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    26 Mar 2012 - 10:55 PM

    I'm wanting to upgrade my Sony 75 - 300 kit lens and I was sure the Sigma 70 - 300 DG OS was the way to go, then I thought maybe the Tamron 70 - 300 DI USD was better, the down side to the Tamron is they have left the image stabalisation off of the lens in Sony mount because of the Sony having it built in to the body, the plus side is the USD. I'm wanting to shoot sports and the Sony hunting for focus is one of the reasons I want to upgrade, does anyone know which lens is faster at focusing and which gives the best results at 300mm? thanks for reading

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    NEWDIGIT  3401 forum posts United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012 - 11:42 AM

    The quality of the lenses is pretty much similar so dont see much of an advantage in changing.
    I suggest the focus problem is more likely to be camear related

    hobbo e2 Member 3798 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Mar 2012 - 12:27 PM

    I have had no problems whatsoever with my TAMRON 70-300 fitted to my Sony A55, see the turkey shot in my portfolio for proof.


    28 Mar 2012 - 3:12 AM

    I suggest the Tamron is better from what I read in reviews. I have used a Tamron 70 - 300 for the last year almost daily. Recently bought a Canon 70-300 L lens. The build is probably better, yet in comparing them both I have learned new respect for the Tamron 70 - 300. The Tamron is almost as good as the Canon 70 - 300mm. I should have just bought a 1.4X teleconverter for the Tamron. Oh well, live and learn...eh? TG

    28 Mar 2012 - 3:21 AM

    PS: Dave, Most shots on my blog are Tamron 70 - 300mm.: PhotoTonyG.blogspot.com

    28 Mar 2012 - 10:54 PM

    thanks for the advice guys, yes I think the Tamron reviews are better than the Siggy ones, I'd better call into a shop and try the Tamron on my camera to see if its fast enough for my needs. Tony loving your blog, wow eagles, that would keep me occupied for many an hour

    30 Mar 2012 - 1:10 AM

    Nice of you to take notice and comment on my blog. Here's a treat for you... One I keep going back to. This is the excellence I aim for. Just Google...VancouverIslandBirds. Enjoy... better than Nat. Geo. and no ads. TG
    Gheck the latest, most recent journals first.

    Cagey75  342 forum posts Ireland
    2 Apr 2012 - 3:00 PM

    If you opt for the sigma, you better switch off the OS on your sony body, or on the lens. One will cause issue with the other. you could break the IS motor on the body, or lens. I used to use Sony, had an A200. I bought a sigma 70-300 and the AF busted in it after about 3 months. I read up on it and it seems it's a common issue between sigma lenses and Sony bodies.

    get the tammy. They are every bit as good, and you do not need IS with a Sony.

    AnupR  1
    6 May 2013 - 9:29 AM

    Sigma or Tamron 70 - 300, which one is better suited for Nikon D5100?

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