Tamron Lenses vs. Name Brand

13 years 2 months ago #52220 by silverlining
I've heard that the Sony 18-200mm lens is simply a rebranded version of the Tamron 18-200 that is made for the Sony Alpha line. I don't doubt this...

My question is, although the specs may be identical, is the Tamron lower quality? Do they use cheaper glass? Do they have looser quality control?

I know things are typically cheaper for a reason, but I also know that pricing a product in a higher range will give the illusion that it is therefore higher quality.

13 years 2 months ago #52278 by Scout 4x4
Im not farmiliar with the Sony line of lenses, but I do have experience with Tamron. Almost all of their lenses are fabulous. Worth every penny. I wouldnt hesitate with the Tamron. go to pixel-peeper.com and check out the pictures taken with the Sony like and the Tamron line. VERY helpful site.

13 years 2 months ago - 13 years 2 months ago #52283 by Screamin Scott
Like any other manufactuer, they have different quality levels. Their "SP" (Superior Performance) line is their quality line...Just make sure you compare like models & not the consumer grade to the pro grade lenses. Normally, an OEM will subcontract out their consumer grade lenses as opposed to their Pro line.

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13 years 2 months ago #52554 by Stealthy Ninja
I've not used any tamron lenses because AFAIK they're only for crop bodies.
13 years 2 months ago - 13 years 2 months ago #52709 by Henry Peach
They make 35mm models. I use a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and 17-35 f/2.8-4 on my 5Ds.

I've done quite a few comparisons and shoot outs with the Tamron, Sigma, and Canon lenses (including Ls) I own. In general the Tamrons and Sigmas hold up very well, and in some ways even out perform the Ls.

Cheaper lenses are built out of cheaper stuff, but that doesn't mean quality control is any worse. They are usually built well enough to handle the situations most folks are shooting in.

You really need to assess and compare lenses on an individual basis.



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