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Nov 02, 2013 08:29 as a reply to  @ post 16417397 |  #16

I've been wondering about this lens as well. The price is right compared to the Canon and it's black which is a plus in my book. I just looked at B&H, Adorama and Amazon and they all list it for 1499 with a 100 rebate making the final price 1399.




  
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Nov 02, 2013 09:21 |  #17

Lucy Brown wrote in post #16418231 (external link)
I've been wondering about this lens as well. The price is right compared to the Canon and it's black which is a plus in my book. I just looked at B&H, Adorama and Amazon and they all list it for 1499 with a 100 rebate making the final price 1399.

Try Cameraland here:

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They are an authorized dealer and this is where I got mine. Looks like they don't have one up but send them a message like I did and ask when they will put more up. They have em for 1299. I got mine when they had the rebate so I got it for 1199. Which for me is why it's hard to move the the MK2 when the jump is more. In fact I got the 24-70 and the 70-200 for $2198 which is what a new MK2 lens costs. For me to have the same in both canon's I would have to spend 2k more.


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Perhaps I am just not too particular, but my $750 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM is just fine for what I do. I have seen Talley's review of the Tamron. It is indeed better than the Sigma. If I were buying today, I'd surely consider the Tamron. I have no intentions of upgrading to it, though.


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Nov 02, 2013 09:39 |  #19

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Perhaps I am just not too particular, but my $750 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM is just fine for what I do. I have seen Talley's review of the Tamron. It is indeed better than the Sigma. If I were buying today, I'd surely consider the Tamron. I have no intentions of upgrading to it, though.

Ok I know we go back and forth alot on these subjects. I loved my sigma. There was only really one minor thing about it that wasn't too bad. I had to shoot at 3.2 to be decent sharp for me. That jump from 2.8-3.2 was pretty good.

I wouldn't of upgraded either, I had to sell both my 85 1.8 and sig 70-200 to get the Tamron. I was suprised how well it does perform so I'm very happy and this thing stays at 2.8.

My major issue with the Sigma is I had the OS unit go out on me twice. Costed me $25 each time to send to sigma for warranty. The second time was the straw that broke the camels back. I was done. I figured the next thing to try was the Tamron because I didn't want to put out so much for the Canon.

Other then that the Sigma is slower to focus but I never had a problem with it.


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Nov 02, 2013 20:35 |  #20

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Ok I know we go back and forth alot on these subjects. I loved my sigma. There was only really one minor thing about it that wasn't too bad. I had to shoot at 3.2 to be decent sharp for me. That jump from 2.8-3.2 was pretty good.

I wouldn't of upgraded either, I had to sell both my 85 1.8 and sig 70-200 to get the Tamron. I was suprised how well it does perform so I'm very happy and this thing stays at 2.8.

My major issue with the Sigma is I had the OS unit go out on me twice. Costed me $25 each time to send to sigma for warranty. The second time was the straw that broke the camels back. I was done. I figured the next thing to try was the Tamron because I didn't want to put out so much for the Canon.

Other then that the Sigma is slower to focus but I never had a problem with it.


IMO one of the best lenses at 2.8 shocking at how well it does




  
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Nov 02, 2013 20:38 |  #21

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IMO one of the best lenses at 2.8 shocking at how well it does

Ya it's up there. My most used lens seriously. I use it daily. Every shot is simply awesome out of it. and yes. 2.8 is it's most used setting and I only stop down to F4 occasionally. The Canon is better but the Tamron holds it's own nicely.


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Nov 02, 2013 21:17 |  #22

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Ya it's up there. My most used lens seriously. I use it daily. Every shot is simply awesome out of it. and yes. 2.8 is it's most used setting and I only stop down to F4 occasionally. The Canon is better but the Tamron holds it's own nicely.

At 2.8 I am not so sure IMO the only thing Canon has over the Tammy is built quality




  
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Nov 02, 2013 21:28 |  #23

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At 2.8 I am not so sure IMO the only thing Canon has over the Tammy is built quality

For the two weeks I had a friends MK2 and my Sigma AND my Tamron...

..the Tamron build matches the canon's. I'm no pro or anything but zoom ring, focus ring, barrell the end, filter everything about it was very good. I'm not sure about the hidden weather sealing or anything but the only thing I did notice on the Tamron was 3 screws near the end of the lens while the Canon has no screws showing at all.

