I'm looking for a budget telephoto lens and I'm wondering which of these two is the better option. They have very similar specs:

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

This is for my Canon EOS XTi. Thank you!

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/1520/lens-review-sites \$\endgroup\$
    – coneslayer
    May 9, 2011 at 17:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would splurge and get the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS, but that doesn't really answer your question. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    May 9, 2011 at 17:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ For what it's worth I have the Tamron and am very happy with it. It's not world-class but for the price they're going for at the moment you can't go far wrong. \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2011 at 21:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ElendilTheTall: Thanks. I did end up ordering the Tamron because the reviews seemed slightly better. \$\endgroup\$
    – Josh M.
    May 9, 2011 at 21:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah. When I got it I checked the reviews, which assumed the full price. They said it was good value; I got it for nearly half price so I figured it was worth a shot. And it is. \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2011 at 21:53

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Have you checked fred miranda for reviews and ratings?


He does a great job breaking down the lenses.


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