Tamron, Sigma or Canon?

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  1. VeronicaLFB

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    I've got a Canon Rebel XTi and have been looking at some lenses this evening...Just wanted to get some opinions on which lens I should get, especially if there are some users on here who have one of the lenses I'm looking at.

    Tamron 70-300mm 1:2 F/4-5.6 DI LD
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    Sigma 70-300mm APO DG
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    Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6

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    What sort of budget are you allocating and image quality standard are you after? I briefly used the EF 75-300 and it takes pictures. Resolution wise, its kinda soft at max aperature and does need to stop down a bit before IQ improves. At f/8-11 you do have to increase ISO to get a usable shutterspeed. As long as there is plenty of light you should be okay. A tripod is best since w/o image satabilization, your pulse and breathing will throw off the lens at 300mm.
     
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    Well, all three of those lenses are relatively in the same price range, and I'm willing to pay the price.
    I'm leaning towards the Tamron. I have a tripod since I've also got a Sigma 180mm macro lens!
     
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    I haveTamrons 28-300mm XR Di f/3.5-6.1. It is soft till you hit f/8 and up. But it is a great little walking around lense, I use it all the time. Also there is a new model of that lense coming out very soon with image stablization. It is designated as Dii if I remember right or, you can go to http://www.tamron.com/lenses/default.asp and, poke around there to find it.
     
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    For the most part, the easiest way to tell the 'quality' of a lens...is the price. You get what you pay for.
    Along with that...for the most part, Canon (or Nikon) brand lenses will usually be a bit more pricey than Sigma and Tamron.
     
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    I've heard that, and since most of the lenses were in the same price range, I wanted to get opinions from some of you who may have experience with a particular lens. I might just save up my money and get the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 instead :D ... I do want to get a kit lens replacement, though.
     
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    Veronica, what type of photography do you think you'd be doing with a lens like this? It'd help as far as recommendations go. If you're willing to save a little more enough to get that Sigma, another option would be the Canon EF 70-300 IS USM which I think is cheaper than the Sigma. Neither are better than the other, but one might be a little more appropriate depending on what you'd like to photograph with it.
     
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    Just thought id mention if your willing to save like you said and not doing a lot of low light you might want to look at the canon 70-200 f4 L. Great lens and if you get the non IS version only around $500. Just thought id mention it. If it was me out of the three you first mentioned id say the canon. but thats purely brand preference not any expierience :).
     

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