Tamron has taken a page from Sigma and perfected it

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Tamron has taken a page from Sigma and perfected it
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Somewhere around 2013 - forgive me for remembering the exact year - Sigma turned the opinion of third party lenses upside down with the introduction of extremely high quality Art primes at a reasonable price. I forget if the 35/1.4 or 50/1.4 was the first one, but Sigma got so good (the 135, 85, 14, etc) that when a Sigma Art lens came out you expected it to be amazing, it was every bit as good as the DSLR lenses Canon and Nikon were turning out at the time at half the price. For a few years if Sigma put something out, you expected it to be class leading.

Fast forward to today, and Sigma is still putting out quality lenses, but everyone has caught up, so they no longer stand out - and no longer appear to easily beat the competition (maybe the 65/2 being the exception).

However, with the 2.8 zoom range (17-28, 28-75 and 70-180) the Tamron has taken that space - and improved on it with out of the ordinary quality zooms like the 35-150 and the 28-200 (and perhaps now the 50-400). I am looking at the 50-400  - which should not be that good with that extensive a focal length - and wondering if it will be good enough to sell my 100-400 because we just don't expect Tamron to put out duds.

Impressive stuff.

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