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

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m_appeal
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Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm
Jun 20, 2012

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

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Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

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

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In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

Looks very good

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And another one at 300mm f5.6
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

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

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Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

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

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Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6
In reply to primeshooter, Jun 20, 2012

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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I've owned one Nikon 70-300 VR
In reply to wy2lam, Jun 20, 2012

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

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Re: I've owned one Nikon 70-300 VR
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

Do you have the same issue I have, about exposure varying with the aperture? It's pretty annoying.
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No, I don't have that particular issue...
In reply to Jose Rocha, Jun 20, 2012

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.

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Same inconsistency with Nikon 70-300 and D7000 here
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 20, 2012

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.

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Isn't it shutter speed the makes the difference?
In reply to Mato34, Jun 20, 2012

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

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Re: Isn't it shutter speed the makes the difference?
In reply to lock, Jun 20, 2012

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

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Very pleased with lack of hunting in lower light
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 23, 2012

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.

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Yes: shutter speed, tripod, AF...
In reply to lock, Jun 23, 2012

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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I have bought one as well
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 23, 2012

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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Another one at 300mm f5.6
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 24, 2012

click dsc_4538 and then "original" to see full-size

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Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 24, 2012

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.

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Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm
In reply to Reilly Diefenbach, Jun 24, 2012

Is this the Nikon 70-300 VR?

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Re: Tamron 70-300 VC on D800 - good even at 300mm
In reply to m_appeal, Jun 24, 2012

It is. Focuses unbelievably well on the D800e.

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Re: And another one at 300mm f5.6
In reply to primeshooter, Jun 24, 2012

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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