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D70FAN
07-07-2004, 01:52 PM
Hi guys,

Anyone using a Tamron 28-300 XR with a D70/D100? I have read quite a bit, and while it's not a high end lens, it looks interesting as a day-to-day lens for my D70 without breaking the bank (~$350). Looks at least as good as my Nikkor 70-300 AF-G.

Sigma makes a similar range lens, but the last Sigma (28-105) I tried on the D70 was really slow and noisy.

D70FAN
07-10-2004, 08:29 AM
Never mind. I went out and bought one yesterday. Hope to get some serious test time with it today.

I'll post the results up on smugmug.

tksuther
08-16-2004, 08:15 AM
George: I have my eye on this lens too. Please let us know what you think of it. Thanks!

D70FAN
08-16-2004, 11:20 AM
George: I have my eye on this lens too. Please let us know what you think of it. Thanks!

My reason for buying this lens was to have the "perfect" does everything..., don't have to bring the 70-300..., lens.

I was not particularly happy with the long (300mm) performance as it was not quite as sharp as the Nikkor 70 to 300, but the intermediate lengths, out to about 200mm worked fine, as you would expect. The 28mm WA is 42mm converted and definately not wide enough for me, but your milage and results may vary. Give it a try if 28mm (42mm) works for you.

That's why I am thinking/hoping the Sigma 18-125 (27-187 equivelent) will be a nice all around lens, for my particular needs. The 70-300 Nikkor does an adequate job all the way to 300mm so I guess I will still have to tote 2 lenses (actually 3 with the very small 50mm f1.8) around, but the Sigma will allow me to leave the 70-300 in the hotel/car most of the time.

I'm even considering a 2X adapter for travel as that would give me a 374mm equivalent (but very slow) lens. Definately for bright daylight, but the majority of my long telephoto shots are daylight anyway.

If not, I still have the nice Nikkor 18-70 DX lens, the 70-300, and the "I'm still amazed" 50mm f1.8.

tksuther
08-16-2004, 12:14 PM
I guess I should consider the nikon 70-300 if I want an economical long reach zoom. It sounds like you believe it outperforms the Tamron. Thanks for the feedback. Do you have any sample shots from the Tamron posted?

D70FAN
08-16-2004, 01:14 PM
I guess I should consider the nikon 70-300 if I want an economical long reach zoom. It sounds like you believe it outperforms the Tamron. Thanks for the feedback. Do you have any sample shots from the Tamron posted?

Only a sunset shot up on smugmug.

http://d70fan.smugmug.com/

It is marked as a Tamron shot. I'll try to dig up a couple more.

MrToes
05-10-2005, 12:27 AM
My reason for buying this lens was to have the "perfect" does everything..., don't have to bring the 70-300..., lens.

That's why I am thinking/hoping the Sigma 18-125 (27-187 equivelent) will be a nice all around lens, for my particular needs. The 70-300 Nikkor does an adequate job all the way to 300mm so I guess I will still have to tote 2 lenses (actually 3 with the very small 50mm f1.8) around, but the Sigma will allow me to leave the 70-300 in the hotel/car most of the time.


I bought the Sigma 18-125 and am very happy with it. My research seemed to indicate I would be giving up too much with the 11x super-zooms, and that the Sigma would give me better quality at a lower price. So far not disappointed!

The last 3 sunset pics here are using the Sigma.

http://www.mrtoes.net/Photos/Gallery/Sydney/Day/index.html

Downsides are the AF isn't so great.

Matthew.

TheObiJuan
05-10-2005, 12:41 AM
with the 18-200 sigma not much is lost, maybe except for vignetting. :p

I wouldn't mind a 18-300!
:eek:

Ant
05-10-2005, 07:32 AM
I guess I should consider the nikon 70-300 if I want an economical long reach zoom. It sounds like you believe it outperforms the Tamron. Thanks for the feedback. Do you have any sample shots from the Tamron posted?

If you're looking for a cheap long zoom I wouldn't recommend the Nikon 70-300mmG. I find it very soft at 300mm. I used to think it wasn't too bad for the price, but then a couple of weeks ago I used a sigma 70-300mm APO, which is only about 30 more expensive but produced far better images. I'm currently going to trade in my Nikon to get the Sigma.

D70FAN
05-10-2005, 12:26 PM
I bought the Sigma 18-125 and am very happy with it. My research seemed to indicate I would be giving up too much with the 11x super-zooms, and that the Sigma would give me better quality at a lower price. So far not disappointed!

The last 3 sunset pics here are using the Sigma.

http://www.mrtoes.net/Photos/Gallery/Sydney/Day/index.html

Downsides are the AF isn't so great.

Matthew.

Please note that these original posts are dated from last July and August. I've been shooting the 18-125 for about 10 months, and it is still the main shooter.

If you look at the comparison between the 18-200 and the 18-125 (both Sigma) you will see very little difference. I will have the 18-200 shortly (I hope) and will let everyone know how it goes.

D70FAN
05-10-2005, 12:29 PM
If you're looking for a cheap long zoom I wouldn't recommend the Nikon 70-300mmG. I find it very soft at 300mm. I used to think it wasn't too bad for the price, but then a couple of weeks ago I used a sigma 70-300mm APO, which is only about 30 more expensive but produced far better images. I'm currently going to trade in my Nikon to get the Sigma.

You speak the truth, and my original post definately agreed on the Nikkor softness at 300mm. The Sigma 70-300 APO is near the top of the photozone list for this range.

TheObiJuan
05-10-2005, 01:29 PM
I really like mine. I am doing testing bw it and the canon 75-300.

MrToes
05-10-2005, 06:41 PM
Oops didn't realise I resurrected a 10 month old thread! Sorry!

Hey if you do get the Tamron I would be very interested to know how it goes, especially as you have the Sigma 18-125 also. I'm trying to figure out what to get to cover the full tele range... The Sigma 70-300 APO looks very interesting...

Matthew
www.mrtoes.net