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Aug 29, 2012 00:34 |  #2341

Cesium wrote in post #14920271 (external link)
Nice try at the dig. Let's just say I don't miss this lens. ;)

You sure make a lot of post for a lens you claim not to miss. I find it strange you follow a thread about a lens that you feel is so below your standards.




  
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Aug 29, 2012 01:56 |  #2342

@ Cesium; I just think you had or are one of three;

1. You had a bad copy of the Tamron.

2. You don't know how to use the equipment.

3. You are a troll.

I feel silly when I have to tell people that this lens is not 'soft'. I have photos that clearly show the high potential of the lens. Although, if they are 'soft' than I love soft photographs.

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Aug 29, 2012 09:48 |  #2343

speedync wrote in post #14920363 (external link)
So what did you replace it with? Genuine question.

Currently a canon 70-200 f/2.8. Obviously not in the same price league, so you can't really compare. I've mentioned plenty of times that the Tamron is good for the money you pay. But it's not great. Far from it, actually.

spur wrote in post #14920483 (external link)
You sure make a lot of post for a lens you claim not to miss. I find it strange you follow a thread about a lens that you feel is so below your standards.

I sure do. I follow the thread because I've had this lens and want to see what others do with it. I follow a lot of other lens threads too. I'm sure you do the same.

harry93 wrote in post #14920677 (external link)
@ Cesium; I just think you had or are one of three;

1. You had a bad copy of the Tamron.

2. You don't know how to use the equipment.

3. You are a troll.

I feel silly when I have to tell people that this lens is not 'soft'. I have photos that clearly show the high potential of the lens. Although, if they are 'soft' than I love soft photographs.

Best regards-

I got fine results with the Tamron. If that makes me a troll in your world, so be it.

I stand by my original comment. It's funny how having an opinion gets so much flack. I'm sorry if I insulted your lenses.




  
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Aug 29, 2012 10:23 as a reply to  @ Cesium's post |  #2344

Lol, don't worry man. I'm just trying to be content with this lens instead of wanting another lens as always. For me this lens is great.
For myself I couldn't care less if you 'insult' this lens. Other low/smart budget people that may be reading this thread should get a true perspective of this lens.
If people want to spend the money, great, go L.


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Aug 30, 2012 02:54 as a reply to  @ harry93's post |  #2345

As for actual images from a Tamron 70-300mm VC lens: here's a look at the opening session from the U.S Nationals drag races, with the wheel-standing Stocks heading down the track.

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The Stocks aren't the fastest cars at the U.S. Nationals, but they usually pull the biggest wheelstands.



  
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Aug 31, 2012 16:32 |  #2346

Had one of these about a week now, having sold my old Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

  • The Tamron's AF is more accurate than that on my Canon (which suffered from a bit of lost motion).
  • From 70mm to around 220mm, my Tamron produces excellent, sharp images wide open. The Canon was also very good wide open at 70mm. Get to 300mm and the resolution drops off with both lenses; from what I recall the Canon had a very, very slight edge here (were it not for its inaccurate AF).
  • The Tamron's image stabiliser is probably the best I've seen on any lens I've owned, noticeably superior to the one on my Canon. Start AF and the world freezes, it's brilliant.

OK, let's do some pixel-peeping at 300mm. The images below are 100% centre crops on a Canon EOS 60D (18 megapixels, crop factor 1.6). Both shots below were taken at 300mm, the one on the left at f/5.6, the one on the right at f/8.0. Processing recipe: both images were taken RAW, and processed in DPP using unsharp mask settings (5, 3, 2), no ALO or NR. In addition, the EXIF data was manipulated to fool DPP into thinking a Canon 70-300 was used so that CA correction would be enabled.

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So wide open at 300mm, it suffers a bit from colour fringing and a slight washing of detail, but it obviously doesn't help here that this is a strongly backlit scene with the details in shadow ;) Stopping down to f/8.0 gets this under control and the details are nicely resolved. Not superawsomeperfect (this is a £300 lens, something's gotta give), but certainly very good.

Another 100% centre crop. Taken at 300mm, f/5.6, this time with more-favourable lighting, same processing recipe. (I find it's quite important with this lens to have the focus nailed dead-on to keep fringing controlled wide-open.)

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Accordingly, when I use this lens at 300mm I tend to use it stopped down to f/7.1 (the Canon I often used at similar apertures at 300mm). While obviously softer here at f/5.6 than f/8.0, in my opinion it's still perfectly useable and the image quality is in no way bad (and let's face it, 60D images at 100% are demanding).

