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Old Jun 30, 2010, 8:24 AM   #1
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Default Canon 55-250 is vs Tamron LD Di 70-300mm

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I know the Canon has IS, but other than that as far as glass quality, will the Tamron take as good, better or worse than Canon on outdoor pictures?

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Old Jun 30, 2010, 8:55 AM   #2
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The Canon has more vignetting, but less chromatic aberration, it's sharper and it's stabilized. But it costs > 50% more. And the Tamron is a 1:2 macro lens, while the Canon is only 1:3.2.

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (Tested)
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF (Tested)

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Right now is cost. I have canon 28-135mm is I use mostly, just wanted a longer zoom for the reach once in a while. I just did not want to buy the Tamron is it was a piece of junk,,,I seem them used for around $100-120....
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There are multiple versions of the Tamron. Make sure you're talking about the Di LD.
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Yes, I am talking about the LD Di Tamron 70-300mm. It seems used you can get it for half the price. I know the Canon has IS, but are you paying for the canon name also?

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Adorama sells the Tamron 70-300 Di LD new for $165, and used for $139. They sell the Sigma 70-300 DG APO, which isn't as good, for $209 new. They sell the Canon 55-250 IS new for $255, used for $219.

B&H sells the Tamron 70-300 Di LD new for $165. They sell the Sigma 70-300 DG APO, new for $209. They sell the Canon 55-250 IS new for $255.

None of these lenses is going to be great. I recommend you not get the Sigma. If you think you'll miss the 250-300mm range or the 1:2 macro, or the Canon's problem with vignetting will bother you, or you can find a better use for the $90, get the Tamron.
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The canon is sharper on then the tamron and the sigma. But it is 80 dollars more.
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Would there be a noticeable difference in the Canon 55-250 vs the Tamron Ld di? Or would just you experts see it. On outdoor shots of course.

I bought the Tamron(used), seems decent, I have got a few extra pennies, and was just wondering if the upgrade to the Canon would be noticeable?
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wide open the canon is sharper. And on the long end of the zoom, the IS is helpful. And at 250mm the canon is sharper still then the tamron.
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None of the lenses mentioned here is very good. In fact none of them is clearly better than the others in all respects. If you want to not spend a lot of money, you need to pick the compromise you can live with.
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