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03-25-2008, 04:57 AM   #31
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Very sharp indeed...Well done! I love the opener.

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Palmor .... those images are beautiful indeed ... nice work.

I think i made a mistake in purchasing the Pentax FA J 75-300mm (although mine seems to be a decent copy compared to many others) ... the Tamron does produse some NICE images (my Tammy 90mm macro is crisp and clear).
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well this cinches my "which 70-300 do I buy" question.
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annnnndd.........*click* bought it for 130.

sweeet. Now my lineup is complete for the moment. 18-55 kit, 50 1.4, 28 2.8, 70-300 4-5.6, and a vivtar 2x macro-focusing teleconverter.

get thee behind me, LBA.

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I love my copy of the lens. I bought it used in marketplace and thanks to the seller who has kept it like new. I especially love the lens in the zoo


I do see purple fringe in couple of shots in high contrast areas but I like what I get with an inexpensive price and it works out great with occasional use of the lens for longer reach. The Macro 1:2 looks awesome from other posting on this thread. Now that I own both Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Di Macro and Tamron 70-300 Di LD Macro, I am thinking of the new Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Di II to make a trio Tamron zooms that cover from 17mm to 300mm, just a thought for the LBA minded. Now that Ben joins us for LBA, we are very much encouraged instead of self blaming for another lens purchase.

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I have the 75-300 version. Little older, and macro only 1:4, but for the 130 I paid, Ii found it to be quite a little performer when asked of it.
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Hi Ben,

and what does the people at the Pentax HQ say about it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Did a couple things to your photo. Pops a bit more.

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WOW -what a difference! It was quite good before, but you're right, it has a lot more pop to it. mind telling me what you did?

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WOW -what a difference! It was quite good before, but you're right, it has a lot more pop to it. mind telling me what you did?
Benjamin Kanarek post processing method | PentaxLife

But I lightened up on the opacity...40-50
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QuoteOriginally posted by vagrant10 Quote
WOW -what a difference! It was quite good before, but you're right, it has a lot more pop to it. mind telling me what you did?
You beat me to it, lol, thanks for asking !! Now if i just has PS CS3 !!! Dunno if PSE 3 will do what Ben did, I'll have to read his tutorial !! And yeah, it is quite a difference !
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That is very true Ben. At the time, I was shooting only in JPEG. I now only shoot in RAW+JPEG after I took a look at the difference that the K10D does in its RAW images. It was like night and day compared to the JPEG.

It is a wonderful little lens for the money. Just have to watch out for those high contrast photos though.
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Ben - it's my favorite "budget" lens... ever. I passed my copy down to my son who's now a Fine Arts major with an emphasis on, what else... photography. I gave it to him when I picked up an F*300/4.5 last year. He's been using it shooting for the college yearbook and school newspaper and loves it.

When I recently told him that I was considering getting the DA*300/4 and letting him have the F*300, his only response was... "Why would I want to get rid of the Tamron?"

Here's a few shots from "our" collection

It used to just shoot birds on a K10d...




Now it covers campus events attached to a K100D...
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One can only imagine the images that Ben will produce with this lens ...

Oh, and thanks for posting a link to your processing methods... very cool!
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@Palmor:

Those shots were incredible, especially the 1st one -- think it is called a float? Such deep colors.
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I am surprized you wouldn't try the Pentax 50-200mm. Not long enough for you or does it not have good reviews? I was considering that lens.
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