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judyg
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Jul 12, 2005 23:51 |  #1

I'm looking at the Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical Lens. I'd like to hear from anyone who has used one.

What I like about it is that it is very compact and light, only 3 inches long for a 300 mm zoom lens.

I'd like to know if there is a huge sacrifice in image quality for that range and that size lens.

The description of the lens on B&H's site is here:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ghType=category​Navigation (external link)

B&H's description says it is small and light because of use of exra refractive glass and aspherical lenses. Any insight on what the heck that means would also be helpful.

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Jul 13, 2005 00:38 |  #2

Hi judyg,
I had that lens for a while until I upgraded to the 70-300 DO at a hefty price. Let me make a good-bad list.
Good List
1. Very light
2. Very compact.
3. Relatively inexpensive.
4. Hood included.
Bad List
1. Soft at the ends, especially at wide apertures.
2. Long end optimistic by as much as 10%
??? List
1. You can get good, sharp photos with good contrast if you can shoot it at least as tight as f/8, f/11 is better. an example is at https://photography-on-the.net …highlight=Indus​trial+fire
2. I liked it better than the wife's 75-300 IS. The tamron seemed to focus faster and was much smaller, and had more contrast.
My opinion.
The Tamron is a good, inexpensive all around lens as long as you have good light and are willing to work within it's limitations.
Check here for a comparison that includes the Tamron 28-300 and the Canon 75-300 IS as well as the featured 70-300 DO.
http://www.e-fotografija.com …publish/article​_306.shtml (external link)
Good Luck
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Jul 13, 2005 01:34 |  #3

Skip, very good summary. I am sure it will be very hepful for readers.


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Jul 13, 2005 21:00 as a reply to  @ Raj's post |  #4

Raj wrote:
Skip, very good summary. I am sure it will be very hepful for readers.

Thanks for the good review, Raj.


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Jul 13, 2005 21:30 |  #5

Maybe consider the Sigma 28-300? or the Sigma 18-200. Hyperzooms try to do a lot, and in that they lose quality somewhat.


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Jul 13, 2005 22:39 |  #6

Well I went ahead and bought the Canon 70-300 DO IS. I am keeping B&H in business :)




  
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Jul 14, 2005 03:57 |  #7

I also have the lens and support what Skip says. but I do miss the wide end - I liked 28mm on my old 35mm camera so might look at a 18-200! But then I would miss the 300 end.... oh decisions!

Bottom line, for what you pay and the coverage it gives I think it is an excellent lens if you understand and work within its limitations.


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Jul 14, 2005 11:15 as a reply to  @ judyg's post |  #8

judyg wrote:
Well I went ahead and bought the Canon 70-300 DO IS. I am keeping B&H in business :)

Do you have a link to that one?




  
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Jul 14, 2005 11:48 |  #9

Here is a link to a comparison of the 70-300 DO http://www.e-fotografija.com …publish/article​_306.shtml (external link)


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Jul 14, 2005 13:56 as a reply to  @ Big Worms's post |  #10

Big Worms wrote:
Do you have a link to that one?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ails&Q=&sku=319​783&is=USA (external link)




  
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Jul 14, 2005 15:02 as a reply to  @ Skip Souza's post |  #11

Skip Souza wrote:
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1. Soft at the ends, especially at wide apertures.............

Skip

Skip is correct on everything on this lens. I would like to say, that my copy was not soo soft at the ends that some usm could not turn into very acceptable pictures.

I am kinda sad I sold this lens at times. It is very good for what its made to do. If you understand the compromises involved it will serve you well.


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Jul 14, 2005 17:11 as a reply to  @ judyg's post |  #12

judyg wrote:
Well I went ahead and bought the Canon 70-300 DO IS. I am keeping B&H in business :)

I love my 70-300 DO IS.:lol:


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Jul 14, 2005 17:18 |  #13

See my post for samples: https://photography-on-the.net …d.php?p=655748#​post655748



  
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Dec 16, 2005 14:56 as a reply to  @ Skip Souza's post |  #14

Skip Souza wrote:
Check here for a comparison that includes the Tamron 28-300 and the Canon 75-300 IS as well as the featured 70-300 DO.
http://www.e-fotografija.com …publish/article​_306.shtml (external link)
Good Luck
Skip

I notice that in all of the Tamron shots the sun was not out (no shadows) whereas in the Canon shots the sun was shining full (dark shadows). I think this could this make a significant difference.

I am trying to decide between these lenses and the Tamron is less than half the price. I did find another review/comparison at http://www.photo.net …mron/28_300_Di/​index.html (external link)

Still not sure what to do here. I'l lkeep researching.

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Dec 16, 2005 15:03 |  #15

It isn't a terrible lens. Has some vignetting on FF on the widest setting, but nothing too terrible. Works OK in macro mode, a decent all purpose lens if you don't want to have to lug around the good glass.

I took this picture with it (macro) - I know the top is a tinsy bit out of focus, but I didn't have the aperature stopped down far enough.

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