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Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

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Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:01 pm

Hello all,

My Sigma DS 70-300mm just died after many years of surprisingly good photos :grr: , I am looking for another zoom lens of the same budget and thinking of going Tamron route. I am in the process of trying to repair my Sigma but want to cover myself for the airshow season.

I know that there are much better lenses if I extend my budget but I am due an upgrade soon so for now I will just stick with a cheap one. I would like to hear from those who owned this lens and maybe see some samples? I keep seeing that the auto-focus is slow so might be terrible for aviation photography.

Look forward to feedback and help :)

Thanks

M

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by Thunder » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:39 pm

I'm I correct in saying that neither of these has OS, if so avoid. You don't say what your budget is but a good quality secondhand Tamron 70-300 VC is £180

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:17 pm

That is correct. Both are not stabilized what so ever. The one I have (Sigma) is the £90 version which has now gone up to the £100. I have had a great experience with it and do like the challenge of squeezing every bit out of it.

I really like the VC but it is out of my budget. Sorry, I am looking at below £100 lenses and also looking to get 2nd hand. I should have stated that before

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by Nighthawke » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:20 pm

OS or IS is not the b-all and end-all - we never had it years ago and providing you have a steady hand not that necessary especially if you are on a restricted budget. I sometime leave it off deliberately and can still get good results unless the light requires lower shutter speed. Better to have something usable than nothing at all because you can't afford or justify it. Enjoy.

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by John flightpath » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:38 pm

Have a look for Sigma APO DG 70-300. I just got one new, about 2 weeks ago for £79.00. It was on an ebay shop, ex demo. Boxed, manufacturers guarantee and they even threw in a filter for free, that was a nice surprise when I opened the parcel.

Reasonably priced lenses are out there.

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John 'flightpath'.
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Sigma APO OS DG 150-500mm
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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:43 pm

Nighthawke wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:20 pm
OS or IS is not the b-all and end-all - we never had it years ago and providing you have a steady hand not that necessary especially if you are on a restricted budget. I sometime leave it off deliberately and can still get good results unless the light requires lower shutter speed. Better to have something usable than nothing at all because you can't afford or justify it. Enjoy.
That is why I really enjoyed my Sigma as it has none of it and it is great to see some good results !

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:45 pm

John flightpath wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:38 pm
Have a look for Sigma APO DG 70-300. I just got one new, about 2 weeks ago for £79.00. It was on an ebay shop, ex demo. Boxed, manufacturers guarantee and they even threw in a filter for free, that was a nice surprise when I opened the parcel.

Reasonably priced lenses are out there.

Cheers
John 'flightpath'.
Thanks! I will have a look and see what's about.

Great help from all so far ! I really appreciate it. Keep them coming :thumbs:

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Post by John flightpath » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:23 pm

You're very welcome Maximus.Fingers crossed you get one that you are looking for. I know what its like when you are shopping around on a budget. Let us know what you end up with.

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John 'flightpath'.
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Canon EOS 750D
Nikon L810 Bridge/Compact.
Sigma APO OS DG 150-500mm
Canon 55-250 IS STM Lens
Sigma APO DG 70-300mm
Canon 18-55 IS STM lens

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:25 pm

John flightpath wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:23 pm
You're very welcome Maximus.Fingers crossed you get one that you are looking for. I know what its like when you are shopping around on a budget. Let us know what you end up with.

Best Regards
John 'flightpath'.
Will sure do! Time is ticking and exercises and shows are so close !

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by eagle driver » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:29 pm

Maximus , you have not said what make camera you are using ,the reason I am asking is I have a Canon 75-300 4-5.6 which is currently surplus , It was going to be traded in a px with MPB but if its any use to you then the offer is there .

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:41 pm

eagle driver wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Maximus , you have not said what make camera you are using ,the reason I am asking is I have a Canon 75-300 4-5.6 which is currently surplus , It was going to be traded in a px with MPB but if its any use to you then the offer is there .
I use Canon 400d for the long range stuff. Thank you ! I will consider it as an option :) How much are you asking for it ?

Thanks

M

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by eagle driver » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:57 pm

MPB were offering £35 will take the same plus postage ,or meet if close by, I am in Woking Surrey.

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:38 am

eagle driver wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:57 pm
MPB were offering £35 will take the same plus postage ,or meet if close by, I am in Woking Surrey.
That is a hell of a good price ! I am currently having an auction bidding war on ebay which should end in two days. I shall get back to you with regards to your offer then! Many Thanks !

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by B58Hustler » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:49 am

Image stabilisation is NOT necessary if you know how to hold a camera,in fact I am convinced it degrades IQ and never use it.
It is,however useful for handholding in low light of a STATIC subject down to 1/2 second.

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:46 pm

B58Hustler wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:49 am
Image stabilisation is NOT necessary if you know how to hold a camera,in fact I am convinced it degrades IQ and never use it.
It is,however useful for handholding in low light of a STATIC subject down to 1/2 second.
I have never had it and done ok so far but I am considering to have stabilized lens one day but in quite distant future.

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:04 pm

Update!

I no longer require a second lens as I have managed to fix mine by replacing the motor I ordered from china. Works like new ! In the process though, I won 2 lenses that had fungus and those are clean now and good to go as well. I guess now I can do lens comparison :clap:

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by John flightpath » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:57 pm

Well done Maximus. The Tamron lens is a very good one, I am a bit miffed I sold mine a few weeks ago to make room for a new lens. I just found mine to be slightly slower to focus than my other lenses, but no complaints about the images it produced. Hope all goes well for your trips out this summer.

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John 'flightpath'.
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Canon EOS 750D
Nikon L810 Bridge/Compact.
Sigma APO OS DG 150-500mm
Canon 55-250 IS STM Lens
Sigma APO DG 70-300mm
Canon 18-55 IS STM lens

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:14 am

John flightpath wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:57 pm
Well done Maximus. The Tamron lens is a very good one, I am a bit miffed I sold mine a few weeks ago to make room for a new lens. I just found mine to be slightly slower to focus than my other lenses, but no complaints about the images it produced. Hope all goes well for your trips out this summer.

Cheers
John 'flightpath'.

Thanks! I will keep that in mind :)

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by IMarsh » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:29 pm

I have the Tamron 70-300 lens on my Nikon D3300 and I'm pleased with it. Anything I've posted on here was taken with that combination.

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Re: Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD DI Macro Zoom Lens

Post by maximus » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:34 pm

IMarsh wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:29 pm
I have the Tamron 70-300 lens on my Nikon D3300 and I'm pleased with it. Anything I've posted on here was taken with that combination.
Thanks for the info IMarsh ! I am due to use my restored to life Sigma and Canon for RIAT. I am still keeping an eye on Tamron one on ebay to see if I can get a bargain.

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