 DA*, but sold it and purchased the 60-250 DA*, which I love.....but for my indoor shooting of our children’s events when the 77 Lmtd is too short and for some indoor martial arts images that may be used for local advertising or some limited publication, I would like some additional reach in a 2.8 lens.

I used to have the 200 DA*, but it really was affected by purple fringing too much, and my pixel peeping days are somewhat behind me. The fringing just appeared too much throughout the frame and even Photoshop did not compleletly cure the issue.

When I was shopping for the 60-250 DA* I tried the Tamron and liked it a lot. Optically, it was quite nice, but it felt too light duty for the all around use I would be giving to such a lens, which is why I opted for the 60-250 DA*.

I previously ordered the Sigma from Amazon, but it was dead on arrival. Sigma recommended I return it. I do not necessarily blame Sigma since Amazon, as much as I love its service, does not pack lenses or fragile products well.

So, I was hoping people who have either the Tamron or the newer Sigma can let me know how each work for sporting events in the real world (I know the complaints about the Tamron's AF), as well as the reliability of the Tamron--my plan would be to use the Tamron only indoors; so, I would hope my more limited use would limit the wear and tear on it.

And, for the Sigma, is it dissaplinting at 2.8?

Not all of my images will be published or used for ads, but I would hate to get the Sigma if I need to stop down to f4. I could just use my 60-250 DA*, which though not super sharp at f4, would be good enough if necessary.

Thank you in advance.

04-25-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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I hope its ok to give one bump.

One of the biggest concerns for me is long term reliability for the Tamron given its somewhat lesser build quality.

I would really appeciate hearing feedback from Tamron owners who have had the lens for a while.

Thanks in advance.
04-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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I've only owned my Tamron 70-200 for a couple of months now, mostly shooting outdoors where the lighter weight is actually an advantage.
I've treated it with only the normal care, not particularly babying it and so far I haven't had any failures or reason to complain.

Maybe someone who's owned it for longer can give you better advice.
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Thanks so much for your reply. I tend to think I will use the 70-200 indoors and continue to use the 60-250 DA* outdoors, but I do worry about the build quality--lower grade plastic, less precise engineering perhaps, and the reported issues with the aperture blades sticking. Of course, no lens is perfect!!!

Thank you again.

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The sigma 70-200 OS FLD is a fantastic lens, resolves extremely high and produces great images (even wide open it resolves high). My suggestion, purchase it from B&H and use for a week or 2, if you don't like it send it back (they will take it back no questions asked) and get something else.

FYR: I have owned the Sigma 70-200 hsm II, the Tamron and also the 70-200 OS FLD
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A little off topic, but I thought I could add a lens to your consideration. I was able to pick up a used Sigma 50-150 2.8. It's a beautiful little lens, and perfect for taking event photography. It's also a great combo for a 16-50 2.8 lens. I have found that 16-150 range of the two lens' compliment each other perfectly. I was considering the 70-200 (both Tamron and Sigma) for a while but knew that as much as I would love either lens, I wouldn't want it hanging around my neck for 2 hours as I walked around. It was worth the wait to find a 50-150.
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Joe,as an aside, how is the newest Sigma OS model compared to the HSM II? I have the HSM II and think it is a fine lens.
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The HSMII is a fine lens, I upgraded from that, had gotten the tamron and used it for about 10 days then the 70-200 os fld, IMHO, no comparison. I sold my OS version just recently only because I just bought one for my Nikon telephoto kit, but crew1 (forum member here) bought it to replace his HSMII version. Great lens, it replaced my da*50-135. I also have the famed Sigma 100-300 f/4 and as sharp as that lens is the 70-200 FLD is sharper.

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Thanks so much all for your comments and discussion.

Re the Sigma 5-150, that would be a bit short for me. My main intended use is for indoor sporting/martial arts events. The 150 may be good at times, but likely would be too short (I use to have the 50-135).

Thanks so much again.
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How well does the Tamron 70-200mm work with K-5II in terms of autofocus in reasonable light? I'm not looking at professional sports or anything crazy, but just trying to take some decent shots of my kids playing sport for the grandparents who live a long way away.

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