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Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM APO

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fantastic image quality, good price, great handling, reasonable weight, fab build quality.
Cons:
Non that I've found yet

This is quite simply a great lens. The image quality is fantastic. Good wide open and stunning a couple of stops down. It handles really well, is built to last and yet itís not so heavy that you leave it at home when facing a day out or a long walk. It perfectly compliments the 18-50 F2.8 to give a top notch two lens kit to cover 90% of photographic needs. Focussing is really quick and quiet and so far really accurate too. Every bit as good as Iíd hoped.

Highly recommended.


 
Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: Ergonomics, design, appearance and price.
Cons:
Image quality is very poor at wide apertures and long focal lengths.

Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di LD Macro - Canon Fit

Having read a number of positive reviews, I bought the latest Di version of this lens in the Canon AF mount for £119 which seemed like it was going to be a bargain. Wrong! It was really disappointing. Poor image quality at wide apertures and long focal lengths meant it had to go back. Not a patch on the Sigma 70-300 APO which Iíve owned previously. The Tamron offers about the same image quality as the non-APO version of the Sigma lens which again is pretty average. I could get decent results in a very narrow range of focal lengths and apertures but to me that really hinders my photography Ė I want to be able to use a zoom across its full range and wide open if needs be.

You can get decent images from this lens but itís hard work and I was constantly thinking about whether or not you can get in to the optimal range. In poor light you simply cannot. This does not make for spontaneous images! It's a real shame as this is a well built, fine handling lens....altough personally I don't like plastic lens mounts.

If youíre on a tight budget Iíd say the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens is a better bet for around £30 more.