Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??

Started Aug 9, 2010 | Discussions
JimC1101
Regular MemberPosts: 402Gear list
Like?
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
Aug 9, 2010

I'm looking for a little more reach for my K-X, which I bought a week ago and could not be happier with, and I see these two lenses that are comparably priced. Any real world experiences out there that would give the nod to one over the other ?

Thanks

 JimC1101's gear list:JimC1101's gear list
Pentax K-30 Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL +1 more
Bert v B
Forum MemberPosts: 93
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 9, 2010

Why do you not also considering the DA 55-300mm?
It is generally accepted the better lens of the three.
Once you have a lens in that range, you are not likely to get another.

Perhaps you need to spend some more money, glass does not age fast and Pentax is king in compatibility with old lenses.
--

  • Bert

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
opiecat
Senior MemberPosts: 1,793Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 9, 2010

the tamron 70-300 is pretty sharp for its price, but the CA is pretty bad.

i've never used a sigma but some folks say it has better CA control, but is not as sharp as the tamron

if you have the funds, go for the 55-300 pentax. this is better than both sigma or tamron and wider at the short end to boot.

only minor drawback is that it doesn't have a "macro" setting (about 5ft min focus)

-- hide signature --

'when 900 years you reach, look as good you will not'
-- master yoda

http://jordanpaw.zenfolio.com

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
JimC1101
Regular MemberPosts: 402Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to Bert v B, Aug 9, 2010

I am definitely considering the Pentax lens but at nearly twice the price I thought I would inquire as to how good these two alternatives are. I know, you get what you pay for and I will probably go Pentax in the long run but was look to see if there was a decent alternative that would allow me to not have to mention to my wife that I will be spending another $300 a week after I bought my new camera. Looks like I will need to give her another shopping spree day to make up for it.

 JimC1101's gear list:JimC1101's gear list
Pentax K-30 Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
JimC1101
Regular MemberPosts: 402Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to opiecat, Aug 9, 2010

Yes, this is the lens I will probably end up with, but the lack of macro will be a little disappointing. Macro was one of the reasons I was considering the Tammy and Sigma, and added bonus even if the lens was not on par with the Pentax.

 JimC1101's gear list:JimC1101's gear list
Pentax K-30 Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
opiecat
Senior MemberPosts: 1,793Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 9, 2010

i guess it all depends on what you shoot.

i had the same concern, but in the end the Tamron's CA problem was really bad so it went back

the Pentax's IQ OTOH, is very, very good for a prosumer lens.
not to mention it also has quickshift (on the Non-L version)

-- hide signature --

'when 900 years you reach, look as good you will not'
-- master yoda

http://jordanpaw.zenfolio.com

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
vietnam74
Regular MemberPosts: 119
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 9, 2010

You should buy the K-x kit with 55-300mm in there at the first place.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Stan Bembenek
Regular MemberPosts: 292Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to opiecat, Aug 9, 2010

I have the Tamron and it shows very little CA. I believe some people are parroting what they heard and have not owned this fine lens.
--
Ahab

 Stan Bembenek's gear list:Stan Bembenek's gear list
Pentax WG-3 Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL +6 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Stephenhampshire
Contributing MemberPosts: 845Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to Stan Bembenek, Aug 9, 2010

I had the Tamron, very sharp ( untill I dropped it!) CA bad in bright light, but correctable in software. Macro very useful. I now have the DA 55-300 - not as sharp but much more contrast and less CA. 55mm is useful but quite a long minimum focus. Cost 3x the Tamron though. The Tamron is a good lens, and exxcellent value. Not used the Sigma so can't say much about that.
--
Everything changes

 Stephenhampshire's gear list:Stephenhampshire's gear list
Samsung TL350 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-30 Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO +13 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Pete Dee
Veteran MemberPosts: 3,752Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 9, 2010

JimC1101 wrote:

I'm looking for a little more reach for my K-X, which I bought a week ago and could not be happier with, and I see these two lenses that are comparably priced. Any real world experiences out there that would give the nod to one over the other ?

As long as you get the APO version of the Sigma lens it is quite good, the macro at 200mm is excellent, it is a little soft at 300 though.

