Tamron 200-500mm lens

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rappar, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. rappar macrumors member

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    Is anyone using a Tamron 200-500 5-6.3 lens on a full frame camera and could comment on how they like it? I've read some reviews that seem to be fairly positive but would like to hear from anyone who has actually purchased and used this lens.
    Thanks
    Ron
     
  2. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    Stop giving me ideas for things to buy!

    Looks good though.
     
  3. DaReal_Dionysus macrumors regular

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    I have, wasn't impressed! Very Poor color, cheap construction, slow focus
     
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  5. rappar thread starter macrumors member

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    So, if you want some additional reach, can you suggest something else? This lens goes for around $1000, to get something that long in Nikon, Canon or anything else is going to cost many times that amount.
     
  6. rappar thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for this, I had seen the post and that was one of the reasons for considering such a lens. I know it is no match for a Canon or Nikon but given those cost in the order of $5000, figured this might be something to consider.
     
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  8. rappar thread starter macrumors member

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    I had thought of that but wondered about the drop in Fstop. A X2 is going to drop any lens I purchase by two F stops.
     
  9. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    ^ Yeah, for a 2x extender you're going to want to start with fast glass - f/2.8 or faster.
    Slow autofocus will become a problem too - for example non 1-series Canon bodies won't even autofocus past f/5.6 (there are sometimes tape-the-pin hacks that bypass this).

    You haven't mentioned what mount you're after but there is also the Canon 100-400mm f/5.6 L, Canon 400mm f/5.6 L prime or Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 if you're prepared to go a bit shorter than 500mm.
     
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    It will but the Tamron is limited to f6 at 500mm. Not sure if its possible to get a 300mm f4 for your budget but thats what I'd be looking for.
     

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