Tamron 20mm or 17-28mm.

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rgwaller1
rgwaller1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,973
Tamron 20mm or 17-28mm.

I need help deciding between these two lenses for time lapse and sunrise and sunset photography. My price range is between 300 and 900 dollars.

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darkmcs Forum Member • Posts: 54
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Can't comment on the 20mm, but I love my 17-28!

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rgwaller1 wrote:

I need help deciding between these two lenses for time lapse and sunrise and sunset photography. My price range is between 300 and 900 dollars.

I bought the Tamron 20mm as I already had 24mm+ coverage, so I'd have more overlap with the excellent Tamron 17-28 than I wanted to pay for. I'm very pleased with the inexpensive 20mm in all respects. If I had a 28-something zoom I'd have gone with the 17-28.

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Ron Outdoors Contributing Member • Posts: 975
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rgwaller1 wrote:

I need help deciding between these two lenses for time lapse and sunrise and sunset photography. My price range is between 300 and 900 dollars.

Dustin Abbott did some nice Youtube videos comparing the 2 lenses. Found the 17-28 a bit better optically. Of course there is a big difference in size and weight. I ended up getting the Sony 20mm and I'm happy with that.

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poipoipoi_2016 Contributing Member • Posts: 888
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At this price point... I mean, I love my wide zoom for street shooting and would go for that, but have you considered the *Sony 20/1.8* instead?

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rgwaller1
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If i am going to pay close to 900.00 I would rather have the 17-28mm. I think I will end up with the Tamron 20mm. Thanks for the recommendation of the 20 1.8.

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alan simpson Regular Member • Posts: 360
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I think the 17-28 range is so small as to be not worth compromising quality by having a zoom. With the Sony 20/1.8 you could easily make it work to cover that range and end up with excellent images.

Just my opinion.

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Eric Regular Member • Posts: 263
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For the price I paid, the 20mm is fine, but be prepared to deal with barrel distortion. That can be largely compensated in the camera settings, but sometimes it can still crop up.

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Eric wrote:

For the price I paid, the 20mm is fine, but be prepared to deal with barrel distortion. That can be largely compensated in the camera settings, but sometimes it can still crop up.

Just for general information, Capture One Express (free for Sony) does a fine job of fixing the barrel distortion for raw files if the lens correction is set to "Manufacturer Profile" and Distortion to 100%.

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paul cool
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Hi just purchased the tamron 17-28 the sony 20mm  was high on the list for astro but as 6mnths from now on in means less clear skies and milkyway fading ,i purchased the 17-28 f2.8 it pairs well with my 28-75mm ,and £600 v £750 also a deciding factor although the 20mm is near perfect optically the 17-28 is not to shabby across the range ,i will probably get a fast wide for astro sometime in the future .

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BrentSchumer
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If you want to go a bit wider, the Samyang 18mm is quite good stopped down and has less distortion.

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travelinbri_74
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I love shooting wide, it is usually the lens most often on my camera. I am getting ready to sell some gear, but at current have amassed - embarrassingly - the Sony 16-35/2.8, Tamron 17-28/2.8, Sony 24/1.4GM , Sony 20/1.8 and Tamron 35/2.8. For everyday street shooting, the Tamron - which is both sharp and super small/light - is the lens I use more than any of them. I am still trying to decide whether to sell the Sony 16-35/2.8 (which is a somewhat better lens, focal length aside), the Sony 24/1.4 and/or the Sony 20/1.8.

The Tamron is simply an excellent lens that is tiny and hits my sweet spots (although I could not get by without something significantly wider, I would only sell the 16-35 to invest in a wider but heavier zoom, the Sigma or Sony).

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Kansas Ron Senior Member • Posts: 2,671
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rgwaller1 wrote:

I need help deciding between these two lenses for time lapse and sunrise and sunset photography. My price range is between 300 and 900 dollars.

I have been very satisfied with my 17-28.  I like the range, how light it is, and the quality throughout the range.

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travelinbri_74
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Forgot to link to my 17-28 photos:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPJcsxb

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BrentSchumer
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travelinbri_74 wrote:

Forgot to link to my 17-28 photos:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPJcsxb

Cheers to a fellow New Yorker!

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ukbassman Regular Member • Posts: 197
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Was that the 17-28 that you got for 600 quid, and if so, where??

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paul cool
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i managed to get mine although have not received it yet from e-infinity hongkong based firm

https://www.flickr.com/photos/58365044@N05/

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ukbassman Regular Member • Posts: 197
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Thanks for response Paul, got my Sony 85 1.8 through them and they were very good for the price. Took a little while to arrive, but arrived safe and sound. Tempted to use them again for the Tamron, but trying to stick to UK if I can in order to reap the Tamron 5 year warranty.

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paul cool
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ukbassman wrote:

Thanks for response Paul, got my Sony 85 1.8 through them and they were very good for the price. Took a little while to arrive, but arrived safe and sound. Tempted to use them again for the Tamron, but trying to stick to UK if I can in order to reap the Tamron 5 year warranty.

Does 5 year warranty not apply to non uk purchases thought it was worldwide ok just read the grey market rules on web site if it does not come with a 5 year warranty sticker it is not eligible.

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ukbassman Regular Member • Posts: 197
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I think you'll still get a years warranty with and through e-infin but nothing though Tarmon. They are more reliable than Samyang though, so can't imagine you'll have many issues; I have time on my side so going to hold out until the Christmas sales to see if the 17-28 and 28-75 drop in price enough in the UK to temp me in!

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