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04-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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Tamron 70-200

Came in today and can't wait to give it a go tomorrow at my son's sporting event.

First impressions so far........Holy Guacamole! This thing is huge! Much, much bigger than ......well, never mind. First few indoor shots look great.

Any of you guys shoot this thing without a tripod or some other assistive device?

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sure, it works great handheld. you can remove the tripod mount collar to make it easier to hold. you'll get used to it. good luck!
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I hand hold it almost everywhere lol.. the tripod base makes for a nice handle when u turn it so it's at the 1 oclock positio ; out of the way for my left hand to hold the base of the lens and zoom.
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Sure, it's big but I can comfortably handhold it for a day's shooting, like weddings or conferences. It balances well when held with one hand supporting its bottom.

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I sold my copy to a fellow mwmber , only because I purchased the DA*300.

The Tammy is sharp from the get-go and I had no problems using it hand held, also the bokeh is nothing to sneeze at. It's a super sharp lens with a great close focus!
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Monopod for me. I can't hand hold it. It's an AWESOME lens that is way under-rated. I gave it the nick name "Mondo". The niggles you read on-line don't matter in real life. For under $1000, its a steal!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sage97 Quote
Came in today and can't wait to give it a go tomorrow at my son's sporting event.

First impressions so far........Holy Guacamole! This thing is huge! Much, much bigger than ......well, never mind. First few indoor shots look great.

Any of you guys shoot this thing without a tripod or some other assistive device?
I have this lens and I should use it more ...

Sharp: !!! VERY sharp !!
Just remember something: if you are going to take some "portrait" shots, it will actually show a LOT of the face(s) details: pimples, wrinkles, hair, blushing, and what not.
Not always amusing to the model.

Heavy? Yes, but it can be easily hand-held. I am used to the DA*300/4 and I think this one might be heavier, and I don't mind it.

The AF is quite fast, albeit a bit noisier than the more modern lenses, but not so bad as to alert the whole neighbourhood!

Cheers.

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Mass = stability. I usually hand-hold it, though if for long periods of time I might use a monopod as a rest because I have bum shoulder.


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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Mass = stability. I usually had-hold it, though if for long periods of time I might use a monopod as a rest because I have bum shoulder.
Pretty much the same for me. I generally hand hold it but will put it on a monopod to rest the shoulder. Used it today to shoot a play without flash and it really did well with the K5. So nice to be able to get usable shots at ISO 6400 to 8000.
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On a monopod for me
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Very cool. I will be using it handheld in a few hours mainly because I don't have a tripod. Thanks all.
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There's always leaning trick.
Lean on stable objects like walls, fenses, light poles, and other stuff. Use them for added stability.
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I think it is half the weight of the Sigma 70-200mm and the old FA 80-200mm. Anyway, I am a small person and I use it hand held all the time with my K-r-no problems what-so-ever with fatigue. Love this lens
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I bought one about a month ago and am very pleased with all the important aspects. I am using it on a K200D and like it very much. I agree with the above posters as to handling, value, and performance. So far I have had no issues with hand-held operation. I second the idea of bringing a monopod on extended outings. Nice to find something that outperforms its price.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Take-5-JB Quote
Nice to find something that outperforms its price.

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Yes, that is true about this lens for sure.
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