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Tamron 70-300 VC vs. Canon 70-200 f4L

 
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Feb 12, 2012 11:59 |  #16

i'd go for the tamron between the two...but like taylor suggested if you're rarely using the lens maybe the much cheaper 55-250IS is the way to go...it's a good lens, and you can put any money saved into another part of your photography that you spend more time with...


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Feb 12, 2012 13:23 |  #17

I thought about the 55-250, but I prefer a more solid feel to the lens. From what I've seen, that lens is impressive, but the Tamron looks to be an improvement in IQ.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 13:25 |  #18

I had the f4L non IS. I sold it and got the TamronVC. Its longer, cheaper, just as sharp in real world use, and the VC makes it useable in more situations than the nonIS f4.


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Feb 12, 2012 13:32 |  #19

for the price, definitely get the tammy over 70-200f4 or the ef-S 55-250
VC alone would make you happy for this telephoto range


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Feb 12, 2012 13:36 |  #20

Agreed on all accounts. Just placed my order for the Tamron 70-300 VC!




  
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Feb 12, 2012 14:01 |  #21

Having owned both, I'd get the 70-200.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 14:49 |  #22

bgalizio wrote in post #13873971 (external link)
I thought about the 55-250, but I prefer a more solid feel to the lens. From what I've seen, that lens is impressive, but the Tamron looks to be an improvement in IQ.

I owned both the 55-250 and 70-300VC at the same time with the intention of having the Tamron as the upgrade, but I found the IQ of the 55-250 to be just as good if not better than the example of the Tamron I had. This is also a seldom used range so I'm happy keeping the two fifty and investing the $'s into more useful areas of my range.


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Feb 12, 2012 15:03 |  #23

Agreed with your decision. If your need 300mm (and it sounds like you do) the real choice is the Tamron VC or the Canon 70-300L. And with your limited use of the lens there is no reason to blow all that extra cash for the L.


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Feb 12, 2012 15:05 |  #24

ct1co2 wrote in post #13874335 (external link)
I owned both the 55-250 and 70-300VC at the same time with the intention of having the Tamron as the upgrade, but I found the IQ of the 55-250 to be just as good if not better than the example of the Tamron I had. This is also a seldom used range so I'm happy keeping the two fifty and investing the $'s into more useful areas of my range.

yes, that's what some people say. I did that and eventually decided I need 400mm.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 15:29 |  #25

ct1co2 wrote in post #13874335 (external link)
I owned both the 55-250 and 70-300VC at the same time with the intention of having the Tamron as the upgrade, but I found the IQ of the 55-250 to be just as good if not better than the example of the Tamron I had. This is also a seldom used range so I'm happy keeping the two fifty and investing the $'s into more useful areas of my range.

Yeah, I am the same way. I keep thinking I should upgrade the 55-250, but I was looking back through my library and the last time I shot longer than 200mm was 9 months ago! Hard to justify dropping $1000+ on a stabilized upgrade when I use it 2x a year. Plus, like you said, some of the upgrades are not as big of leaps as you'd like for the money.


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Feb 12, 2012 15:40 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #26

I also had the Canon 55-250 kit lens and upgraded to the Tamron 70-300. Why? Well first I had upgraded the 18-55 kit lens to the Canon 15-85 so there was a considerable overlap with the 55-250. But there have been several times that the extra 50 mm of the Tamron will be convenient. Also I bought a Tamron MC4 1.4X TC that gives me a quite long lens for the occasions I need it. The so far limited tests I have run with the Tamron 70-300 with the 1.4X TC have shown that it AFs about 90% of the time at 300mm first try in good light, which is the uses I plan for it - outdoors. And the image quality seems quite acceptable. The TC would not have worked with the Canon 55-250 since it is an EF-S lens and the TC would not fit. So far I am happy with my Tamron lens. BTW I sold off the kit 55-250.

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Feb 12, 2012 15:51 |  #27

I went through a similar dilemma when I was looking for a zoom lens for my 60D and ended up with the Tamron 70-300 VC. It is a very good lens and definitely a good value for the money. That said, now that I have gone FF, I am thinking of selling it and getting one of the 70-200 IS L's.


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Feb 12, 2012 16:05 |  #28

I seriously considered the Tamron 70-300 VC when thinking of upgrading from the EF-S 55-250. I had read some really good things about it. But I knew I would probably always wonder how much better the EF 70-200 F/4 L IS would be and I wasn't sure how much of an upgrade in IQ it would be over the 55-250. So I went ahead and purchased the Canon. No regrets.


I find most of what I shoot is in the > 200mm range unless it was attempting wildlife. Even the 300 mm end of the Tamron would be a little short for what I was interesting in shooting. So Next will probably be the EF 400mm F/5.6 L for when I need that kind of reach. Now I am going to have to decide whether to get the lens now at a really nice price or wait and see if they come out with an IS version of the lens (at a significantly higher price I'm sure).


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Feb 12, 2012 16:21 |  #29

The tamron is only an upgrade to the 55-250 in AF speed and build.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 16:43 |  #30

My Tamron was an upgrade in all aspects over the 55-250IS. I have kept the 55-250 is thinking I might want to use it when I go light, but the Tammi is so much better I have not touched the Canon.


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