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10-08-2016, 11:10 PM   #1

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Tamron 70-200 2.8 Di Ld

About to buy it for my K-1, wanted to see if anyone has any opinions on this lens? I'm aware that Pentax 70-200 is better, but i can't afford spending that much for a lens right now, and i want a long reach zoom for portraits and telephoto landscapes. This lens seems to have good reviews in general. Opinions?

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It's a very good choice for the money. We'll have some comparisons between it and the D FA* 70-200mm on the homepage soon

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10-09-2016, 07:27 AM   #3
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I have owned the Tamron 70-200 lens for a few years now and I am very satisfied with it. It is a great deal for the price. It is a screw drive auto focus so a bit slower. I tend to use manual focus a lot with my longer lenses. Probably a holdover from using manual focus lenses for over 40 years. Close focusing too. It also has wonderful bokeh.. Here is an image from last July at a local park.
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10-09-2016, 01:36 PM   #4
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One of my best lenses, excellent sharpness on 24MP so on the K-1 it shouldn't be a problem. Slight softness wide open should be a bit less too. Not very good for tracking fast moving subjects but predictable medium and slow movement is not a problem. It really shines on portraits, becomes a poremaster at f/4. If you find one at a reasonable price don't hesitate, it is one of the best value lenses for Pentax.

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10-09-2016, 03:26 PM   #5

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I was thinking to get a new one from amazon, price is 2.5 times cheaper than pentax one, seems like an amazing bargain. I'll see if any used available, so far haven't seen any.
10-11-2016, 04:25 PM   #6
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As far as I am concerned, in terms of sharpness etc. it is on par with the Pentax version. Excellent lens. Use it on my K3. Love it. Super value for cost. Works great on a K1.

10-11-2016, 04:29 PM   #7
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Of course the Pentax will be better. But until you're lucky enough to own one, this is great. Good for sports and portraits, too:

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I really like mine. It is optically a lot better than my FA 135 f2.8. Also, the screwdrive is not obnoxiously loud on the K-1 like it is for older bodies.

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Mine is on the way, can't way to try it)

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