How do Tamron lenses compare to Sigma lenses for quality overall?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Just as a comparison to each other???
    3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina, Jan 20, 2008
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  2. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Guest Guest

    it depends. tamron and sigma make some decent lenses as well as some
    not so great lenses. did you have a specific lens in mind?
    Guest, Jan 20, 2008
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  3. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    flambe Guest

    Tamron makes some lenses for Pentax and, I have read although cannot verify,
    some lenses for Nikon.
    Most Tamron and Sigma lenses are manufactured to meet a certain price point
    and are actually good values for the uses for which they are intended,
    regardless of the ranting by many of the clueless on this newsgroup.
    They may not be the best lenses in their class, some are pretty bad. Some
    are excellent and better than camera manufacturer's offerings.
    One problem I have frequently seen in published lens tests of consumer
    grades lenses, particularly those from the big camera manufacturers, is that
    they do not always translate to the actual product you buy off a shelf. I
    can only presume that lenses submitted for "testing" are often cherry-picked
    and not random samples. The most recent experience I had was with the Nikon
    55-200, which gets good reviews. I gave up after two of them could barely
    find focus, had noticeable flare and low contrast: one of the worst zoom
    lenses I have ever seen, and made by Nikon.
    If you buy a Leica lens you can be assured of the quality. You are paying a
    superpremium for that quality.
    I do not believe the same can be said of Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma et al.
    You should always be sure the lens is returnable if defective.
    flambe, Jan 20, 2008
  4. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Doug Jewell Guest

    Tamron and Sigma - just like Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus &
    Sony - both make cheap lenses and better more expensive
    lenses. The more expensive lenses from Tamron and Sigma are
    the rival of any of the big names, the cheaper lenses are
    .... well... cheap.
    I only have one tamron lens that is directly comparable to a
    sigma lens that I also have - one of the cheap 70-300's from
    each. I'd have to say the build quality of the Tamron is
    vastly superior to the sigma. Optically, I can't pick a
    Doug Jewell, Jan 20, 2008
  5. That's easy to answer: variously.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Jan 21, 2008
  6. Thanks Wolf. Of course we don't all have the background that you are known
    for in this newsgroup.
    3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina, Jan 21, 2008
  7. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    ____ Guest

    They do make for Nikon- I have the 11-18. It suffices but most certain
    can be subject to flare and distortion in some circumstances. I have
    better results when its used in manual focus mode. One nice thing I
    don't get vignetting using my Lee Pro filter holder so I can use my
    100mm x 100mm CC filters and grads for interiors and scenics.

    Did yo try a lens hood? Seems obvious but one never knows...these days.
    I am considering prime lenses for my next series of purchases.
    ____, Jan 21, 2008
  8. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    D_Mac Guest

    And yet the 70 - 200 F2.8 from Sigma is a better build quality than
    it's Canon or Tamron rivals as well as producing better quality
    I have a Sigma 24 - 70 F2.8 that produces excellent images ...If you
    can coax it to focus!

    You really have ask about a specific lens to get a definable answer.
    My wide angle Tamron is a piece of plastic junk with an unbelievably
    noisy focus motor yet it's images are at least as good as aany from
    Canon's offering, probably better.

    SO pick the lens(es) you are interested in and ask about them. You can
    safely ignore the "all Sigma lenses are crap" posts and get some
    useful information.
    D_Mac, Jan 21, 2008
  9. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    jean Guest

    Youre not serious aren't you?
    jean, Jan 21, 2008
  10. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    RichA Guest

    It's like Canon being considered a less reliable DSLR on average than
    others, in no small part being due to the sheer number of Canon's out
    there and the tendency of people to report bad experiences over good
    ones. Most would say Sigma is less reliable as a source for good,
    trouble-free lenses than Tamron, because we've all heard about
    problems (focusing, general QC) with Sigma. Having said that, there
    are FAR more Sigma lenses being sold and far more types of Sigma
    lenses than Tamron so it's possible odds are we're more likely to hear
    about their problems than those of Tamron. The other day I tested a
    100mm Tamron macro lens and its focusing performance on a Pentax body
    was terrible, hunting and failing to properly focus constantly, as
    well as having a (it seemed) completely plastic body. But that is
    just one example of a problem. I tried a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens and it
    worked well, though others have reported back focus issues with some
    samples. Just make sure you can return it if it has a problem.
    RichA, Jan 21, 2008
  11. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Mr. Strat Guest

    It's a shame when people use drugs.
    Mr. Strat, Jan 21, 2008
  12. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Frank Arthur Guest

    Is this the same "Mr Strat" who boasts:

    "At least my posts have something called content...substance. Agree or
    disagree with them, I don't care. But you continually post what
    to nothing."?
    Is this the example of your "conent...substance"?
    Frank Arthur, Jan 21, 2008
  13. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Mr. Strat Guest

    It's ahead of your useless posts regarding Chinese spammers.
    Mr. Strat, Jan 21, 2008
  14. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Pete D Guest

    Holy crap, when did Tamron bring out a 100mm macro. And WTF were you doing
    using AF for macro shooting?
    Pete D, Jan 21, 2008
  15. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Robert Coe Guest

    : On Jan 20, 2:47 pm, "3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina"
    : > Just as a comparison to each other???
    : ... I tried a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens and it worked well, though others have
    : reported back focus issues with some samples. Just make sure you can return
    : it if it has a problem.

    I have the 30mm f/1.4 and like it a lot; it's a very good low-light adjunct to
    my 18-50mm f/2.8. But it has one odd characteristic: it tends to overexpose in
    comparison to my other lenses. The only explanation I can think of is that it
    underreports the aperture it's using. Backing off the exposure compensation by
    a half stop or so is an easy fix, of course, but this is a condition I don't
    believe I've ever seen mentioned. Is this sort of behavior common with certain

    Robert Coe, Jan 21, 2008
  16. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    RichA Guest

    The 100mm macro was the sign in the store advertising it. I assume
    then it was their 90mm unit. Why not use AF? Have you ever tried
    using macro lens manually on an insect in flight?
    RichA, Jan 21, 2008
  17. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Robert Brace Guest

    Oh really? Which models would that be? I guess your confirmation makes
    that rumor Gospel, eh?
    Of course you have the confirming url at your fingertips. Care to share it?
    No -- I didn't think so!!!
    Robert Brace, Jan 21, 2008
  18. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    Guest Guest

    all of tamron's lenses are made for canon/nikon, with most of them also
    made for sony/pentax.

    canon, nikon, pentax, sony.


    canon, nikon, sony.
    Guest, Jan 21, 2008
  19. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    ____ Guest

    Hey Bob;

    Jump, boy jump.


    By make for: I meant make make lenses to be mounted on the Nikon
    ____, Jan 22, 2008
  20. 3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina

    ____ Guest

    ____, Jan 22, 2008
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