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Old Apr 8, 2012, 7:17 PM   #1
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Default Help choosing a x-300mm(+/-) budget lens (Stabilizer, AF) for a T2i.

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I have a T2i and at the moment I don't have any lenses.

I want a cheap lens of variable length and relatively long telephoto. Something like 50 ~ 100 to 280 ~ <400 is okay. The only lens in this range I actually tested is the Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR, and although it's relatively soft at 300mm F5.6, I found it somewhat sharp and the autofocus is acceptable also.

At the moment I'm considering the Canon IF 70-300mm 4-5.6 IS USM, as the Tamron 70-300mm Di VC is priced the same.

So, how does these lenses compare to the Nikon 70-300? I'm more interested in sharpness at bigger apertures and longer focal lengths and AF speed.

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Old Apr 8, 2012, 8:37 PM   #2
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They are both good lens, not L quality. But decently sharp. The canon af a bit faster, the tamron has internal focus, so it is allot easier to use a cpl. I have the canon ef 70-300 and it is my plane spotting lens. And it has good results. Both both are good options in the 70-300 ran age. If you want better the canon ef 70-300L is higher quality but L in price.
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Thanks for your reply.

Yeah, I know they aren't L-quality, but at the moment I'm looking for something cheap so I can take some picture until I get my 100-400mm L.

I appreciate your help, but do you know how they compare to the Nikon 70-300 VR AF-S, in terms of AF speed and sharpness?

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I presume you know that you can't put the "Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR" on your T2i.

The Canon 70-300 IS USM is better than the Tamron 70-300 VC USD, but it's also more expensive. That's what it comes down to, as is usually the case.
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If you're looking for something that can get you started and that won't cost a lot (so you can get that 100-400 that much sooner), the Tamron 70-300 Di LD ($199) is the best there is for less that the $399 that will get you the 70-300 VC USD. That's $200 you could put toward your !00-400.
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Thanks for your reply.

Yeah, I know they aren't L-quality, but at the moment I'm looking for something cheap so I can take some picture until I get my 100-400mm L.

I appreciate your help, but do you know how they compare to the Nikon 70-300 VR AF-S, in terms of AF speed and sharpness?

Thanks.

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Seeing the photos from my friends Nikon d7000 with th af-s 70-300 vr . The canon seems to be a sharper lens then the Nikon.
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If you're looking for something that can get you started and that won't cost a lot (so you can get that 100-400 that much sooner), the Tamron 70-300 Di LD ($199) is the best there is for less that the $399 that will get you the 70-300 VC USD. That's $200 you could put toward your !00-400.
Don't shoot that lens past 250mm. It is very very soft. If the Nikon af-s seem soft to the op, the di ld would look horrible.
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I presume you know that you can't put the "Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR" on your T2i.
Actually I could using an adapter, but it would be pretty useless.
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If you're looking for something that can get you started and that won't cost a lot (so you can get that 100-400 that much sooner), the Tamron 70-300 Di LD ($199) is the best there is for less that the $399 that will get you the 70-300 VC USD. That's $200 you could put toward your !00-400.
Thank you. The tamron is the smae price as the Canon in my country though.
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Seeing the photos from my friends Nikon d7000 with th af-s 70-300 vr . The canon seems to be a sharper lens then the Nikon.
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BTW, Adorama has a used 100-400 L IS USM in very good condition for $1,199.00, and KEH has one in excellent condition for $1,219.00.
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Not in the USA. As the op said the tamron usd and canon were the same price in his country.
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