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Aug 27, 2016 12:07 |  #1

What are some of you doing for a 70-200 2.8 zoom solution if not going with the big sony? I’ve been playing with my Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC with metabones IV adapter. I actually loved this lens on my canon 5dm3. It seems to do okay focusing, but focus hunting and missed shots seem to be a bit much, especially in lower light situations. I’m looking for a solution without breaking the bank on the sony lens. My financial advisor (wife) might put me in financial time-out! ;)


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Oct 12, 2016 08:39 |  #2

I can't comment on this as i only use primes and walk back / forth lol!
Perhaps going to mf in low light is an option?


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Oct 12, 2016 19:28 |  #3

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What are some of you doing for a 70-200 2.8 zoom solution if not going with the big sony? I’ve been playing with my Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC with metabones IV adapter. I actually loved this lens on my canon 5dm3. It seems to do okay focusing, but focus hunting and missed shots seem to be a bit much, especially in lower light situations. I’m looking for a solution without breaking the bank on the sony lens. My financial advisor (wife) might put me in financial time-out! ;)

I had the Tamron before (2nd version) and tested the Sigma, Canon EF F4 and Sony FE F4. Then tried the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS ii and I was sold! Amazing optics through the focal range wide open. Yes, Eye AF is limited to the center area but while the GM situation gets sorted out, this lens is amazing and I got it at a great price from used photo pro.




  
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Oct 12, 2016 19:30 |  #4

I am also a prime shooter, but I did investigate all the angles in looking for a 200 2.8 solution. I used my 135L and EF 200 2.8 Lii quite a bit on my 6D and 60D, and would have loved it if they worked on my first-gen mirrorless bodies.

--EF 200 2.8 Lii with MBIV on A6000 and A7R. Focus was slow to lock in and tracking was non-existent.
--Minolta 200 2.8 HS APO with LA-EA4 on A6000 and A7R. Focus was pretty quick--not native-quick, but quick--but would not track. I disliked the the loss in IQ on both bodies caused by the translucent mirror.

Since most of the reason I would need 200mm was sports, I decided to pony up and get a third body--a used A77. I sold my LA-EA4 for $265 and bought an A77 in 9/10 condition from B&H for $369 to shoot a bowl game from the stands.


I ended up using it for a few months, selling it for what I bought it for, and buying a refurbed A77ii for $650ish. Let's just say I'm not sad about the end result . . .



but I was disappointed initially with the inability to use my a6000 with a 200 2.8 prime for sports shooting purposes. I was put in a position where I had to shoot a Spring training game with just MF with a the a6000/LA-EA3 and the Minolta 200, and I was pretty impressed with the IQ of the combo. But, I wouldn't want to do it all the time.



The price of the 70-200 GM just isn't worth it to me, so until I can justify it I'll likely stick with an A-mount body of some sort. If I had to shoot weddings, I would re-evaluate.

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Oct 13, 2016 09:06 |  #5

Update: After some more researching, I found that if I turn off the contrast detection and only used phase detection focus with the Tamron 70-200 2.8 (canon mount with metabones IV), focusing is appreciably faster and much more accurate. Now I think I’m going to hold on to my Tamron.


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