Canon EOS 7D and using 3rd Party Lenses Questions

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harvy3317
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Canon EOS 7D and using 3rd Party Lenses Questions
Oct 26, 2011

So as I will be getting a Canon EOS 7D soon I wanted to ask anyone or everyone who owns a Canon EOS 7D if 3rd party lenses work good with this camera or atleast ones they have tried. I know sometimes you run across or read about some cameras not liking 3rd party lenses but how does the Canon EOS 7D hold up?

Any recommended lenses? I know their are several brands such as Tokina, Tamron, Sigma and more.

Thank you,

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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 26, 2011

I think you can probably answer that question yourself as many happy users of third party lenses post on these forums.

Here are a few post to have a look at:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=39670959

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=39675712

But companies like Sigma have a large following and their lenses are good.

Their 150 mm Macro is as good if not better than the Canon for IQ.

Also have a look here:

SLRGear Sigma lens tests:

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/29

If you navigate around the SLRGear site you will fine the other manufacturers as well there. Also have a look at the reviews by the users of the lens as they can be very helpful.

Photozone lens tests:

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos

Just because it's not a Canon lens does not mean it's no good, yes there are some third party lemons out there but also some quite amazing lenses as well from not only Sigma but Tamron and Tokina to name a couple.

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harvy3317 wrote:

So as I will be getting a Canon EOS 7D soon I wanted to ask anyone or everyone who owns a Canon EOS 7D if 3rd party lenses work good with this camera or atleast ones they have tried. I know sometimes you run across or read about some cameras not liking 3rd party lenses but how does the Canon EOS 7D hold up?

Any recommended lenses? I know their are several brands such as Tokina, Tamron, Sigma and more.

Thank you,

I have a 7D and I use a Tamron 17-50/2.8 and a Tamron 70-300, both image stabilised (VC in Tamron parlance) versions. They work fine with the camera - I've had no functional issues. I have no experience with Sigma lenses, but judging by posts here and elsewhere, they seem to work fine too.

Apart from an questions of quality (hotly debated here and in other places), the main disadvantage I see of 3rd party lenses is that, if there's an issue, you can't get Canon to look at the whole package, body and lens.

For me, at the moment, the much lower cost of the Tamrons has more than compensated for that.

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Sigma and Tamron are working fine for me and my 7D. The Sigma 17-50 f2.8 HSM OS is on my 7D most of the time. It is smaller and several hundred dollars less than the Canon 17-55 f2.8. The Sigma is sharp, focuses quickly and I like the colors I get from the lens. My Tamron is the 70-300 USD VC and it also focuses quickly. The pictures from the Tamron is very sharp. Both lenses have an "IS" system that works well too. These two lenses ended up costing me less than the Canon and they both work quite well...no regrets going with third party.

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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 26, 2011

My Tamron 17-35 ( 7 years old) and Sigma 300/2.8 ( 3 years old) work perfectly with the 7D.

All independent brands like Tamron, Tokina, Sigma are compatible with the 7D. BUT there are some older models of lenses that don't work and require re-chipping. I am talking about second hand lenses that are 7-10 years old ( pre-DSLR)

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So as I will be getting a Canon EOS 7D soon I wanted to ask anyone or everyone who owns a Canon EOS 7D if 3rd party lenses work good with this camera or atleast ones they have tried. I know sometimes you run across or read about some cameras not liking 3rd party lenses but how does the Canon EOS 7D hold up?

Any recommended lenses? I know their are several brands such as Tokina, Tamron, Sigma and more.

Thank you,

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I've been very happy with my Sigma 10-20 zoom and Sigma 30mm prime on my 7D, though the 30mm can be hesitant to focus at close range when using contrast detect in Liveview. Other than that, no problems. In fact the only lens I've had trouble with on the 7D is the Canon 17-55, so go figure, as they say.

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Don't mess around with 3rd party cheap imitations. 3rd party is fine for those looking for cheap ways to get greater focal lengths or whatever, but remember that beyond the body, image quality is then all about the glass.

Spend some money, and go "L" series all the way. Spend your dollars on some glass that is purpose built for the Canon you're about to strap it to. You will not regret the purchase,and at the end of the day the lenses will likely outlive the camera body you've purchased them for.

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harvy3317 wrote:

So as I will be getting a Canon EOS 7D soon I wanted to ask anyone or everyone who owns a Canon EOS 7D if 3rd party lenses work good with this camera or atleast ones they have tried. I know sometimes you run across or read about some cameras not liking 3rd party lenses but how does the Canon EOS 7D hold up?

Any recommended lenses? I know their are several brands such as Tokina, Tamron, Sigma and more.

Thank you,

I use, without any problems, the Sigma 150-500, Tamron 28-75 and Tokina 12-24 on my 7D.

Miguel

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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 26, 2011

since you are going to buy such an advanced camera i assume that you know about photography and have basic understanding.

there are a lot of 3rd party which would work very well with this camera but why not first trying canon line of lenses..they offer a wide range of lenses.

