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  1. #1
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    Image stabilised Tamron or Sigma lenses for Canon or Nikon?

    I am about to break the barrier into DSLR world. I still have to decide between Nikon D80 and Canon Rebel XTi (aka 400D) but at the same time I'm doing some research into lenses. Can anyone tell me if either Sigma or Tamron make IS lense up to ..... say ## - 300mm?
    And what's the codes for either manuafacturer to indicate stablised lenses, similiar to IS for Canon and VR for Nikkor?
    Thanks.
    Nikon D90, D80
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    Sigma has announced a 18 - 200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 DC OS lens. The OS is short for Optical Stabilizer. I believe its there first lens with OS and not on the market as of yet.


    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0609/06...18-200dcos.asp
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    Tamron has no stabilized lenses on the market at this time. Sigma currently only has the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OS.

    And yes, Canon = IS. Nikon = VR.
    Ouch.

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    The best (affordable) lens to offer IS at 300mm is the Canon EF 70-300 IS USM. It is very sharp, upto 300mm, and into the corners (even on full frame...). And has no CA problems, good colour and contrast.
    Nikon has a contender in the 70-300 f4.5-5.6 VR. It is not as sharp at 300mm as the Canon, but it is a good lens non the less.

    So, you may not have to look at 3rd party lenses.

    Sigma has 1 lens that has image stabilization out right now, the 80-400mm OS. It will cost around $1000, and it quite a nice lens for its class (better than the Nikon 80-400 VR, because it is a lot sharper at 400mm) and better in some ways than the Canon 100-400mm IS USM.
    The 18-200 OS that Sigma announced is still not out it seems, but that will not take long now.

    Then there is one Tamron lens which Tamron announced around the PMA, but when that will be out, and what its price will be, I do not know. I seem to remember that it is an 28-300 with image stabilization, I forgot the letters they use for it. But since it is not available yet, and that might take a while, it is not so relevant at this point.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Cool TAMRON - The wave of the future

    TAMRON went out and re-developed dealing with handshake with what they call "Vibration Compensation" or "VC". It is not a copy of anyone else's solution, but their very own.

    The newest lens with this feature in it will be available in the Fall 2007

    AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF)



    While this zoom's focal length lens is not new to the line, built-in stabilization certainly is. Unlike the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM's minimum focus distance of 5-feet, this TAMRON lens allows you to get with 18-inches, at all focal lengths! That's very usable indoors.

    It is designed only for the Canon and Nikon mounts.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-09-2007 at 08:01 AM.
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    Thanks for your feedback everyone.
    Coldrain, in fact I saw Canon EF 70-300 IS USM lens and hope there is a cheaper equivalent Tamron or Sigma that I should look at.
    DonSchap, that Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical looks interesting. It maybe more expensive then the 70-300 IS Canon at first release? Is that for Nikon or Canon camera?
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Here's your answer, Tim:

    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    It is designed only for the Canon and Nikon mounts.
    And Tamron's press release is here.

    So are you leaning towards one or the other? I promise I'll go look at your pictures even if you end up in the Canon camp.

    Stephanie
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjseto View Post
    Here's your answer, Tim:



    And Tamron's press release is here.

    So are you leaning towards one or the other? I promise I'll go look at your pictures even if you end up in the Canon camp.

    Stephanie
    hmm........thanks Stephanie. I don't see they mention the price anywhere though. My brother uses Nikon for years and if I go Nikon route I may benefit from his knowledge; otherwise I will be on my own. At first glance through the shop window, I think D80 has more appeal though I still have to feel both in my hands yet. So......... there is still a chance that I will not defect to the enemy camp. Seriously, I always love Canon cameras but ironically always end up with others since I always look for what's best for me in the market at times of buying. Saying this, I realise that the next decision will get me stuck within one maker or the other.
    Last edited by tim11; 04-11-2007 at 07:48 PM.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Cool Don't get shook ...

    If the TAMRON AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) is any sort of a pricing guide, I would say there will be a $200-250 hike over the current cost ($349) of the non-VC AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF), but please realize that this could be wishful thinking.

    Based on all the reporting I have read, I believe TAMRON is putting this out there as a big ol' test to see how well "VC" will be received, so they may cut a break on the first one ... just to get their "solution" noticed.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    DonS - Interesting. I hadn't heard about this lens, thanks. I'm anxious to see how the VC will compare to the Canon IS. I figure I generally gain 3 stops using IS on the Canon 70 - 300. If the VC comes close to that and the optics are half decent, this could be a real coup for Tamron and might make me think about making some changes to my present gear.

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