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Tamron 75-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

75300mm
Review Date: Nov 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $160.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price, weight and good macro performance
Cons:
Can't really complain considering the price... but slow focus.

At under $160 US you really can't complain. My copy was usable at f5.6 up to 200mm and f8 at 300mm. CA is tamed but visible in hi-contrast situations. Not a great wildlife lens but it's pretty good for shooting people. A good lens for outdoor portraits and compress landscape... not good for fast sports or birds.

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Nov 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast f2.8, quick focus, good build and priced right
Cons:
None for the price

I am truly pleased with this lens. It's a great normal zoom. My copy is sharp at f2.8 and at all focal lengths. The "good/very good" build quality is about what you would expect for the price. It focuses fast enough for most applications.

 
Sigma 135-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 ASP AF APO

18499135-400
Review Date: Oct 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, great color, good build, good AF and a great price.
Cons:
None for the price...

This has been a great lens for me. It is a little heavy and long… you must use it with a tripod or monopod… the zoom does creep… BUT it is SHARP. I’m pleased with image quality on images shot wide open and at all focal lengths! It is sharper stopped down but it's sharp enough used wide open. This lens is a true APO so say goodbye to purple fringing (CA) on high contrast areas. It isn’t the “best” 400mm zoom money can buy but IMO it is the best for under $450 US.

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