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Old Dec 19, 2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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i was looking at this one. Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD AF Macroand almost bought it but then i chickened out and decided to ask more experienced people to see what experiences they have with it. if it not any good can you suggest an alternative???

i mainly just shot candid of my kids but they are getting into sports and i find that the kit 50-200, is just not cutting it anymore .

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Old Dec 19, 2007, 12:42 PM   #2
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That is a good lens. Only problem I have seen with that lens is occasional purple fringing. An alternative would be the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro lens. The downside to the Sigma lens is the chance of getting a bad copy of the lens.

Either way, they're both great lenses.

If you're wondering, I own the Sigma version, and love it.

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Old Dec 19, 2007, 2:25 PM   #3
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I own both a Tamron 70-300 and a Sigma 100-300 and would recommend either one. Not noticed much purple fringeing in either. I do like the Tamron's macro capability better. The sigma has a slightly quieter Auto focus motor.

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Old Dec 20, 2007, 10:57 AM   #5
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i mainly just shot candid of my kids but they are getting into sports and i find that the kit 50-200, is just not cutting it anymore .

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What sports? And at what age level?

That will drive what lens is most appropriate. For example, a lens for U12 soccer is going to be completely different than a lens used for indoor basketball.

Also, what is it about the 50-200 that "isn't cutting it". Is it just that you find it too short? Or is there a quality issue?

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The Tamron 70-300 is a great bang for the buck lens. It is one I take with me to the zoo all the time. The macro capability is 1:2 from 180-300mm. I don't do much with sports, but as long as you are shooting in daylight it should be great.

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i mainly just shot candid of my kids but they are getting into sports and i find that the kit 50-200, is just not cutting it anymore .

thank you .
What sports? And at what age level?

That will drive what lens is most appropriate. For example, a lens for U12 soccer is going to be completely different than a lens used for indoor basketball.

Also, what is it about the 50-200 that "isn't cutting it". Is it just that you find it too short? Or is there a quality issue?
thank you for your replies !!! mainly horse show indoor and out door and ice skating . the indoor horse shows i pretty much gave up on but i have had good luck for the ice skating.

and yes i find the 50-200 too short a lot of the time. especially at the outdoor horse shows

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thank you for your replies !!! mainly horse show indoor and out door and ice skating . the indoor horse shows i pretty much gave up on but i have had good luck for the ice skating.

and yes i find the 50-200 too short a lot of the time. especially at the outdoor horse shows
Help me out - I shoot a lot of sports but not horse shows. What are the dimensions of the area you need to 'cover' with your shooting. I.E. how far away from your shooting position will a rider be in an outdoor situation?
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Julianne, I love the Tamron 70-300, and it's excellent for outdoor sports, as long as it's daylight. It's just not fast enough for shooting sports under the lights or indoors. I have used it successfully indoors, but not with moving subjects. (see the "You wanna talk SR?" thread in the Pentax DSLR forum).


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I think either the Sigma APO (there are two versions of the lens, the APO seems to be worth the extra money) or the Tamron would be a good lens for the outdoor horse shows. I tried to use my A300 f4 lens once at a horse show, but thought the prime was way too limiting, and the lens too long for anything except the far end of the ring. I'd like to try the DA*50-135 f2.8 at an indoor show some day and see if the extra speed would be good enough (I know the DA 50-200 is way too slow).
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