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Old Mar 26, 2006, 7:03 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone has come across this lens. It's pretty cheap for the technical characteristics that it delivers (about 160$ plus shipping on ebay) and, for someone who is looking to carrying only one lens, i think this would make a pretty good choice.
Has anyone used this lens? Does it deliver the goods?
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 8:34 PM   #2
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I just bought one a couple of weeks ago at B&H's used dept. So far I am very happy with it. If you don't want to do a lot of lens changes in the field, this lens is a fairly reasonable option.

I've heard that this lens is a little soft at 300mm, especially wide open. There are charts and other data to back that up, but chartsdon't alwaysreflect the true aesthetic of using a lens.

I'd say buy it and let us know how you like it. :|

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Old Mar 29, 2006, 3:14 AM   #3
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Tom, please tell me a good place to get a bargain price for the Nikon D50 and lenses in Canada. So far, I only know of ebay and I would like to know other shops/sites where they keep their prices as low or even lower than those in the US.

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Tom, please tell me a good place to get a bargain price for the Nikon D50 and lenses in Canada. So far, I only know of ebay and I would like to know other shops/sites where they keep their prices as low or even lower than those in the US.

Thank you.
You will find some of the answers to this in this thread: online stores that ship to Canada? In addition, you might want to check out www.adencamera.com Their price on the D50 with an 18-55 lens is listed at $869.99 CAD. I think this would be pretty close to the best retail deal in Canada at this time. If you find a better price, buy it... and let the rest of us know. :-)

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 5:03 PM   #5
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Tom, does the lens extend outwards when in tele?

p.s. does it work with the Nikon D50?
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Tom, does the lens extend outwards when in tele?

p.s. does it work with the Nikon D50?
Yes, the 28-300 extends in two stages, which allows for its compact design. It doesn't look like a 300 lens at all. The zoom and focusing are very smooth, andunlikemy 28-80 G lens, the lens objective element/lens hood/filter rings don't rotate during focusing.

Though this is not a digitally optimized lens, it should work fine on a D50.

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Here is a link to a review of the Tamron 28-300 XR:

http://www.photo.net/equipment/tamron/28_300_Di/

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Old Apr 1, 2006, 3:02 AM   #8
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Tom, thanks for the details!

thanks for the link, mtclimber!



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Old Apr 5, 2006, 4:39 PM   #9
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well, it seems that this lens was available on ebay at 160$, new, but now that that auction has ended it only comes at about 350$.
i feel so sad for having missed on that chance and 350$ is way over my budget.
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Zygh, I bought asecondhand Tamron 28-200 a couple of weeks ago.Have a look at this link,there`s not much difference between 200 and 300,you may be able to pick one up

http://images.blw.net/blw/focal_lengths/

My Tamron 28-200 is an older model,its got signs of use but it produces pretty good pics when stopped down

test pics hand held ,straight from D50 ,resized only ,no pp

28mm Aperture priority F8 1/750th



200mm Aperture priority F8 1/500th



100% crop at 200mm



a little bit of sharpening and the picswill begood enough to post on the web.This lens will do for now until I can afford something a little newer.I`d like to see what sort of pics the newer Tamrons produce.


All pics shot in RAW converted using RSE

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