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01-03-2010, 05:17 PM   #16
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Im surprised no one mentioned the siggy 105mm.... Much better construction and feel IMO than the tamron and a longer focal length wich makes everything in macro easier.

I've got thousands of shots with the lens but I personally like this one to show off the lens:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2503/4047879593_5300f15a8f_b.jpg

Look at that detail!!!!!!

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yeatzee Im surprised no one mentioned the siggy 105mm....
That is a great lens too--no doubt--there are so many great choices for Macro in this range. Now if there was only this kind of choice, @ 180mm and further for Pentax, well then I would be a much happier camper. :0

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Just Me Some incredibly nice shots above. Thanks for the advice, I think I will be going with the Tamron
I bought mine brand new, with an accompanying $60 rebate. Look for the Tamron rebates, which run often. Best!
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That is most definitely an excellent shot yeatzee, and the sigma is certainly worth considering, and within the price range.

Have noticed those rebates Jewelltrail, currently I am seeing them as having expired at 31st Dec.

It will be about another 10 days before I have the spare cash to cover this splurge, but there is definitely a range of things to look at. Right now I think the Tamron is winning out though.
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Personally I'd get whatever is cheaper as they are all great lenses. I got the sigma because of the more solid construction and cheaper price (didn't feel like waiting for a rebate to make the tamron nearly the same price).

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yeatzee Personally I'd get whatever is cheaper as they are all great lenses. I got the sigma because of the more solid construction and cheaper price (didn't feel like waiting for a rebate to make the tamron nearly the same price).
What about the Tamron 6-Year warranty?

Well, at B & H, right this moment the Tamron is 459.95 no rebate

The Sigma is, right this moment, $479.95 no rebate


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Just Me: Have noticed those rebates Jewelltrail, currently I am seeing them as having expired at 31st Dec.
Sorry to say it looks like you are right--here is the road map for Tamron rebates for the 1st Qtr of 2010--2 macros on list, but no 90mm.



http://www.tamron.com/lenses/assets/rebates/Rebate_Jan10_Apr10.pdf
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These stupid lens price increases are really pounding out my LBA. I got the sigma not long ago at all for $380 shipped.... and now this? wtf
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Looks like the Sigma Vs Tamron debate is going to rage here

I can get the Sigma for about 421AUD and the Tamron for around 455AUD both from Honkers Bonkers. Not a great deal of difference price wise, but after doing a few searches the Tamron definitely has more satisfied users than the Sigma.

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If anyone is dissatisfied with either they need a reality check. Lenses dont get much sharper or more contrasty than these.

FWIW i've used the tamron before.....
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Just Me: I can get the Sigma for about 421AUD and the Tamron for around 455AUD both from Honkers Bonkers. Not a great deal of difference price wise, but after doing a few searches the Tamron definitely has more satisfied users than the Sigma.
There is always the used outlet which can come with a warranty if you grab the original receipt. I noticed, not long after posting the link here to our Marketplace, the used Tamron 90mm f 2.8 sold. But there are more out there. There is nothing wrong with going the used route, particularly when on a tight budget. You can find the Sigma used too--just keep an eye open--search Keh and Craiglist.
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keh has vivitar 100 2.8 macros since before christmas till now, I looked it up and people say its the previous version of the famous 105 2.8 but still the same glass.

Mine should be at the mailing address in 2 days .

If I had your budget, I'll go with the sigma 105 just for its longer distance
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Really .. for the Macro lens budget you have ... the ones you are looking at are pretty much all the same in quality .. there's negligible difference.

I myself purchased a Tamron 90mm Macro a couple of years ago new from a shop here in Sydney (then realised i should have purchased it from O/S).

It has never let me down ... the amazing at Macro work ... and simply stunning for AF long portraiture work (ie: chasing relatives kids around when playing outside) ... even with my flash on as well indoors for some longer work. I am always amazed at the quality of my Tammy.
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