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10-02-2019, 02:32 PM   #1
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Does that make any sense to add the Tamron 70-200, if one already has the 50-135?

Long story short, I have chance to buy a Tamron 70-200 for a good price. I have never tried anything in that territory, and the closest thing I have is the DA* 50-135, which I admire, and use occasionally. I donít really need longer than that, though on some occasions I wished it to be longer. This, if I pull the trigger, would be more on curiosity (and LBA) for sure.

So question: does that make sense to own both of them?

Bonus question: sometimes I also want to try the DA* 200, since I really like the photos I saw from it, especially portrait. Is the Tamron @200 comparable with the DA*?

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Why don't you use the 50-135mm more often?

I find myself gravitating toward more compact, less intrusive lenses. The size of any of the 70-200 f2.8's might be an issue if you're like me.
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Are you planning on going FF?
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I have the Tamron 70-200 and I chose it after trying the 50-135. Both are good but I went for the reach of the 70-200 and the possibility of using it on full frame one day, which came true when the K1 came out. I have to admit though that I don't use it often. It just so big and heavy. But I love the images I can create with it. If you have the 50-135 and only use it occasionally, like I do with my 70-200, I would say it will be pretty hard to justify both. They will each just get used less often.

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My 2 cents. I have both lenses. 50-135 I use for weddings & such on a dedicated camera ,the 70-200 I use outside with a tripod because it is a beast but damn nice pictures.
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I adore my 70-200 Tamron. I use it very rarely because it is pretty heavy. I often think about getting the 50-135 to have similar quality pictures in a lighter, more portable lens. It's hard to justify owning both, so I keep to my 70-200. The only optical problem it has is it is kind of glowy at 200mm/f2.8. Stopped down just a little, or just a little off 200mm, and that glow goes away and it's super sharp across the frame. One more advantage of the 70-200 is that it focuses very closely; really nice for butter flies and smaller flowers.
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I had both. And for me it really didn't make since to keep both. The focal lenghts are pretty close. The Tamron is sharp sharp sharp. Focus seemed quicker with the tamron BUT the size was a little too much for me and I found myself avoiding it because of the weight. I sold it to get the 50-135 which I don't see me parting with anytime soon! I have a FA*300 4.5 for reasonable reach in a small size. HOWEVER if you can get it for a good deal, the only way you will ever know for sure is to try it for yourself. If you decide it is not for you, I'm sure someone here will take it off of your hands!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
I adore my 70-200 Tamron. I use it very rarely because it is pretty heavy. I often think about getting the 50-135 to have similar quality pictures in a lighter, more portable lens. It's hard to justify owning both, so I keep to my 70-200. The only optical problem it has is it is kind of glowy at 200mm/f2.8. Stopped down just a little, or just a little off 200mm, and that glow goes away and it's super sharp across the frame. One more advantage of the 70-200 is that it focuses very closely; really nice for butter flies and smaller flowers.
I love the 50-135 and find the *200 to be a good accompaniment. The prime will give you a better image for those longish or deep shots IMO. I wouldn't personally be interested in the 70-200 if I had a 50-135.

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Another thought, if it is a really good deal, and you can afford it, there's no harm in buying it, and selling it a month or two down the road after you've had a chance to try it. If you buy it below normal market price, you may even sell it for a profit, like a negative-cost lens rental.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
Another thought, if it is a really good deal, and you can afford it, there's no harm in buying it, and selling it a month or two down the road after you've had a chance to try it. If you buy it below normal market price, you may even sell it for a profit, like a negative-cost lens rental.
Good advice except...
we don't ever really sell them do we?
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We can never have enough lenses. Buy it, use it, be happy. It will be useful if you ever go FF.
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Personally the only way I would get rid of my Tamron 70-200 is if I were getting the Pentax 70-200. Given how much I like the images from my Tamron, and the cost of the Pentax version, that is unlikely to happen any time soon, though WR would be nice... darn it, LBA is back...
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I have the tammy 70-200 and would not be without in the field. On my k3 with a grip its balanced well for hand held shooting which is how I shoot it . I am really blown away at times by the pics it produces. Even cropped birds at a distance are sharp and rendered well. Its an amazingly versatile lens for a naturalist/birder. Its close focus is great. I've used it for everything from birds to flowers to bugs. Then theres the price.. seriously its hard to beat what you get with it for what it costs.

Though 2.8 is usable and nice to have for inside events like school performances where lighting is often poor, for outside critters and things close it down to the 9 to 13 range and its really sharp and usually what I shoot at with it.

Its literally become my favorite and most used lens. I wish Tamron made more lens of similar quality and Value for pentax like this one. Like many of us I have acquired many lenses over the years.. few of them I actually "love".The tamron 70-200 is on that short list.

Only thing I do not like.about it is the hood.. It can.be a real pita to put on.. You'd think that they could make it a bit better designed given the lens itself is so good. Its petty I know but frustrating standing there fumbling with the hood when you are itching to take pictures.

Incidentally if you can get a good copy of the tamron 28-75 2.8 its like its big brother. These two lens are great together as a "kit".
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QuoteOriginally posted by vector Quote
Personally the only way I would get rid of my Tamron 70-200 is if I were getting the Pentax 70-200. Given how much I like the images from my Tamron, and the cost of the Pentax version, that is unlikely to happen any time soon, though WR would be nice... darn it, LBA is back...
I had the Tamron but sold it after purchasing the Pentax 70-200. The Pentax is significantly heavier. The IQ is comparable if you're not pixel peeping.

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QuoteOriginally posted by amstel78 Quote
I had the Tamron but sold it after purchasing the Pentax 70-200. The Pentax is significantly heavier. The IQ is comparable if you're not pixel peeping.
Thanks, that's good to know. I don't think I will be upgrading any time soon though.
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