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Old Jun 25, 2010, 10:18 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by eftarah View Post
read a bit more and found lots of ppl saying tamron 70-300 is pretty soft after 200
a soft 300 is better than not getting the shot at all. At Tcavs suggestion, I got the tamron 70-300 and for the money it's great and very versatile. I just this week got the tamron 17-50 2.8 so I pretty much have all the ranges covered.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 3:31 AM   #32
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Maybe I'm dipping into the well a bit too much here, but thought I'd keep this thread going with another possibility I'm taking a look at:


As best I can tell, it's a Promaster LD, which seems to be a predecessor to the Tamron lens I had return hits when I tried to Google it.

Was this similar to the Tamron 28-200mm 3.8 you 'nixed' earlier, TCav?

My main use is for low-light local band photography - close to the stage, possibly low(er) light with a Sony a300. Otherwise, thinking about a good walkaround lens for landscapes, cityscapes and general use.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 6:33 AM   #33
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The f/3.8 maximum aperture is the hint. Sigma's 28-200 has a maximum aperture of f/3.5; Tamron's has a maximum aperture of f/3.8. The Promaster is the Tamron.

And that's the maximum aperture at 28mm. At the long end, it's f/5.6.

So, no, this would not be appropriate for low light subjects.

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