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Old Jun 25, 2008, 8:22 AM   #1
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Pontus from Sweden here.

Going to buy a tele lens to a NIKON D300. Have looked at:

Sigma EX 70-200/2,8 II APO HSM DG


Tamron AF 70-200/2,8 Di IF

Just donīt know wich I will choose of these 2. Any one out there that can make it easier to make a choise. Wich is the best of these 2?

Also a GOOD wideangle zoom to the D300.
Have looked at the NIKON 12-24 and the 14-14/2.8

Is the 14-24 overkill for the D300? 12-24 beter choise?

Happy for any help!!



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Old Jun 25, 2008, 3:19 PM   #2
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From what I've seen here in the US, so far, the Tamron is only available for the Canon mount, and there aren't many of them out there. So, it's hard to draw a comparison.

Sigma has been making this type of lens for some time, and there have been problems in the past. Tamron's examples have had limited production runs in the past, so there aren't a lot of examples to look at.
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Old Jun 25, 2008, 6:10 PM   #3
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I've moved this thread down to our Nikon Lenses forum (which is designed for topics about lenses used with Nikon dSLR models).

Based on one review I've seen of the new Tamron in Canon mount, the optical quality is very good. But, AF speed may not be as good as the Sigma, due to the speed of the internal focus motor Tamron used in this lens. Tamron will be using a similar internal motor in the Nikon mount version of this new Tamron (probably so that it can work with the newer models like the D40, D40x and D60 that don't have a focus motor built in to the camera body). Traditionally, Tamron lenses in Nikon mount have used a camera body based focus motor for AF (instead of an internal motor like this newer Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 will use in Nikon mount).

So, if you plan on using a lens for sports, you may be better off going with the Sigma instead (which has Sigma's Hypersonic Motor focusing), as it's likely to be a faster focusing lens.

Hopefully, some of our Nikon shooters will comment on the wider lens choices. Popular models are probably going to be the Nikkor 12-24mm f/4, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 and Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6.

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