I moved your post to the DSLR forum because it wasn't a good fit in the thread where you posted it. Your question is a little vague. Both Sigma and Tamron make great lenses and mediocre lenses. It really depends on the specific lens you're looking at and what your budget is. If you tell us more about what you're looking for we can definitely give you some direction.
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I have lenses from many manufacturers, including Nikon, Sigma and Tamron. In my opinion you get what you pay for. All the manufacturers are equally smart at making lenses and just as competitive price-wise.
I tend to trust Tamron a bit more than Sigma. Sigma lens use a unique method of engineering their AF and Aperture control to fit the various mounts. As a result, frequently as camera bodies are upgraded Sigma lens lose this electronic control (rendering AF and or aperture control null). It can sometimes be fixed by sending the lens into sigma to be 'rechipped', which is still a hassle. I find that most of the time, whatever option Sigma has Tamron has a better, more fairly priced option. But as others have said, there is certainly some variance within different models and sometimes, depending on price, Sigma may give oyu a better option. If you post specific lens for us to compare, we can give you a more specific answer.
As was said, Tokina is also worth considering. Though they don't frequently have the same high performance optics as the competition, they are of a typically excellent build quality and very inexpensive as well. Their 80-200 does not compare to the Sigma or Tamron versions in optical performance, but their 80-200 is also one half to one third the price of the competition as well.
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I think you just need to read reviews and a lot of them. With either brand you can have problems with CA. I wouldn't buy anything with less the 41/2 stars. I don't buy a lens without researching. Most often just post a question here and someone has used the lens you ask about. The knowledge base here is deep.
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Question. Which lens for a DSLR camera is better. Tamron or Sigma?
Thanks for the objective answers I received from many of you. It is kind of difficult to decide which lens to purchase considering that some of these lens' prices are quite steep. Nevertheless, I can base my choice with some considerations to the answers given.
Hi, don't know if you can help but we are relatively new to DSLR's having had a Canon SX50 bridge camera for the past year. We purchased a Canon EOS 700D and then got a Sigma 170-500mm 1:5-6:3 APO AF lens for it from Ebay. We are having problems with the lens, but not sure if it's cause we don't know enough about them or whether in fact the lens is faulty. If the Fstop is above 5.6 then we are unable to take a photo, is this what it is meant to be or is the lens faulty?
Like someone mentioned earlier. A general statement like that can be very misleading towards both brands. You have to be specific to which particular lens model you are referring to.
Some third party lenses work great with some cameras and not so great with other camera models.
Also, making a general statement like you did without some indication as of to why, the statement becomes rather meaningless.
I'm having a similar problem I have a Rebel SL1 and want to upgrade the kit lens. I'm looking at the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM VS. the Tamron Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD, anybody have any experience with either of these?