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Old May 26, 2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Nikon 35mm f/1.8 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8? Or....?

Which one would you pick for parties (nighttime+daytime), and for random interesting things you see while walking on the streets? (again, daytime and nighttime)

With the 35mm, I might have to bring my old (advanced) point and shoot. Which is a hassle and seems a bit strange. I think the tamron (non-vc) is the obvious choice.
But what about the 35mm and SB-600 for the same price? That might be overdoing it though, since it's just a hobby.

Anyone think 35mm f/1.8 is a better choice? I'm leaning towards the Tamron, but really could go either way.

Edit: Now the 35mm and SB-600 combo, how is the lowlight focusing? Accurate under light similar to concert lighting? How often does it hunt?

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Old May 27, 2010, 7:00 AM   #2
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They are both excellent lenses, and if you'll be using flash anyway, there's no reason to get the 35/1.8 instead of the Tamron.
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Old May 28, 2010, 1:20 AM   #3
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Ugh, now I'm stuck between the Tamron and the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 Macro HSM.

Seems to be lots of QC and front focusing issues with the Sigma, which sucks because I like their EX finish.
And this guy's copy has a ridiculously slow focus speed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pAIC1IO79w
Ridiculously slow as in I can focus with a split-prism faster than that...

So I'm going to try/buy at a store. If I can't find the Sigma, then I'll go for Tamron.

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I would go with the Tamron anyway.

And remember that "Macro" lenses are usually slow to focus anyway.
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Old May 28, 2010, 3:17 PM   #5
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Hello!
I have the 35mm f1,8 lens and I absolutely love it.Itīs the only lens I use right now exept my 70-300VR lens.
I have been thinking about getting the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 Macro HSM. According to some tests I have read itīs supposed to be a very very good lens optically. And it may even be better optically than the Nikon 18-55 f2,8 according to these tests.

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The Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM is optically identical to the 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro, and is only available for the Nikon mount so as to support the Nikon dSLRs without the built-in autofocus motor. Both it and the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) are excellent lenses, but every comparison between them gives the Tamron a higher grade.
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The Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM is optically identical to the 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro
The lens diagrams says otherwise...
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The lens diagrams says otherwise...
A possible explanation. The descriptions for both lenses state:

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SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass & one ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass element provides optimum color correction and sharpness
... yet one diagram shows an ELD element and the other doesn't.

Perhaps one of the diagrams is wrong.

Surprisingly, the diagram for the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM bears a striking resemblance to the diagrams for both the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro and the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM.

I think somebody screwed up with the diagrams.
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Sigma seems to have gotten a bit lazy. They both have the same product picture...
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I have both and use the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 more than the Nikon 35mm 1.8. I get good results with both but there is much more latitude using the zoom lens. I never liked Sigma except the two lenses I have with my SA-9 film camera.
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