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Canon 70-200 F4 Non IS vs TAMRON 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF

 
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Jul 26, 2014 13:04 |  #1

Which one would you choose for overall quality and IQ?

I have the option of purchasing a Canon F4 (NON IS) or a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 (NON VC) at the same/similar price range, but I am unsure which is better.


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Jul 26, 2014 13:59 |  #2

They are both pretty good and simular in IQ. The Tamron would do better for posed portraits outside because of the 2.8 but also because it's focus speed is amongst the slowest available. For more action type photos, the Canon would be hands down better becuase of focusing speed and acuracy.


Canon 7D/350D, Σ17-50/2.8 OS, 18-55IS, 24-105/4 L IS, Σ30/1.4 EX, 50/1.8, C50/1.4, 55-250IS, 60/2.8, 70-200/4 L IS, 85/1.8, 100/2.8 IS L, 135/2 L 580EX II, 430EX II * 2, 270EX II.

  
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Jul 26, 2014 14:30 |  #3

If you are not using it for sports, I would go with the Tamron. Very sharp wide open.


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Jul 26, 2014 14:32 |  #4

Reason for wanting Canon: Known quality & sharpness, Build, IQ
Reason for wanting the Tamron: f/2.8

I would only use this for good light and non action shots, so I think the Canon would be OK, but the Tamron would give me the extra stop whenever I needed it.

If I go with the Tamron, what is it about the Canon that I'll regret?


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Jul 31, 2014 16:30 |  #5

For your use, it sounds like either lens would work for you. If you go for the Tamron you shouldn't worry about why you didn't get the Canon, and if you go for the Canon don't worry about why you didn't get the Tamron. Remember the words you said "good light and non action shots".....nothing to regret about not buying it one based on that.


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Jul 31, 2014 18:09 |  #6

I've decided to go with the Tamron.

The allure of the white lens was tempting, but after reading all the reviews of the Tamron, I felt like it was the better choice for me. The few negatives regarding the Tamron was slow autofocus & lack of sharpness at f2.8; I can live with this.

If I went with the Canon, I'd always think about having the f2.8 since I do love fast lenses and getting as much background blur as possible.


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Aug 02, 2014 13:21 as a reply to  @ BLUEONION's post |  #7

Would size/ weight be an issue to you?

The Canon f4 is quite compact and easy to handhold for long periods of time. If the tamron 2.8 is anything like the canon 2.8, it will be much larger and heavier than the canon f4.


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Aug 02, 2014 13:32 |  #8

[QUOTE=BLUEONION;17069​047]I've decided to go with the Tamron.

The allure of the white lens was tempting, but after reading all the reviews of the Tamron, I felt like it was the better choice for me. The few negatives regarding the Tamron was slow autofocus & lack of sharpness at f2.8; I can live with this.

You may be suprised. My copy of the Tamron is stunningly sharp @ 2.8.


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Aug 02, 2014 14:55 as a reply to  @ GregoryF's post |  #9

Maybe I got a particularly excellent copy but my 70-200 f/4L non-IS is the sharpest lens I have ever used. It still stuns me. I thought the 20 megapixels of the 70D might reveal the 70-200's limitations, but instead it just got even better. It is so good that I simply cannot bring myself to sell it even though I have seriously downsized my gear.

Not only that, the autofocus is very fast and accurate. Also, don't underestimate it's use in close quarters. I use it indoors often for close headshots or detail shots and get incredible results.

I have used this lens more than any other in almost every situation imaginable. I love the way it feels in my hands. It is mostly metal and very well built. The zoom and focus rings are buttery smooth. It is so easy to hold steady too. Something about the weight distribution and it's barrel design make it easy to hand hold steady. I have gotten very sharp images at night baseball games as low as 1/60 at 200mm by just supporting the end of it on a railing. The hood that comes with it is a great design too.

I honest can't imagine the Tamron could be any better.


Canon Gear | EOS 70D, 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, 20mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 II, 70-200mm f/4L, 420EX Speedlite
Nikon Gear | D7100, 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR, 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX, Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC

  
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