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09-16-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Tamron 70-200 2.8 not as bad some say

Just received my Tamron 70-200 f-2.8 and the things I kept hearing about, the slow focus and the noise didn't materialize unless it is louder on cameras other then the Pentax. I got it because of the IQ. I see and hear nothing wrong with this lens. I love it. I think some of the reviews might be a little exaggerated. But that's just my opinion. I'm not selling my photos. But people selling their photos would have more expensive lenses anyway.

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Hah, I recently got mine, and I second this. Sure, AF kinda sucks on my k-x, but it hasn't bothered me yet. But the IQ and the bokeh and the colour rendition! All three are amazingly good. And the CA is so well controlled at F2.8, it's makes my 90mm macro looks so bad. Actually, everything about the 70-200 puts the 90mm macro to shame.

And even the more expensive Canon 70-200 L version 2 and the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 do not perform that much more amazing than the Tamron. In sharpness, the Tamron in Nikon mount has been shown to be sharper than the Nikkor, which is pretty awesome. But in Nikkor and Canon mount, they get that fizzy little motor unlike the Pentax screw-drive, so their AF is even worse.
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How about that !? Me too I am pleased with this lens !

One thing you want to careful with: if you ever take portrait shots ... all of the skin imperfections WILL show up so detailed that you must be careful ... especially with hair, pimples etc ...

Love that lens on the K5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
How about that !? Me too I am pleased with this lens !

One thing you want to careful with: if you ever take portrait shots ... all of the skin imperfections WILL show up so detailed that you must be careful ... especially with hair, pimples etc ...

Love that lens on the K5.

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F2.8 and photoshop are the 70-200's best friends!

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While it took a bit to get used to some of it's quirky features, the Tammy 70-200 is one of my best lenses. I've never had a problem with it or has it ever failed to deliver. When strapped on to the K5 it's even better. I believe it's gotten some sort of bum rap. Not in my book.
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I dont have it but Ive seen speed tests performed on a K-7 and the AF speed is quite good, then Ive seen speed test's on Canikon bodys and it seem to be pretty slow.

Sure the Sigma has faster and quieter AF, but the Tamron has the better IQ.
I would pick IQ over AF speed/noise anyday
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AF.... I find AF annoying anyways... I've been considering this lens even though it's hard to justify since I also have 2 tamron adaptall lenses covering this focal length. but maybe I should sell my 70-210 and look at this one!
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It's also the lightest compared to the Sigma and the Pentax 80-200, and a good chunk lighter too. My wrists feel sore after holding it for an extended amount of time, the extra .5lbs on the Sigma might make hand-holding a bit much.

On the k-5, AF is comparable to the HSM speeds from what I've heard. You still get the noise, but at least you also get the peace of mind that the motor won't die on you.

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I was an early adopter of the Sigma (HSM) and long ago came to the conclusion that the Tamron was a bit superior. I don't think I'm alone in this.
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well, best thing is that the price is right....
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QuoteOriginally posted by liukaitc Quote
well, best thing is that the price is right....


For what you get, the price is fantastic. IMO, one of the best IQ+versatility / price ratios out there.










1:3 magnification is great:




Here's a size comparison with P 50-135, T 28-75, and P 77ltd:


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Any of you shooting sports like Hockey with the Tamron? That's where everyone keeps telling me I need the Sigma, but looking at photos, I do really like the IQ of the Tamron.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HockeyDad Quote
Any of you shooting sports like Hockey with the Tamron? That's where everyone keeps telling me I need the Sigma, but looking at photos, I do really like the IQ of the Tamron.
Maybe the k-5 would work with this lens on fast sports. I shot my friend's marathon today, and had about a 50% chance of getting the right focus at distance with my k-x. Mind you, I know the k-x isn't an AF king in the Pentax family.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
For what you get, the price is fantastic. IMO, one of the best IQ+versatility / price ratios out there.










1:3 magnification is great:




Here's a size comparison with P 50-135, T 28-75, and P 77ltd:
wow...great..can imagine this lens is very cool for movie maker too....that bokeh, depth of field, color...
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wow, crazy 3D pop on your #2 pic Jay!!
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