By the way, has anyone tried this lens on an old film camera? My EOS 10 seems unable to power the VC mechanism.

Canon EOS 60D :: Canon EOS 7D :: Canon EOS 10 :: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM :: Manual-focus Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM :: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

  
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Sep 01, 2012 02:24 |  #2347

ettlz wrote in post #14932277 (external link)
Had one of these about a week now, having sold my old Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.
  • The Tamron's AF is more accurate than that on my Canon (which suffered from a bit of lost motion).
  • From 70mm to around 220mm, my Tamron produces excellent, sharp images wide open. The Canon was also very good wide open at 70mm. Get to 300mm and the resolution drops off with both lenses; from what I recall the Canon had a very, very slight edge here (were it not for its inaccurate AF).
  • The Tamron's image stabiliser is probably the best I've seen on any lens I've owned, noticeably superior to the one on my Canon. Start AF and the world freezes, it's brilliant.

OK, let's do some pixel-peeping at 300mm. The images below are 100% centre crops on a Canon EOS 60D (18 megapixels, crop factor 1.6). Both shots below were taken at 300mm, the one on the left at f/5.6, the one on the right at f/8.0. Processing recipe: both images were taken RAW, and processed in DPP using unsharp mask settings (5, 3, 2), no ALO or NR. In addition, the EXIF data was manipulated to fool DPP into thinking a Canon 70-300 was used so that CA correction would be enabled.

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So wide open at 300mm, it suffers a bit from colour fringing and a slight washing of detail, but it obviously doesn't help here that this is a strongly backlit scene with the details in shadow ;) Stopping down to f/8.0 gets this under control and the details are nicely resolved. Not superawsomeperfect (this is a £300 lens, something's gotta give), but certainly very good.

Another 100% centre crop. Taken at 300mm, f/5.6, this time with more-favourable lighting, same processing recipe. (I find it's quite important with this lens to have the focus nailed dead-on to keep fringing controlled wide-open.)

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Accordingly, when I use this lens at 300mm I tend to use it stopped down to f/7.1 (the Canon I often used at similar apertures at 300mm). While obviously softer here at f/5.6 than f/8.0, in my opinion it's still perfectly useable and the image quality is in no way bad (and let's face it, 60D images at 100% are demanding).

By the way, has anyone tried this lens on an old film camera? My EOS 10 seems unable to power the VC mechanism.

Thank you this is very helpful. At which focal length does the IQ reduce when used wide open? I tried one out in a low lit shop and I too found the VC very impressive I was amazed at what I could hand hold. How does the USD compare to Canons USM? I am torn between this and the Canon 70-200 F4 (non-IS) so am very interested in the IQ above 200mm. I understand neither are fast lenses and are more suited to acceptable lighting but I use a speedlite so this will help to freeze the image. But the constant aperture of the Canon would give me a faster shutter speed in lower light at 200mm to capture action in lower light. At 5.6 I would need very good light to capture action.


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Sep 02, 2012 10:32 |  #2348

Couple shots from 100 years of the Russian Air Force show

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Sep 04, 2012 16:25 |  #2349

0.24L wrote in post #14868817 (external link)
I got a feeling mine is out of focus, anyone got any moon shot taken by tamron?

Here is one from a couple weeks ago.


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Sep 05, 2012 06:57 |  #2350

eliwell,
Outstanding photos of the airshow!


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Sep 05, 2012 07:48 as a reply to  @ Mike Martin's post |  #2351

The baseball season has ended around here, but the Tamron lens was very useful when action took place on the basepaths.

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Baseball has an unfair reputation as a sedentary sport, but there's plenty of action to be seen. Capturing that action requires more patience and work than with other sports. A photographer has to actively follow, track and anticipate baseball's action to be effective. Sometimes, you have to point the lens toward a play at the last instant. The Tamron lens handled this real task very well and there were no complaints about its performance.



  
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Sep 10, 2012 11:38 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #2352

Went for a little drive in the mtns yesterday and ran into these shots.

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just about 100% crop on these 2 shots.
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Can't believe I got him sticking his tongue out at me! LOL
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Sep 12, 2012 17:31 |  #2353

Impressed with its AF for action shots. Fast and precise.


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Sep 12, 2012 17:33 as a reply to  @ Wind Nomad's post |  #2354

..and below 200mm its nice and sharp for most apertures.


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Sep 18, 2012 14:31 |  #2355

I'v got the Canon 55-250 and the 70-200 f/4 L but I use this one the most.


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