One thing to mention is the Tamron was slightly lighter. Barely noticable HOWEVER the weight on the Tamron was more toward the back of the lens while the Canon was heavier up front. When mounted and handholding the Tamron felt much lighter because of this. It was better balanced with a lighter body like my 6D. The Canon is indeed sharper. Loading both images into lightroom from each lens it takes a boost in sharpening from the stock 25 setting to 37-40 to match the canon although in some cases it made it sharper. The canon has better microcontrast and the colors are deeper while the colors on the Tamron are more warmer. Flare is same on both and focus speed is very close. the Canon is dead silent so it appears faster while you can hear the Tamron which makes it appear slower but side by side shows they are very close. The bokeh on the Tamron is better IMHO. Less busy and smoother. The lens hood winner goes to the canon, that thing is a beast and has a lock too. real cool.


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Nov 02, 2013 21:43 |  #24

I have the 70-200 F2.8L IS (Mk I) and the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Wide open the Tamron has an edge throughout the range. You really need to pixel peep corners to see it, though. Stop down to f4 and they swap sides. The Canon is sharper through the range. Again, we're talking minor differences here. (And again, we're talking about the Mk I version of the Canon.)

I'll second the folks who mention noise. The Tamron is quieter than the Canon. They're both similarly priced about now, the difference being the Tamron will be new with a 6-year warranty and the Canon will be used and have no warranty.

The thing that still gets me about the Tamron is the opposite turning zoom ring. I supposed if you used it all the time or had another Tamron like the excellent 24-70 f2.8, then you'd get used to that pretty fast.


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Nov 03, 2013 08:24 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #25

I pulled the trigger on this lens yesterday. I was so impressed by the test shots I took it was a no brainer. At a thousand dollars less than the Canon version and the fact that its black vs white made it an easy decision for me. There was also a 100.00 rebate which was a plus.




  
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Nov 03, 2013 08:51 |  #26

sorry, but I am a bit unclear - there are those who claim that the Tamron is much sharper than the canon mark I and the f4IS, but the f4IS in different threads have been super close to the mark II (except obviously the f2.8) - but here also noted that the Tammy comes close to the Mark II....

So now I am confused.

In regards to sharpness solely
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Canon Mark I

or what?


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Nov 03, 2013 11:02 |  #27

ceriltheblade wrote in post #16420625 (external link)
sorry, but I am a bit unclear - there are those who claim that the Tamron is much sharper than the canon mark I and the f4IS, but the f4IS in different threads have been super close to the mark II (except obviously the f2.8) - but here also noted that the Tammy comes close to the Mark II....

So now I am confused.

In regards to sharpness solely
it goes
Canon Mark II
Canon f4IS
Tammy
Sigma
Canon Mark I

or what?

My experience with my lenses showed the Tamron to be second sharpest. The MK1 and Sigma are probably pretty close


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Nov 18, 2013 21:08 |  #28

Now that I sold my Tammy and now I have the MKII I wonder if I did the right thing? I like my MKII but for so much $$$$ I think the Tammy is well worth it only down fall for the Tammy is resale the Canon will smokes it. Also the Canon makes much more noise the Tammy is dead silent who knows maybe I had a special one. The new owner loves it I miss it




  
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Nov 18, 2013 21:19 |  #29

Tanglefoot47 wrote in post #16462405 (external link)
Now that I sold my Tammy and now I have the MKII I wonder if I did the right thing? I like my MKII but for so much $$$$ I think the Tammy is well worth it only down fall for the Tammy is resale the Canon will smokes it. Also the Canon makes much more noise the Tammy is dead silent who knows maybe I had a special one. The new owner loves it I miss it

how much did you lose when you sold the tamron? if someone were to buy the canon when it first came out, they'd be down about $700 on the resale value, or around 28% of the initial value...even now with the mail in rebate, resale would be down about 18%


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Nov 18, 2013 21:38 |  #30

Talley wrote in post #16418312 (external link)
Try Cameraland here:

http://www.ebay.com …kw=&_armrs=1&_i​pg=&_from= (external link)

They are an authorized dealer and this is where I got mine. Looks like they don't have one up but send them a message like I did and ask when they will put more up. They have em for 1299. I got mine when they had the rebate so I got it for 1199. Which for me is why it's hard to move the the MK2 when the jump is more. In fact I got the 24-70 and the 70-200 for $2198 which is what a new MK2 lens costs. For me to have the same in both canon's I would have to spend 2k more.

Just looked on ebay and saw a bunch listed for 1199 and such, but it says you'll have to pay customs tax etc. Do you know about how much those run? Wondering if it actually saves money after that.

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