A&P Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II vs. Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macr

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  1. vbp6us

    vbp6us New Member

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    Which one of these is recommended in real life applications? I know about the pros and cons of each, for example the slower AF on the Tamron but much better macro. DPreview gives both 8.5 for value. Which is really better? Can I go test this out at the local Ritz? I have the D80 btw. They are priced about the same and I've decided I need to spend up to $700 for a good lens. :o

    Sigma
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    Conclusion - Pros

    • Decent image quality
    • Low vignetting even on full frame
    • Fast and positive autofocus
    • Very good build quality, excellent tripod collar design
    • Low price
    Conclusion - Cons

    • Relatively weak at 200mm (softness, chromatic aberration, pincushion distortion on full frame)
    • Unconvincing 'macro' performance; soft at wider apertures, significant focus shift on stopping down
    • Red/cyan bokeh chromatic aberration

    Tamron
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    Conclusion - Pros

    • Excellent optical quality
    • Very good macro capability
    • Relatively lightweight for its class, but still generally solid build
    • Low price
    Conclusion - Cons

    • Slow and noisy autofocus motor
    • Somewhat clunky manual focus switchover mechanism
    • Tendency towards slight misfocusing (at least in Canon mount)
    -DPREVIEW.COM

    I can't decide because DPreview can't decide, apparently. What do you guys say?

    Thanks
     
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  2. famous

    famous OT Supporter

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    I'd say Sigma.
     
  3. phoenixTX

    phoenixTX New Member

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    You have your pros and cons under the wrong lens... or the pictures are in the wrong place, take your pick. The Tamron has the good macro, but slow focus motor.


    With that said, I have the Sigma on my Canon 30D and love it. Focuses fast and is very sharp for much less than the comparable Canon 70-200/2.8L.
     
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    I have the sigma on Nikon Mount, and it is pretty good. Not quite as sharp at 2.8 as the Nikon, but close. Good bang for the buck. I would think the HSM motor in the Sigma would beat out the Tamron. The HSM is pretty damn quick.
     
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    Id tell you to save your pennies for a little longer and buy a used Canon.
     
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    the sigma is HSM and yet the con is that is has a slow and clunky autofocus motor?
     
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    Fixed the descriptions. How are macro shots? Are they "unconvincing?"
     
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    vbp6us New Member

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    You're right. The descriptions are fixed. You prefer the Sigma, I take it?
     
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    vbp6us New Member

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    I'm kind of leaning towards the Sigma for it's faster AF. :x:
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Seriously...

    Just save your money and pick up a used Canon. Its light years better than the Sigma or Tamron. I speak from personal experience :hsd:
     
  11. CornUponCob

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    He shoots Nikon.

    And I can't speak for either of these lenses, but FWIW, the Sigma 100-300 f4 is excellent.
     
  12. Sympathy

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    i tried the tamron out at a camera store w/ my d80. i passed on it b/c it had a hard time AFing inside the store. The place might not have been the best lit, but it wasnt dark inside there either.
     
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    fuck, again... UGH
     
  14. vbp6us

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    Don't post in my threads then. :ugh: Ever try that?
     
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    Thanks. I went to the Ritz by my house and they let me try the Sigma because they didn't have the Tamron in stock. Holy shit! What an amazing lens. I can focus in the store fine just about everywhere I point. Thoroughly impressed so I'm pulling the trigger. :noes: I couldn't really shoot anything fast moving to test one of it's true strengths but the sharpness was enough to sell me.
     
  16. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    lensrenters.com try them out
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    way, way WAY better than the crap he was looking at. I'd buy used though so you lose no money when you look to upgrade :hs:
     
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    Thanks man. At least I'm not considering junk now, right? :rofl:

    You mention upgrade, what would an upgrade to these "all around" lens be? I like to take macro shots and the sigma can do that. I like wildlife/sports shots and the sigma can do that as well.

    Can you explain when one would upgrade? Would upgrading to the Nikon 70-200mm VR f/2.8 be the next upgrade?

    Thanks :bowdown:
     
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    Damn, I could rent the 70-200mm VR f/2.8 for $73/week?! :naughty:
     
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    My bad. Change where I said "Canon" to "Nikon"
     
  21. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Much sharper, much faster AF. The Nikon/Canon 2.8's are just all around better lenses. Even if this lens does what you want, you probably will feel like you want more soon :hs:
     

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