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Apr 05, 2010 15:21 |  #1

Hey so I do a lot of indoor low-light shooting and I just ordered a Tamron 17-50 2.8 with the Vibration Control.

I'm looking into an affordable distance zoom now (I'm a student and can't afford primes - I need versatility). I would be a dream to get the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, but that's very unrealistic right now...

What I do know is that I need something with image stabilization -- I had issues with hand shakiness w/ my 50 1.4 before I sold it. I've been looking at Tamron, but I can't seem to find any VC lenses other than the 17-50. Is that the only VC lens they make, or am I missing something? Does Sigma make an equivalent to IS/VC?

If you have any recommendations for a low-light, affordable, (preferably) zoom lens, I'd love to know! Should I just get a prime (something that goes farther than the 17-50)?


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Apr 05, 2010 15:25 |  #2

Sigma and Tamron are a little behind on the stablized lens game compared to Canon. So not all their lenses have that option yet. Sigma and Tamron have 70-200 f2.8 lenses, but not with stablization -yet. Sigma announced a new one that will probably start shipping later this year, and I would bet Tamron will not be too far behind. As for now, there aren't any options for a longer f2.8 zoom with IS besides Canon's two 70-200s.


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Apr 05, 2010 15:27 |  #3

bananas13 wrote in post #9938112 (external link)
If you have any recommendations for a low-light, affordable, (preferably) zoom lens, I'd love to know! Should I just get a prime (something that goes farther than the 17-50)?

Sigma recently announced a 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM, which should be out in a few months.

Tamron doesn't have a fast telephoto with VC yet, but I bet they will in less than a year.

However, both of these lenses are going to cost close to $1000 (if not over $1000) once they are released.

If you don't have $1000 to spend or if you don't NEED something with f/2.8 AND IS, then you can always get the great Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. With a 4-stop IS system, it's great for use in low light. I've used it to shoot indoor events and it gives sharp results down to 1/30 sec shutter speeds.


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Apr 05, 2010 15:30 |  #4

Tamron also has a 18-270 VC which is brilliant!
Check the tamron site and you'll find all their stabilized lenses, they were the last to get into the is-game, but after working two years at a camera store I've tried canon, sigma and tamron and found tamron's VC to be the best, it's just an amazing system.
I haven't tried the newest IS from Canon though, the one on 15-85 among some others, but tamron's VC is definitely better than the older canon IS and sigma's OS.




  
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Apr 05, 2010 15:31 |  #5

bananas13 wrote in post #9938112 (external link)
I've been looking at Tamron, but I can't seem to find any VC lenses other than the 17-50. Is that the only VC lens they make, or am I missing something?

tamron also has a 18-270mm and 28-300mm VC.

bananas13 wrote in post #9938112 (external link)
What I do know is that I need something with image stabilization -- I had issues with hand shakiness w/ my 50 1.4 before I sold it.

don't mind me saying, but i find a large aperture and a fast shutter speed beats IS. and you're still young!


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Apr 05, 2010 15:31 |  #6

bananas13 wrote in post #9938112 (external link)
Hey so I do a lot of indoor low-light shooting and I just ordered a Tamron 17-50 2.8 with the Vibration Control.

I'm looking into an affordable distance zoom now (I'm a student and can't afford primes - I need versatility). I would be a dream to get the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, but that's very unrealistic right now...

What I do know is that I need something with image stabilization -- I had issues with hand shakiness w/ my 50 1.4 before I sold it. I've been looking at Tamron, but I can't seem to find any VC lenses other than the 17-50. Is that the only VC lens they make, or am I missing something? Does Sigma make an equivalent to IS/VC?

If you have any recommendations for a low-light, affordable, (preferably) zoom lens, I'd love to know! Should I just get a prime (something that goes farther than the 17-50)?

Low light, indoors I'd recommend the Sigma 30 1.4 to everyone. It's a fantastic little lens.


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Apr 05, 2010 15:34 |  #7

Agree about the 30mm, but I think the OP was looking for something longer than his 17-50 he just bought.


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Apr 05, 2010 15:37 |  #8

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Sigma recently announced a 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM, which should be out in a few months.

