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Jan 16, 2013 09:53 |  #1

I am just wondering if its worth buying a tamron lens for a slightly cheaper price or if I should suck it up and pay a bit more for a canon.




  
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Jan 16, 2013 09:58 |  #2

It depends on which specific lenses you're looking at. I've found it's typically not worth it, but depending upon the results you want there are times where it can be worth the savings.


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Jan 16, 2013 10:00 |  #3

at the moment I am choosing between the Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens and the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Lens - Canon Fit I cant really see much difference between the two but I dont know much about lenses.




  
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Jan 16, 2013 10:08 |  #4

I owned the 70-300 non-L Canon and I think it is a highly underrated lens. Not saying it is an L of course, but it gave me some very nice shots. Maybe a bit soft wide open at the long end, but sharpened nicely at F/8. In fact I shot it mostly wide open (F/5.6) at 300mm because I live in Oregon and I could always get good images with a bit of PP sharpening.

I don't have personal experience with the Tamron but it looks to be comparable based on the comparison below:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=4​&APIComp=1 (external link)

Don't know too much about the internals, build quality, etc. of the Tamron, but the Canon is solid, the USM is smooth and noiseless.

I'd say overall that they are probably comparable.


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Jan 16, 2013 10:22 |  #5

I recently had the same question as this, Canon or Tamron, 70-300. Based on reviews, recs from members here, and my personal situation, I bought the Tamron. I'm not a pro, so I don't worry about buying the very best, such as an L lens. From what others had to say about the Tamron, it sounded good to me, and I'd rather spend $350 than $600. Tamron was offering a $100 rebate up until Dec 31, so I took advantage of the savings.
Consider your situation. Either way they're both good lenses. I only have the lens for a couple weeks, so I can't really remark on IQ, but the build quality is excellent.


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Jan 16, 2013 10:25 |  #6

$600 is a lot... is that what the 70-300 Canon is going for these days? When I bought mine, it was about $450 and Canon was offering $200 back if bundled with a body, so I got it for $250 and sold it recently for $325.


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Jan 16, 2013 10:31 |  #7

Scrumhalf wrote in post #15495918 (external link)
$600 is a lot... is that what the 70-300 Canon is going for these days? When I bought mine, it was about $450 and Canon was offering $200 back if bundled with a body, so I got it for $250 and sold it recently for $325.

I stand corrected. The Canon 70-300 is selling on B&H for 499. I'll not rely on my memory again.


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Jan 16, 2013 10:39 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #8

When considering the commonly-available 70-300mm stabilized lenses, the Tamron version (external link), which is less expensive than the Canon version, is at the least a match for the Canon. These images came from the Tamron lens.

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From having actually used both the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, (external link) the Tamron lens is just as good as the Canon "non L" lens and the only compelling reason to purchase the Canon version is to spend more money. (The Tamron has been offered with a near-perpetual rebate since it was first released.)

Now, note that this opinion comes from having used the lenses to photograph actual three-dimensional subjects in motion and not test charts.



  
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Jan 16, 2013 10:46 |  #9

I compared the Canon and Tamron lenses - here's my post:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1229902

I chose the Tamron and have not regretted it. With the Tamron rebate, I paid US$350.


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Jan 16, 2013 12:50 |  #10

I personally like Tamron lenses. The IQ, and perofmrance-to-cost, is hard to beat! That being said, I don't think I would chase fast moving objects (like planes or sports) with a Tamron lens though. The AF is a bit slower, generally, compared to Canon, especially compared to a USM lens. There are exceptions, of course. I've read/heard that the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC rivals Canon's 70-200 and at about 1/2 the cost. I don't know how true it is since I don't have experience with Tamron's 70-200.

Ultimately, it boils down to how you're going to use it. I've got my 2 tammie's and haven't regretted it one bit! I really like them and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. The 6 year warranty is nice too! For me though, I'm leaning towards Canon for the telephoto lenses since I like to take photos of planes the faster AF is more suited for that IMO.


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Jan 16, 2013 13:14 |  #11

I dont use the FL much, but when I do, the Tamron is good enough. Had experience with the 75-300 canon, and that was terrible, but apples/oranges. I got the tamron ~$300 second hand. my money isnt tied up and when I need a decent zoom, I have one.


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Jan 16, 2013 13:24 |  #12

rivas8409 wrote in post #15496460 (external link)
I personally like Tamron lenses. The IQ, and perofmrance-to-cost, is hard to beat! That being said, I don't think I would chase fast moving objects (like planes or sports) with a Tamron lens though. The AF is a bit slower, generally, compared to Canon, especially compared to a USM lens. There are exceptions, of course. I've read/heard that the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC rivals Canon's 70-200 and at about 1/2 the cost. I don't know how true it is since I don't have experience with Tamron's 70-200.

Ultimately, it boils down to how you're going to use it. I've got my 2 tammie's and haven't regretted it one bit! I really like them and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. The 6 year warranty is nice too! For me though, I'm leaning towards Canon for the telephoto lenses since I like to take photos of planes the faster AF is more suited for that IMO.

The Tamron 70-300mm in question is USD (same as USM) with full time manual and non rotating end. I prefered it over the Canon. Great lens for the price.


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Jan 16, 2013 13:38 |  #13

the tamron come with 5 year warranties? has anyone tried using the warranty ? how was the CS compared to Canons CS?


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Jan 16, 2013 15:16 |  #14

Tamron is like an abusive boyfriend to me. Every time I buy one, it lets me down. The last one I bought, the 17-50 f2.8 broke after 3 weeks. I have been burned too many times by this company and it's less than stellar quality control. I only buy Canon lenses now and am very happy .




  
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Jan 18, 2013 14:03 as a reply to  @ cameraguy1972's post |  #15

I have the Canon 70-300 f'4-5.6 IS USM, and it works great. For now it's my sports lens. I shoot my niece's HS varsity soccer games, and when I do my job I get great shots. I bought my 70-300 off a guy on Craigslist. It was bnib w/warranty card, documentation etc. The guy had just bought a new 5DIII and it came with the camera. I only paid $300 for it. I still see a few on craigslist/same situation. I don't usually like buying used, but for $300 I took a chance and it worked out fine. I'm just throwing this idea out there for your consideration. -rick


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