Sigma or Tamron?

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I'm looking for a mid-range lens but unfortunately the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 is out of my price range. I''m looking at the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8, Sigma 28-70mm 2.8 and the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. Does anyone have experience with these lenses and which one would you recommend? Any photographs would be appreciated.
 
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I would pick from either the Tamron 28-75/f2.8 or the Sigma 24-60/f2.8 (which you didn't list). The 24-60/f2.8 has had a lot of discussion recently, and while it is no match for the Nikkor at f/2.8, it does give the Nikkor a serious run for the money from f/4 - and it's recently been selling for around $200 new. (Ie 1/8th the price of the Nikkor.) Unfortunately it doesn't have OS, or HSM, but for that price, it's something to be considered.

On the Sigmas - check the filter sizes. The 24-60 uses "normal" 77mm filters, but the 24-70/f2.8 uses weird and expensive 82mm and the 28-70/f2.8 uses 67mm ones.
 
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if you do get the Tamron get the new version with the built-in motor. the screw-drive version doesn't autofocus very precisely. the optics are amazing though, and 75/2.8 is sharp with creamy bokeh. most zooms are not sharp at the long end but the Tamron is.
 
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I had the Sigma 24-70 for 3 months and did not like how soft it was wide open. Great lens, just don't do too much low light shooting.
 
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personally I would look at the Tamron 28-75 or if you don't mind losing a little on the wide end an Nikon 35-70 2.8 They can be had for a little more than the Tamron.

Dan
 
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The sigma 24-70 2.8 works well, but I would have liked it if they had traded places with the zoom and focus rings. I tend not to use it because it seems like it is in the wrong place.
 
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I have the Tamron, 28-75 screw drive, no focus problems ,and tack sharp. This lens is a steal..
 
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The Tamron 28-75 F/2.8 can be very sharp, this is hand held, straight out of the camera. A little USM and you'd think you'd get poked touching the screen.

ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 62mm

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It's a good lens, I don't find myself using it very much though, it's just not a range I tend to use. I seem to either be wider or much much longer.
 

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