Tamron doesn't have a fast telephoto with VC yet, but I bet they will in less than a year.

However, both of these lenses are going to cost close to $1000 (if not over $1000) once they are released.

If you don't have $1000 to spend or if you don't NEED something with f/2.8 AND IS, then you can always get the great Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. With a 4-stop IS system, it's great for use in low light. I've used it to shoot indoor events and it gives sharp results down to 1/30 sec shutter speeds.

I was looking at the 55-250... I don't really know much about USM, but I saw that this lens doesn't have it... will it effect the image quality and sharpness? Because that's what I'm most concerned about.


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Apr 05, 2010 16:17 |  #9

AlexeyK wrote in post #9938175 (external link)
Tamron also has a 18-270 VC which is brilliant!
Check the tamron site and you'll find all their stabilized lenses, they were the last to get into the is-game, but after working two years at a camera store I've tried canon, sigma and tamron and found tamron's VC to be the best, it's just an amazing system.
I haven't tried the newest IS from Canon though, the one on 15-85 among some others, but tamron's VC is definitely better than the older canon IS and sigma's OS.

I second that. When I had the Tamron 18-270 the VC was amazing. It seemed to work better than the Canon ones.


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Apr 05, 2010 16:20 |  #10

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I was looking at the 55-250... I don't really know much about USM, but I saw that this lens doesn't have it... will it effect the image quality and sharpness? Because that's what I'm most concerned about.

Canon USM (and Sigmas HSM) has nothing to do with image IQ. It is a focusing motor, and lenses with USM/HSM will autofocus much faster (and quieter) than lenses that do not. USM/HSM lenses also frequently have full time manual. USM/HSM lenses are particularly useful for shooting fast moving things (sports, birds, etc)

With that said, the EF-S 55-250 IS focuses decently fast for a non-USM lens. Really good buy for $200 IMO.


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Apr 05, 2010 16:25 |  #11

bananas13 wrote in post #9938214 (external link)
I was looking at the 55-250... I don't really know much about USM, but I saw that this lens doesn't have it... will it effect the image quality and sharpness? Because that's what I'm most concerned about.

Isn't the 55-250 f4 max on the large aperture end of the scale? I is a very nice lens for a tele zoom, but not a great lens for low light situations. It uses micro motor instead of USM for auto focus. It is a hair slow to focus, but not terrible. jmho


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Apr 05, 2010 16:39 |  #12

Tamron 18-270 VC is good in good light and decent in lower light with static subjects. It has an awesome stabilisation system, better than any Canon or Sigma that I've handled or owned. So it works decently in low light due to the great VC system as long as you're shooting a static subject. So it's not a true substitue for a faster lens.
If you're looking for a fast and stabilised zoom longer than the 17-50 VC, AFAIK Tamron does not make one, yet. Canon does, Sigma just announced.

As mentioned, the best budget alternative is a Canon 55-250 IS. Great value and a good learning tool with good IQ for the price.


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Apr 05, 2010 16:57 |  #13

dan_bgblue wrote in post #9938530 (external link)
Isn't the 55-250 f4 max on the large aperture end of the scale? I is a very nice lens for a tele zoom, but not a great lens for low light situations. It uses micro motor instead of USM for auto focus. It is a hair slow to focus, but not terrible. jmho

Its fine for low light when your subjects are not moving too quickly. I use it for indoor situations which require ISO 1600 at 1/40 sec shutter speeds, and it works great for that. If you think about it, the 70-200 f/4L IS costs 4 times more and isn't any faster on the wide end, and only 1 stop faster on the telephoto end.


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Apr 05, 2010 17:46 as a reply to  @ 996gt2's post |  #14

I was quite shocked with the IQ of the Canon 55-250is. I grabbed one last week on sale for practically nothing. I wasn't expecting much for an ef-s lense, but its pretty darn sharp.
It's just as sharp as my Sigma macro. (Now I'm wondering if I should get my sigy checked for calibration LOL)


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Jaetie wrote in post #9938178 (external link)
tamron also has a 18-270mm and 28-300mm VC.



don't mind me saying, but i find a large aperture and a fast shutter speed beats IS. and you're still young!

Sometimes large aperture is not usable if you want more in focus.




  
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