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08-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Do I Really Need Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Lens?

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I need a little bit of suggestion here. I am not into any wedding photography. I was impressed by the reviews on Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens and kind of wanting to purchase it. I don't have any f2.8 lens as of now and my main interest lies in wildlife and nature photography. But when I reviewed my old photographs 70% of them were shot at 300mm (FA 100-300mm f4.7-5.6 lens & Sigma 70-300mm). So I am not sure if my desire for this lens is out of a need or because of the reviews and images I have seen from this glass and at affordable price. Is this focal length suitable for me??? Will I be happy at 200mm with an f2.8 despite shooting most of the time at 300mm???

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If I were you, I'd get a DA*300/FA*300 or a DA*60-250 or a Sigma 100-300 F4.

I adore my Tamron 70-200, but it's not meant for birding, as it is a bit short.

But any of the three suggestions above will provide you the reach you are used to, as well as the speed to shoot a stop better than your current lens, AND the quality wide open that your current lens can't achieve until perhaps F8 or F11 (or maybe not ever).
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Two ways to look at it:
200mm is 33% wider than 300mm, so your birds would be 1/3rd smaller in the frame.
300mm is 50% tighter than 200mm, so your birds would be twice as big in the frame.
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You asked - "Do I Really Need Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Lens?" - YES. I was on the fence before I bought it, but it's easily one of my favorite lenses. Sharp as a tack and f/2.8. What's not to like at around $760 NEW?

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QuoteOriginally posted by gut1kor Quote
70-200mm f2.8 Lens
Zooms in this range are great for indoor sport/performance or portrait, and I love my Sigma 70-200/2.8. Judging from the subject in your photos here, I would say stay with the 250-300 mm range as the other Forums members already suggested.
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I don't need a 70-200/2.8 but I want one. I do a lot of tele shooting but having a fast mid range tele zoom is a handy thing. I currently am using MF primes to fill in the slot.
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Since over 2/3 of your shots are at 300mm, you should go with a 300mm or longer prime and forget the zoom. Lenses such as the Pentax DA*/FA*/F*300 or Tokina 300/2.8 or 400/5.6 are substantially better than what you have now at 300. You might even like the Pentax 560/5.6 that's due to be released later this year, although I fear its design may necessitate a higher price tag than many of us would prefer.

I've decided to forgo zoom at anything over 135mm. It sounds like you're an even stronger candidate for this approach than I am.


Not that the Tamron 70-200 isn't useful, but it sounds like a compromise that won't get you much closer (if any) to your objective.
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The 70-200 is an amazing lens, I wanted one for a long time, but I found I didn't end up using it as much as I thought I would. It's quite the beast. The guy I bought it from turned out some amazing birding shots with his Pentax 1.7x TC, but I think it's mostly for sport and event photography.

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You don't need it. I also suggest a DA* 300 if the majority of your shots are at 300mm and you don't use telephoto focal lengths for anything else. However if you were to purchase a Tamron 70-200 as well as the Tamron 1.4x teleconverter then you'd effectively have 280mm of reach at a maximal effective aperture of f/4. Not as sharp as the DA* 300 at f/4 comparing it to the Tamron with the teleconverter, but if you 'needed' the range offered by a zoom lens this might be an acceptable compromise between the choices. I'd still go for the DA* 300 if you don't use the other focal lengths very much.
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I want to jump in here and offer my $0.02 as well but I have to agree with many of the responses already stated. The Tammy 70-200 is a wonderful lens and until I got the DA*50-135 it really filled a gap in my quality medium tele line up. I like constant aperture zooms and will get them, if I can afford them. (The DA*50-135 is not a substitute for the Tammy, it just has a more comfortable working range for me for a lot of things.) I think that it's (the Tammy) image quality is a lot better than the FA 100-300 and I 'think' it's even better than the DA 55-300, which for me, is the best of the XX-300 zooms that I've owned. However, it does sound too short for your needs. Best of luck on your decisions.
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*echo above*

If your main interest is in wildlife and nature, skip the 70-200 and go for a DA*300 instead.
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Is 300 enough? If your lenses went to 400 or 500, would most of your shots be there instead?

I love my 70-200 but not so much at airshows, which is the mechanized equivalent of birding :-)
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I have had several 70-200's and a few 300's over the years. My main use for the 70-200's has been sports and events. The 300's I used for some football, birding and wildlife. I think the 70-200 is a very versatile lens, especially if you get the right 1.7x to go with it.
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I just took the Tamron 70-200/2.8 off my K-5 after shooting off the pier outside our room. I have the 55-300 too but the Tamron is sharper. I was not able to get the sea birds the way I like with only 200mm. Much as I like my Tamron 70-200, it's just not a birding lens IMHO. Perhaps either a 300 prime or a zoom in the 150-500 range instead?
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