I have just upgraded to a 70-200mm F2.8 and am very happy with the new lens, all I need now is the rotten weather to stop so I can get outside and use it.

Cheers.

Pete

 Pete Dee's gear list:Pete Dee's gear list
Pentax Optio W80 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO +5 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Donald B
Senior MemberPosts: 3,278Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to Stan Bembenek, Aug 9, 2010

i agree with this post i love the tamy dont notice the ca as far as my test proved

its as good as any 70 200 2.8 for picture quality. macro is great . and its light,

cheers don

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
bick1
Regular MemberPosts: 171
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to Pete Dee, Aug 9, 2010

Hi Jim,

You asked about the Sigma vs Tamron 70-300 and you've received lots of advice - mostly recommending the Pentax 55-300. That may be great advice but I don't own the Pentax so won't comment. But I do own both the Sigma and the Tamron (one I bought and the other was a gift). In 'real world' photography I don't see a lot of difference between the two and unless you're a Pro seeking the ultimate (in which case you wouldn't be asking) don't be afraid of either. Neither is a 'pro' quality' lens but neither is priced as such. I like and use both and unless you're planning to print at 30x40 or beyond I don't think I'd worry. There are some nice photos taken with both and posted here on DPReview. Price is always a consideration so, if you can, handle both and pick the one you like then go take pictures.

Bick

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
JimC1101
Regular MemberPosts: 402Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to bick1, Aug 9, 2010

Hi Bick,

Thanks for the great response. From the looks of the replies I have gotten here, it looks like there is no clear winner and no glaring deficiencies in either lens that can not be corrected PP. I think I will follows your advice and check them both out and make my choice from that. The Pentax lens would be nice but at over double the cost, I am not sure I want to pay it. Any money I can save on the zoom can be put towards a good DA-L prime.

 JimC1101's gear list:JimC1101's gear list
Pentax K-30 Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
brandrx
Forum ProPosts: 25,776
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm...
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 10, 2010

JimC1101 wrote:

Hi Bick,

Thanks for the great response. From the looks of the replies I have gotten here, it looks like there is no clear winner and no glaring deficiencies in either lens that can not be corrected PP. I think I will follows your advice and check them both out and make my choice from that. The Pentax lens would be nice but at over double the cost, I am not sure I want to pay it. Any money I can save on the zoom can be put towards a good DA-L prime.

My brother and I shot with the Tamron for quite some time before we upgraded. I personally believe it is a fine lens. I owned one of the earlier models (572D) and I hardly noticed any CA with it. There is a Model 572D at KEH.com in EX condition for $89 if you are interested. No risk from KEH. If you don't like it just send it back within 14 days for your money back. However, it will cost you postage.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Pentax-Autofocus-Non-Mfg-Zoom-Lenses/1/sku-AP09999070198J?r=FE

Cheers.

Ron

-- hide signature --

Ron - 'We don't have time to go take pics this afternoon Carl.'
Carl - 'What do you mean? It will only take 1/1000s.'

'Keep your eyes looking forward. However, glance back now and then to see where you've come from. It will put a smile on your face.' ~ brandrx

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
DAK2006
Regular MemberPosts: 241
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 10, 2010

Jim,

I own a 'Quantaray' (Ritz Camera brand) AF LD 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Macro (1:2) that I was told is a rebadged Tamron lens, so you can consider this one as well. I picked it up new for maybe $50 max. from a going-out-of-business Ritz store. A complete impulse purchase given the price, but I'm very happy with the lens overall.

This model has a 62mm filter thread, which apparently indicates it to be the Tamron model.

I just got done focus-testing it with my new K-x, and it was solid with no AF micro-adjust needed. Looked very sharp in my test shots, esp. in the 100-280mm range.

The macro mode also produced sharp shots in my focus tests.

I shot some airshow pics with it over the weekend, and it paired up well with the K-x. A pretty light and maneuverable combo, in my opinion, and I got some good shots with it.

I also own an older APO version of the Sigma, but I haven't really used it in years. I do believe the APO version is supposed to be much better than the more common LD model of the Sigma lens.

