Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm

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tdh1985 New Member • Posts: 6
Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm

Hi all,

I have a Sony a7riii and looking at getting either of the Tamron 17-28 or the new Sigma 14-24. I have never really used filters and I know the sigma only has rear filter slot which from what I gather are hard to come by or a very expensive front adaptor. I'm fairly new to photography but want something to last and suit me as I develop my skills. I want to try my hand at astro shots and landscapes.

I can't see any comparisons on the two lenses online. Any advice?

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LenRivers Senior Member • Posts: 2,718
Re: Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm

Google search your question and look on YouTube

you also have the Sony 12-24

kelly15 Contributing Member • Posts: 837
Re: Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm

tdh1985 wrote:

Hi all,

I have a Sony a7riii and looking at getting either of the Tamron 17-28 or the new Sigma 14-24. I have never really used filters and I know the sigma only has rear filter slot which from what I gather are hard to come by or a very expensive front adaptor. I'm fairly new to photography but want something to last and suit me as I develop my skills. I want to try my hand at astro shots and landscapes.

I can't see any comparisons on the two lenses online. Any advice?

This new Sigma is fantastic.

It competes with the best equivalent fixed lenses. And always wins in my opinion.

Added value, same barrel buttons as FE lenses.

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ZodiacPhoto
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Re: Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm
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If you need 14mm, and don't mind a 800g lens,  definitely go for the Sigma.

14mm is really wide - everything looks far away and small, with huge foreground space - better have something interesting in there other than your feet.

Tamron is much lighter, and optically great. Difference between 14 and 17 mm is very pronounced, but I find 17 sufficient for my photography.

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kits Contributing Member • Posts: 830
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You mentioned you want to do landscapes. So, you will want to use polarizer and ND filters at some stage. Factor in the inconvenience of carrying bulky filter setup for Sigma. Check how much it costs. And it has to have specific adapter which probably may not be useful for your other lenses.

Tamron can use regular screw in filters which can be used on other lenses and you can decide how much you want to spend on them.

Reviews all say Sigma is amazing but does that need pixel peeping to notice? How important is edge sharpness? A good composition should take us towards edges for landscape atleast.

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Jeffrey Behr
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I have the S. 14-24 with an 'R4 and...
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...they are excellent together, all the way from 14mm thru 24mm...or at least this copy of the lens is.. I also have this lens in L-mount on a 47MP Pan. S1R and they are excellent from 14 thru about 21mm.. I don't 'need' a 14-, 15-, or 16mm lens, but 'they' come with the lens.

I have a Tamron 17-28 (rented) coming Tuesday to compare with the Sigma; if the 17-28 is close optically, I'll buy one and return the Sigma.. For me, its advantages are lower weight, lower cost, better-for-me focal-length range, and its use of screw-on filters.

I've used the large filter systems (all Fotodiox's WonderPana systems*) on a half-dozen lenses, and while they're not unworkable or unaffordable, I'd rather not have to do it.

Stay tuned to this forum for a report Tuesday or Wednesday.  

* and still have one for the Canon 17mm TS-E lens, which I no longer own

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kits Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: I have the S. 14-24 with an 'R4 and...

Jeffery,

Will look forward to your review. I just sold my FE 16-35 f4 so I can get 2.8 lens to cover my very rare need for Astro. I prefer the Sony 16-35 f2.8 as it helps going all the way to 35mm but Tamron cost is so appealing. I rented for my recent Alps trip and loved it but I had to switch often to Sigma 45 f2.8 that I also rented as I needed something close to 35-40 mm range near lake reflection shots.

Jeffrey Behr wrote:

...they are excellent together, all the way from 14mm thru 24mm...or at least this copy of the lens is.. I also have this lens in L-mount on a 47MP Pan. S1R and they are excellent from 14 thru about 21mm.. I don't 'need' a 14-, 15-, or 16mm lens, but 'they' come with the lens.

I have a Tamron 17-28 (rented) coming Tuesday to compare with the Sigma; if the 17-28 is close optically, I'll buy one and return the Sigma.. For me, its advantages are lower weight, lower cost, better-for-me focal-length range, and its use of screw-on filters.

I've used the large filter systems (all Fotodiox's WonderPana systems*) on a half-dozen lenses, and while they're not unworkable or unaffordable, I'd rather not have to do it.

Stay tuned to this forum for a report Tuesday or Wednesday.

* and still have one for the Canon 17mm TS-E lens, which I no longer own

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Sevan
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Re: I have the S. 14-24 with an 'R4 and...

Jeffrey Behr wrote:

...they are excellent together, all the way from 14mm thru 24mm...or at least this copy of the lens is.. I also have this lens in L-mount on a 47MP Pan. S1R and they are excellent from 14 thru about 21mm.. I don't 'need' a 14-, 15-, or 16mm lens, but 'they' come with the lens.

I have a Tamron 17-28 (rented) coming Tuesday to compare with the Sigma; if the 17-28 is close optically, I'll buy one and return the Sigma.. For me, its advantages are lower weight, lower cost, better-for-me focal-length range, and its use of screw-on filters.

I've used the large filter systems (all Fotodiox's WonderPana systems*) on a half-dozen lenses, and while they're not unworkable or unaffordable, I'd rather not have to do it.

Stay tuned to this forum for a report Tuesday or Wednesday.

* and still have one for the Canon 17mm TS-E lens, which I no longer own

Looking forward to your review as well 😊👍 I cant stand hauling around big filters anymore. It's so time consuming putting it on and forget hiking anywhere lol 😂

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Tracking, curious to hear review as well.

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sportyaccordy Forum Pro • Posts: 18,103
Re: Tamron 17-28mm vs Sigma 14-25mm

kits wrote:

You mentioned you want to do landscapes. So, you will want to use polarizer and ND filters at some stage. Factor in the inconvenience of carrying bulky filter setup for Sigma. Check how much it costs. And it has to have specific adapter which probably may not be useful for your other lenses.

Tamron can use regular screw in filters which can be used on other lenses and you can decide how much you want to spend on them.

Reviews all say Sigma is amazing but does that need pixel peeping to notice? How important is edge sharpness? A good composition should take us towards edges for landscape atleast.

I don't know if polarizers work for such wide lenses

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kits Contributing Member • Posts: 830
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sportyaccordy wrote:

I don't know if polarizers work for such wide lenses

It should to cut glare on rocks, leaves etc. But, you want to avoid blue sky on the wider end for sure.

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