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The Difference Between Lens Price and Image Quality

When it comes to buying gear, one of the toughest decisions that professional videographers and photographers have to make are lens purchases. Should I get a Zoom lens or a prime lens? A 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm lens? There are also different brands for different lenses of the same focal length or zoom range, each carrying their own pros and cons.

One of the newest lenses for the Sony E-mount camera system is the Sigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art lens. It comes in at over $1000 less than the Sony 24-70 F2.8 GMaster lens. However, it is over $300 more expensive than the Tamron 28-75 F1.8 lens. With such vast difference in price, you might be asking yourself, “Is there a big difference in image quality?”

Sure, there are different technical specs such as weather sealing, auto focus, and aperture blades that affect price overall. However, when it comes to image quality, the differences aren’t quite so obvious.

Take a look at the video below and see if you can spot the difference in the lenses.