Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC

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fhibbs12
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Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
Apr 14, 2013

I had all intentions in buying this Nikon 70-200 f4 until the tamron rolled along at a similar price point. My plans were using the f4 outdoors an my 85 prime indoors.

But now at a similar price point this tamron opens other avenues....

Assuming weight is not factor to me but good AF speed and sharpness is.

I'm at a loss on which to go for.

nkistrup
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Re: Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
In reply to fhibbs12, Apr 14, 2013

fhibbs12 wrote:

I had all intentions in buying this Nikon 70-200 f4 until the tamron rolled along at a similar price point. My plans were using the f4 outdoors an my 85 prime indoors.

But now at a similar price point this tamron opens other avenues....

Assuming weight is not factor to me but good AF speed and sharpness is.

I'm at a loss on which to go for.

That lens selection sounds awfully familiar.   Bobcat3610 posted a link to a review in:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51288867

It only hardened me in my resolve to get the 70-200 f4.  But maybe you want to be patient & wait for more reviews?  Tamron's lens is still very new.

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Marvin Doering
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Re: Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
In reply to nkistrup, Apr 14, 2013

I bought the Nikon basically for weight.  I traded in my 80-200 2.8.  What a difference to use.  I can actually hand hold it and the VR takes care of my shaky hands.  I've never seen the Tamron but I know it is heavier.  I'm also guessing the Nikon will hold more value in the long run but I don't know that for sure.

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Re: Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
In reply to Marvin Doering, Apr 15, 2013

Blah I was hoping to read a better review than that!

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In reply to fhibbs12, Apr 15, 2013

If 2.8 is not so important to you, then get the Nikon. One other thing in the Tammy's favor is it includes a tripod ring. Getting one for the Nikon will raise the price beyond the Tammy. If using a tripod is important to you.
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Re: Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
In reply to fhibbs12, Apr 29, 2013

Tamron 70-200f2.8 vc on a Nikon D800
I have just taken delivery of this lens and completed testing today. The copy I have has put in what I can only describe as an astonishing performance in every area. the corner performance is incredible, at a range of 20 ft, 6pt text is visible and clearly readable in each of the four corners, the vignetting is negligable and the autofocus is bang on the money when I get it right and choose the correct mode for the subject, yes the D800 will give you a caning if you get the slightest thing wrong. It is no light weight, its built like a tank but more compact than my Nikon 70-200 f2.8 vr2 and a bit lighter. I also have the 24-70 vr, with that I had to try 3 lenses before I got one I was happy with, the rejects had bad centering problems. From what I can tell, it seems to be a step up from the Nikon VR2 and I would say its very comparable in performance to canon L II glass. One thing I did notice is that the 200mm end seems a bit shorter than 200mm, I wouldn't have noticed except for having the Nikon lens. I would recommend trying this lens but only with a try before buy or return type deal due to the experience I had with the 24-70. I hope this helps a bit.

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Vladi Stoimenov
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In reply to Brev00, Apr 30, 2013
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Re: Nikon 70-200 f4 vs Tamron 70-200 VC
In reply to XcaliberD800, Jun 21, 2013

Check dxomark. You can compare the measurements they got between the 2.

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