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06-03-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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"Better" lens than the Tamron 75-300mm zoom?

I have been taking quite a few shots of the girls playing softball, with pretty good results.

K100D body, with a Tamron cheapo 75-300mm zoom. What would be the next step up from this lens, without breaking the bank? Like I said, should lots of action stuff with the girls.

This shot I am way out on the other side of the outfield's fence (shame they won't let us step inside the fence and shoot!!!), and I'm pretty much at full zoom if I remember right. I cropped the photo to fit the screen, so don't know how it will turn out until I post, but the photo turned out pretty clear. Shooting 400ISO in shutter priority, think I was around 750 speed on this one.

06-03-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Hi Vmax,
Thats a pretty good shot taking everything into consideration.
I think you need to be very careful with your next step (I'm in the same boat). I have the Tamron 70-300 & Sigma 135-400. (plus my trusty mono-pod).

My thinking is towards the Pentax DA* offerings of either the 200mm f2.8; 300mm f4 or 60-250 f4.....but the $$$ pull me up at this stage.
There are also good reports around on the Sigma 100-300 f4 (not to be confused with a cheaper model) & the Sigma 300mm f4 as well. Again, be prepared to melt the plastic.
Good Luck
06-03-2009, 03:26 PM   #3
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In all reality, the Tamron isn't a bad lens for me, but like everybody else, I'm trying to find ways to improve my shots (I suppose technique has something to do with it as well!!), and beings that I only have 50 bucks wrapped up in the lens, my first change would be in the lens.

But what lens? I do like how far out the Tamron will reach, since I'm not always allowed to sit in the middle of the field with a beer and snap pics. :0)


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