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canon 70-200 F4 or Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD?

 
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Jul 07, 2011 18:57 |  #1

I read the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD is a nice lens. I'm not a bird watcher or sports shooter. Would the tamron be a better purchase if that lens will stay in my bag most of the time? Just need your opinions because I have fallen into the "L" word.


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Jul 07, 2011 19:57 |  #2

I've had the 70-200 f4 IS twice, I still own the second one. The IS version is definitely better than the Tamron as I would expect the non-IS to be. But every time I get the idea stuck into my head that I need a new lens, the first thing I think of to get a chunk of fast cash is to swap the 70-200 f4 IS for the Tamron because its a pretty good substitute and since I dont use this focal length much it always makes sense in my head. I hate to have an expensive lens like that just sit there when the money could be put towards a lens I'd use more.

But, then I remember that I DID come back around and get the L a second time...


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Jul 07, 2011 22:09 |  #3

The Tamron VC is amazing, better than my VR and IS. Considering the price Tamron is no brainer.


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Jul 07, 2011 22:37 |  #4

Having used the 55-250, I just didn't want to go any shorter and certainly wanted to have IS. It was an easy decision to pick the Tamron 70-300 VC.


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Jul 07, 2011 23:50 |  #5

My second questions is if i get the canon F4 could I crop and get the 300mm equivalent? I don't work further then 125ish mm so I'm inexperienced in the area.


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Jul 10, 2011 08:48 |  #6

I would go down to a shop that sells both take yor body and take some shots compare the results.
See which you feel better with.


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Jul 10, 2011 09:07 |  #7

I had the same question and there might be a little more information for you here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1062267


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Jul 10, 2011 09:45 |  #8

If the lens is going to be just for the sake of having a telephoto for when you need it, get the 55-250. You're not spending very much money, and you're getting a great lens when you do need telephoto.

On the other hand, if you plan to use it more, then you have to see what you plan on using it for. The tamron 70-300 vc is actually a bit heavier than the canon 70-200 f4, but its more compact, so could be better for portability. The canon is sharper, there's no contest there, but also costs more. Personally, coming from the 55-250 I didn't feel the tamron brought enough of an upgrade in terms of IQ to justify getting it, so I went for the 70-200 f4. Now when I need something very light and portable, I have my 55-250, and when I know I'm going to be shooting something that requires telephoto and fast AF, I have my 70-200. I think the tamron is more of a general purpose telephoto, whereas the 70-200 is well suited for portraits and landscape.


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