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11-06-2007, 05:01 AM   #1
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DA50-200 and Tamron 70-300

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I have the DA50-200 but I find that sometimes I need a longer reach. So I am thinking of getting the Tamron 70-300 DI.

I already have the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 and the Tamron 70-300 would be nice to complement my tammy, but if I get this lens, my DA50-200 would be (more or less) redundant since its focal length are already covered by Tamron 70-300.

What would you guys go for? The DA50-200 or the Tamron 70-300?

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11-06-2007, 06:30 AM   #2
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You've obviously already "gone for" the DA50-200, but state that you sometimes need a longer reach. Unless you want to spend more than 5 or 6 hundred dollars your two main choices are the Tamron and Sigma 70-300mm lenses. I can't speak for the Tamron, which I understand is more prone to purple fringing, but I have the Sigma APO DG, and have been favorably impressed with it. Granted, it's a bit soft at 300mm, but what can you expect from a $200 lens? The "macros" on the other hand are very sharp, and the lens is light enough that it can be carried all day with no problem.

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11-06-2007, 07:00 AM   #3
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So assuming you are force to make a decision between the sigma 70-300 and the DA50-200, you would choose the sigma?

I am trying to decide if I should get the 70-300 (can be sigma or Tamron) and sell the DA50-200. Not sure if this is a wise move, hence your feedbacks are important.
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I have zero experience with the DA50-200, so cannot compare that lens with the 70-300's. I think the bottom line question is how badly you need the extra length. Otherwise you're comparing apples and pears. I thought I needed extra length, and moved up from the Sigma 70-300 to the Bigma. Was this a "wise move"? I thought it was, but my wife might not agree. It all depends on YOUR perspective, and no one else can tell you whether it made sense or not. If all your pictures are shot at focal lengths below 200mm, then switching to one of the 70-300's made no sense, but if you have a good many shot at focal lengths between 200 and 300mm, then switching to the Tamron or Sigma made good sense. In my opinion greater magnification in your camera is analagous to greater horsepower in your car, and you always need just a little bit more. Again, no experience with the DA50-200, but I've got a feeling that you aren't going to be happy until you move up to one of the 70-300's, and once LBA sets in, then the only limit is your pocketbook.

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11-06-2007, 04:54 PM   #5
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My Experience -

About a month ago I was in the same position you were in. I've owned the 50-200 for about a year. Good piece of glass but I needed a little bit more reach, so about a month ago, I picked up the 70-300. The 50-200 is going up on Ebay and I'm not looking back.

My copy of the Tamron has purple fringing issues IF I use it at full length (300mm) but from 70-200 it's way sharper than my copy of the 50-200. I'm amazed at the clarity for the price.

I have a few examples of the Tamron on my website - Zenfolio | Frank Harsla Photography
Go into the "Sports" gallery. All of the football pictures were taken with the Tamron (I think at 300 mm).

Here's one taken at the shorter end of the lens -

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Not all my shots are done at 200mm but I find that I needed the extra reach when I am shooting motorGP and F1 racing. Currently I am using the DA50-200 and I need to "really" crop the picture to get the motorbike "big" enuf in the picture. This is when I thought moving up to 70-300 might be helpful. That said, I cannot justify in the purchase of the bigma since I am no sports photographer The 70-300s seem to be the most I can invest in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by camperguy01;115741

I have a few examples of the Tamron on my website - [url=http://harsla.zenfolio.com/:
Zenfolio | Frank Harsla Photography[/url]
Go into the "Sports" gallery. All of the football pictures were taken with the Tamron (I think at 300 mm).
Great photos using the Tamron. I like the snow-cross photo v. much. Are all your photos (snow-cross and the AFL photos) cropped version or the original version? Seems very sharp to me. What version is your Tamron? The latest DI version?
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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
Great photos using the Tamron. I like the snow-cross photo v. much. Are all your photos (snow-cross and the AFL photos) cropped version or the original version? Seems very sharp to me. What version is your Tamron? The latest DI version?
Most if not all were cropped. The snow-cross were taken with the 50-200 not the 70-300.

All of the football ones were taken with the 70-300 and I'm pretty sure at 300mm.

Considering that the pics were cropped and that many people think that this lens is slightly soft at 300mm - this is about as "bad' as your going to get with this lens. Take the price into consideration and I think this lens is a steal. Just my opinion though........

It is the newest DI version.

By the way, love the cycle pics on your site - nicely done!

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The cycle pics on my site is heavily cropped too...and not that sharp IMHO. I am hoping the 70-300s are better in giving me more reach, hence I need not crop that much.
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The Tamron 70-300 DI is my newest lens, and it has been great to me thus far! I've shot a ot of different types of shots with it and have found it to be great.

Coincidentally, my friend just bought the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. I have to say I like mine better. The build quality of his may be a little better but the Tamron seems better at 300, especially wide open. And the Sigma only has macro at 300, where as the Tamron has it from 180-300.

If you have any more specific questions between those two lenses let me know
11-06-2007, 06:01 PM   #11
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Like others I have the 50-200 and wanted more reach. My 50-200 is really a good copy of that lens and sharp out to 200mm. So I am not really gaining anything below 200. And 300 is just a bit more reach IMO. Not a giant leap...
So I picked up the 70-300 LD DI for $150...Mine is pretty sharp out to 300mm and has a fun Macro capability that the 50-200 does not have.
It does suffer from the PF/CA in all high contrast shots, but as others have said that is a PP cured issue.

For me I am keeping both for now. The 50-200 is way smaller/lighter. And for most situations the 200mm is enough. In fact it ended up being the 20mm at the wide end that is more important to me in most situations. I tend to use my FA50 or SMC Tak 50 1.4 a lot, so my brain apparently sets shots up at 50 alot. So the 70 mm feels a bit long to me kind of an unnatural starting point that may just take me some time to get used to.

I went to my daughters Halloween parade the other day. And I choose the 50-200 for the 50mm end and because I did not want to be dealing with the PF on all the sundrenched costume shots.
I am glad it took it because the extra twenty would not have worked for some ot the tighter shots.
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But for the birds/ bugs or Bikes in your case, the extra 100mm will help with the amount of cropping.
And you can't beat the price.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Buschmaster Quote
The Tamron 70-300 DI is my newest lens, and it has been great to me thus far! I've shot a ot of different types of shots with it and have found it to be great.

Coincidentally, my friend just bought the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. I have to say I like mine better. The build quality of his may be a little better but the Tamron seems better at 300, especially wide open. And the Sigma only has macro at 300, where as the Tamron has it from 180-300.

If you have any more specific questions between those two lenses let me know
I am 90% decided to make a go at the Tamron 70-300 DI. Some friends advised that I should just keep the DA50-200 unless I am short of cash.
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Well if you can have both lenses that'd be good, but at the same time, the Tamron will probably do what you need it to.

Looking at your line-up you don't have a whole lot you could do if you sell that lens and look to buy another on top of the Tamron...
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What other lens would you recommend then?
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Well, if you get the Tamron and sell the 50-200... you could also sell your kit lens and replace it with the Sigma 17-70 or somthing similar. Of course, you have the 28-75.

Again, you could go wide angle like a 12-24, but you have a 14mm.

You could get a macro lens but the Tamron handles macro at 1:2 which is very good.

You could get a fast lens but you have the 50mm f/1.4.

You could get a... tripod?
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