Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

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m_appeal Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

Not all of the shots are turning out sharp, but when they do, they are very good...

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Merwin Forum Member • Posts: 75
Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

That's encouraging -- especially since it was shot wide open at 5.6. Thank you for posting.

u007 Senior Member • Posts: 1,681
Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

Looks very good

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m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
And another one at 300mm f5.6

Very good lens for the money... people who are not happy with Nikon not having a 70-200mm f4 can use this lens instead

primeshooter Senior Member • Posts: 3,150
Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6

For wide open that is excellent. I wonder if the 70-300 Nikon is as good or better?

wy2lam Veteran Member • Posts: 3,082
Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6

I personally don't own any of these lenses but are comparing the two....it seems from various reports that the Tamron lens is superior to the Nikon in terms of IQ.

primeshooter wrote:

For wide open that is excellent. I wonder if the 70-300 Nikon is as good or better?

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m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
I've owned one Nikon 70-300 VR

and it was quite soft at 300mm on D700. the Tamron I have now is for sure sharper, but I may have had a bad copy of the Nikon

Jose Rocha Senior Member • Posts: 1,029
Re: I've owned one Nikon 70-300 VR

Do you have the same issue I have, about exposure varying with the aperture? It's pretty annoying.
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m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
No, I don't have that particular issue...

I bought my lens refurbished... so it should have been checked by Tamron prior to be being put on sale... but I'm finding it challenging to get sharp shots at 300mm... in particular with flower close ups, I'm having a really hard time. I can't quite understand what the issue is... either the depth of field at f5.6 and 300mm is still quite shallow. I don't know?

I suggest you send your lens in for warranty repair/replacement.

Mato34 Contributing Member • Posts: 895
Same inconsistency with Nikon 70-300 and D7000 here

My Nikon 70-300 VR was quite good at 300 mm on D700 and D300, but when mounted on my D7000 it's not easy to take a very sharp photo: sometimes I get a so-so photo, sometimes an extremely sharp one.

At first I thought about being too shaky, or mirror vibration, or focus not exact... But that was a year ago, and after several tests I'm still trying to figure out the reason of this and how could I get sharp pictures at 300 mm with confidence.

Saludos!

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lock Veteran Member • Posts: 6,183
Isn't it shutter speed the makes the difference?

I know some people consider it myth... but did you check for shutter speed ?

m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Re: Isn't it shutter speed the makes the difference?

I'm shooting in daylight... my shutter speed is quite high... 1/500 or over...

m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Very pleased with lack of hunting in lower light

I recall my Nikon 70-300 VR would hunt on D700... don't know whether it's the camera / or the lens.

Bokeh and VC are very nice as well... I would estimate 3 1/2 - 4 stops on the long end.

Mato34 Contributing Member • Posts: 895
Yes: shutter speed, tripod, AF...

I forgot to mention in my past message that doing some test using tripod, mirror lock up, and AF through live-view, results were quite good almost every time.

Problem is lack of ANY of those conditions (tripod or low shutter speed, mirror lock-up, or AF through live-view) resulted in not sharp images again (in a degree).

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Mato34 Contributing Member • Posts: 895
I have bought one as well

Always have been quite impressed for all the good reviews and praises of this lens, and just two days ago I found what I feel a quite good second-hand deal. So I'll try, compare, and decide between this and the Nikon 70-300 VR (which only fault is that behavior on the D7000, given that I'm very happy with it on the D300 and D700: very good results at a low price).

Perhaps your comments helped me to revive that interest, so thanks for sharing

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m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Another one at 300mm f5.6

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Reilly Diefenbach Veteran Member • Posts: 9,953
Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

Two good, inexpensive medium telephoto lenses from which to choose for the D800e. The center sharpness is pretty good at 300mm with that many MP behind it.

m_appeal OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

Is this the Nikon 70-300 VR?

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Reilly Diefenbach Veteran Member • Posts: 9,953
Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm

It is. Focuses unbelievably well on the D800e.

krikman Regular Member • Posts: 404
Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6

At 300 mm Tamron is better some way.

At infinity distance (more than 300 meters or so) Nikon beats tamron. Else they equal. Close than 30 m tamron wins. Around 100-130 mm focal distance Nikkor excels.

So when I come to local shop to buy $500 Tamron I shoot both, and $700 Nikkor won.

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