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Old Nov 25, 2006, 6:22 PM   #1
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Please advice on this lens
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Old Nov 25, 2006, 8:56 PM   #2
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It's a good lens, but will you need f/2.8?
I would spend the extra ~$150 and upgrade to a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8EX instead... It's one of the most useable lens with the best Bokeh

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Old Nov 27, 2006, 10:49 AM   #3
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I have one and love it, though I don't use it much.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 11:04 AM   #4
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As always, it depends on what your intended use is. Yes the 70-200 f4 is a great lens. But whether or not it's the best choice depends on how you want to use it. I can give you the best wrench ever made - which is great, unless the job requires a screw driver. So, the 70-200 f4 is a great 'wrench' - the question is, do you need a 'wrench' or a 'screw driver'?
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 8:20 PM   #5
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I doubt if the 70-200 f/4L is any better optically than the Tamron 55-200 according to the MTF's results from Photodo:
http://www.photodo.com/topic_61.html
http://www.photodo.com/topic_40.html
(if anything the 'digital' lens only Tamron measured even higher in most cases)

-> IMO except for the build quality there's not much to be gained and why I wondered whether the faster f/2.8 might be a better buy...
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Old Dec 14, 2006, 8:01 PM   #6
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The nice thing about the Canon 70-200 that it's light in comparison to other lenses, so you can carry it around.

But if you can afford it, the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 lens is a much better lens optically (although NHL can, I'm sure, give us the MTF comparison on the two lenses (lol).

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Old Dec 15, 2006, 6:53 PM   #7
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I at one time owned both of these lenses and in my experience the Tamron was in no way even close to the Canon in terms of "optical quality". But, I suppose that everyone's experience may differ. One thing I would bet on....if you took a significant sample size and tested these lenses, you would find quite a difference.

I found that the advantage in optical quality that the Canon displayed was about equal to it's advantage in build/ material quality.

If I was going on a shoot and had to pick just one of these lenses, it would be the Canon every time.

Just my experience....not saying that the Tamron is a bad lens (for the money). :lol:
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 5:38 AM   #8
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I have the 70-200 F4 usm L (non IS) and love it. Im considering the 1x4 TC to increase my reach with it. Very sharp lens.
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Old Dec 28, 2006, 12:01 PM   #9
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Just got this lens for xmas. I have only played with it for a couple of days and so far I like it alot.

I haven't used the other lenses that have been mentioned in this thread so I can't compare but so far I really like the lens!

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