Should you buy a generic third party camera lens. Advantages and disadvantages of third party lenses.
A third party camera lens, is one that has been developed by a different company than those who built your camera's body. For example, if you own a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera, you might choose to purchase a generic Tamron or Sigma lens. Tamron and Sigma lenses are often much cheaper than the Canon or Nikon equivalents. Therefore photographers generally purchase these lenses for cost saving purposes.
Advantages of third party lenses
Disadvantages of third party lenses
Should you buy a generic third party or a brand lens for your digital SLR camera?
If money is no option, you should buy the real deal. After all, Canon lenses are developed specifically for Canon camera bodies. While Nikon lenses are developed especially for Nikon camera bodies. No one knows their camera bodies better than Canon and Nikon.
Even if the price difference is only a few hundred dollars, then wait until you can afford the brand lens. Personally, I've been caught out a couple of times going cheap and always had to buy again, because I wasn't fully happy with the third party lens.
However, I do understand that the low price of a generic lens is sometimes a photographers only choice. Especially while they are first learning. As I recommended earlier, check out the compatibility fully and ask around on message forums for the opinions of other photographers who have purchased these lenses.
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