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Old May 19, 2008, 4:18 PM   #1
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I had originally ordered the Bigma to go along with the A200 but it was on back order waited 6 weeks and still on back order, so opted for the Tamron 200-500mm DI, and I am really happy with the descision.


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It seem to get outstanding reviews from most KM dSLR owners for image quality and AF accuracy (although AF speed may not be as fast as some lenses from what I gather from comments). However, the A200 is a faster focusing camera compared to the KM dSLR models. Please keep us posted on how well it works as you use it in more conditions.

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Great capture of that Jay.

I think you made a very wise choice. I decided on that lens for two main reasons.

1. I already had coverage with other lenses out to 210mm (no need for 50-200mm)

2. The cost of the lens was very reasonable for what you get.

Added pluses are; it's weight and size, for such a long zoom it is very light and relativelysmall, it's image quality is very good (not as good as a prime), and the tripod collar is well made (also like the filter ring).

There is a learning curve with this lens. It takes quite a while before you can really see what this lens is capable of. It's one of the funnest lenses I have. I love shooting with it.

Hope you have as much fun as I have.

Here's a few I've recently shot with the Tamron 200-500.

Hummer 5D T200-500 @500

Dove in flight. a700 T200-500 @500



5D T200-500 @500

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Can you both post the settings used to take these pictures.

The dove is still sharp at 500mm 5.6..you need a shutter time of 125 at least (guessing)
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I had originally ordered the Bigma to go along with the A200 but it was on back order waited 6 weeks and still on back order, so opted for the Tamron 200-500mm DI, and I am really happy with the descision.




Is the unsharpness due to shooting without a tripod?

(thinking about this lens after seeing these pics =)

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Yes it was handheld, and I am still trying to adjust the Apature and Shutter speed to get the right amount of sharpness. this one was shot at f9 1/160 at iso 200
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Yes it was handheld, and I am still trying to adjust the Apature and Shutter speed to get the right amount of sharpness. this one was shot at f9 1/160 at iso 200
Using a tripod will help lots I guess. At 70 mm a hand moventment is a little bit. But the same hand instability is amplified much more as you go towards 500 mm.

I do not know if this thought of mine is correct, but a tri-pod might be they key thing here. Try to make a picture of any object you can find...then with and without a tripod. and look if you see better results. Do post the 2 pictures thought. I and other would like to share your experience too.

Maybe choose a slower shutter speed and ISO 100.
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I am sure a tripod would make it sharper, but when it comes to birds, they dont always wait around for you to set up and get ready.
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