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Tamron 18-270 for Disney World?

 
jasonstiller
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Apr 03, 2010 14:49 |  #1

Im about to reserve a tamron 18-270 for 2 weeks from lensrentals.com and wanted to make sure this would be a decent pick for the variety of photo ops at disney. Is this overkill or could I get something a little shorter that has better IQ? I dont want to have to lug around a bunch of gear. If I did this I would only bring my 10-22 with me in the park. What do yall think? Thanks!


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Apr 03, 2010 19:21 |  #2

It's been a while since I've visited Disney World but I'm heading there this summer. I need a lens with some reach but I don't want to slug around my 70-200 so my thinking is similar to yours. I'll probably pick up a Tamron 18-250 or 18-270. I had a 18-250 with my Pentax and I loved it. The image quality difference with that lens/camera combo was negligible in good light and I assume it will carry over into Canon. I'm going to take my 17-50 F2.8 for the low-light situations.

I say go for it - you never know when you'll that reach. Let us know how it turns it out.


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Apr 03, 2010 21:25 |  #3

Well, that's the kind of things I use my Tamron 18-270. I used it with my 40D, 50D, and now it lives on my XTi. It's very good for vacation kinda stuff.


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Apr 03, 2010 21:52 |  #4

Although I have never tried that specific Tamron, I have yet to try a super zoom that has anything even approaching acceptable IQ. IMO, they just ruin the photo - unevenly soft, bad color reproduction, bad contrast etc etc

I had a Sigma 18-200 OS on my 350D a few years ago and when I look at the pictures I'm almost always disappointed. There are some great shots completely ruined by the crappy glass. I also have experiences with the Canon 18-135/IS which are rather poor as well.


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Apr 03, 2010 22:04 |  #5

Although I have never tried that specific Tamron, I have yet to try a super zoom that has anything even approaching acceptable IQ. IMO, they just ruin the photo - unevenly soft, bad color reproduction, bad contrast etc etc

also my experiences.
And at the high end and the low end, they distort and have some chromatic aberration in most cases.




  
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Apr 03, 2010 23:51 |  #6

I would take a point and shoot and enjoy the parks.


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Apr 04, 2010 01:52 |  #7

18-55 and 55-250 combined are the same weight as an 18-270 and cover the same range. I'd save your money and just bring those two lenses.


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Apr 04, 2010 06:07 |  #8

The 18-270 is a great "all in one" walk around lens.


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Apr 04, 2010 07:52 |  #9

I don't know why you would need a shorter focal length than 24 (or 28 ) or a longer one than 135

That being said, I would dump the DSLR and bring a G11 instead. You'll be much happier at the end of the day.




  
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Apr 04, 2010 08:36 |  #10

denoir wrote in post #9928191 (external link)
Although I have never tried that specific Tamron, I have yet to try a super zoom that has anything even approaching acceptable IQ. IMO, they just ruin the photo - unevenly soft, bad color reproduction, bad contrast etc etc

I had a Sigma 18-200 OS on my 350D a few years ago and when I look at the pictures I'm almost always disappointed. There are some great shots completely ruined by the crappy glass. I also have experiences with the Canon 18-135/IS which are rather poor as well.

With all due restect, I think that's a little too dramatic. Ruining the photo? Come on :)
I guess we should all be walking around at Disney with 2-3 1DsIII and at least 5 L lenses :)
I don't know about others but I'd draw the line somewhere; If I went to Disney with my family I wouldn't want to carry around 2 bodies with a big lens collection. It would just really take away from having fun with the family. I think even taking the suggested G11 (or other good P&S) would allow you to have more fun than a big bag of gear.

I think the 18-270 VC is a very good alternative in this situation for an all in one. There are lots of great shots in the Lens Sample Archive taken with this lens.

And as for the 18-55 55-250 combo, that's a good alternative and great value if you don't mind changing lenses and missing the occasional shot. Been there done that.

EDIT: I see that the OP does have the Canon combo. I agree, just take those 2, don't rent the Tamron, save some money for the $9 hamburgers :)


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Apr 04, 2010 09:44 |  #11

From someone who lives in Orlando and has been to Disney World way too often..

Bring the 18-55 and 55-250 (and the 430exii). You'll probably stick mostly to the 18-55 and sneaker zoom to avoid the lens shuffle while in line for Small World. IQ won't be National Geographic quality, but, damn, you'll blow the socks of all of the iPhone and Pink Kodak Powershots you'll see around you firing the same picture of Cinderella Castle.


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Apr 04, 2010 10:06 |  #12

jasonstiller wrote in post #9926363 (external link)
Im about to reserve a tamron 18-270 for 2 weeks from lensrentals.com and wanted to make sure this would be a decent pick for the variety of photo ops at disney. Is this overkill or could I get something a little shorter that has better IQ? I dont want to have to lug around a bunch of gear. If I did this I would only bring my 10-22 with me in the park. What do yall think? Thanks!

Bring the entire kit and just bring the lenses that you need for that day to the parks. I would not leave your 50 at home, that is the only lens you list that is fast enough if you have any hope of shooting the night parades or indoor rides.

I used the 18-55 75% of the time when I went the last time, I used the 55-250 at Animal Kingdom only. I can't think of any reason you would need that length outside of Animal Kingdom. And as posted I used the 50 1.8 at night and inside on the rides. I do not have the 10-22 as you listed, but I would have used that as well if it fit my plans for the day.

There are so many photo opportunities at Disney, you would be kicking yourself for leaving a lens at home that you could have locked in the hotel safe instead.

All that being said, I think the 18-270 is overkill and you will not need to lug that around all day long.


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Apr 04, 2010 11:26 |  #13

That's exactly why I have kept my 18-270, for situations such as yours. I think it would be a great Disney lens. Been there lots of times and changing a lens is not a pleasure. The 18-270 does a fine job as you can see in the archive.


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Apr 04, 2010 11:33 as a reply to  @ MRagon's post |  #14

If you're just looking for something to take one lens for the whole trip, I loved my 18-270 for the two years I used it; and I still keep it for situations like that where I may need to not carry a bunch of gear.

If you can handle switching the two lenses you have, though, you might as well save the rental money and just take those.


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Apr 04, 2010 19:28 |  #15

When my family was in Disneyland last year, I only took picture of the kids/wife/cartoon characters. Very rarely do I need a telephoto lens. I think I took out 55-250IS once. Prime lens does come in handy for the night parade. f/2.8 lens is not fast enough at night.

Perhpas Disney World is different since there is an Animal Kingdom next door. That might need a telephoto lens.

IMHO, I would skip the superzoom. I would rather get a Canon P&S superzoom if I am going that route.


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