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Old Feb 14, 2006, 6:45 AM   #11
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Is that Tamaron available for a Nikon mount? at what price range? new-used?

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Old Feb 14, 2006, 7:37 AM   #12
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Is that Tamaron available for a Nikon mount? at what price range? new-used?

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The Tamron SP 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5 Aspherical IF is a discontinued lens.

It looks like http://www.keh.com has some of these lenses in stock now for under $200.00 used in Nikon mount. I'd make sure to get the petal hood with one, as this lens is not the best for flare resistance.

They've got a few of them that way in LN or EX+ condition with hood for around $199

B&H has two of them for Nikon, but they want more ($299 for one in 8+ condition and $399 for one in 9+ condition). It doesn't say if they include the hood or not.

I see one in new condition on Ebay now for Nikon (item number 7589754200 ). Current bid is $199 with 4 days left.

This Tamron is sharper than many wide zooms wide open. But, it's no substitute for a good prime indoors in low light (IMO anyway). My Minolta 28mm f/2 and 50mm f/1.7 are both sharper (and at least a stop brighter). I'd say the same for a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 (I've got one I use on a Nikon 35mm).

Photodo.com has some MTF charts for this Tamron.

http://www.photodo.com/nav/prodindex.html

One of the newer lens designs probably has better flare resistance, with coatings better optimized for digital so you don't have as much loss of contrast shooting in harsh lighting (but, this one does test well on MTF charts for a wide zoom).

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Old Feb 15, 2006, 3:49 AM   #13
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Since the discussion brought up bright, wide zooms. Tamron just announced a new 17-50mm f/2.8 designed for Digital. It weighs in at 434 grams (15.3oz), with 67mm filter threads.

http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/news/rele...s0215_a16.html

It will be available for Nikon, Canon and KM DSLR models.
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