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    Hello all

    Been lurking here for a few weeks while looking around for a good forum on Sony's camera. Seems to be a pretty easy going place so I thought I would sign up and say hi.

    I recently purchased the a350 with the kit 18-70 lens (I know I know). Any how I have a old(er) Tameron 70-300 1:4-5.6 that I bought use for my old Minolta but I can not find much info on it. The model appears to be 172DM. It seems to work ok on the Sony but I would like to know a little more about it if any one knows.

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    Welcome, glad you stopped to say Hi!

    That's the same as the current Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 lens that most of us here have. The only difference are the digital upgrades (connections and coatings). Don has the one you have, and it will work fine with your a350.

    Anyways, glad you could join us and we'd love to see your pictures!
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    Welcome to the community, can't wait to see your pictures.
    Nikon D40x
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    Thanks for the welcome. Not sure I have any pictures that I am happy enough with yet. Glad to here that the 70-300 is decent not I just need something in the 17-50 range.

    Cheers Mark

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    Mark hello and welcome! Hope you like it here and with us, ask questions, share info. tell us your stories and show us your pics! Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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    Don't worry Mark I post plenty of crappy shots! and keep coming back. in about a year of posting and a couple of months of lurking I can't even tell you how much I have learned here. Don is THE man, and the major tech guy. Sparkie also known as frank can show us a thing or 2 about wildlife shots, and is always working on something in PP or HDR. dr4gon has a good eye, and is doing lots with the flash and bokeh! I take lots of bad pics of high school sports. Rooz has a wide knowledge base, and several others here post often and bring up good points and questions, so again welcome!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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    Mark ... welcome to SONY land ... where are things Minolta are .. well, now SONY!

    As far as your TAMRON AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD (non-Di) goes, the biggest issue I have with the lens is that it is not sharp at the longer focal length and it suffers from some serious purple fringing and Color Aberration.

    For the $150 it would cost to get a newer Di-version (which eliminates a lot of that because it is digitally-coated), I have to say it is worth the trouble trading yours in (getting what you can for it) and getting the newer one for your new digital camera. <- Just some sage advice ... no sense fighting "City Hall" on this. The newer lens will return much better results ... and allow you to be happier with what you get a lot longer.

    On this subject, @ Sean ... would you be interested in conducting a side-by-side shoot with yours and mine? I'll mail it to you and then you can ... fire away, so we can have some real results of the difference.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 01-16-2009 at 10:45 PM.
    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.

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    Don't be embarrassed about posting anything, I post stuff up and get torn in half.

    It's all about getting feedback.
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    I have to ask .. is the feedback fair? Personally, I'd like to know if you feel it has helped you in anyway, 'GotToyota?'.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    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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    Thanks for the advice Don I may trade it in yet but for now I have my eye on the Tamron 17-50 that seems to get so much attention. I am having the most problems with indoor shots such as kids birthdays (too dark). Unfortunatly my Minolta flash is a litte too old so it will only fire and full power washing everything out. Going to go take a course in the next month or so to try and learn some more about the processing side of things.

    Mark

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