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07-10-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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your thoughts about the Tamron SP 35-80mm 2.8-3.8

anyone here who has one? how does this one perform compared to the new types of AF lenses? things to consider are IQ, performance on aperture and built.

07-10-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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I'll add: the macro's good enough that for 25 years I didn't need/want a true macro.

Lately I've seen a few stories of 35-80's having mechanical failures - mine so far (since '85) has done well. The zoom ring always felt a bit loose or non-silky smooth, but I think that may be the way it needs to be - as a too tight zoom seems to fail...

The bottom line: excellent resolution, better than many modern zooms including the DA 16-45. But less saturation and contrast than modern zooms.
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It's a little limiting at the wide end on a dslr . Have had some minor issues with flare. It's kinda heavey.Overall I really like this lens. It is 1/3 of the kit that goes everywhere with me on a daily basis. Nesster is being very straight up about it's macro capabillity. If you are a AF shooter this might not be your cup of tea but I never owned AF camera until 2008 so I'm actually more comfortable with manual focus in most situations. If you buy it and don't like it conact me , I wouldn't mind having another .

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