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  1. robdavis305

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    Is one better than the other. Im looking at Sigma and Tameron lenses and was wondering if one is better than the other and im shooting a Nikon D90
     
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    Depends on the specific lens. Both manufacturers make some very good lenses and some not so good lenses. I always look at multiple reviews when considering a new lens. Here's a good site to see reviews and compare manufacturers: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php
     
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    Well, I switched to Nikon because I wanted Nikon glass.
     
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    OP it changes between various lenses. For instance Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 outperforms even Nikon's new f/1.4 in several areas. But their 70-200 on the other hand...

    Plato true, but what glass? Nikons f/2.8 zoom lenses for instance are quite a bit more expensive than Sigmas or Tamerons. Given that the OP shoots a D90 and not a D3 I'd say they may be someone price conscious ;) While I admit I am a bit of a Nikon fan and bias towards it when choosing lenses, there are some very excellent quality choices from the third parties these days.
     
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    Well, among a half-dozen lenses, my favorites are the 50mm f/1.4 (D version) and the 85mm f/1.8. My point is my own personal laziness. I figure that Nikon is not about to put out junk glass for their SLRs so even the lower-priced lenses should be respectable.
     
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    :thumbup: Mee tooo. I couldn't afford Nikon back in the '70's, but I can now. I realize there are some good 3rd party glass out there, buuutttt.............................
     
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    It depends on your needs really but for professional work I have come to the conclusion that you should really stick to Canon's or Nikon's own lenses. For a hobby photographer it's not really so critical.

    A while back I purchased a couple of Tamron lenses in the hope of saving some money but it didn't work out and they were both disappointing. I don't think Sigma would be any better though, so my suggestion would be to look for good second hand lenses from the camera makers if budget is an issue.
     
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    For pro purposes, many people won't go with third party lenses, HOWEVER, I know of few photographers who shoot Tamron on Canon body. I also know of few enthusiasts who swear by Tamron and Sigma lenses. Few weeks ago, I spoke with B&H guys regarding 3rd party lenses and they said that Tokina (I think I spelled it correctly) recently recruited lots of Nikon engineers thus it might be a brand of choice.
    Personally, I used to own 18-200 Tamron 3.5-6.3 and although it was a great lens for outdoors, it sucked indoors.
     
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    Nikon Professional membership + some Nikon lenses is basically like an insurance ticket too. When I consider it took me 6 weeks to get my 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 back, and it took only 5 days for a architectural photographer I know to get his lens back it made me feel really cheap.

    Spoken like someone who has never used a Series III Nikkor AI-S 55mm f/1.2. After using that lens I almost want to go touch a Canon. ... Almost .... And I'd definitely wash after.
     
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    In some cases there is, such as the 70mm to 200mm f. 2.8 Tamron lens is better than the Sigma equivalent, according to the lab tests conducted by Popular Photography magazine.

    skieur
     
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    I still figure that the odds are in my favor.
     

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