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User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3452 times:

Hopefully someone can give me some tips as to which lens to purchase.

I'm looking at a Tamron 28-300mm F5.6-6.3, a Canon 75-300 F4.0-5.6, and if I chose the Canon 75-300 I'd also be looking at a Canon 28-90mm F4-5.6.

If anyone has experience with these lenses or if you have any that might be equal let me know.

I'd be using them on a Canon EOS.

thanks!
Ryan

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User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3403 times:

Hello!

I have the Nikon 70-300 f4/5.6, it is an OK lense to shoot non-moving things, but you will get a lot of dissapointment from airliners! You will have a result of: out of focus images! Not saying its impossible, but I would look at the 80-200 f2.8, yes its way more money, but it pays off in the long run.

Good luck with your choice,

Dmitry


User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3403 times:

I have owned the Canon 75-300 USM Mk III. It is not a bad lens, but gets soft between 200-300mm. It depends on your level of tolerance of softness, I guess. I think Tamron is similar in quality, but like so many lenses it may depend on whether you get a good one or bad one off the line. If in doubt, I think it is best to go with Canon when you are planning to use it with EOS unless there is a reason not to. Most of my lenses are Canon except one, a Sigma 15-30, but that is only because the equivalent Canon cost $1000 more. If you want a good zoom range lens all in one, I have heard quite a few good reports about the Tokina 24-200 "superzoom". Granted, it isn't 300mm, so I don't know if it would do the trick for you or not. If you want the sharpest pictures, you could save up and get the Canon 70-200L f4 and add a teleconverter if needed easily with this lens. It is not for everyone, though, and you can still get great results with a cheaper lens. The most important factor of course is your skill, dedication, and creativity...much more important than your lens choice  Smile

Hope that helps!
-Ken


User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3401 times:

What camera would you be using it with?

User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

i'd be shooting with either a D30 or D60...but don't have a ton of money to blow on both camera and lens.

If anyone has any other opinions on other lenses please let me know.

Ryan


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

The Sigma 170-500 on a D60 has been very nice for me. (SHot lots of film with it too on a Canon body...)

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

Whatever you do, do not go for the Tamron.
The difference between the Tamron and the Canon lenses is about as much as that between a one-time camera and your Canon SLR in quality.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Definately. Can I conclude that AF sensoring on the D30/60 is faster than on my EOS 300? If that is the case, you will never have out of focus shots. It will only photograph if there is a focus attained. And believe me, it will be the airliner. Go for the EF lens!

W



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

28-300mm is crap quality, I had the same Tamron lens for my Nikon. Vinetting (sp?) was bad also. Then something around the AF ring broke, so I sent it in. The guy at the store and the people at Tamron swore up and down that I must have dropped it, but since they couldn't find the point of impact where I 'dropped' it they fixed it for free, this was over a year ago and I've only used that lens once.

Ryan man, if you're going to spend the money get the good stuff...


User currently offlineDan330 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

I had the Tamron 100-300mm and used it with a D30 for a while. It was very, very slow on auto-focus and using the AI Servo was a no-no as it was just a matter of luck as to whether you got it in focus or not.

I now use the Canon 75-300mm IS which although a lot more expensive, is a lot quicker and generally a much better lens. If I were you I'd definately go for the Canon.


User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

I've been told that there is a difference on the 28-300 - it depends on if its aspherical or not, the ones that are tend to be better...can any one else confirm this for me?

User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Ryan is half asking this for me as well. I'd be using the same lenses on a Canon Eos Rebel 2000. I'd like to get a lens now with image stabilization, as I hope to have a D60 by the end of the year. Any suggestions on which lens would be best for a 35mm camera such as that?

I'm thinking I'm gonna pass on that Tamron now.

Brian



User currently offlineC-GRYK From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 751 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

Buddy,
Maybe you need to improve your skills as a photographer before totally putting down the Nikkor 70-300 f4/5.6 . I have been using that lens as my primary for over half a year now and have had no problems at all shooting airliners or anything else for that matter. You need practice to become a good photographer, obviously, so don't just put down a lens because YOU can't use it well, it's most likely your fault, not the lens'. I've seen quite a lot of your posts now where you kind of act like an expert, well my friend, you have been giving bad advice imho. I'm sure you won't see it that way but I have.

Cheers

Jeremy




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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

The Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6G is a good lens. It's not as good as the more expensive equivalents but it gets the job done when you're on a budget.
Sadly for Canon camera users, Nikkors don't fit their bodies very well 9-p

Take a look at Sigme EX and Tokina ATX lines of lenses if you can't afford Canons, Brian.
They're excellent, almost on a par with the mid/highend range Canon/Nikkor lenses for a fraction of the price.

I have a Tokina 28-70 f/2.6-2.8 ATX-Pro myself, and I love it. Very sharp lens, little or no distortion, good colour rendition, and a nice price too.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

Justin, Ryan & Brian,

I think that you want made of the choice of the lens by camera of Nikon, Canon or anything to do. I do still have with Nikon N65 as for myself. I'm guess that will be good as for much long time by myself. And also, when you guys either way will come down there into FLL by viewing area as for spotting. I'm confused that you will be honor to be joins with us by shooting of airplanes. Can you please write emailed to me or IMs sometimes by anytime soon. Well, later!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

As much as I was thinking about getting a D60, a new car is in order haha. I guess in 3 years when I get that paid off, hopefully the D90 will be out lol (and I'll still be better than you Ryan....  Laugh out loud )



User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

You're do thinking about getting D60 as for Nikon, Justin?!?!? How much costs as for the new camera as for yourself. Isnt't that was for digital camera go through on the comoputer and you're never buy a film again and something etc to do. I do think will be great to do something as for yourself. I need you know about as for me something with the PS 6 with the my slide pictures as for myself and what is exactly I can do something this one. Thanks, Justin!

Regards,

Scott


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