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Old Nov 7, 2005, 4:43 PM   #1
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Hey!

I like to take pictures at concerts, and I currently have a 50mm f/1.8 lens that I'm very happy with it's lowlight abilities, but I would like to be able to zoom a little. For instance it's sometimes impossible for me to get a good groupshot cause I'm standing too close to the stage, and if I moved further back the people would obscure the picture. So I'd need a bit more wideness. A bit more tele wouldn't be too bad either.

I've looked at the following two lenses:

Sigma EX 2,8/28-70 DG C/AF for €329
Tamron XR 2,8/28-75 DI C/AF also for €329

Does anyone have any experiences with either of these lenses? If they're about the same quality I'll get the Tamron.
Is there anything similar/better without the price rising exceptionally much?

How big is the difference really between 1.8 and 2.8?
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Old Nov 7, 2005, 4:53 PM   #2
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I have the Tamron 28-75 AND the Tamron 17-35.

Both are awesome lenses.

If the 17-35 would be the better focal length, then I'd go with that over the 28-75.

The 28-75 is a ittle heavier and longer.

The 17-35 is light and you can scoop in a lot of real estate for group shots.

The SIGMA tends to be a heavier lens but they are great quality as well.

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Old Nov 7, 2005, 4:56 PM   #3
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The difference between F2.8 and F2.8 is just over a stop of light.

If your barely getting enough light for your shots already, then there would be a problem.

But if you can increase the ISO another stop, or shoot at one stop slower shutter speed, then you'll get by with a 2.8.

Another option is an image stabilized lens, which you could probably hand hold down to 1/30th or 1/15th of a second shutter speed.

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Old Nov 7, 2005, 4:57 PM   #4
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About the one you mention, I like the fact that it goes all the way down to 17, but I'd like it to go a bit more in the tele end. Ideally I'd get a 17-75, but I don't think that exists within my pricerange

But I'm glad to hear that you're happy about your tamron, that makes it a bit easier to decide to buy it!
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Old Nov 7, 2005, 5:07 PM   #5
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Yah, there are two types on this forum, Tamron types and Sigma types.

I'm a Tamron bigot.

I own three Tamron zooms, and before I buy another lens I always check if Tamron makes the focal length first!

Such is my love for Tamron stuff.

They should pay me for this product endorsement!

Anyways, very good value lenses and I've been very impressed with each one.

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Old Nov 7, 2005, 5:11 PM   #6
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It's very good value, if it's as good as you say, cause €329 is quite cheap for such a lens.
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Old Nov 7, 2005, 6:21 PM   #7
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I'm am just the opposite of Terry, I have the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4, not to mention the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. All three of these are excellent lenses and all are Sigmas EX series which is their pro line. In reality I don't think you will be dissappointed in either the Sigma or Tamron brand, both are very good quality.
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Old Nov 8, 2005, 12:27 AM   #8
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Yah, there are two types on this forum, Tamron types and Sigma types.

I can think of a bunch of other types...

The Canon bigot (in general).

The L snob.

The promiscuous type. (Will go for anything if they like the look of it.)

The superzoom junkie. (Won't consider anything unless it has 10X zoom range.)

The IS junkie.

The f2.8 junkie. (Who needs gym anyway.)

The over-analyser. (Brief periods of lucidity interspersed with mental breakdowns.)



I'm sure y'all can think of a few more...
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Old Nov 8, 2005, 12:11 PM   #9
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I recently purchased the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 and just love it. It hasgiven me theability to shoot low-light hand held shots again. Ishoot a lot of band(high school) pictures and they practiceoutside at night a lot. So this lens has been a big help. But I do have several Sigma lenses and would not trade them for anything.I dohave a couple Canon lenses I'd part with!!:-)



I suspect that you'll be happy with either lens though.
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Old Nov 8, 2005, 4:31 PM   #10
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Thank you everyone, now I can purchase without feeling bad!
I've never had any lens except for the two I mentioned, so it's about time
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