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12-02-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Tamron 70-300 Macro?

I've got my first Dslr on the way. It's the Kx with the 18-55 kit lens. I couldn't quite spring for the 55-300, though I really wanted it. I have a chance to pick up this Tamron 2nd or third hand for $70. I read the reviews here and it sounds decent for the price. Any reason I shouldn't grab it?

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12-02-2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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hmmm, I don't know about the older versions, but I have the LD Di version of that Tamron, and for the price it is very good!
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I worked soley with this lens (actually a quantaray rebranded tamron) and the kitlens for a solid year and a half. I got some of my best images from that combination...and that means a lot for me since Im shooting with the da* 16-50, da*50-135, and da* 300 now adays.

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Ah! Thanks for replying. This is why I come here. From the review list, there was only one version of the 70-300. How do I tell it apart from older versions. And is there any way to tell how good the older ones are?

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I was in the exact same position as you (though different camera) and I chose the Tamron LD Di Macro, I've never regretted it, for the price it's IQ is very good.
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Don't overlook the Tamron 75-300 LD. In my experience it's the equivalent of the 70-300 LD Di and it's full frame to boot. Mine has less CA/PF issues than any of the 70-300's I've used.

IMO, there's a good reason Tamron still catalogs this FF lens alongside the APS-C Di version -- it's too good to quit. It's good enough that I keep it around as an economical partner to a Tamron 300/2.8 because it's light enough for travel and cheap enough for risky situations.

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i have the tamron 70-300 Di LD but i passed it along to my brother when he got his own K10D since i already had the DA* 50-135

i later ended up buying a quantaray version off ebay because i missed having that lens with me. it's exactly the same lens as the tamron, though i'm not sure if it's a Di or non-Di version. don't think there's much of a difference anyway. $70 is a bargain for this lens!

some pictures i took with just yesterday. surprisingly, no PF!









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QuoteOriginally posted by pacerr Quote
Don't overlook the Tamron 75-300 LD. In my experience it's the equivalent of the 70-300 LD Di and it's full frame to boot. Mine has less CA/PF issues than any of the 70-300's I've used.

IMO, there's a good reason Tamron still catalogs this FF lens alongside the APS-C Di version -- it's too good to quit. It's good enough that I keep it around as an economical partner to a Tamron 300/2.8 because it's light enough for travel and cheap enough for risky situations.

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i believe the Di lens is a FF lens as well, just with "improved multi-coating designed to function with digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras." i've tried it on a film cam and saw no vignetting, and it has an aperture ring too.

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So I found out the one I can get is the 472d model, older lens, 1:3.9 macro. Does this change things a bit? For a similar price, you can get one of the Sigmas from KEH.
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QuoteOriginally posted by darrenleow Quote
i believe the Di lens is a FF lens as well,
That's true. Di II lenses are listed as APS-C - only.

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The lens is sharp until about 280mm (edge of either end is usually not sharp for zooms anyways). It also PF/CA's a lot less on K20D/K7/Kx...but when it does, it's not pretty (tradeoff w/ the Sigma is less sharpness); it had a reputation for PF/CA on the K10D because the K10D had a weak AA filter...
For the price, it's a good deal. I'm not sure why the demand has fallen off so much...I guess most people ended up w/ the 55-300...
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I had a Tamron 70-300mm and sold it to get a Pentax 55-300mm, I missed it, so I bought another one! I love the 55-300, but I still like having the 70-300 for my other camera body.
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I have one of the 70-300's, but never use it sicne getting the DA50-200. The latter is just so much more pleasant to use. It's a *lot* smaller and lighter, it focuses a lot faster, and it's a more useful range - I shoot more in the 50-70 range than in the 200-300 range. And I can always crop an image from the 50-200 to simulate the 300mm field of view, whereas there's no way to make the 70-300 any wider. Image quality wise you'll see endless debate on the topic. I think my 50-200 is better, but not by enough to matter. Others find the 70-300 wins, but by an equally insignificant margin.

As for macro capability on the 70-300, it's pretty weak, I think. I get far better results - sharper, better color & contrast, more magnification - with a $50 Rayox 150 on my 50-200.
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I use the 70-300 Di a lot. If care is taken, the macro works great.

180mm, DS, iso 400

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