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Sep 02, 2005 08:10 |  #1

Just purchased one of these brand new for $109 shipped. Does that seem like a good deal for the money?

I'm hoping this will be a nice addition to my kit which includes a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.

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Sep 02, 2005 08:16 |  #2

Is this the LD version ? If so that is a good price.


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Sep 02, 2005 08:30 as a reply to  @ su719's post |  #3

su719 wrote:
Is this the LD version ? If so that is a good price.

Yup, it's the LD version. :D




  
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Sep 02, 2005 08:41 |  #4

I love mine & for the money spent, the results are fantastic & I learn more about the type of photography that uses this length of lens etc etc.

That said, I know a day is coming when I will upgrade, when I have the money & I think my photography skills at the long end justify lashing out on some flash white barrelled Canon IS L lens :D hehe

EDIT : Oh yes, you got a good deal there. Looking at tests & opinions on this board. It would seem that the Tamron is around the same quality as the Sigma APO equivalent & about 35% to 50% cheaper!!!!


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Sep 02, 2005 08:50 |  #5

I find the glass to be fairly close, my recent test showed the Sigma better till 70-200 but the Tamron better beyond then. However the AF of the Tamron is turtle slow, where the Sigma's is average.


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Sep 02, 2005 08:54 |  #6

That's a good price, but sooner or later you'll want to upgrade to some better glass. I had that lens on my old film body and my only complaints were the slow focusing speed and the loud AF motor.


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Sep 02, 2005 08:58 |  #7

It's not a bad lens. I had one before getting my sigma 70-200. The good points are that it's reasonably sharp, focusses very close, and is very lightweight. The downsides are that at the longer lengths it has a lot of chromatic aberation, it's focus is really really slow, and it's not f2.8.

it's not as good as the 28-75 which is a really remarkable lens. but it's not a bad lens, either. for the price you did very well.

enjoy it,


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Sep 02, 2005 09:05 |  #8

S45_fornow... wrote:
Just purchased one of these brand new for $109 shipped. Does that seem like a good deal for the money?

I'm hoping this will be a nice addition to my kit which includes a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.

:D

Where did you buy it from?


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Sep 02, 2005 09:20 |  #9

Even at it's more common price of about us$150 this lens is excellent value.
From reports of others and from what i've experienced myself it is one of the few 300mm consumer zooms that is genuinely quite sharp at the long end.
It does have some drawbacks but if one can work around those it's a bargain.
Those 'bad' points are- slowish focus,some purple fringing and (if you really want to nit pick),not quite as sharp as other zooms at the short end plus slightly crosseyed background blur.




  
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Sep 02, 2005 17:50 as a reply to  @ SnowSpyder86's post |  #10

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Where did you buy it from?

A friend in Utah purchased it for me from a store that was going out of business. The downfall is that if I got a bad one I will be stuck with it.




  
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Sep 02, 2005 21:04 as a reply to  @ S45_fornow...'s post |  #11

S45_fornow... wrote:
A friend in Utah purchased it for me from a store that was going out of business. The downfall is that if I got a bad one I will be stuck with it.

Build quality has been pretty good I think. Well, no one has complained about Tamron brand to the extent that they have with the Sigma brand (though to be fair, Sigma is perhaps a more popular brand & so more chance of seeing someone complain about a dodgy lens. People rarely voluntarily big up the merits of a consumer lens no matter what brand. It's not until people get their L's that they start to gloat, hehe)


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Sep 03, 2005 11:27 |  #12

I just got my Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD used from ebay. I paid about $114 including shipping and insurance. I haven't had much time to play with it, but like what I've seen so far (nice sunny Saturday here in NYC - she's gonna get some use today).

So, yeah, what you paid is great for a new one! Cheapest new I saw was Amazon for $129, but it was out of stock as I recall.


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Oct 13, 2005 16:14 |  #13

I just got one "like new" for $99.00 on Ebay. You paid less than the lowest retailer so yeah... it's a good price.


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