I do like the build quality of my 'QR/Tamron' lens better than the older Sigma APO.

-- hide signature --
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
jamesm007
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,425Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to DAK2006, Aug 10, 2010

I own a 'Quantaray' (Ritz Camera brand) AF LD 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Macro (1:2)

I also owned the Quantaray brand and returned it a few weeks latter and bought the Tamron brand in some type of hope is would have less PF. The PF can be strong, really the strongest I have ever seen. I returned the Tamron and bought the Sigma 70-300mm APO. It has great CA/PF control, better than the DA55-300mm. I have a lot of test pics from all those lens, including my now DA55-300mm. There is no question the DA55-300mm is the better consumer lens and it should be for the extra cost. Here is the deal. Its as good and arguably better than the Nikon and Canon 70-300mm consumer lens that cost around $550! Its just a great lens sans cost, its sharp wide open 55-300mm, that's rare for such a wide range. It maintains contasty, colorful, sharp pics at 300mm f/5.8!

With that being said, if I had to step back to one of the others I would have to say I would take the Tamron 70-300mm. The reason is the Sigma gets pretty soft at 300mm, very soft wide open. I can correct the CA/PF problems in software, so Tamron 70-300mm. Its a great lens really for the money and yes its the one to get when you just spent a lot of money on a dSLR and want to keep things low...
--
jamesm007,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesm007/

 jamesm007's gear list:jamesm007's gear list
Pentax K20D Pentax K-5 Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM +9 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Marc Sabatella
Veteran MemberPosts: 6,679
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 10, 2010

JimC1101 wrote:

Yes, this is the lens I will probably end up with, but the lack of macro will be a little disappointing. Macro was one of the reasons I was considering the Tammy and Sigma, and added bonus even if the lens was not on par with the Pentax.

The "macro" feature of these zooms is only barely better than that of the 18-55 (!:2) versus 1:3) and quality is so-so at best. For $40, you can stick a Raynox 150 on the front of the 55-300 and get better than 1:1 macro with better quality to boot. Bottom line: don'tt mke the "macro" feature a deciding point against the 55-300.

BTW, if it's not too late to return the camera, you can buy it in a kit that includes the 55-300 for much less than the price of the camera plus lens separately.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
RogerMexico
Contributing MemberPosts: 855Gear list
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 10, 2010

I owned the Tamron and now I have the Pentax. I believe the Pentax is better. There does not seem to be quite as much PF. I have noticed that the 55-300mm shows up on Craigslist from time to time from those who bought the k-x pkg. and dont need a longer lens; you might check that out. Good luck.

 RogerMexico's gear list:RogerMexico's gear list
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Walt_A
Senior MemberPosts: 1,526
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to Marc Sabatella, Aug 10, 2010

Marc Sabatella wrote:

The "macro" feature of these zooms is only barely better than that of the 18-55 (!:2) versus 1:3) and quality is so-so at best. For $40, you can stick a Raynox 150 on the front of the 55-300 and get better than 1:1 macro with better quality to boot. Bottom line: don'tt mke the "macro" feature a deciding point against the 55-300.

I can't agree with that statement. The macro feature on the tamron is very useful and better than the 18-55 for insects etc because you are working at 180-300 so the distance to object is greater but with similar magnification. It makes quite a difference when working with insects and also gives a different perspective. I also use the raynox dcr-250 and 150 and another achromatic diopter so am also aware of their benefits. A drawback I see with the 55-300 and the raynox is that it vignettes at medium focal lengths (acording to Gus, 'britney elvis') the 55-200 doesn't so I use that with the raynox.
A couple of recent examples with the tamron

and one with the raynox which can of course be used on the tamron as well

-- hide signature --
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
bevis4
Regular MemberPosts: 173
Like?
Re: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG ??
In reply to JimC1101, Aug 10, 2010

I used to own the sigma 70-300, and replaced it with the pentax 55-300.

The pentax is a much better lens - the sigma was soft at the far end, even stopped down. And physically very large. The pentax is much better; worth the extra money.

Sometimes you see a DAL model (ie the kit lens mode) for sale on its own for half the price.

-- hide signature --
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads