Tamron vs. Nikkor

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  1. JenPena

    JenPena TPF Noob!

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    I'm afraid of buyer's remorse on this one and was wondering if anyone else has an opinion on the lenses I'm interested in....

    I'm doing more portrait photography and child photography; I was wanting to get a nice lens just to step up the image quality.

    I would love to get the Nikkor 28-70 but it's over $1500, and I'd thought maybe the 28-75 Tamron would be comparable. But is it? Would anyone recommend waiting a while to invest more in a better quality lens or have you found that the price difference isn't worth it? I am getting constant calls from Ritz camera because I'd started to make the Tamron purchase online and backed out at the last minute; I'm afraid to pay for a $400 lens and find out I am going to want the Nikkor in a few months when I can hopefully afford it. I have the 50 mm f/1.8 that could probably do the job in the meantime, but when the time comes to make the purchase, I just want to know if that extra $800 difference is worth it. What do you think?
     
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    i've heard tons of people say that sigma out performs and that tamron does well also. HOWEVER, i myself have never read any such information, and every pro photog i know uses only canon glass, or only nikon . . . they will all tell you to hold out and buy good glass.

    what camera are you using? will it even be able to realize a difference between the two lenses?
     
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    I'm using a D70 and honestly, I'm new enough at this to not be sure whether it will be able to "tell" the difference - I'm only starting to try photography beyond the standard settings of point-and-shoot. It's part of why I'm on this forum - to learn from the pros and ask dumb questions! I'd like to learn more about manual photography and manipulate my photos - it just seems so overwhelming to remember when I'm in the middle of a shoot - and it's easier to let the camera do the thinking! :x
     
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    personally i would buy the tamron lens, if sigma makes a similar one i would buy it over tamron.

    if i had the money i would prolly buy the nikkor though.

    have you checked out the nikkor 85mm f/1.8 its only like $300 somthin.
     
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    I haven't checked out the 85 mm; I got the 50 mm based a lot on people's rave reviews and the price - I've never owned a lens like that and am only just learning as I go, so I've been asking what others think would be good lenses to own - I haven't bought any other than the 18-80 I got with the D70 and am concerned about image quality as I'm doing portratire and event photography. If I already have the 50 mm I probably don't need the 85; I would still like to have a zoom for events but that's why I'm debating on the Tamron or Nikkor - or Sigma?
     
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    Nikon doesn't make an 18-80 lens. THey make an 18-70 (the more likely one you have) that's the kit lens for the D70, and they have a 28-80 lens that's just plain awful. If you have the 18-70, there is really very little improvement in most of the Nikon range unless you have a lot of money to burn, if you have the 28-80...there is.

    AND if you have the money, I'd recommend the 18-200 VR. Fabulous glass, as well as a huge zoom range.

    If you ave the 18-70, I'd recommend buying a lens that significantly expands your range first: either a wide angle like the 12-24 (which Tokina makes one that many consider better than the Nikkor), or the 75-300 (yes, 75. you have to buy it used, but it's far superior to the new 70-300)
     
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    Alot of people consider 85mm a portrait lens for film work. Some use 135mm. Anyway with a crop factor of 1.5 on Nikon systems. The 50mm will have the same field of view as a 75mm. Very close to the portrait standard. I have not had a Tamron but do have a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 for my Canon digital. I think in normal ranges of the lens it produces a fine picture. Where the cheaper lenses shows their weaknesses is at the extreme ends. For example say at f/11 and 50mm setting it probably matches the Nikon. But as you move to the lens max settings (f/2.8 and 24mm). It starts to show weaknesses to the Nikon lens (I have Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 and 17-35 f/2.8 ). Most lenses perform much better in their mid ranges. I think as long as you stay in the mid ranges you will be satisfied with the results with Tamron or Sigma.

    Normally though I do agree with people buying middle of the road items if they don't need pro level equipment. But in your case you want to replace a so so lens with another with better quailty. Assuming the one you have, you are dissapointed in. I say why spend the money on a $500-$700 lens when most likely you will want to move up again. There is no doubt the Nikon will be the better lens. Maybe wait a little and get the Nikon or look at a used one?
     
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    If you are talking about a $1000 difference in the price I guarantee you there is more than just a brand difference between the lenses. I imagine the Tamron is not a 2.8 or better you can't rally compare the 2 in general when comparing lenses electronics etc. if something is priced significantly higher unfortunately, it is better.
     
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    My own experience with the "off brand" lenses is pretty good in terms of optics. They don't have the same fit, finish, feel and durability as the Nikkors but they make excellent images.

    I'm not familiar with these lenses personally but, if you are buying a Tamron that is about half the price of a Nikkor then it is probably a copycat design and is comparable optically. If the difference is greater than that, then the lenses are different designs and not comparable regardless of brand.

    I wouldn't be concerned about the brand for a lens that will get only occasional use. I would about the design but I can't comment on these simply because I'm not familiar with them. Don't be afraid of Tamron, Sigma, Tokina etc because you think you will get inferior image quality. You won't. They are good products.
     
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    my experience is that at the lower price and quality range off brand lenses are often better value for money ... if you go to the upper price range this somewhat is inverse ...
     
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    I would try to close the price gap and find a good clean used Nikkor for 30%-50% off of new street price. Nikon/Nikkor stuff is pretty durable.

    LWW
     
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    I'm a little confused about something here... when you say you're looking to step up the image quality, I assume you mean something better than the kit zoom, as opposed to better than the 50mm? Because I don't think any of those zooms will produce a better image at 50mm than the 50mm lens. Primes are just generally better. And is it really worth spending all that extra money for a zoom that only covers 28-70mm when you already have a good 50mm? The 18-200mm has a much wider range, so would be better if you wanted one lens that offered good image quality and flexibility of focal length, while sticking with the 50mm or getting an 85mm prime would probably be the best choice for a portrait lens. Just my opinion.
     

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