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03-14-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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DA*200 or Tamron 70-200/2.8

I apologize for yet another "what lens thread", but I could use some advice from those of you who have used either/or both of these lenses.

I'm looking to expand my reach to 200mm primarily for indoor sports, some outdoor motorsports, and nature with a TC down the road.

My indecision revolves around the benefit of weather sealing in the DA* and the versatility of the Tamron.

Pros of DA*200:
- pro grade optics
- excellent IQ
- weather sealing

Cons of DA*200:
- limited experience with primes
- SDM (?)
- higher cost

Pros of Tamron:
- zoom (obvious)
- sharp @ 2.8
- lower cost

Cons of Tamron:
- no weather sealing
- slowish AF

I'm bouncing this inner decision off the board to see if I'm missing anything...

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A camera condom negates the lack of weather sealing on the Tamron.
I don't think the 200 is a speed-focusing winner, but if you are already in the ballpark, it should be fast enough with either lens - or you might be in the wrong system.

The Tamron weighs almost 2X...
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Good call on the weight difference. I have limited experience with using lens protection in the rain, so the peace of mind is what attracts me to this lens... Thanks!
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I think the main difference you'll be looking at is the weather sealing and handling. The Tamron doesn't have quick-shift and you have to move a switch on the lens and the camera in order to get it to manually focus. It's AF should be quicker (Screwdrive is typically faster than 1-st generation SDM) and the optics are superb, however. I would recommend the Tamron personally.

I've made some remarks on it here: Fast Sports Zoom Lenses for Pentax | Sigma 70-200mm vs. Tamron 70-200mm vs. Pentax FA* 80-200mm F2.8


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Tamron: catch in focus? 70-200mm

QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I think the main difference you'll be looking at is the weather sealing and handling. The Tamron doesn't have quick-shift and you have to move a switch on the lens and the camera in order to get it to manually focus. It's AF should be quicker (Screwdrive is typically faster than 1-st generation SDM) and the optics are superb, however. I would recommend the Tamron personally.

I've made some remarks on it here: Fast Sports Zoom Lenses for Pentax | Sigma 70-200mm vs. Tamron 70-200mm vs. Pentax FA* 80-200mm F2.8
Can you use catch in focus with the Tamron 80-200mm? From what I understand, you can put the AF/MF switch to MF on the DA * 200mm and use catch in focus by keeping the camera on AF.S? Will this work with the Tamron?

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