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Oct 14, 2013 10:21 |  #1

So I found a Tamron AF 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC with a Kenko 2x converter for sale for $350. This seems like a killer deal as the only VC models I've seen have been selling for $500-$800. I have read the IQ isn't superb on this lens (typical of superzooms) but I read it's pretty good across the range. I would not be using this lens professionally, just as an ultimate walkaround on vacations and for a bit of still wildlife (zoo and what not). Do you think this is a good deal POTN?


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Oct 14, 2013 10:30 |  #2

I don't know much about that particular lens, but I really like my Tamron 18-270. Are you sure the lens is in good condition?


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Oct 14, 2013 10:40 |  #3

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I don't know much about that particular lens, but I really like my Tamron 18-270. Are you sure the lens is in good condition?

The pictures were not very good at all. I requested better pictures. If I can't see exactly what Im buying then it doesn't matter how good the price is. It says great condition in the description but that means nothing. Seller does have a bunch of feedback, all 100% though.


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Oct 14, 2013 13:21 |  #4

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So I found a Tamron AF 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC with a Kenko 2x converter for sale for $350.

I am not sure about this particular lens. I would say its an 'okay' deal to grab and resell if you want to get some money. I do not think this lens would be a good lens for you. You have a 7D crop camera. Any lens that starts with 24 or 28 is designed for a full frame camera, and thus, does not make a great all purpose lens. The reason you get an all purpose lens is to really be all purpose.

I would suggest a Canon 18-135mm (cheap in your price range), or a Canon 18-200 (more expensive), or a Tamron 18-270 PZD, excellent bang for the buck. These will yield a much better "superzoom", all around lens for your camera. For my friends, who do not delve head first into photography, I suggest one of these lenses as good all around family+vacation+outdoo​r lenses. These people probably cant tell the difference between a superzoom and a prime lens in terms of IQ. They do not pixel peep.

When you buy a superzoom, the range that you end up using 90% of the time is the wide end, for friends and family pictures, so that is why its better to go with a superzoom designed for a crop camera, rather one designed for a full frame camera.


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Oct 14, 2013 13:59 |  #5

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I am not sure about this particular lens. I would say its an 'okay' deal to grab and resell if you want to get some money. I do not think this lens would be a good lens for you. You have a 7D crop camera. Any lens that starts with 24 or 28 is designed for a full frame camera, and thus, does not make a great all purpose lens. The reason you get an all purpose lens is to really be all purpose.

I would suggest a Canon 18-135mm (cheap in your price range), or a Canon 18-200 (more expensive), or a Tamron 18-270 PZD, excellent bang for the buck. These will yield a much better "superzoom", all around lens for your camera. For my friends, who do not delve head first into photography, I suggest one of these lenses as good all around family+vacation+outdoo​r lenses. These people probably cant tell the difference between a superzoom and a prime lens in terms of IQ. They do not pixel peep.

When you buy a superzoom, the range that you end up using 90% of the time is the wide end, for friends and family pictures, so that is why its better to go with a superzoom designed for a crop camera, rather one designed for a full frame camera.

Well unfortunately Im a major peeper. I know superzooms are not great IQ wise, and honestly I wasn't really in the market for one. I saw this one and thought it may be a fun lens at a good price or some extra money on a resell like you suggested. Thanks for your info.


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Oct 14, 2013 14:07 |  #6

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Well unfortunately Im a major peeper. I know superzooms are not great IQ wise, and honestly I wasn't really in the market for one. I saw this one and thought it may be a fun lens at a good price or some extra money on a resell like you suggested. Thanks for your info.

Ha, well, if you are in the market for an upgrade, the lens I suggest to be the best bang for the buck on the low end is the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-vc for about $300-$350. You can not get better value for the money in that price range as a walk around lens. I have done weddings with it in my early days, and my brother uses it on his 7D for weddings.

I see that you are in Columbia. I used to live in Columbia about a decade ago :). I still have some friends there. Craigslist there isnt that much fun tho :( ... but there seem to be a lack of overkill of photographers, unlike how it is in my city in VA.


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Oct 14, 2013 14:18 |  #7

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Ha, well, if you are in the market for an upgrade, the lens I suggest to be the best bang for the buck on the low end is the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-vc for about $300-$350. You can not get better value for the money in that price range as a walk around lens. I have done weddings with it in my early days, and my brother uses it on his 7D for weddings.

I see that you are in Columbia. I used to live in Columbia about a decade ago :). I still have some friends there. Craigslist there isnt that much fun tho :( ... but there seem to be a lack of overkill of photographers, unlike how it is in my city in VA.

I've heard great things about the 17-50. I've never thought you would need stabilization at that focal range anyway, baring some extreme scenarios. Thanks for the info.

Yes, Columbia CL is no fun. At least not in photography Haha.


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Oct 14, 2013 14:27 |  #8

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When you buy a superzoom, the range that you end up using 90% of the time is the wide end, for friends and family pictures, so that is why its better to go with a superzoom designed for a crop camera, rather one designed for a full frame camera.

This is a rather broad assumption! It may be true for some users, but I spend 80% of my shots at the long end on my Tamron 18-270. I don't tank many family and friends shots, and shoot tons of birds and wildlife..


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Oct 14, 2013 16:04 |  #9

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This is a rather broad assumption! It may be true for some users, but I spend 80% of my shots at the long end on my Tamron 18-270. I don't tank many family and friends shots, and shoot tons of birds and wildlife..

Well, you answered your own statement. For people who wants a 'superzoom', it is generally because they want to do it all. You do not need a superzoom. You have no use for the 'super' part of the zoom. You need a telephoto lens for what you do :)


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Oct 15, 2013 00:21 |  #10

28mm isn't wide on crop. Even if it's a good deal I don't think it's worth buying for a crop.


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Oct 15, 2013 06:56 |  #11

professorman wrote in post #16370847 (external link)
Well, you answered your own statement. For people who wants a 'superzoom', it is generally because they want to do it all. You do not need a superzoom. You have no use for the 'super' part of the zoom. You need a telephoto lens for what you do :)

Yes I do need the superzoom, because the other 10% is at the short end. Realistically, that 90% is probably a bit of an over-statement. 70/30 long/short ratio is probably closer to what I actually shoot.


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