Tamron 17-50mm (non BIM, Non VC) vs. Sigma 17-50mm OS?

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ohcello
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Tamron 17-50mm (non BIM, Non VC) vs. Sigma 17-50mm OS?
Oct 1, 2012

Anyone do a direct compare between these two lenses on say, the D5100 or D7000?

I'm very close to purchasing a D7000 and I'm trying to budget my walkaround lens, which I'm pretty sure would be either the Tamron 17-50 or the Sigma 17-50mm

Thanks!

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Re: Tamron 17-50mm (non BIM, Non VC) vs. Sigma 17-50mm OS?
In reply to ohcello, Oct 1, 2012

I was debating between Nikon's original 17-55 f/2.8, Tamron 17-50mm (no VC) and Sigma 17-50mm OS for a long time. Eventually I had decided to pull the trigger for Sigma 17-50mm OS. This lens SHINES. It's SHARP at 2.8 and very good at periferals and I'm able to handhold it in dim light with ISO 400 and shutter speed 1/8 sec with OS on. It suddenly became my favorite lens. I can shoot inside in the house, in any of the museums with the range 17-50 f/2.8. Unbeleavable clarity. If you can afford it go for it, you'll never regret. Just test the lens for back and front focus to make sure that there're no such issues and if it's good you'll be a happy camper right after that.

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In reply to ohcello, Oct 1, 2012

I bought the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non VC) and very happy with the images coming from it so far. It's not the quickest focusing lens in the world but fast enough for my needs in most situations. Colours, contrast and detail are all pretty good and it's sharp.

Here are a few examples taken with my D7000 and this lens.

17mm landscape shot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7772478272/in/photostream

Texture shot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7758709260/in/photostream

This shows the difference between f2.8-f8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656689496/in/photostream

This between f4-f11
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656848170/in/photostream

Last one shows an indoor candid portrait at 50mm/2.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656036546/in/photostream

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In reply to howielenny, Oct 2, 2012

samples look really nice...thanks.

do you have any at full sized?

Thanks.

howielenny wrote:

I bought the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non VC) and very happy with the images coming from it so far. It's not the quickest focusing lens in the world but fast enough for my needs in most situations. Colours, contrast and detail are all pretty good and it's sharp.

Here are a few examples taken with my D7000 and this lens.

17mm landscape shot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7772478272/in/photostream

Texture shot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7758709260/in/photostream

This shows the difference between f2.8-f8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656689496/in/photostream

This between f4-f11
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656848170/in/photostream

Last one shows an indoor candid portrait at 50mm/2.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howiemudge/7656036546/in/photostream

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In reply to ohcello, Oct 2, 2012

Here is one of the images I linked at full size saved at 9/12 compression in photoshop at full size.

Hope this helps

Howie

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In reply to howielenny, Oct 2, 2012

I am in the same dilemma as OP.

The AF noise of the Tamron really bugs me.

Is AF speed just really incomparable to the Sigma HSM?

Is it also that loud?

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Re: Tamron 17-50mm (non BIM, Non VC) vs. Sigma 17-50mm OS?
In reply to ohcello, Oct 2, 2012

i have tried Tamron Non Vc lens and Sigma 17-50 OS lens..

Sigma focuses fast, IQ is better, build quality is good and its good to have OS in some low light situation where handheld is only possible...

here are few pics taken with Sigma 17-50 lens..

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Why are you excluding the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC?
In reply to ohcello, Oct 2, 2012

I'm really curious, you are looking at 17-50 F/2.8 lenses, yet you exclude the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC from your list. Why is that?

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hoof wrote:

I'm really curious, you are looking at 17-50 F/2.8 lenses, yet you exclude the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC from your list. Why is that?

Generally the Tamron non VC 17-50mm 2.8 is regarded as a lens that produces better image quality and sharper images compared to the VC version from most test reports.

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Re: Why are you excluding the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC?
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howielenny wrote:

hoof wrote:

I'm really curious, you are looking at 17-50 F/2.8 lenses, yet you exclude the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC from your list. Why is that?

Generally the Tamron non VC 17-50mm 2.8 is regarded as a lens that produces better image quality and sharper images compared to the VC version from most test reports.

Yes, but the difference is slight (mostly in the corners wide open). The non-VC is also better than the Sigma. Considering the Tamron VC can be had for $140 less than the Sigma, I'd say the VC tamron slots in nicely between the non-VC Tamron and the Sigma. Basically, if you are willing to sacrifice some wide open edge performance to get stabilization (e.g. the Sigma), why not sacrifice a little bit more to save a fair bit of money?

I just don't understand why people shun the Tamron VC. Should not the Sigma also be shunned as it, too, is inferior to the Tamron non-VC?

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In reply to hoof, Oct 3, 2012

I guess its up to the individual and what they needed. I got the Tamron 17-50mm non vc for £200 new so for the price I find it hard to beat

There is a case for all the lenses. If I had the money I'd have got the Nikon but for me at least, I'm more than happy with the Tamron

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In reply to ohcello, Oct 5, 2012

I'd just add my weight to the people saying the Tamron (non VC) is an excellent lens. Bought it cheap used on ebay a couple of weeks before a wedding I shot for a friend recently (http://www.danishapple.com/dana_pavel/) Used for the majority of the time and rarely switched over to my 105mm and 50mm lenses. I was using a D7000. The rear glass element has some kind of imperfection/mark straight smack dab in the middle and yet it doesn't seem to have any effect on the shots.

It's not the quietest focusing of lenses (it won't distract in a church, but you might find wildlife perking its ears - not that that's what you would use it for, ofc) but the images are pinsharp and handle post processing well too.

I would certainly recommend it.

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In reply to ohcello, Oct 5, 2012

I never had this Sigma lens, but I did wanted to buy a lens in this range for my D7000 some time ago, and all favor went for Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS.

Hope this helps.

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In reply to mfahim27753, Oct 17, 2012

I've had two copies of the Tamron 17-50 2.8. First copy was very soft bottom left of frame. Sent back to Tamron UK via retailer for calibration. Came back exactly the same. Retailer then exchanged for another copy and this was soft top right! Retailer agreed and refunded me.

Bought the Sigma 17-50 2.8 and couldn't be happier. Very sharp wide open even in the corners. OS is useful and build quality is good.

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