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07-30-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Taking the Tammy 70-200mm for a spin

I decided to rent the lens thru cameralensrentals.com and it came today. This thing is frickin' huge and dwarfs my K-7 more than I thought was possible!

I'm using it tomorrow for a small concert shoot but I wanted to try it out first. I can really say that the lens focuses fast and is inherently sharp. There are smooth gradations and it looks like the tones stay even.

I put up two test shots to gauge who it dealt with contrast and muted colors as well as sharpness. I'd say this is a winner.
Btw, these are wide open (2.8) shots.

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What focal length is that at? If it's 200mm that's an extremely good copy, and quite honestly, I'd inquire about applying your rental fee towards purchasing it.
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JBoyde:

I too own the Sigma 70-200 and YES: it is one big lens!
My DA*300/4 looks quite small compared to it.

The Tammy is very contrasty and renders colours beautifully too. Agreed that it also focuses fast.

Are you going to keep that lens? Just asking ... curious.

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@jodokast: that is at 200mm wide open at its closest range for focus (3.1 ft). All I did was use a little clarity in Lightroom, that was it.

@jpzk: I'll see how it goes tomorrow during the concert shoot but I do like this lens! My next try will be the Pentax 50-135, buuuuuut I know that I have an option to buy lenses that are rented. I have to see if the rental goes towards cost like Jodokast said.

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I rented the Tammy as well, a couple months ago. It wasn't the smartest move considering my only body is a K2000. I was afraid the Tammy was going to break my lens mount off (never mind breaking my back) when I was carrying it around town!

But it definitely has great potential. Looks like you got an excellent copy, sadly mine was exceedingly soft at 200mm @ f/2.8.

Have fun!
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Brilliant result. Definitely a good copy.
This would make a positive contribution to the wide open results from the Tamron 70-200 on my thread and Jay's thread here.
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Absolutely they will apply it to the cost. I was happy with my copy until I saw this.
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Brilliant result. Definitely a good copy.
This would make a positive contribution to the wide open results from the Tamron 70-200 on my thread and Jay's thread here.
Please feel free.

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I have found that the gross tonnage of the Tamron actually makes it more stable when hand-held due to inertia. The lighter xx-300 zooms seems to wobble around more - one of the reasons I got the grip (which did not really help that issue).

A monopod will be your friend if it is not already.
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I have found that the gross tonnage of the Tamron actually makes it more stable when hand-held due to inertia. The lighter xx-300 zooms seems to wobble around more - one of the reasons I got the grip (which did not really help that issue).

A monopod will be your friend if it is not already.
Youre not kidding. The bottle pictures are handheld at 1/60 sec! I'd think that I wouldnt get anything sharp under 1/160 so I think you have a point.
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Technique handholding matters too - I've found with most of the weight supported by the left hand on the underside of the lens, there's much more stability, and of course reduced stress on the mount.
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I'm going to have to get my Tammy out of the closet, to be honest I haven't used it much.

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PS I'll post my results when I do use it more.
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I'm going to have to get my Tammy out of the closet, to be honest I haven't used it much.

Ray


PS I'll post my results when I do use it more.
Closet??! BLASPHEMY!!
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Whew, you got a winner there! I think yours is sharper wide open than mine by a bit I'm really impressed with this lens, that's for sure. Just gorgeous shots from it I have, however, ordered a monopod - oh my aching wrists! Some of my tests:

200mm 2.8


200mm f/5 1/60th, a bit of hand-shake on this one I'm sure


200mm 4.5
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Closet??! BLASPHEMY!!
I know!

I have a few other lenses I need to dust off.
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