Tamron or Sigma Wide Angle Lens?

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  1. barfastic

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    Ive found a good deal on a brand new (boxed) Tamron di II 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 (about 150 pounds). but i have to decide within an hour or so... (cause he has someone that wants to buy it NOW, but hes holding it down for me)

    I originally wanted the Sigma 10-20 f/4 -5.6, but i cant find it in stock anywhere...

    Here is what i read from reviews on the Tamron
    Conclusion - Pros


    • Equal widest angle in its class, and largest zoom range (by a whisker)
    • Low distortion
    • Generally good resistance to flare
    Conclusion - Cons


    • Soft wide open (low local contrast)
    • Soft corners at all focal lengths and apertures
    • Wide diameter lens hood takes up lots of space in a bag
    and the same website reviews for the sigma.

    Conclusion - Pros


    • Equal widest angle in its class
    • Very low chromatic aberration
    • Fast and silent HSM autofocus
    • Good build quality
    Conclusion - Cons


    • Rather inconsistent sharpness (partially due to curvature of field)
    • Pronounced, complex distortion at 10mm
    Should i wait around and get the sigma? or is the tamron as good?
    it seems they both have sharpness issues, Is there anything else you recommend?

    My camera is a Sony a350.

    Regards,
    Michail
     
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    i went with the tamron afterall... i figured 150 pounds isnt too much cash to try out a wide angle lens for the first time... So far, it seems quite fun! off to the wharf tomorrow to try and shoot some things!
     

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