Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED
Does anyone have any information on the new Tamaron 28-300xr zoom that recently came out ? Is it probable that this lens is as good or better than having a nikor 28-105 and the nikor 70-300 ED ?
#1. "RE: Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED" | In response to Reply # 0Karl Registered since 25th Sep 2002Wed 23-Oct-02 04:58 AM
I have the new Tamron lens and i love it
The build quality of it is ok but it could have been better, it has a bit of a "plastic" feel to it. But it also feels quite robust and I don't think that the average Joe will brake it ( not a lens for the journalist though).
I use the lens with my D100 and I haven't noticed any distortion in any of it's focal lenghts. I do find it difficult to get a good steady shot when zoomed to the 300mm's , but that's a common problem with all tele lenses.
The Tamron is excellent for travelling or running about in town, it rather small and light and you don't have to carry extra gear with you
I've read some lab tests of it and they all say it's a good lens.
All in all, I can recomend this to every one execpt the odd profesionall.
Best of regards,
"You don't need eyes to see, you need vision"
#2. "RE: Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED" | In response to Reply # 1Wed 23-Oct-02 08:58 PM
thanks for your input. My wife bought me a nikor 70-300 ed lens, I have the nikor 28-105 already. I guess my decision is now made but thanks for your favorable impression of the tamaron lens and good luck with it. dave
#3. "RE: Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED" | In response to Reply # 2w4npx Registered since 10th Aug 2002Thu 24-Oct-02 02:51 AM
Since you have the Nikor 28-105 as I do and find it AF works very fast, wonder how the 70-300 ed compares for focus speed with the D-100. When I bought the camera I tried the 24-120 vs the 29-105 and found the 28-105 much faster in AF speed, so wonder if the 70-300 is as fast as the 28-105.
#5. "RE: Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED" | In response to Reply # 3Thu 24-Oct-02 11:53 AM
I have not taken that many pictures with the nikor 70-300 ED yet so I can not say how fast the autofocus works with regard to action shots. My son has a soccer game this weekend, if it is not rained out I plan to test out this lens. So far I like the look and feel, it does not feel flimsy or cheep but simillar in feel to the nikor 28-105. I was considering trading in my 28-105 for the 24-85 ED for the silent wave autofocus and slightly wider angle, do you have any feelings on that ? By the way I noticed your call sign at the bottom, mine is K3ENT. Dave
#4. "RE: Tamaron 28-300xr or Nikor 70-300 ED" | In response to Reply # 0
Just to let you know, I borrowed the Tamron new 28-300 the other day and shot photos with it for an afternoon at the lake where I work. The nice thing about the D100 is that it's an exceptionally superb photographic platform to measure lens quality. With my base lenses as a reference point - Tamron 24-135, Nikon 24-85 2.8, Nikon 28 - 105, and Nikon 17-35 f2.8 - I found the new Tamron 28-300 to be soft in many areas. This was immediately noticeable in images as having less sharper focus. At first I assumed it was camera shake, so I evaluated the lens using just my Manfrotto tripod. I was not mistaken, because when compared with better glass, this new Tamron lens is substantially less sharp. Of course, if that is all you have, you will be happy with it. It is only when you use other successful lenses as a reference point do you find the problems.
My suggestion: Go with the Tamron 24-135 - this lens is a sleeper and exceptionally sharp, and will run you in the vicinity of $439 - $469. It has received many positive reviews worldwide, and it continuously amazes me with the images I'm able to get.
Again, this is only a suggestion. But remember, you trade off quality when you buy a lens that has a focal length that spans from 28 - 300 MM. Think about it.
Of course, in the final analysis, the ultimate images may be attained using a variety of prime lenses.