flightkid9
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Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:33 am

I saw this lens on amazon for only $120, now at that price for any lens I would expect total garbage, but there are 47 reviews on amazon and they average out to 4 and a half stars so I took a look at it, after reading all the reviews (yes every one) It actually sounds like an alright lens. I figure at $120 I can't really go totally wrong with it but I'd like a second opinion on it (or a 50th) for any lens at this price I certainly don't expect much but do you guys think it would be any good? I'd probably mostly use it for still shots (possibly at an airshow but that would most likely be taxi-shots) I've never heard of Tamron before so I don't know if they have any good lens' or not but should I bother with this? with that many positive reviews I'm tempted to buy it to try it out, I'm not really looking to get any pictures accepted to A.net (I'm nowhere near that level of skill) but I would like some good quality shots. Thanks for any help you can give.

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:51 am

The four-and-a-half stars will be awarded based on the price, not the overall quality of the lens. Any lens at only $120 isn't going to be wonderful, and you can bet most of those reviews aren't from plane photographers. I'm guessing it'll do the job between 75 and 200mm (like others in its class) but my experience with cheap Tamron (and Sigma) is that they are very soft.

Depending on your expectations it may be worth a shot (it is only $120), but personally I'd spend a little more and get something better.

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:18 am

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):

The four-and-a-half stars will be awarded based on the price, not the overall quality of the lens. Any lens at only $120 isn't going to be wonderful, and you can bet most of those reviews aren't from plane photographers. I'm guessing it'll do the job between 75 and 200mm (like others in its class) but my experience with cheap Tamron (and Sigma) is that they are very soft.

Depending on your expectations it may be worth a shot (it is only $120), but personally I'd spend a little more and get something better.

Karl

Ya I don't expect that much from it, do you know of any other lens' that go up to at least 200mm for about $200? I'm obviously not looking for the best lens, just one that has alright quality and isn't too expensive. (Has to fit a Rebel XS) Thanks

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:20 am

Quoting flightkid9 (Reply 2):
Ya I don't expect that much from it, do you know of any other lens' that go up to at least 200mm for about $200? I'm obviously not looking for the best lens, just one that has alright quality and isn't too expensive. (Has to fit a Rebel XS) Thanks

The Canon 55-250 is considered pretty decent for the price:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...-250mm-f-4-5.6-IS-Lens-Review.aspx

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:28 pm

I would look at the 70-300 VC USD version of the Tamron lens, which is much much better for about $400.
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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:09 pm

55-250 is a good option but like all budget lenses it's not great after 200mm. A better deal is the 75-300 USM III, which I believe is a similar price and offers a marginally better build quality. Unfortunately it lacks IS so you'd need to give it careful consideration.

I have many images in the database taken with the 75-300 - it's pretty sharp up to about 180mm.

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:57 pm

Quoting dvincent (Reply 4):
which is much much better for about $400.

He did say for about $200.  

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:09 pm

I was looking around some more and came upon the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer, It is $200 on amazon and looks alright, one thing confused me though, it says in the name "Grey market non-US Product"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...X0DER&pf_rd_r=10MT2ZR5DYW9N10J629M

It looks about the same as the 55-250 but with IS. Do you guys think it would be any good? and what Does "Grey market non-US product" mean? does it mean that it's and imported product not available in the US or something? Thanks

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:42 pm

Quoting SNATH (Reply 6):
He did say for about $200.  

The old adage of "You get what you pay for" applies...
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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:15 pm

Quoting flightkid9 (Reply 7):
and what Does "Grey market non-US product" mean?
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Gray-Market.aspx

I'd pay a bit more money to get the warranty...

Quoting dvincent (Reply 8):
The old adage of "You get what you pay for" applies...

Totally.

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:37 pm

'Grey' imports should be avoided really. Encounter a problem and your money's as good as thrown down a grid.

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:56 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 10):
'Grey' imports should be avoided really. Encounter a problem and your money's as good as thrown down a grid.

Ok I see now, they're basically imported by the retailer and not Canon, I guess I'l stay clear of it. Thanks

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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:03 am

The newer Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro is better. And it's still under $200.
 
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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:11 pm

I would recommend the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG. It has to be the APO version though as I found that one much better having had both. This is with a 350D + Sigma 70-300 APO DG


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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:05 am

Quoting dvincent (Reply 4):
I would look at the 70-300 VC USD version of the Tamron lens, which is much much better for about $400.

I'll back you up on that! This lens will be a member of my collection for a very long time to come.
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RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:32 am

Cheap telephotos really do the job in general walkaround photography; good for travel, for instance. If you're shooting aircraft, you'll find the deficiencies annoying after a while. Colour, sharpness and contrast aren't great, and they're difficult to get good results with at the long end.

That being said, like any kit, if you play to the gear's strengths it's a different story, and you can get perfectly good results for web use.

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