The Tamron is Sold

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Jeffininer's picture
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The Tamron is Sold

This past Saturday was the last straw. I had started the evening with my 50mm 1.8 and ended with the Tamron 28-75 2.8. When I went to process the photos, my 50 pictures were nice, crisp, and in focus. My Tamron photos...not so much :(. I'm really bummed, but it's gone. I sold it today.

Now, my question is. I think I'm going to go with primes. I need a wider angle than a 50 can offer, and I feel pretty good with that one. What is a wider angle lens that I could look at? I was looking at the Sigma 30 1.4. Anyone have an opinion on that one or another I should look at? Budget is about 450.

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i have the 30 1.4 and i love it. I just really love that it's great in low light. Smile I haven't really used it that much lately though because I've gotten so used to the zooming in and out with the tamron. Btw, what was wrong with it? Was it the 100% zoom that didn't look crips and in focus or? I only ask because I don't see a problem with mine. But maybe I haven't really looked.

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The pictures don't even seem in focus at 100% zoom. I tried toggling focal points, but that didn't solve the problem (thinking it could be a problem with my recomposing). I just couldn't get sharp photos on that lens. I think I may be a prime kinda girl anyway. I love having my 50 on there but I need something more wide for my indoor studio.

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i like the 30 but sometimes, depending on what, it doesn't seem wide enough. that's just me though. i like the 28-75 because of the 28 lol can you maybe try a lens out somewhere? rent one or something? or have a friend with a lens you might want that you could try out? I did that with my sigma Smile a friend let me borrow it for a few days.

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I'm afraid I don't have any suggestion on lenses. I have an 18mm-20mm zoom, but I rarely go down that low. I use my 50mm most of the time. I want a longer, faster zoom for soccer, but that doesn't help you.

sorry ... I'm rambling.

I know there are some really nice wide primes though. If I were to look for something in that range, I'd be looking at Nikon's 35mm/1.4.

I hope you find something you'll be truly happy with.

Best,
GiGi

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My 30mm (the Sigma 1.4) is my favorite lens. I actually used it for a solid week. Just switched back to the Tamron (same as you sold) for today's first day of school pictures, as I needed the zoom. The 30mm totally works for me for indoor shots. And it's just a great lens. I bought it for the same reason, needed something that would let me go wider than the 50mm.

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Loida, I don't know anyone with the lens and my local shops don't have one for rent Sad

Gigi, thanks. Our needs are just different, that's all Smile

Gwen, you're giving me that warm fuzzy feeling of making a good decision! I've been going back and forth between the Canon 35 2.0 and the Sigma 30 1.4. I think I'll hand out the extra hundred bucks to get the wider/faster lens. I've found some used ones on some of the photography forums I frequent.

I've really even considered getting another Tamron to see if it was just the lens I had. But, I think I've decided I'm a prime kinda girl. After the 30 I will be shooting for the 85. I can't stop reading good reviews of that lens.

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I can't help as I currently don't own any primes (I did with my old gear). My next purchase (or xmas gift) is going to probably be either a 28mm or 30mm.

EL2
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Love the 16-35mm Smile

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Well, I went with the 30 1.4. I'll let you all know how it turns out, I should be getting it on monday! Woo hoo to new toys Biggrin