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BobH

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#4
Congrats! I'm curious, why buy a fixed length lens (prime)? Is it a macro lens? Judging by what you posted, I'm guessing it is.
 

Tony S

New Member
#5
I love the 100mm Macro, I felt the original 100mm Macro one of the best "non-red ringed" lenses Canon made. The newer one with IS is even better.

Why does your Flicker page say these were taken December 1, 2011??
 
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Tony S

New Member
#7
That's the newer Canon 100 2.8 IS Macro. Crisper and sharper than the old 100 2.8, which is hard to believe since the old one had great image quality. The IS really helps with macro when there is no tripod handy.
 

arlinescott

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#8
Photocopy, joining you in the addition of a new lens! An early Christmas present for use on my upcoming trip to... New York City! Considering the hustle and bustle of the city on any given day, and then adding the frantic holiday pace to the mix, I asked Robert for an early Christmas gift. I received the Tamron 18-270 VR lens.

Why this lens? Back in my film camera days, I used to shoot my kids games, playground trips and other activities. During those events, I did not have the time to switch bulky lenses and keep up with the activity so I purchased my first Tamron lens. I researched several different brands, tried them in store and decided the speed and quality of the Tamron 28-200 with such a large focal range was the superior glass in any of the models I could afford.

Several sales people and fellow photographers thought this was too much range for any lens to handle and maintain sharpness. I used other lenses for the kind of work that required pin point sharpness but would have missed out on the great shots I have of my kids and their friends if I had not sacrificed a little on the end ranges. With all of the improvements and advances in cameras and lenses this edge softness has all but disappeared.

This lens will enable me to go to the wide angle including the immense heights of buildings in one shot and immediately focus in on some detail in the next shot without losing time making a lens change. I will also be able to keep the camera securely in hand making theft a much less likely event.

I will still continue to use fixed lenses for portraits but look forward to the flexibility of this wonderful new lens. Merry Christmas to me!
 
#9
Arleen.. wow!!! thats great... All of us will be looking for alot of pictures when you get back!!! I hope the weather is better there than here..LOL
 

BobH

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#10
Congrats Arline! Nikon recently issued one as well, an 18-300. So apparently they feel the lens tech had progressed to the point the results are worthwhile. It's a lot more than the Tamron though, and I'm guessing the quality is comparable. Do you sacrifice image quality with a super zoom? Sure, but unless you're printing huge prints you won't see the difference. Also, unless your technique is impeccable, using tripods or otherwise assuring tack sharp images, the subtle difference between this and a prime won't even be an issue.

My D300 came with an 18-200 lens. I love that lens. It's a great "walk about" lens, and allows you to go from wide to telephoto in an instant. It's the one thing I miss most with my D300. I'm constantly swapping lenses as I change subjects. I can see why pros carry two bodies to avoid that hassle.

Here's a comparision chart of the 3 flavors Nikon offers by the (in)famous Ken Rockwell. Love him or hate him, there's still decent info to be found here.

http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/comparisons/DX-super-zooms/index.htm
 
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I have to say I love my Tamron 18 to 200, best feature I like is the "Zoom Lock" at 18 and dont get the lens creeping (no pun) me out.
 

arlinescott

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#12
Snuffy, how long have you had the lens? Is it as tack sharp as I am finding this one or are there "soft" spots I haven't come across yet?
 
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Tamron

Snuffy, how long have you had the lens? Is it as tack sharp as I am finding this one or are there "soft" spots I haven't come across yet?
I think its good and sharp, I will shoot some with it next few days and show you, But in my eyes I dont see the difference in cheap glass and good glass, To me it looks like my kit lenses do as well as my primes.
 
#14
Arline, I went by the bridge that everybody likes to photogragh in Tricities Wa. the weather was just too crappy, bad lighting, try again tomorrow.. I guess if you are looking at just the grade of the Tamron lens result, it could have been anything, even a street scene..
 


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