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09-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3.....is this the lens I want?

For a general purpose, all in one lens? I have a Tamron 70-200mm lens, but it is pretty heavy and sometimes I miss the extra reach of the 300mm. I do, however, like how the 70-200mm works in low light situations.

Is this the lens I want, the 28-300mm Tarmon, for well lit football games, softball games, and other fairly well lit sports? Thanks.

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Tamron had a lot of variations on that lens. I had the A06 version for a while, 62mm filter. It was a handy size, light and had reasonable build quality. Everything worked OK. SR would make the long end more useful; I didn't have that. My version and the previous one only went to 270mm at infinity according to a magazine test. There are obvious image quality compromises in a 10x superzoom that cost me $160. Purple fringing, soft corners, best aperture f11, some flare. Maybe other versions are better. It might be a good lens to sneak in past strict camera policies. Otherwise, I'd get a DA 55-300.
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I had this model 185DP version with the 72mm filter size, and it's a good and versatile superzoom. A couple of things to think about though:

1) It's internal focus (IF) so the long end is really more like 200mm on a non-IF lens. You only get 300mm reach as you approach infinity, and all IF lenses are like this.

2) My Pentax DA-L 55-300 has much better image quality. Sharper, better bokeh, less purple fringing. And since it's not internal focusing, it does actually get out to 300mm.

3) This Tamron 18-200 is a better all-around lens, in my opinion. It's smaller, lighter, handles better, goes out wider at 18mm and has a bit better IQ. It usually goes for under $100 on the used market. After using this one for a little while I sold the Tamron 28-300.

With any long zoom, you'll need to stop down a bit to get the best performance out of it. I don't know whether any slow superzoom is a good fit for night sports. I'm kinda skeptical any slow lens is going to do a good job at night sports, but I dunno...

Good luck,
Bob :-)
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