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hkrautter
02-11-2005, 01:29 PM
This may be a little soon, but has anyone had a chance to compare these lenses? I'll be using them on a 20D.

Thanks

D70FAN
02-11-2005, 03:31 PM
This may be a little soon, but has anyone had a chance to compare these lenses? I'll be using them on a 20D.

Thanks

The Sigma has received very good write-ups, and is popular with the nature and even sports photography crowd. A little less wow goes to the Tamron, but still a lot cheaper than a 500mm prime. I have not used either one, but from what I've seen and read, the Sigma 50-500 is very nice.

If it were my money the 50-500 would be my choice. :) here are a couple of reviews:

http://www.lonestardigital.com/Sigma_50-500.htm

http://www.photo.net/equipment/tamron/200_500_Di/

Rex914
02-11-2005, 04:43 PM
Such a lens actually exists? Does it take decent pictures? I'd imagine this being a huge hulking thing to lug around though.

D70FAN
02-11-2005, 07:13 PM
Such a lens actually exists? Does it take decent pictures? I'd imagine this being a huge hulking thing to lug around though.

If you are talking about the 50mm-500mm Sigma or the 200mm-500mm Tamron... Yes they do..

Pictures I've seen from the Sigma are very nice. Read the reviews.

If you are a nature or sports photographer these are pretty compact. And with the crop factor equal 750mm tele on the long end and 75 or 300 on the short end. At 3 pounds they aren't bad compared to some of the fixed focus 500's out there.

Like the guy on Lonestar said, think of it as a 500mm lens with the ability to zoom in to 50mm. ;)

hkrautter
02-12-2005, 06:07 AM
George the lens reviews were a big help. Looks like the Sigma is a little sharper than the Tamron. Thanks for the URLs.

vjack
08-04-2005, 08:15 AM
I've been looking at these as well. It appears that the primary advantage of the Sigma is that it focuses faster. On the other hand, the Tamron is lighter in weight. They both look like decent choices, and I'm having a heck of a time deciding.

Ant
08-04-2005, 09:29 AM
It depends what you're going to use it for. I find that the ability to shoot from 50mm all the way up to 500mm is extemely useful.

500mm@f8

http://x-plane.org/home/AntMart/Legends05/DSC_8692.jpg

cdifoto
08-04-2005, 09:33 AM
Cropped, resized, and added just a hint of sharpening. Otherwise out of the camera:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/nftn/mazda2.jpg

Sigma 50-500mm @ 50mm, f/5, 1/250, ISO100. Taken a couple hrs ago.

It's not L glass but it's close :D

24Peter
08-04-2005, 01:38 PM
cdi - your camera's looking good!

ReF
08-04-2005, 06:13 PM
has anyone looked at the sigma 80-400 OS? i would assume that the shorter range would result in sharper images and better contrast compared to the 50-500. if not, and if you don't need the extra reach, you'd gain stabilization at such a long focal length. the canon 300L f4 IS (around $1000/$1100) + 1.4x extender or the 400L f5.6 would probably blow the other two away.

cdifoto
08-04-2005, 08:24 PM
cdi - your camera's looking good!

I agree. I think it's performing BETTER than new since the rebuild.

Ant
08-05-2005, 12:33 AM
has anyone looked at the sigma 80-400 OS? i would assume that the shorter range would result in sharper images and better contrast compared to the 50-500. if not, and if you don't need the extra reach, you'd gain stabilization at such a long focal length. the canon 300L f4 IS (around $1000/$1100) + 1.4x extender or the 400L f5.6 would probably blow the other two away.

The Sigma 80-400 OS does not have HSM and so is slow to focus compared to the 50-500mm. Might be a consideration depending on what ype of shooting you do. As for the other two you've mentioned, they'd give higher quality but I'd find a fixed focal length prime to be too restrictive.

cdifoto
08-05-2005, 12:58 AM
The Sigma 80-400 OS does not have HSM and so is slow to focus compared to the 50-500mm. Might be a consideration depending on what ype of shooting you do. As for the other two you've mentioned, they'd give higher quality but I'd find a fixed focal length prime to be too restrictive.

You pretty much said what I was thinking...I just couldn't sum it up that well. As for the fixed focal length, unless it's a fairly wide prime like the 50mm, I'd be in hell - as I do a lot of zoom out to find myself then zoom back in to take my shot. I have troubles finding/relocating my targets unless I zoom out a little. With a fixed long prime I'd be lost.

ReF
08-05-2005, 03:04 AM
i pretty much agree with the whole primes being too restrictive comment, but i wasn't sure what kinda shooting hkrautter does so once i saw the short zoom range of the tamron he/she listed i thought they would be a worth mentioning, just in case they were over looked. they are after all, incredible values. as for the 80-400, i wonder what in the world sigma was thinking when they decided to leave out the HSM while building that thing. sigmas without HSM are loud! as for the AF motor being too slow, apparently a few people on FM use this lens for sports, wildlife, and one person shoots airliners, so since i haven't actually tried the 50-500 with the 80-400 in real shooting situations requiring speed, i'm not totally convinced the 80-400 won't do the job. again, just making suggestions to a person shopping for a lens.

cdifoto
08-05-2005, 08:21 AM
i pretty much agree with the whole primes being too restrictive comment, but i wasn't sure what kinda shooting hkrautter does so once i saw the short zoom range of the tamron he/she listed i thought they would be a worth mentioning, just in case they were over looked. they are after all, incredible values. as for the 80-400, i wonder what in the world sigma was thinking when they decided to leave out the HSM while building that thing. sigmas without HSM are loud! as for the AF motor being too slow, apparently a few people on FM use this lens for sports, wildlife, and one person shoots airliners, so since i haven't actually tried the 50-500 with the 80-400 in real shooting situations requiring speed, i'm not totally convinced the 80-400 won't do the job. again, just making suggestions to person shopping for a lens.

Heck yeah bro...I personally woulda bought some primes (or A prime) if I could get away with it. You get that wow factor from an L without trading an appendage for it (assuming you go with an L of course). :D