A&P My review of a Tamron 70-200 2.8 (Nikon Mount)

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  1. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    So I rented a Tammy 70-200 2.8 from lensrenters.com (fucking awesome guys to deal with, but they are kinda high.)


    I took it to a "Tea Party" (I only went for photo ops, no flaming from either side please) to test it out + some randoms - cliffs at the end.



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    All of these were shot wide open @ 2.8. And many all the way zoomed @ 200mm. As you can see, it's very sharp and the colors and clarity are amazing. By f/4, it can cut glass.


    Pros:

    Cheap (1/3 the Nikon 70-200)
    SHARP, even wide open
    Sturdy, mostly metal construction, metal mount, metal tripod ring.
    Good bokeh

    Cons:

    Slow autofocus that sometimes hunts
    Slight front focus @ 2.8 on some shots, but not often
    AF is noisy as hell (like an RC car)
    No VR. I had plenty of shots where a few stops of VR would have helped a lot.


    So if you're ballin on a budget and don't shoot sports, it's a pretty damn nice lens for being < $700


    edit: this was all mounted on a D80
     
  2. Harry Pothead

    Harry Pothead EAT IT!

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    nice review, great pictures, :bigthumb:
     
  3. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    pretty impressive for a third party lens. :cool:
     
  4. siniquezu

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    bokeh is pretty smooth
     
  5. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    lol @ velcro shoes & fanny packs.

    Good stuff from that lens.
     
  6. Sympathy

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    i tried out this lens out as well. the slow af and frequent hunting in semi low light annoyed the hell out of me.
     
  7. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Yes, it only hunted on me about four times out of a few hundred shots, but I was in 1pm direct sun. I can imagine how bad it would be indoors/dark.
     

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