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70-300 ED, sigma 70-300, tamron 70-300???

hicth beisl , Dec 01, 2006; 12:17 a.m.

all these lenses are around the same price, my questions is if the nikon will perform reasonably better compared to the tamron or sigma. note that the sigma and tamron have macro capability of 1:2 ratio. I have a limited budget because Im in highschool and cant find a job right now, also I have been doing photography for about 2 years so dont really want to much of a junky lens, please reply thanks


Brian Schall , Dec 01, 2006; 11:35 a.m.

I'm surprised that the Nikkor ED is the same price as the other two. Are you sure the Nikon lenses is not the 70-300 G, which is more in-line with the other two. The ED's that I've seen are usually 2x the price of the others.

That said, if you can get the ED for about the same price, get it. It is definitely the better lens. I shoot the Nikon 70-300 G on my D50 and have gotten very good results with it. Of course, with the smaller sensor size on the digital camera, you are using the sweet spot in the center of the lens and not the edges of the image circle where the resolution starts to break down.

Aaron Linsdau , Dec 01, 2006; 05:17 p.m.

The ED is more expensive. I've had good results with it and with a 6T adapter can do 0.87:1 reproductions.

Leighton Gingrich , Dec 01, 2006; 11:01 p.m.

i have the Sigma 70-300mm and have shot thousands of images with it. it's cheap, and just as good as the others in the category. the macro works great as well, as it is my primary macro taking lense. if you want images results, let me know.

Bob M. , Dec 02, 2006; 11:50 p.m.

I haven't shot with the Tamron or the Nikon, but I tested the Sigma on my D50 not long ago. The pictures were of good enough quality and the macro feature was very nice. My only complaint was that it was slow, very slow, to focus. I didn't buy it for that reason and am now looking for a store where I can try the other two in hopes that they are faster.

I have also read somewhere that the Tamron and the Nikon were the same lens - I have no idea if that is true or not.

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