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Old Sep 24, 2004, 8:37 PM   #1
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Has anyone purchased the Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD IFlens? I just did, and I think I may have wasted $400. What are your opinions on it?
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Old Sep 25, 2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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I got one in June and keep it on my camera all the time. Some day I will be able to afford professional quality glass but until then, with a little care, this works just fine. I have the 18-55 kit lens and the Canon 50mm f.18 prime too. I set the camera to ISO 400-800, +1 contrast +2 sharpening, shoot in raw whenever I can and use a tripod a lot. $400 is a lot of money but when it comes to lenses, it just doesn't go very far.
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Old Oct 1, 2004, 8:38 PM   #3
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I was thinking of getting the Tamron AF 28-300mm XR Di LD IF lens too. It sounds like a good all-around, everyday lens to replace my Canon 28-135mm IS lens.

I currently have two Canon 'L' glass lenses, the 17-40mm andthe 100-400mm IS. Ilikemy 'L' glass lenses, mostly because I can be reasonably assured I have the best lens. (Higher price, must be better, type of attitude).

I was thinking of buying the Tamron 28-300mm because I can affordit right now. The Tamron lens is also small and light. Sounds like a great everyday lens.

Since you alreadyexperienced the Tamron 28-300 Di lens, I was wondering if you think I should hold out for the Canon EF 28-300mm IS lens. Of course, the Canon lens is 5-1/2 times more money, much bigger and weighs 3-1/2 pounds. It wasn't rated that high either.

I feel your sample photographsshowed good composition. They could use a little more color depth, contrast and sharpening (is that the lens?). I'm thinking, if you shot you photos in RAW, you could increase the color depth, contrast and sharpening with the conversion software.

Let me know what you think?

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