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06-10-2008, 08:20 PM   #1
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Cheapo lens making me proud

Yes, it is the Tamron 70-300 Di LD. I paid $90 for my used copy and I often brag about my cheapo lens with my C&N buddies spending a fortune on VR and USM features.

Of course, all the caveats in PF, AF noises come with the fun with this lens. I can't be more proud of inexpensive gear found in this Tamron lens when used with SR in Pentax dSLR



#1 1st attempt on flying birdies, cropped, shot @ 300mm


#2


#3 heavily cropped


#4 Yes on flying bees
Not great, but what the heck for $90


#5


#6


#7 Reasonably good closeup with bug


#8 Reasonably good closeup on flower


#9 Shot multiple times to avoid PF, PF can be annoying


#10 Portraits is great in 70mm to 130mm


#11


Tamron 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Test Shots - Hin's Tech Corner
Tamron 70-300 Di LD Macro Test Shots - Hin's Tech Corner
Purple Fringe with Tamron 70-300 Di LD Macro - Hin's Tech Corner

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06-10-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
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I agree that is lens is pretty sweet! I bought mine less than a month ago and I still have not taken it off. I have just been busy trying macro shots.
06-10-2008, 08:40 PM   #3
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Hi Hin

You could take a jelly jar and make it look like a good lens. These are wonderful examples of why the tammy 70-300 is a great lens for the money. Do you do any PF removing? I have been known to complain about this lens but lately I have been playing with it again and if you know what to avoid it is a great little lens.
Your photos prove that... but like I said, you work magic with glass some of us would toss away. Your BIF are so beyond my skills and the Lady bug / rose shots are too good. Love seeing the shots of your son, the first with the colors on the metal is great...
here is my fave recent little family moments with my 70-300 - not as good as your examples, but worth the 139 mine cost me...


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06-10-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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all excellent photos. knowing the limitations of your equipment goes a long way toward getting great shots with what you have.

I'm particularly fond of #9 however. It's simply beautiful.

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You payed $90 I'll give $100 Thats better then the interest then the bank will give you. Hee hee

Very good photos. My wife loved the rose.
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#7 is great! Maybe I should get one used to play with too!
06-11-2008, 11:59 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the kind words. Gus, all the shots in the thread don't go over PF removal. I try to shoot as much as possible in f/8.0 exclusively on Av for this lens. And though I managed to remove PF with XnView and PFree, there are cases that I find it difficult to correct.

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Yes very nice shots. I know what your saying about that lens. I absolutely love mine. It rarely leaves the camera. I keep getting tempted to get the new Pentax offering of the 55-300, but the quality of lens for the price makes it hard to change over.

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I'd be very happy with those too, it's amazing what great shots can be created when you know your equipment and relax while having fun with it.

Thanks for sharing!
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another happy user of T 70-300. For the money it's excellent lens. And the shots in this thread are prooving it....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
...Your BIF are so beyond my skills and the Lady bug / rose shots are too good....
What's BIF?
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BIF = Bird In Flight or something like, i guess
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Really like that ladybird one.
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This lens found a place in my kit from day 1. Just love it for the long range work.

Keep singing the praises of knowing your equipment! There is a HUGE TREASURE TROVE of great glass out there that is being overlooked because they don't perform up to standard wide open, or at zoom limit, or whatever. Even the crappy Tamron 28-80 that can be had for about $60 brand new is capable of some good work if you use it properly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dws1117 Quote
Yes very nice shots. I know what your saying about that lens. I absolutely love mine. It rarely leaves the camera. I keep getting tempted to get the new Pentax offering of the 55-300, but the quality of lens for the price makes it hard to change over.
Thanks for the kind comments. I think about the same thing in upgrading from Tamron zoom to DA 55-300 in the near future. But after more uses of the Tamron zoom especially on close up, I have held up that thought and decide not to upgrade that soon. It saves money and the lens serves me well with triple roles in tele, closeup and portraits in one lens.

One thing I do miss in the DA 55-300 or the smaller brother in DA 50-200 is the quick shift focus where I can just manually turn focus ring to quickly change from AF to manual. In AF.S and AF.C, the focusing ring in Tamron is locked.

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