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17-50 f/2.8 Which one to get?

 
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Feb 20, 2012 09:29 |  #1

Which 17-50 f/2.8 would you get if you were going to get one with a say $600 budget? Sigma or Tamron


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Feb 20, 2012 09:52 |  #2

I have the Tamron and love the image quality from it. However if the drill like autofocus noise would bother you then I would recommend the Sigma.


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Feb 20, 2012 10:01 |  #3

I have heard good things about the Sigma, great IQ.


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Feb 20, 2012 10:02 |  #4

I have the tamron (non VC) and it is a really nice lens for the price - I use it as a walk around type lens right now. I don't really like the focus noise but unless you are constantly changing focus ranges you barely notice it.


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Feb 20, 2012 10:03 |  #5

I have the Sigma and absolutely love it! Such an awesome lens! Upgrade from the 18-50 F2.8 which was stellar. IQ killer. Can't say anything about Tamron so, yeah. Try one, don't like sell or just get whichever. Sure they're both good.


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Feb 20, 2012 10:22 |  #6

I went with Sigma. If you want to save a few bucks get the Tamron non-VC. Really can't go wrong with either. I didn't like the AF on the Tamron. Not that it's flawed, just not for me.


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Feb 20, 2012 10:34 as a reply to  @ compudaze's post |  #7

After trying both Tamrons, I also went with the Sigma. I have it a bit more than a year and I am totally satisfied with it. Compared to Tamron's lenses it focuses faster and more accurately and thought it is just a bit softer in the edges wide open than the canon 17-55 it is better built.Only bug is that focus ring rotates during AF. Here's a sample...


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Feb 20, 2012 11:15 |  #8

I replaced Tamron 17-50 non-VC with Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS.

It has the same IQ, faster and quieter AF, and OS.

You can't go wrong with either, it's just a question of whether the added features of Sigma are worth a couple hundred more to you.

I looked at Tamron VC but there were many reports of the early versions being inferior in IQ, especially wide open, to the non-VC version. The test photos seem to support this as well. The Tamron may have fixed this since I last researched it (early last year). At least I read someone stating that the problem went away in later batches. However since the Tamron VC and Sigma OS are in about the same price range, there's no reason to not go with Sigma. I am very happy with mine.

About the only advantage Tamron has over Sigma is the front lens cap ;). Seriously, the Tamron caps are probably the best I've ever seen, the Sigma one was a total POS that wouldn't stay put & got lost in less than a week. But there's plenty of very cheap eBay solutions for this. IMHO everything else goes to Sigma.


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Feb 20, 2012 12:12 |  #9

I've been very happy with the Sigma. Very nice quality and good warranty if needed. Mine has had no focus issues that some complain about.

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Feb 20, 2012 12:32 |  #10

I tried these on Crop Sensor body.
Tamron 17-50 non-VC - Love it and Sister-in-law owns it now
Tamron 17-50 VC - Best VC compare to IS and OS but sharpness isn't that great compare to the non-VC version.
Sigma 17-50 OS - Focus issue so I returned it and didn't pick up another.

Sigma if you don't mind exchanging until you get a good version.
Tamron non-VC for sharpness/bang for the buck but no VC.


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Feb 20, 2012 13:01 as a reply to  @ Tigerkn's post |  #11

I'd go for the sigma. Tried plenty of their lenses with no issues, have absolutely no qualms about going with them in the future especially if they keep doing what they've managed so far i.e. as good as canon for less money.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:09 |  #12

Glad I found this thread. I've been contemplating moving from the Tamron to the Sigma for some time.
Originally though about the Canon 17-55 but I can't justify the cost. The Tamron has given me some great images and it's been my most used lens but I think the OS on the Sigma will come in handy for concert shooting and the like. I'm interested to see what else people have to say.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:58 |  #13

I think the Sigma is your best value. The Tamron used to be tremendous value but it looks like it has steadily increased in price. I bought mine 3 or 4 years ago on clearance at a Best Buy, new in box for $350. Now this lens is reaching $500.


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Feb 20, 2012 17:30 |  #14

$500 for the Tamron? Wow.


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Feb 20, 2012 18:41 |  #15

I used to have the tamron 17-50mm non VC, it is a good little lens with very good IQ. For the price, it is a very good package.


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