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Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

Review Date: Jan 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Sharp, lightweight, nice colors somewhat to the warm side
Noisy, focus slow and hunts, pronounced chromatic aberrations before f5.6

A very nice lens for portraits in good light conditions. Lack of stabilization for macro is a minus for me and I usually donít use it for that purpose. The bokeh is nice, has focus limiter. If you cannot afford something more expensive and if you are willing to swallow its negative traits, go and buy one.

Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

Review Date: Jan 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very good image quality and color rendering, sharp, constant f4, fast enough, nice and convenient tripod collar, affordable price
Weight, no OS

Iíve been using this lens with Nikon D80 quite a lot for more than 2 years and I really love it. It can hunt sometimes but itís not a problem. Weight Ė well Iím used to it and I often carry it for several hours in a row while shooting at events with no problems, but for someone it might be heavy. Of course the lack of OS is a drawback for any lens within that range, but for the price you get a very nice piece of photo equipment. I had read tens of reviews before buying it and I was completely satisfied with its image quality, sharpness and overall performance when I got one. After so many photos taken with it I havenít noticed any flare problems or at least any serious ones. The zoom ring works smoothly. Iíve tried it also with FX and it works wonderful.