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Old Sep 14, 2012, 10:11 PM   #11
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Also as for bags I find for airline travel I really like to use a backpack as it allows me to carry a laptop and 2 magazines in the laptop pocket, my paperwork-tickets and all my camera gear needed. It keeps my hands free for my suitecase and the backpack I have made by Rosewill is well padded and has a waist belt which comes in handy when I travel to Atlanta where I have to work forever and then some and the weight is not an issue for me.

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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:47 PM   #12
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Dave,

Thanks for the travel advices. You have given me a list of what to bring for traveling. I have voltage and socket adapters for China where I had been to many times. This is my first time going to the Northwestern part of China where the ancient Silk Road is. I am very excited about it. The Sigma lens will be delivered on Monday via UPS. I have 3 weeks to check it out before I leave for China. I am not bringing a laptop this time to cut down the weight. I will be using my $99 HP Touchpad to check email wherever I can get Internet access.

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Old Sep 15, 2012, 12:58 AM   #13
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The Tammy is one of the best all in one. The canon is not bad. But I would go with the Tammy given the choice.
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 1:03 AM   #14
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The Tamron has slightly better IQ but the focusing is slower according to 3 reviews I had read. The Sigma is about $130 less. The is no perfect super zoom.
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The pz motor is faster then the original. But it is not that bad, it is not the lens to use for action shooting. Good for general purpose photography.
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 3:16 AM   #16
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There is no review I can find on the Tamron 18-270mm with PZD, so is the new Sigma 18-250mm with Macro. The cost the same at about $550 which are still pretty good bargains. I opted for the older version of the 18-250mm because it is only $416. This lens is OK as long as I use f/8-11 in most ranges.

I have a Tamron 70-300mm VC lens. It is a very good lens probably better than the Sigma better of 70-300mm. I love this lens for its performance. Price of a hamburger for the taste of Fillet Mignon!.
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 6:32 PM   #17
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The lens is here! Here is an example shooting through my kitchen window.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
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