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First Impression of the Tammy 18-270

 
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Jan 01, 2009 02:49 |  #1

Pretty darn impressed! Yes...it's slow and I can hear the auto focus motor if its quiet out, buy I'm blown away so far. The only weakness is when shooting far away subjects at 270. That is what my 300 f/4 is for:D For an everyday, all purpose lens, this will do just fine! I'm very impressed with the IS. Hand Holdable shots down to 1/5th! I would have never believed it...

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Jan 01, 2009 06:09 |  #2

MikeI wrote in post #6981296 (external link)
Yes...it's slow and I can hear the auto focus motor if its quiet out.

yeah, tamron's lenses have characteristic loud and slow focusing, but if you're not in a rush they're fine.


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Jan 01, 2009 10:47 |  #3

It's a fine lens. I like mine a lot too. The versatility and convenience is unmatched, and the IQ is actually pretty darn good across the board. The VC unit is tremendous. It has replaced the 1855 IS + 55250 IS "lightweight" combo in my bag and I'm not regretting it one bit. Enjoy the light...and the lens.




  
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Jan 01, 2009 17:29 |  #4

Wow, Lightrules, did you have had the courage to sell your 18-55 + 55-250 combo? If yes, I respect you; this is an idea I've been toying with recently. I'm glad to see someone had the courage to do so. I just so hate regretting a decision. However, if I think about it, I haven't really used any other lens than the Tamron since my second (better) copy arrived a month ago (except maybe my Nifty Fifty).


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Jan 01, 2009 17:30 |  #5

Love that dog shot! :)



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Jan 01, 2009 17:30 |  #6

I posted a few 270mm macro shots in the Lens Sample Archives, and was pleasantly surprised by the decent macro I was able to achieve despite the relatively poor 270mm macro tests from DPreview.


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Jan 01, 2009 17:36 |  #7

Yes, the VC is AWESOME on this lens.

Here is a very low light sample picture.

ISO 1600, f/8, 1 Second Exposure(!) at 270mm handheld. Resized, 50% cropped

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Jan 01, 2009 19:47 |  #8

gabebalazs wrote in post #6984281 (external link)
Wow, Lightrules, did you have had the courage to sell your 18-55 + 55-250 combo? If yes, I respect you; this is an idea I've been toying with recently. I'm glad to see someone had the courage to do so. I just so hate regretting a decision. However, if I think about it, I haven't really used any other lens than the Tamron since my second (better) copy arrived a month ago (except maybe my Nifty Fifty).

While the IQ is slightly better with the Canon 2 lens IS combo (more with the 55250 IS), I recall using the 2-lens combo with family and friends in Utah and I was bothered by constantly switching out my lenses when on casual walks. I missed the 18-200 OS I used to have for these kinds of shooting situations. The Tamron replacement fits the bill for me.

I've got other lenses to go to when I want ultimate IQ.




  
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Jan 01, 2009 19:58 |  #9

Would you say you use it more than the 17-55 IS?


Here is a nice picture I just dug up. Resized, PP'd.

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Jan 01, 2009 20:05 |  #10

LightRules wrote in post #6982415 (external link)
It's a fine lens. I like mine a lot too. The versatility and convenience is unmatched, and the IQ is actually pretty darn good across the board. The VC unit is tremendous. It has replaced the 1855 IS + 55250 IS "lightweight" combo in my bag and I'm not regretting it one bit. Enjoy the light...and the lens.


Since I know you are a Tamron fan, other than the VR, how would you campare it to the 18-250?


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Jan 01, 2009 20:37 |  #11

bigguytf wrote in post #6985149 (external link)
Since I know you are a Tamron fan, other than the VR, how would you campare it to the 18-250?

I have not used the 18-250. However, I have rec'd emails and comments at my site from 18-250 users saying they much prefer the new VC lens over their 18-250. That's about the most I can say about it, since I haven't used it. But don't discount the significance of VC for these slower superzooms.




  
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