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180mm Tamron vs Sigma

Posted: Fri, 24th Dec 2010, 4:54am

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I've been hearing about the great clarity of the tamron but supposedly the AF craps out on a regular basis. Sigma has no negative reviews really but the 180mm for nikons have been discontinued which, even though I'm shooting canon, doesn't seem like a good sign.
Don't tell me to get the canon 180mm because I don't have the $$$$.
Posted: Fri, 24th Dec 2010, 5:40am

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Have you considered the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro? That is a loved lens, one I've been eyeing, but I'm not sure how important the focal length difference is, not really sure what you're aiming for as you've given no background. The 180mm will give you the distance, which would theoretically be good for experimental work. But 100mm will give you a better distance from your subject for following things like insects. So if you didn't know that already, possibly consider the similarly priced, and raved about Canon 100mm macro? Check it out if it's of interest. Canon, in my opinion, is the best photography lens maker, and would last you far past the worth of it. Too bad they don't offer a lower end option in that focal/price range.

If you did know that, and you are set, I can't give personal reassurances on either of those lenses, but everyone at FredMiranda seems to think highly of them. Go in and see specifics, but I didn't see anyone complaining about the autofocus, at a glance. http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/ And the Sigma is looking to have no complaints.

I'm really curious as to why they would discontinue a lens on one body but not another. Don't know how they work, but I'm betting there was some specific issue with Nikons only or something.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2010, 10:47am

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It might already be to late and you might already know this site but if you are still looking for a decision you will find very nice lens tests on photozone.


Tamron AF 180mm f/3.5 SP Di LD [IF] macro:
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/284-tamron-af-180mm-f35-sp-di-ld-if-macro-canon-review--test-report

Sigma AF 180mm f/3.5 EX HSM APO macro:
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/305-sigma-af-180mm-f35-ex-hsm-apo-macro-test-report--review

Unfortunately I do not own any of these two lenses. I have the Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP macro which I also use to do my candle/flame macro images - and I'm quite satisfied with its performance. But on the other hand, if you consider the price, these lenses aren't the same league wink
Posted: Sat, 1st Jan 2011, 2:09am

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I'm not sure how active this user is, but he told me he had come up with a decision. Hopefully he sees those, great links.

EDIT-Change your username Fxhomer89890483209 so we know who you are. wink Also post within your own threads so people know what's up.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2011, 10:07pm

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Helge

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Thanks Serpent, I always check that site first when I'm looking for infos on lenses. They obviously put a lot of effort into those tests.

@FXhomer82347:
If you have reached a decision yet or maybe already got the lens it would be great if you could post your opinion regarding the lens. Once the winter is over I might be thinking about updating my own set of lenses smile