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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


What are the best 3rd party AF lenses you've ever owned?

I've got three real winners.

1. Sigma 30 1.4 ART
2. Tamron 17-50 2.8
3. Tamron 90 2.8 macro

I do own a Sigma 35 1.4 ART, but I believe that the Dirty Thirty will give it a run for its money.

What 3rd party gems do you have?



Jul 23, 2017 at 08:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


1. Contax N 85/1.4 Conurus converted to EF- love this lens
2. Sony/Zeiss ZA 135/1.8
3. Contax N 70-200 Conurus converted to EF
4. Sony RX1 Sonnar 35/2
5. Contax N 50/1.4 Conurus converted to EF



Jul 23, 2017 at 08:23 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Sigma 135 Art


Jul 24, 2017 at 06:51 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


I'm a huge fan of the Tokina 11-16 f2.8. It only works on crop bodies, but it has been an absolute workhorse in nasty conditions for me. (weeks in the desert sand, banged into rocks shooting climbing, etc)


Jul 24, 2017 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Probably Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 with EF mount for cropped sensor cameras. Sold it several years ago after I fully switched to FF. Good lens on cropped cameras, but it sucked for infrared light shooting unfortunately (hot spot formation). But AF was quick and easy.


Jul 24, 2017 at 09:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Minolta 85 1.4 Limited

Contax N 85 1.4

Pentax 31 1.8




Jul 25, 2017 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Tamron SP 35/1.8


Jul 25, 2017 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


retrofocus wrote:
Probably Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 with EF mount for cropped sensor cameras. Sold it several years ago after I fully switched to FF. Good lens on cropped cameras, but it sucked for infrared light shooting unfortunately (hot spot formation). But AF was quick and easy.


I really like this one as well. I had it up for sale until a couple days ago, but decided that it's one of those lenses that you really can't improve upon without a substantial cash outlay.



Jul 26, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


How does the Sony Zeiss 85 planar compare to the n mount?


Jul 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX (the old non-art version).

Cheap, good-fast-silent AF and a lovely smooth rendering that gave photos a medium-format look. The only drawback was it's size and weight.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


For Sony APS-C it is the Sigma 60/2.8 Art.


Jul 27, 2017 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Sigma 14mm f/2.8
Tamron 70-300mm VC
I have both and intend to keep them in the foreseeable future.



Jul 29, 2017 at 10:57 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Without doubt Sigma 35/1.4 Art. Awesome lens.

Tamron 15-30/2.8 is a Nikon 14-24 killer and the best UWA zoom lens I've had by a mile. Stunning lens for WA landscapes.

Tamron Di 90/2.8 macro is an excellent lens too.



Aug 09, 2017 at 07:37 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Tokina 11-16 f/2.8


Aug 09, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


1. Contax N 24-85 f/3.5-4.5, both in native form for film use (recently sold with 2 N1 bodies) and also 'Conurused' for use on my former 5D Mk III.

2. Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di, currently in use on my Pentax K-1

3. Contax N 70-300 f4, Conurused and in occasional motorsport use on my Canon 7D (the Canon EF 70-300 f4L was very slightly ahead in resolution, but not in colour).

I love my Pentax FA31 f/1.8 Ltd and FA77 f/1.8 Ltd, but these are not alt when used on Pentax

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Aug 09, 2017 at 01:54 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Offhand, I can highly recommend the Sigma 24-105 Art and Tokina 16-28 (both in Nikon mount). I'm sure other mounts are just as good.


Aug 09, 2017 at 02:57 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Nikon 50mm f1.8G (value here is get greatly distorted, it almost as good as 55FE in term of sharpness) and it actually have more smooth bokeh than Leica Summicron.

Sigma 35mm art. This one make me want try 85 and 135. Very sharp and little CA, Bokeh is not bad, comparable to most f1.4 35mm lens if not better. The big plus for me is manual focus feeling, best so far, even slightly better than S and contax 645 AF lens.(This put nikon golden ring in shame, I start love this company actually) and its focus direction is following the Leica way. This reason along will make me consider them before ZF or Nikon 105E in the future. AF can be handy even it is a little erratic (better with D810, worse with DF) compare to native Nikon Lens, but it is good enough for me.


RX1 best keeper vs usage ratio. I don't use it other than travel, but the lens has very little flaw (Sunstar, a little CA, and maybe flare)



Aug 09, 2017 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


bjornthun wrote:
For Sony APS-C it is the Sigma 60/2.8 Art.


Yup. This is such a fantastic lens, regardless of price. Just razor sharp with a beautiful rendering.



Aug 09, 2017 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Me too, mine still works great.

wayne seltzer wrote:
1. Contax N 85/1.4 Conurus converted to EF- love this lens





Aug 10, 2017 at 12:12 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · The best AF alt lenses you own/have owned?


Leica 50mm Summilux SL
Leica 24-90mm SL
Leica 90-280mm

But I have to also put a plug in for the Contax 85mm N, its a special lens.



Aug 10, 2017 at 04:42 AM
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