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Alternative to Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

 
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Dec 31, 2017 03:23 |  #16

I'd give another nod to the Tamron G2. It's every bit the Canon version at a much cheaper price point. Dustin Abbott did extensive reviews on YouTube if you're interested. You will not be disappointed.




  
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Jan 01, 2018 07:53 |  #17

Those who speak highly of the Tamron G2, what's the servicing like through Tamron? That's a big factor for me. Thanks to the OP for posting this. Good topic.




  
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Jan 01, 2018 08:27 as a reply to  @ James Crockett's post |  #18

I had a couple of Tamron SPs for a few months. One of them needed a firmware update to be able to the dock. It was a fast turnaround, but without any arrival or shipping confirmation—that’s all I can add.

I thought I had to send a Zeiss Touit lens in for a firmware update recently. Apparently I didn’t have to though, but I received an email that they got my lens, a phone call from the tech, and I got a tracking number for its overnight fed ex return. None of it cost me anything. Canon did just about the same with notifications when I had a body repair.

I’ll still push a used 70-200 II IS. Tamrons are nice but I find that lenses with electronics just don’t continue the same OEM experience. Specifically, I can focus faster in MF than the Tamron (and more accurately than Sigma). Canons teles are very special.


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Jan 01, 2018 08:38 |  #19

MatthewK wrote in post #18529550 (external link)
I photographed a fox one time w/ my 500, and then a deer another time. Oh, and a raccoon. Otherwise, it's all birds, all the time :-) My 70-200 shoots nothing but people though, so that balances things out.

That’s what my 70-200 does too. I love the spatial compression more than any need for reach.


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Jan 01, 2018 09:01 |  #20

Really enjoy my Tamron G2 70-200. I got it the day it was released and it's almost a year since I have owned it. I was up in the air back and forth between the Canon II and the G2. Didn't want to spend the extra for just my hobby and can't say that I feel the Canon lens would have gotten me any better or more images that my Tamron has been able to capture.


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Jan 01, 2018 09:04 as a reply to  @ mcluckie's post |  #21

Not saying a used canon is the wrong choice but have you personally used a g2? The gap is far more narrow than it once was and I highly doubt you can manually focus faster than any modern lens.




  
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Jan 01, 2018 09:26 |  #22

Bogino wrote in post #18529416 (external link)
Alternatively, would looking to buy a USED Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II also make sense as those as the market in the $1,400 - $1,500 range.

Seems they are trending on the low end of that range and down into the 1300's.

If you can find a local version one, or at least one you can check out, Mk I is a darn good lens. From 135-200 mine is super sharp. It isn't super from 70-100 but still does a good job. Nails focus, and does it quickly. They are breaking down into the 900-1000 range.


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Jan 01, 2018 09:54 |  #23

I've owned a Tamron 70-200 G2 since the launch. 20k photos later, I'm still extremely happy with the lens and it took a 6' drop on concrete and kept on going.


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Jan 01, 2018 12:21 |  #24

wisv1k wrote in post #18530755 (external link)
Not saying a used canon is the wrong choice but have you personally used a g2? The gap is far more narrow than it once was and I highly doubt you can manually focus faster than any modern lens.

In most scenarios, I can focus faster than a Tamron SP. I don't know about G2. I grew up shooting sports (PGA, ITA. etc.) with manual focus. Just give me a decent focus screen, which hasn't been a Canon option since the 5D2. I get precision matte screens from a guy in NZ, or used hacks to get me focus peeking on a 5D3.


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Jan 01, 2018 12:23 |  #25

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18530769 (external link)
Seems they are trending on the low end of that range and down into the 1300's.

If you can find a local version one, or at least one you can check out, Mk I is a darn good lens. From 135-200 mine is super sharp. It isn't super from 70-100 but still does a good job. Nails focus, and does it quickly. They are breaking down into the 900-1000 range.

Don't buy a first version, or a first version 200 2.8. Zero parts.


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Jan 01, 2018 13:09 |  #26

mcluckie wrote in post #18530723 (external link)
I can focus faster in MF than the Tamron (and more accurately than Sigma). Canons teles are very special.

GTFO that is 100% pure BS. Canon bodies for MF are pure garbage have no assist so unless you have robotic eyes and can see in that tiny viewfinder this is 100% and just a fanboy statement
My G2 tamron lens has just as fast focus speeds as my Canon 100 f2. So move along with your fantasy land


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Jan 01, 2018 13:42 |  #27

mcluckie wrote in post #18530909 (external link)
Don't buy a first version, or a first version 200 2.8. Zero parts.

Right, I meant MkI IS.

And I happened to notice one for sale @ $950 in POTN marketplace


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Jan 01, 2018 21:12 |  #28

https://www.canonprice​watch.com …99-ar-150-600-g2-1199-ar/ (external link)

G2 for $1099 at Amazon.com. I stand by my opinion which is even more attractive at the moment.




  
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Jan 11, 2018 20:07 |  #29

I'd keep the f/4 and buy the 200 f/2.8 ii.




  
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