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Apr 15, 2018 10:44 |  #31

I am very happy with this lens when traveling. It performs better than expected when not using any filters or stopped way down.

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Sep 03, 2018 13:23 as a reply to  @ C Scott IV's post |  #33

How is the focus speed? Looking for dog agility lens. I have the 70-200 is2 but it’s not wide enough on the short end.




  
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Sep 03, 2018 16:04 |  #34

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How is the focus speed? Looking for dog agility lens. I have the 70-200 is2 but it’s not wide enough on the short end.

Much slower than you're going to be used to; I would not expect it to keep up with that sort of shooting.


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Jan 06, 2019 08:16 |  #35

I think I am going to pull the trigger on one of these and give it a try on my 80D.

Curious, has anyone put it on a FF body? Obvious will vignette at wide end, curious where it drops off though.


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Jan 06, 2019 08:49 |  #36

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I think I am going to pull the trigger on one of these and give it a try on my 80D.

Curious, has anyone put it on a FF body? Obvious will vignette at wide end, curious where it drops off though.

Yes. On the FF EOS R it vignettes all the way through the zoom range. It would be fine if you like to crop square. I posted samples in the EOS R thread. Search for "crop circles".


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Wow, surprised and a little disappointed it stays through the entire range. Looks like a 1.3 crop and it is clean though, so could be usable...

Red square is 1.3x, green 1.6x


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Wow, surprised and a little disappointed it stays through the entire range. Looks like about 1.3 crop and it is clean though, so could be usable...

At least the EOS R doesn't automatically crop it like it would with EF-S lenses.


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Jan 06, 2019 09:16 as a reply to  @ C Scott IV's post |  #39

Exactly. And the R is what I was thinking about in addition to my 80D.

Ordered an hour ago from Amazon with same day delivery... surprisingly $50 less than BH or Adorama


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Exactly. And the R is what I was thinking about in addition to my 80D.

Ordered an hour ago from Amazon with same day delivery... surprisingly $50 less than BH or Adorama

Enjoy! It was great to carry a smaller/lighter lens than the EF 28-300L with the 80D on a flight and still have the zoom range.


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Wow, surprised and a little disappointed it stays through the entire range. Looks like a 1.3 crop and it is clean though, so could be usable...

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I know we used to get a lot of "EF-S" sized lenses that would offer full coverage at the long end on 1D series APS-H 1.3x.

I can't recall if anyone ever found that one could cover full frame at the long end though.

Still that I could use my favorite EF-S, the 18-135mm on an EOS-R is pretty compelling. With this tamron, one gets the whole kit in one lens.


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Jan 08, 2019 11:54 |  #42

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Exactly. And the R is what I was thinking about in addition to my 80D.

Ordered an hour ago from Amazon with same day delivery... surprisingly $50 less than BH or Adorama


Come back and tell us your impressions.


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Jan 08, 2019 14:13 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #43

I will, but it may be a while before we get enough light in the Pacific Northwet to really give it a good go...


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Jan 10, 2019 17:32 |  #44

OK, first go with the 18-400mm on the R. Pretty gloomy/overcast so not great light.

I have to say I was surprised at just how small this lens is. It is just a touch wider in diameter as the EF-S 18-135mm IS Nano USM (72mm lens cap vs 67mm) and about an inch and a half longer.

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Based on just these two shots, it seems to be noticeably softer at the extreme 400mm length. Can’t say for sure on this one example though. At 150mm it seems much better, again though I literally have only taken 5 shots with the lens so really too soon to say for sure.

I definitely like the size and it makes a super compact option for travel. AF speed is a bit lacking, but this is a mid-range lens so can’t expect too much. Seemed to focus well once it got there with no hunting, just not in a hurry. Servo tracking easily kept up with my dog roaming the yard, not sure how well it would do with someone running towards the camera though.

Looking forward to playing with it some more, but initial reaction is that it is worth the $600 price tag for someone looking for an all in one mega-range lens.

Full frame resolution of the R is 6720 x 4480 (30.1 mp). Looking at the vignette of this lens on FF in Photoshop, at 18mm, cropping off the vignette results in approx 4888 x 3328 (16.26 mp) which is pretty close to a 4:3 frame (.68 vs .67). Going to 400mm, after cropping off the vignette I am at approx 6010 x 3716 (22.3 mp), also pretty close to 4:3 frame (.62 vs .67)

If my math is correct, that means the vignette clears with roughly a 1.4 crop at 18mm and 1.2 crop at 400mm giving more usable pixels than the built in 1.6 crop mode.

Also noticed that while this lens is in the gear list, forum software “guesses” the lens as an EF 300mm f2.8L IS II by the Exif.

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Jan 10, 2019 20:37 |  #45

LoneRider wrote in post #18788961 (external link)
OK, first go with the 18-400mm on the R. Pretty gloomy/overcast so not great light.

I have to say I was surprised at just how small this lens is. It is just a touch wider in diameter as the EF-S 18-135mm IS Nano USM (72mm lens cap vs 67mm) and about an inch and a half longer.

Side by side comparison:

And first shots cropped just enough to remove the vignette

And closer in square crops

Based on just these two shots, it seems to be noticeably softer at the extreme 400mm length. Can’t say for sure on this one example though. At 150mm it seems much better, again though I literally have only taken 5 shots with the lens so really too soon to say for sure.

I definitely like the size and it makes a super compact option for travel. AF speed is a bit lacking, but this is a mid-range lens so can’t expect too much. Seemed to focus well once it got there with no hunting, just not in a hurry. Servo tracking easily kept up with my dog roaming the yard, not sure how well it would do with someone running towards the camera though.

Looking forward to playing with it some more, but initial reaction is that it is worth the $600 price tag for someone looking for an all in one mega-range lens.

Full frame resolution of the R is 6720 x 4480 (30.1 mp). Looking at the vignette of this lens on FF in Photoshop, at 18mm, cropping off the vignette results in approx 4888 x 3328 (16.26 mp) which is pretty close to a 4:3 frame (.68 vs .67). Going to 400mm, after cropping off the vignette I am at approx 6010 x 3716 (22.3 mp), also pretty close to 4:3 frame (.62 vs .67)

If my math is correct, that means the vignette clears with roughly a 1.4 crop at 18mm and 1.2 crop at 400mm giving more usable pixels than the built in 1.6 crop mode.

Also noticed that while this lens is in the gear list, forum software “guesses” the lens as an EF 300mm f2.8L IS II by the Exif.

Notably softer in the 400 crops, but still around what I would expect out of this lens. If you haven't gone through it yet, you can probably eke out a bit better perf there by MFA'ing the telephoto end of the lens. Impressive to have it work this well on the R, IMO.


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