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70-200mm f/2.8 Tamron or Sigma?

 
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May 06, 2014 11:54 |  #31

Nissanfairladyz32 wrote in post #16885508 (external link)
You can get the tamron new on ebay for 1150, with free shipping

Yeah, just hard to trust items like that off ebay. Humm...


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May 06, 2014 13:00 |  #32

Sparrow19 wrote in post #16886035 (external link)
Yeah, just hard to trust items like that off ebay. Humm...

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May 06, 2014 14:18 |  #33

I have the tamron VC version and I'm extremely happy with it. Build quality is very good and solid and the lens is fast and accurate to auto focus and is very sharp! (plus with the money I saved vs the canon II IS version I was able to upgrade my body to a 7D (traded canon 70-200 F4IS and $100 for it with under 300 activations) and added a 35 F2 IS to my gear)


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May 06, 2014 16:49 |  #34

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Ok, so I keep going back and forth so I thought I'd toss this out there. If I'm going to spend the $1500 on the Tamron, why not spend a little more and just get the Canon. That way I have the best and don't have to worry about it again. It has a $300 rebate so not as bad right now.

I'm just trying to determine if the Canon is worth the extra $700. HA

I'm sorry to keep shifting gears on this. I have 1200 in cash now, will sell my Canon 70-300, and only have to come up with a little more. Humm....

There is also a $100 rebate on the Tamron right now.




  
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May 06, 2014 17:35 |  #35

If it's only $200 more I'd go for the tamron, it's weather sealed. If the tamron was $1500 it doesn't seem worth it, the Sig is excellent, used Canon II's or refurbs aren't THAT much more.

But eh. :) Also consider the Canon 70-200 f4l IS. Optically the Sig and Tamron might be about the same at f/4, but the Canon is MUCH smaller. Though the Canon's IS is .. to put it mildly...loud (on the f4).

I'm not convinced the Tamron's VC is really better than the Sigma OS. The Tamron's VC makes the viewfinder rock solid. Which is nice. But also could be annoying. Sigma OS behaves more like Canon's IS in that it smooths the image but gives you more of a slow drift and not a rock solid viewfinder image. Once exposure kicks in, I think they are both about the same. Like, the Tamron 70-300 or 70-200 make a rock solid viewfinder image, more solid than a 70-200mm L version 2. But when it comes to sharp exposures you can't claim the Tamron is better than the 70-200L V2. There's no way. It's VC might come close or be "as good" but it's not better. They just have different algorithms and behave differently... If you do handheld video you might really prefer the Tamron. If you try to track moving subjects around it might be a disadvantage. They just behave differently.

Really they are all GREAT choices. That's what's awesome. ALL the brand new 70-200's are GREAT. There is not a single bad choice. If I was going for the Sig though I'd try to snag a refurb deal or wait for an even better cash back (watch their website for refurbs, not always available in the mount you want). Tamron, wait for the rebate (which is currently going, so that's good). Etc. And really check out that Canon F4l IS, even though you said 2.8...I know, I know...

For reviews, beware of them as they generally show the lenses focused fairly close. Like if you look at the Sigma 120-300 OS reviews, you'll find they show that the corners are soft (laugh). But you look at the MTF and the corners should be super sharp. And in reality for landscape shots the corners match the MTF charts and are prime-like--so what gives? Well the MTF chart is for infinity and the lens tests are often close up (and no one is going to give a crap in real life about extreme corner sharpness on a 300mm lens at minimum focus distance). If you are using them for landscape use, something to think about.

Cameralabs has some good 70-200 tests that show corner sharpness at far away distances. From them, the Tamron seems to win big time, much moreso than close up, which would give it the nod in my book for the excellent all around glass you'd want a 70-200 to be.


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May 06, 2014 20:52 |  #36

Thats woos, good information!


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May 07, 2014 07:27 |  #37

My head hurts trying to decide between the tamron and the canon 2.8


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May 07, 2014 08:50 |  #38

I feel ya.. I've been going back and forth between the 35 and the 70-200.. now that I've picked this one I'm debating on the Tamron and Canon. Although I've pretty much made up my mind finally to get the Tamron now. Heard a lot of love for it. Can always get a Canon later.


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May 07, 2014 21:56 |  #39

Nissanfairladyz32 wrote in post #16887882 (external link)
My head hurts trying to decide between the tamron and the canon 2.8

Does this https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1376379 help




  
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May 07, 2014 23:15 |  #40

Well I just purchased the Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC. I should get it sometime next week. I'm super pumped to add this to the arsenal...!!!


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May 08, 2014 00:32 |  #41

I just saw that and bought the 70-200 F4 IS Canon verson.

I guess when it comes down to it, i dont need the 2.8 since i have the low light 6D,
Plus the coolness of just having a white L lens.


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May 08, 2014 09:06 |  #42

Yeah, I'll admit I was tempted to get the Canon, and the white L lens was for sure one of the reasons, HA. Good Luck with that one. I know I can't wait to get mine and test it out.


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May 08, 2014 12:05 |  #43

I dont have lust for a 70-200, but if it were my money, I'de get the tamron over the sigma for the optics and weather sealing. That's worth the price difference IMO.


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May 08, 2014 15:28 |  #44

I've heard focus inconsistencies with both. I have the Sigma and I don't have any front or back focus issues, so I am loathe to part with it in favor of the supposedly sharper Tamron. I might give it a try if they come down in price a bit used. Otherwise, I may wait for a better deal on the Canon.


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May 14, 2014 15:13 |  #45

Got my lens in today. WOW, its a monster, HA. It makes my camera look like a baby. I can't wait to get out and start using it.


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