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Sigma 24-60mm F2.8 EX DG - Full Frame 821.62%
Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II - APS-C 2978.38%
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04-03-2008, 12:25 AM   #1
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Sigma 24-60mm EX DG or Tamron

Which do you think is better?
Photography : Landscapes and Portraiture!

04-03-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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I voted on the Tamron purely as FOR ME the 17-50 FOV would be far more usefull for Landscape photography. I haven't actually used either, I am happy with the Sigma 17-70 but was not happy with the Sigma 24-70 EX DG.
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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
I voted on the Tamron purely as FOR ME the 17-50 FOV would be far more usefull for Landscape photography. I haven't actually used either, I am happy with the Sigma 17-70 but was not happy with the Sigma 24-70 EX DG.
Joele - was it the softness of the 24-70 that was unsatisfactory or weight or size? Just curious what other users of this lens think.
I just bought one and wish I gone with the Tamon 28-75. We live an learn

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OUTLAW - What annoyed me is it was big and heavy, lots of glass, but still pretty soft and really poor contrast/colour, the cheaper non EX 17-70 seems much better to me.
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I cannot vote, as I have no user experience from either.

But, I have browsed internet for very few (some thousands) of photos taken with Tamron 17-50 and Sigma 24-60 (funny you happened to ask about these). To me Tamron 17-50 is the landscapers dream come true, but with very BIG restriction, namely bokeh-->portraiture. Tamron seems to make the unsharp areas very sharp and harsh and every single photo I have seen so far emphasises the background too much so that the main subject isn't the main subject. I have tried hard to like the images out of this lens, but cannot. But, if I were to photograph only landscapes, I wouldn't hesitate buying this.

Sigma 24-60 on the other hand produces the most pleasing bokeh I have seen so far in any zoom lens. I haven't seen them all :-), but we are now talking something amazing. People see things differently, but I am very interested in this lens just because of the nice balance of good IQ with very pleasing bokeh. The main subject comes out nicely, the background seems very "natural" and unobtrusive. This seems to be the case with even smaller apertures, not max aperture only. Try pbase's random images of this lens and you probably would see the same things I have.

These are my feelings based purely on the images taken with those lenses. According to the images I've seen the 24-60 and 24-70 cannot be compared, as 24-70 isn't so "pleasing" as 24-60.

I hope, if someone owns Sigma 24-60, that he could comment about it based on real life usage. I for myself am very interested in buying the Sigma 24-60.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DJey Quote
Which do you think is better?
Photography : Landscapes and Portraiture!
For landscapes, the 17-50 ... for portraits the 24-60 (or better yet, the 24-70).

The Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 DG is one of my favorite general use zoom lenses. I've moved between three different DSLR systems over the last 6+ years (Nikon, Canon and now Pentax) and the Sigma 24-70 is the only 3rd party lens I've purchased for all three mounts.

It doesn't win any awards for absolute sharpness but it's still quite good (unless you get a bad sample). That said, the Sigma 24-60 and 24-70 aren't the best choices for landscapes because landscapes need as much sharp detail as possible with the least amount of distortion. The Sigmas get a little too soft around the edges for most landscapes. That said, I've used the 24-70 for some landscapes/architecture and it did a fine job.
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you're missing the tamron 28-75 F2.8 Di which is more directly comparable to the sigma.

Both are full frame.

I took the tamron 28-75 because it was rated best in terms of IQ in it's class. There have been tons of posts about it.

The decider for me was that I already had lots of 67mm filters to fit the tamron, and also onto my FA-J 18-35, which I use to plug the gap between the 28-75 and my sigma 10-20

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If I was to buy either it would be the Tamron, they generally make decent glass. The Sigma 24-60 is a non event for me, FF capability is of no interest either.

However I'm much more interested in the New Pentax DA 17-70 SDM, the loss of 1 stop is of no consequence to me. Too much of a hullabaloo is agonised over about the extra stop IMHO, it seems it's mainly for bragging rights as far as I can see.
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Guys Thanks.. Tamron made it.. Just asked my friend to get one for me.. Probably be in my hands by April 14 or 18.. Thanks...

Hope I'll get a good one!
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I have the kit lens for wide angle shots and the sigma 28-70 f/2.8 ex gd for every day use.

I've found that 18mm is too wide for landscape. 28mm or probably 24mm is just fine. In my experience wide angle is more useful for close up indoors where the 28mm isn't as wide as I would have liked it.

As others said I'd compare the 24-60mm to the tamron 28-70mm.
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Depens on what you want

I have the 24-60 since about two weeks and I really like it. I didn't vote for either lens because I think it is a question of what you are looking for.

I was thinking about the 17-50 as well, but couldn't find a reason to buy another lens in allmost exactly the same range as the kit lens. I find the kit lens a pretty good performer, in terms of IQ and focussing speed, and I'm going to keep on using it.

Anyway, if your aim is replacing the kit lens, the 17-50 seems the better choice.

Now the 24-60 is my lens for low light, more creative shooting (opposed to e.g. family occasions), or portraits. The kit lens will stay my "should I take the camera with me? Oh, yes" type of lens, for the occasions when carrying or changing multiple lenses is out of question.

I wish the 24-60 was a bit longer, but the 24-70 is just huge and heavy and has a 82mm filter thread. And the 24-60 does not feature the AF/MF switching by moving the focus ring, which seemed a bit odd to me on the 24-70.

As I'm considering to buy a wide angle zoom and a tele, the 77mm thread of the 24-60 will presumably fit nicely on all of them.

And after all, the 24-60 is a full frame and will be a nice standard zoom whenever we see Pentax full frame DSLRs

Last, the price: the 24-60 cost me about 260,- € new.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
Last, the price: the 24-60 cost me about 260,- new.

Hi!

Care to tell me where did you buy this lens for this price?

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