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09-23-2007, 02:09 AM   #1
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LBA: Tamron 70-300 Di

hmmm!...this wasn't supposed to happen for awhile.

But....while going over my travel kit and doing a trial pack, I was somewhat taken back at the weight I had created for myself...the back pack was pushing on 10kg and probably stretching the friendship with the airlines 7kg carry on rule.
The problem was the Sig 135-400, whilst I like it a lot...as a walk around lens it is big, clumsy due to lens creep and heavy.

Also given the fact that my 50-200 has mysteriously found its way to NZ courtesy of no 1 daughter, has given me cause to re-consider my kit.

After the usual research I ordered a Tamron 70-300 DI LD f4-5.6, so the kit will now be the Sig 18-125 on the DL and the Tamron 70-300 on the DS with the Sig 24 f1.7 as the "go to" lens when quality is called for.

The 135-400, DFA 100 & 18-55 are all staying home.....unless you lot can come up with compelling reasons to do something different

I will post the mandatory first LBA shot when it turns up.

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I'm interested in seeing what you think of it. I've just acquired a second hand Sigma APO DG 70-300. I'm pretty happy with it, especially considering the price. BUT, I'm a bit spoiled by the sharpness of my old A and M primes. The Sigma is decent, but If the Tamron has better sharpness - I'd be interested in it.
The more I play around with newer lens the better my appreciation of that old Pentax glass!
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QuoteOriginally posted by GWP Quote
hmmm!...this wasn't supposed to happen for awhile.

After the usual research I ordered a Tamron 70-300 DI LD f4-5.6, so the kit will now be the Sig 18-125 on the DL and the Tamron 70-300 on the DS with the Sig 24 f1.7 as the "go to" lens when quality is called for.

The 135-400, DFA 100 & 18-55 are all staying home.....unless you lot can come up with compelling reasons to do something different

I will post the mandatory first LBA shot when it turns up.

Cheers
I am extremely happy with my tamron 70-300 DI LD lens. I have a tough time going anywhere without it. But my Bigma doesn't always go with me.
It sounds to me that you have a very nice travel kit set up. I am saving my $$ at the moment to buy the tamron 18-250. Because I am so happy with the tamron 70-300, I really want to have the 18-250. That seems like it would be a perfect walk-about lens.
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Sounds like your 50-200 has gone to a better place.

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Sounds like your 50-200 has gone to a better place.
chuckle, chuckle.
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Tamron 70-300 Di LD?. I have it and I love it. Coupled with my Sigma 17-70 I find that this combination is pretty versatile when I am out and about, not a lot of weight., suits me anyway. With a 1.4 Tc I cover Macro to a good long lens coverage, but the LBA still gnaws
(500mm, perhaps Bigma, being looked into at this time!):

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hi

Hi Bramela. I live on the central coast ,just wondering where u got the lens and where u go for your equipment.I nearly bought the tamron 70-300 but got a pentax 80-320 instead,wish i had of got the Tamron.Mainly cause the pentax is no good for sports where i think the tamron would do ok.I used the tamron 80-210 for footy and got some pretty good results but would like a bit more reach.Hows the tamron at the 200-300mm.Ive read how it loses sharpness at the long end ,is this the case and is it that noticeable. good luk with it ,enjoy
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Hi trumpyman

i have bought a couple of lens at Digitalwarehouse (17-70 and this one, if I remember correctly.) They are not the cheapest. I dont know if you ebay but I have bought both in USA and Canada, much cheaper and no hassles, to date. I use Paypal and also have not been charged to bring into Australia YET!. Have a look at B & H Photographics in USA, they are good to deal with as well.
I havent done any real fast work with it ,i.e. sports etc, but the results are quite satisfactory in what I use it for.
In real bright light, sun on the water etc,, and particularly at 300mm, there is a bit of flaring. I love the macro capability.
Hope this helps you some.


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QuoteOriginally posted by trumpyman Quote
Hows the tamron at the 200-300mm.Ive read how it loses sharpness at the long end
Hi, here are 3 samples taken at 240/300/260mm in that order.
Not sure about loss of sharpness, I'm happy with this lens.

The two guys in pic #3 would probably kill me if they saw it; on first glance it looks like they were holding hands
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Thanx alot for posting pics to both of you.I liked what i saw and will move the tamron to the top of the list.So far its a toss up between the tamron and the apo sigma to be honest they both seem pretty good.Like i said ive been more than happy with the tamron 80-210 so id like to stik with tamron.thanx again and happy photography to u.
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Here are a few more pics for you with the Tamron 70-300, I like it, but as someone else said, in bright, contrasty situations, there is a bit of "purple fringing"

Here in the states, it is also less expensive than the Sigma

120MM, F4, ISO 400, 1/1500 sec


300MM, F5.6, ISO 400 1/500 sec
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Thankyou everybody.
The tamron has arrived and I hope to get out this evening or tomorrow and take that all important first shot.
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Hi Bramela

Nice pics...how do you find the Tamron with the converter. Can you post a picture at full zoom with the TC.

I just got a K100-D and the Tamron.....also seriously considering the Sigma 17 70 DC for my upcoming 6 day trip to Kruger SA.

I've heard differing views on the TC for wildlife or bird photography. Would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Thanks.

Kal
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Hello Kal
Yes will do. Its a bit late this evening, but see what I can do for you tomorrow and will post the results for you.
Regards ........ Bruce.


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I have been weighing up the Sigma 50-500 and the 135-400.
How do you find the latter. Is the quality it produces up to your expectations.
What is it like at the 400mm end. Hows the sharpness. After all it fits a bit better into the budget rather than the 50-500.
Thanks a lot.... Bruce.
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