If you have taken a look at my gear you will notice that I am a Canon user. You will also notice that I have a couple of third party lenses, namely Sigma.
For the most part the Sigma lenses seem to be fine, well except for the error 99 code caused by the shorter zoom. (I recently had to send my 28-70mm in for repairs. They have said it will take a month!)
Although the third party lenses seem to be fine most of the time I have had some stock photos rejected due to “poor lens quality”. This, combined with the error code and what seems to me to be a lack of focus, has gotten me wondering if it is better to stick with one brand. (ok so the lack of focus may be a user issue, I seem to lack focus myself from time to time)
Should I keep Canon lenses on my Canon camera? Does it really make that big of a difference? What do other people think of third party lenses?
Now I’ve got a list of Canon lenses that I would like to add to my glass arsenal someday. And from time to time I look around the web a little to see what other people say about using third party lenses. We all know that Canon products tend to cost a bit more then other brands such as Sigma so I’m hoping to find some validation that the higher price is really worth it. You always hear “you get what you pay for”. But who doesn’t want to save a buck or two nowadays?
I have recently found a “new to me” blog by Kevin Oke and while taking a look through his posts I found this one. It’s a list of lenses that he has used and the results he’s gotten with them. There’s a lot of Sigma there.
Maybe the third party idea isn’t as bad as I’ve thought. I guess I need to do some more checking into this.
Anyone else have an opinion on brand name vs third party?
Oh, and by the way. Kevin, I forgive you for the Nikon. You do great work even if it’s not a Canon. 🙂