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Torn between two lenses (short zooms)
Old 11-20-2009, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings,

Looking for a short (normal) portrait zoom lens and I'm torn between these two:

Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX DG Macro
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

I've heard good about both. It seems that the tamron is a bit more highly favored of the two. But the tamron also seems to have some mechanical issues. The sigma is also pretty big with an 82mm filter size. I'm not sure if my Lindahl EFX lens shade will work with it. Oh yes, APC-C sensor in a studio flash environment. Shooting High school seniors. Any thoughts?

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Re: Torn between two lenses (short zooms)
Old 11-21-2009, 10:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My first thoughts, "portrait" lens=85mm and up, prefer prime lens, not zoom. Remember what a portrait is in general, and traditionally, with probably the exception of environmental portraits, most portraits are shot bust up, and usually never full-length.

Personally, I have no experience with Sigma but have always liked and have used the Tamron 90mm lens, years ago--I don't have it today, but it was a great lens. While those are my personal thoughts, maybe this will help shed some light, Lenses and Form

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Re: Torn between two lenses (short zooms)
Old 11-21-2009, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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With a 'C' sensor (1.5 crop), the zooms give a 35mm range of roughly 40-112 mm. I agree about primes, but sometimes (for me at least), being able to zoom in a little tighter without crowding the subject is a good thing. By the way, I really enjoyed your photo therapy book. Out of curiosity, did you ever hear back from the gal in the army (Kathy)?

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I agree with cropping tighter without getting close to your subject, it's a comfort zone. "Kathy" is a friend that yes, we've stayed in contact since she left the Army, though it's been a while since I've seen her. She became an nurse, has family and lives in Florida. Thanks, tell everyone on other photography forums about the free book and get ready for the re-release of it with a new design, new chapter, plus we're expanding the lighting chapter too. Thanks, rg.
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Re: Torn between two lenses (short zooms)
Old 11-26-2009, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can't comment on that specific Sigma because I've never used it, but in the past they have never overwhelmed me. The Tamron is fantastic value for money and an excellent lens if you get a good one. I bought one but was unlucky:

http://www.nudephotopro.com/blog/2009/08/canon-24-105l/
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I have and use the Tamron 28 - 75 mm F2.8 XRDI and have only good to say about it, in fact I will put it up against anything that Canon or Nikon have in terms of image quality.

My lens is starting to loosen up just a bit but it still takes great photos.
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I have and use the Tamron 28 - 75 mm F2.8 XRDI and have only good to say about it, in fact I will put it up against anything that Canon or Nikon have in terms of image quality.

My lens is starting to loosen up just a bit but it still takes great photos.
It sounds like you have a good one so it doesn't surprise me that you are happy with the results. I thought the results from mine were pretty good as well when first purchased if you exclude the heavy vignetting when shooting wide open at 28mm.

Taking a moment to compare the best images from the Tamron against the 24-105L I still feel the Canon images have a nicer feel overall, but given the price differential you would expect the difference to be much greater. That doesn't mean the Canon disappoints in any particular way, but simply that the Tamron offers unbeatable value for money.
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I have the Tamron, I've never been disappointed with it.
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I had the Konica Minolta 28-75 2.8 and it was awsome! (for the price)
The KM is a "rebadge" of the Tamron with exception the KM had circular aperture and of course a different coating. I sold it when I got my Zeiss 16-80 3.5-4.5. I miss the 2.8 aperture, and it was a very well constructed lens! IMHO
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Myself, Iíve always liked the 135mm for portrait lens. As far as controlling the crop would that be better done in the editing process?
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