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My father's Day gift...Canon 55-250 is or Tamron 70-300 vc?

 
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Jun 08, 2011 13:42 |  #1

Title says it all.....I got the blessing from the wife to buy either one. Right now, I just have the Canon 18-55 is kit lens. I have a friend who has the Tammy and loves it.

The Canon at half the price is kind of attractive. I need some help trying to decide if it is worth half as much for the Tamron.


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Jun 08, 2011 13:59 |  #2

I've had both. Started with a used 55-250, then got the Tamron. Both are excellent for the price. Similar IQ, similar stabilzation results. The Tamron gives you the added 50mm, better build, and faster/quieter auto focus. The Tamron is significantly larger and heavier. It also comes with a hood and better warranty. If you can spare the extra $150 or so, I'd recommend the Tamron. Here is what the lenses look like next to each other:

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Jun 08, 2011 14:00 |  #3

I believe it's worth it if you'll be using it often. You get non-rotating front element, metal mount, includes hood, better IQ, ring USM, arguably superior IS from my tests, quick and quiet internal focusing. If you're only going to use it sparingly then the 55-250 should be fine.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 14:20 |  #4

55-250mm is a wise choice.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 14:22 |  #5

Bokehlicious wrote in post #12558627 (external link)
I believe it's worth it if you'll be using it often. You get non-rotating front element, metal mount, includes hood, better IQ, ring USM, arguably superior IS from my tests, quick and quiet internal focusing. If you're only going to use it sparingly then the 55-250 should be fine.

+1 as this mirrors my experience. I upgraded to the Tammi from the 55-250 is and could not be any happier. Great lens!


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Jun 08, 2011 14:34 |  #6

I just got my Tammy in the mail yesterday. I was going between the Tamron and the 1500 dollar Cannon 70-200 F4 L IS. So I expected to be somewhat let down, as I didn't expect the Tamron would compare to the L glass. All I have to say is...WOW! This lens is not only incredible for the price, but its just plain incredible! I took some pics of my dog across the yard at 250-300mm, to test it out. I couldn't believe how sharp they were when I loaded them on my computer and zoomed in. You could see every hair on his body, yet the background had a very attractive blur or bokeh to it. Color was also incredible! In short...go with the tamron!




  
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Jun 08, 2011 15:43 |  #7

Thaks guys...The Tammy is in the lead so far. Additional feedback is appreciated.


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Jun 08, 2011 16:05 as a reply to  @ K-9 Cop's post |  #8

The biggest benefit of the Tamron (aside from the added focal range) is the stabilization. The Tamron's VC seems to just grab the image and hold it still, whereas the Canon IS kind of slows it down, like jelly, but you still have to concentrate on stabilizing the lens.

The biggest benefit of the Canon is being less conspicuous. With the Tamron's large hood on and extended to 300mm, it's hard to use it around people without getting a serious paparazzi vibe.

Optically I found they are similar in the same focal lengths, although reviews find the Tamron sharper.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 16:08 |  #9

K-9 Cop wrote in post #12559271 (external link)
Thaks guys...The Tammy is in the lead so far. Additional feedback is appreciated.

spend $199 on the Canon 55-250IS - use the money you save for a future 400mm lens or another lens like a macro or 50mm 1.8, etc.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 16:29 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #10

I am not sure of US prices but if similar to the UK the Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Macro sits in the middle and would be what I would buy again, great all round lenses and worth consideration.

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Jun 08, 2011 18:52 |  #11

The Tamron 18-270 is about $80 more then the 70-300. I can pick up the Tamron 70-300 for $400 after rebate. Pretty sure it is gonna be the Tamron 70-300.


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Jun 08, 2011 19:06 |  #12

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Jun 08, 2011 19:21 |  #13

Tammy 70-300 VC. Its an incredible value!


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Jun 08, 2011 19:50 |  #14

K-9 Cop wrote in post #12560173 (external link)
The Tamron 18-270 is about $80 more then the 70-300. I can pick up the Tamron 70-300 for $400 after rebate. Pretty sure it is gonna be the Tamron 70-300.

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Jun 08, 2011 22:02 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #15

I've had both and, while the 55-250 was very nice, the Tamron tops Canon in just about every turn and IMHO the extra cost is justified. The Tamron VC is spooky, it just freezes whatever you have framed & the non-rotating front element makes it easier using a polarizer.




  
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