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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Thumbs up Don's 28-300 at work

    Don was kind enough to sell off his Tamron 28-300 that was surplus in his army of glass. It arrived yesterday afternoon.

    I fired off this shot of my daughter's champion rooster overseeing one of his prized hens, just to verify the lens worked.

    Considering it was almost dark, not bad.

    Then it was off to cover high school basketball, and here are a few.

    Shot from about 50' away.

    This was from about 75' away.

    These players were at a dead run, off the break.

    This is at full zoom, where some say this lens struggles with sharpness.

    All are resized down, and there is some cropping of the hoops shots, normal to trim excess area from shots you can't possibly "set up".

    All are hand held action shots, SSS on (of course), shot jpeg, not raw, and with NO opportunity to fine tune ANY shooting settings, or adjust any color, balance, etc.

    This was I thought a good test of the lens' inherent ability to catch action at various ranges, and with less than optimum lighting. These should be examples of the "floor" for this lens' ability.

    (I don't think the pink tinted paint the school must have gotten on sale at Home Depot was a helpful idea!)

    Don did have this lens factory tuned up, which was probably a good idea, and one reason it seemed to be a good acquisition.

    Thanks Don, this lens just became my always mounted, ready to go setup for situations where I can't predict the shot.

    I'm looking forward to doing some more experimenting, and actually figuring out what settings the lens is at it's best with.
    Last edited by Panda Bear; 02-07-2009 at 03:17 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Nice series of images. The basketball shots are good.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Monmouthshire, UK
    Another happisfied customer! Don, you don't have a surplus Sony 70-200G lying around, by any chance?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    Another happisfied customer! Don, you don't have a surplus Sony 70-200G lying around, by any chance?
    Nope that got replaced by the Tamron 70-200mm

    It'll make a good all-purpose lens and will be FF ready!

    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL
    Nah, Peter ... my only 70-200 G SSM went back to SONY as defective. The aperture would not close down ... so it was a constant f/2.8. That's kind of worthless, outdoors. I prefer the much lower cost of the TAMRON 70-200 f/2.8 anyway. IQ is just as good and less than half the price.

    Glad the lens got to you safely, Andy. That's two for two, this week. Yeah!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-07-2009 at 08:47 PM.
    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.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Ohio, USA.
    Panda congrats on the new glass! you may want to search back in the foirum for the thread on shooting low light high ISO custom settings with out flash. I have had a blast playing around with them and have got some pretty nice shots.
    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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