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Unread 10-28-2006, 04:31 PM   #1
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Tamron lenses.

For anyone who has ever used them before, how would you rate the quality, durability, etc of a Tamron lens?
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Unread 10-28-2006, 06:51 PM   #2
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It has been my experience that you get what you pay for in lenses. There are exceptions, but that is a good general guideline. I have nothing against tamron OR sigma, however I stay in the canon line for my own personal reasons.

Is there a specific tamron lens you're considering?
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Unread 10-28-2006, 09:20 PM   #3
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I'll let you know when I get one that works right.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 01:49 AM   #4
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I figured I'd get as much. Good thing I don't have one, then.

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Unread 10-29-2006, 03:15 AM   #5
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I figured I'd get as much. Good thing I don't have one, then.

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Tamron lenses are OK. Actually some of them are very, very good and in the USA they come with a six-year warranty.

The 28-75 f/2.8, the 17-50 f/2.8 and the 90mm f/2.8 Macro are all highly rated.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 04:31 AM   #6
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the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 has won many awards for its general quality.

first of all, it is about 1/4~1/5 the price of a nikon 28-70 or a canon 24-70 and cheaper than the sigma 24-70.
it is about 1/2 the weight of any other similar lenses (including sigma and tokina).
it has 67mm filter size, which is very reasonable compared to n/c's 72mm or sigma's ridiculous 82mm.
colorwise, n/c is likely better, some say the nikon generates a really unique color; the tamron itself is more saturated in the red and the sigma is more saturated in the yellow.
and likely a big concern, sharpness: needless to say, n/c has better sharpness, but the tamron is actually a VERY sharp lens if you stop it down to 3.2. (on a D2Xs)
also it is the most compact compared to similar lenses, but only concern is its plastic built, and does not have SWM (USM) or FTM.

so spend 4-5 times as much for a similar lens? i think not. tamron 28-75mm is my choice.

the 17-50 was just released recently, but i have been hearing good comments on its skintones and sharpness.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 04:44 AM   #7
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I cannot say for Tamron but I have used a couple of Sigma lenses before and to say the least I am in the process of replacing them currently. Many 3rd party lenses suffer from compatibility problems with cameras. This means that an older Sigma or Tamron may not work with a newer camera. An example is a Sigma that worked on a Canon 10D may not work on the new 30D. All (I believe) 3rd party lens manufacturers offer what is called rechipping for the lenses to update them to work on newer cameras but that is about the same as sending a Canon lens in for waranty work and can be a hassle (going through that now with canon but have had no problems) and takes time, which you don't always have. All of this is because 3rd party lens makers reverse engineer the signals that go to the lens and if it changes even slightly from one model to the next in bodies that lens will no longer work.

Now not everything is bad about 3rd party lenses. Some are said to be just as good as their canon or nikon counterparts.

Overall I would not say that it is worth it. If you spend the extra and get a lens from the company that made your camera body be it canon, nikon, olympus, or other manufacturer it is pretty much guaranteed that that lens will be sharper than the 3rd party lens and it is guaranteed that it will work on a different body if you ever choose to upgrade what you currently have.

There are pluses and minuses on both sides. I have talked to people that would never purchase a 3rd party lens again because of their experience with it and I have talked to people that would never trade their 3rd party lens. Overall the decision is yours on what to get.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 06:48 AM   #8
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Well, both my Tamron and Sigma lenses show tremendous promise. Probably superior to my Canon lenses. However, neither has been a good 'out of the box' experience. In both cases, the first copies I bought had problems. The exchanged copies had different problems.

I've been having to work around their defects and I can say it's heartbreaking for both cosplayer and photographer to have a lens screw up an otherwise great shot.

So, I will be shipping both of them back to their manufacturers to see if they can repair them after the next con. If Tamron can fix the lens, then I've got a fantastic lens. If they can't, then a six year warranty is pretty worthless.

Meanwhile, my Canon lenses, although not spectacular, at least work correctly.

If you have the patience, time and energy to deal with random luck performance, a third party lens might pay off in the long run. Right now, I don't know.
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Canon has a few GREAT non L lenses, but in general, if you want to have your breath taken away, you find yourself buying a lenses with red rings on them.

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Unread 10-29-2006, 11:22 AM   #10
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Wow, looks like mixed feelings on Sigma and Tamron. So, for now, I will stick the with manufactor lenses. I don't have the money to play russian roulette with lenses. (No matter how inexpensive.) Odds are I will pick one up out of curiosity sometime soon, but not today.

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Unread 10-29-2006, 03:17 PM   #11
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I've been working with a Tamron 18-200mm, F/3.5-6.5 lens this summer, and have had no problems with it. It's perfectly compatible with my Canon 30D, too.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 11:34 PM   #12
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Ryouko, funny you should name that lens: it's the exact one I was thinking about. I have a Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) and was pondering how it'd work. :P

Guess I'll have to try one out one of these day.s
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Unread 10-30-2006, 01:41 AM   #13
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Greetings,

My experience with Tamron and Sigma lenses was similar to Skypirate's. I've heard good things and have seen excellent sample images from Tamron's 28-75 and Sigma's 24-70 (which both cost about 1/3 of Canon's 24-70L). My copies; however, were pretty terrible. I could have sent it to the manufacturer for calibration I suppose, but I simply returned them. SInce I live in SoCal, I can drop my Canon lenses off for service at their Irvine location. Turn around time is usually about a week.

For the most part, I'm sticking with Canon lenses unless Canon doesn't offer a similar lens that I want/need. For example, Sigma will be releasing a 18-200mm with OS (Sigma's version of IS). That might be an interesting walk-around lens.

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Unread 10-30-2006, 02:22 AM   #14
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seems like im the only advocate for tamron lenses areound here

well you know what?
a picture is worth more than a thousand words:




Nikon D2Xs + Tamron 28-75mm XR Di F/2.8D

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Unread 10-30-2006, 05:41 AM   #15
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The tamron 18-200 seems to suffer from bad CA and not the best sharpness/focus that I've seen. Here is a thread comparing it to the sigma 18-200.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7524

In comparison, here are some images taken with the 28-135 canon:
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=188563

Of course, the canon gives you USM, and IS, but at double the price, and a little less length of zoom.

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