Has anyone used the 35mm nikon/tamron/sigma?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Kennui, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Kennui

    Kennui Member

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    I'm looking into getting a 35mm for my D750. I've done some research but the 3 main models i'm looking at are all quite unique, which makes this not so straightforward.

    Low weight is a priority but there isn't much choice. Not included in the list are the nikon 35 f2D and yongnuo 35 1.8 cheapo lens.

    • Nikon 35mm 1.8G ED
    • Tamron 35mm 1.8
    • Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art
    So from all the research i've done reading reviews, articles, watching videos and looking at samples, this is what people have said:

    Nikon's seems to have not very pleasant bokeh but seems to have better bokeh with highlights and lights comapred to the tamron and sigma. It's also significantly lighter than the other two at 305g. Some commenters said it's faster at focusing than the tamron, possibly because it's a 'native' nikon lens and the smaller focus range.

    The tamron has stabilisation which is useful for video as well and low light situations. More useful than the extra light at f1.4. It has the closest focusing distance at 20cm (25 on nikon and 30 on sigma).

    Finally the sigma is the 'best' lens of the three and the most expensive. I haven't done as much research on this.



    Has anyone directly compared any or all 3 of these lenses? How accurate or incorrect are those attributes? Have any comments to share about any of these lenses?

    Thanks.
     
  2. herzeg

    herzeg Iron Photographer

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    No three way comparison, but I have the Sigma and it's brilliant. About as good as you'd want a lens to be really. Only gripe is the weight, but it's worth every gram.
     
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    Also have the sigma and its brilliant
    Extra light is always nice with the 1.4
    I shoot mine on sony so I get the stabilization anyway so cant comment vs the tamron
     
  4. ipv6ready

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    What is your intentional use, Video or Photography?

    For photography....

    I recommend looking for a good used Nikkor 35mm F/2 200gm for about $280 on eBay or other camera specialist that may have 2nd hand stock in trade in.

    Learn what 35mm means to you.

    Compared to others... what are you losing, a stop, vr, marginal sharpness or subjective better bokeh.

    If you end up loving 35mm than you can always sell the nikkor For similar to what you paid and get a newer Nikkor, Tamron or Sigma... why do you need VR on a 35mm (for photography)

    For Video...
    I have no idea basically but for long exposure counted in minutes surely VR (of tamrom) would be the clincher...
     
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    I was in a similar situation a couple of years ago I had to decide between the (at the time new) Nikon 35mm f/1.8 ED and the Sigma 35 ART as they were about the same price.
    Ended up going for the Nikon as it was a heck of a lot lighter and the reality is I didn't feel it worth all that extra weight for a small gain in light gathering capacity.
    I've used it for low light photography, landscapes and macro.
     
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  6. Xang

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    The 35A is one of the smallest, lightest primes I own. Hard to beat.
     
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    Kennui Member

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    I have looked at the 35 f2D and I haven't completely ruled it out due to weight.

    Given it's so cheap, I could just pick one up second hand now. On the other hand, that money can go towards the sigma art and I won't need to buy another 35 for a long while.

    Nice samples spectre.

    Definitely after a 35mm ipv6ready. It will be a general purpose lens. Buying a 35 f2D is looking quite attractive but these lenses aren't being sold all the time second hand (checking ocau, fb groups, ebay, gumtree). I'll need to give it more time to find some good deals.

    There's a sigma auction i'm following that could end up being quite cheap, but that carries the risk of needing calibration (from the dock), a problem that seems to be more common than the others.
     
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    You'll need to calibrate any AF lens being used on a DSLR for optimum performance.
     
  9. Shotkit

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    I haven't shot with the Tamron, but I've shot a lot with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 FX (and 1.4), and with the Sigma 1.4 - both on a Nikon D750 like yours.

    In that list, the Sigma stands head and shoulders above the rest, but that's to be expected since it's much more expensive and has a wider aperture. The ART series of lenses in general are all excellent.

    However, if it's sharpness and focus speed you're after, the Nikon f/1.8 trumps it. I did a full review of it here if you're interested.

    When compared to the Sigma, you'll notice some difference in the quality of the bokeh, even when both are shot at f/1.8 - the Nikon's bokeh is slightly 'rougher', and a little more distracting too I find.

    However, without a side by side comparison, the Nikon's an excellent lens and good value for money too. Let me know which one you go for!
     
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    Kennui

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    Thanks for the comment. I think i'll go with an option I haven't brought up before - super el cheapo yongnuo 35mm f2. I can get it for just above $100 AUD delivered on aliexpress (4% cashback too).

    It is cheap and nasty but surprisingly sharp from the reviews and video's i've looked at. I should have no problem selling it for about $100 so i'm not going to be losing much or any money and it will give me time to figure out which one to buy.

    I am leaning towards to heavier sigma for the more serious work and could keep the el cheapo supreme for when I want to reduce weight/bulk.
     

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