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At one time all I used was Canon glass but then I wanted a 50mm 1.4 and read to many stories about the canon focus system on their 50 1.4 needing replacement so I went with the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and love the lens but I did have to send it in for calibration. On some websites the Sigma 24-70 is rated better then the Canon 24-70L. One more thing to consider is the warrenty is 4 years on a Sigma EX lens and Canon is 1 year.

The 24-70 needs +11 and the 50-150 needs +10, the 50mm 1.4 is now +1 and the 17-85 canon is +3.

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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 26, 2011

I try to stay with Canon because the others are reverse engineered . They might not work on next body release .
There is also the color cast , noise and AF speed .
Then you get into price , weight , guarantee and just the feel .

I have used all my off brand lenses on the XTI , but only the Sigma 180 macro on 7D .

I don't use it much , but the noise is bad / don't like . Given a chance I would trade up , but few people trade down and there are other lenses I want . So I will use it till I have the other lenses .

As far as lenses go , find a size that fits your hand . In my case that is 77 mm .

10-22 , 17-55 , 70-200 [ soon 100-400 and 24-105 ] I also have 72 mm group . The 55, 58 and 52 mm are clumsy / don't feel right .
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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 26, 2011

I had all sigmas line-up with my Canon 40D. It was calibrated by Sigma and worked perfectly. Sigma 30mm, 17-70 OS, 150mm Macro, 10-20. When I switched to 7D — they all behaved very strange — lots of mis-focusing (30-40%) — 4 of 10 shots from one position on tripod was out focus. I sold all sigmas and got Canon lenses — never been happier. 17-55 IS, 100mm L, and 70-200 f4 IS L.

This is my personal experience — I see many people have no problem with 3rd part lenses. I was very happy till I got 7D — I love quality and IQ of Sigma lenses. 7D is pushed me to get all canon set-up, and I'm not regret.

Got lens baby Sweet 35 — great with 7D, but it's manual lens.

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Here are some of the lenses Im looking, let me know what you think.

One of the lenses Im looking for is a wide angle lens and below is three I have thought about, any word on these?

1) Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens Review
2) Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Canon-ef
3) Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Canon-ef

Next group of lenses is for Telephoto, give me what you think.

1) Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon-ef
2) Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

And the 3rd lens.

1) Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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Wow 150-500, how can you argue with that focal range?

How do you like that lens?

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harvy3317 wrote:

Here are some of the lenses Im looking, let me know what you think.

One of the lenses Im looking for is a wide angle lens and below is three I have thought about, any word on these?

1) Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens Review
2) Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Canon-ef
3) Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Canon-ef

Next group of lenses is for Telephoto, give me what you think.

1) Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon-ef
2) Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

And the 3rd lens.

1) Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

The Sigma 18-50 should be the 17-50 f2.8 HSM OS, which is a very nice lens. I have mine on my 7D most of the time and I am very happy with it. The Tamron 70-300 is also very nice. It is a great buy and produces sharp images on the 7D. Both lenses have their company's version of Ultra-Sonic (HSM and USD) and their own version of IS (OS and VC). Read some reviews and go check them out at a shop, I did and was convinced to buy.

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harvy3317 wrote:

Here are some of the lenses Im looking, let me know what you think.

One of the lenses Im looking for is a wide angle lens and below is three I have thought about, any word on these?

3) Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Canon-ef

This is a very good lens. Opinions are divided over whether the VD version is less sharp or not. If you don't need VC (stabilisation), go for the non-VC version - cheaper. I got the CV so I could use slow shutter speeds handheld (I do quite a bit of indoor low-light stuff) and for video

Next group of lenses is for Telephoto, give me what you think.

1) Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon-ef

This is an excellent lens, as has already been said. Very good value indeed, and nice to use

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The only one of those lenses I've used is the Canon 70-300. I found it to be pretty good; not super fast to focus but pretty accurate, with a good range though a little soft at 300. I did however sell it once I got the Canon 70-200 f4L which is exceptional.

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Al Giordano wrote:

Wow 150-500, how can you argue with that focal range?

How do you like that lens?

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I like it a lot. But I use it mostly at 500mm. It has a very good 4 stop OS (the Sigma equivalent of IS), so you can have a nice and sharp result at 500mm at 1/80 sec.

Miguel

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In reply to GammyKnee, Oct 27, 2011

I had a Sigma 70-200 Ex F2.8 Macro that did not work with my 7D. It worked fine with my 1DIII and 5DII but not the 7D. It was about 4 years old and needed rechipping.

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In reply to harvy3317, Oct 27, 2011

7D seems to be happy with my Sigma 24-70 f2.8 I purchased way back when all I had was a 350d/xt; lens worked fine on a 40d too.
New Sigma 30mm f1.4 works fine too.

HOWEVER - 3x Sigma Super DG 500 flashes had to be sent back to Sigma for a firmware update... Fine on 40d and older bodies, but the 50d and newer introduced an incompatibility. $10 + shipping.

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