Sony 55-300 or Tamron 70-300 USD

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DistantView
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Sony 55-300 or Tamron 70-300 USD
Jul 2, 2013

I'm trying to decide between these two lenses both of which seem to get pretty good reviews - anyone got experience of both or views ?

look forward to hearing from you !

RT

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Re: Sony 55-300 or Tamron 70-300 USD
In reply to DistantView, Jul 2, 2013

DistantView wrote:

I'm trying to decide between these two lenses both of which seem to get pretty good reviews - anyone got experience of both or views ?

look forward to hearing from you !

RT

Jeff did a very practical and useful document before. You may take a look. Its helped me a lot.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3275452

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Hi Photoviewer - many thanks for that link, a really useful thread & just what I needed. Just out of interest which (if any) did you get& why ?

No need for anyone one else to reply - unless you want to !

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RT

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In reply to DistantView, Jul 2, 2013

DistantView wrote:

Hi Photoviewer - many thanks for that link, a really useful thread & just what I needed. Just out of interest which (if any) did you get& why ?

No need for anyone one else to reply - unless you want to !

Best wishes

RT

Hi RT, I bought the Sony.

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In reply to Photoviewer, Jul 2, 2013

There's nothing about the Tamron 70-300 on that link.  Other than saying he must have had a bad copy.

The Tamron is a fantastic lens thats been praised in multiple different reviews.

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In reply to Stflbn, Jul 2, 2013

tamron here

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In reply to DistantView, Jul 2, 2013

DistantView wrote:

Hi Photoviewer - many thanks for that link, a really useful thread & just what I needed. Just out of interest which (if any) did you get& why ?

No need for anyone one else to reply - unless you want to !

Best wishes

RT

I originally purchased a Minolta 100-300 APO D, nice IQ, but found the 100mm too restrictive. I then opted for the 55-300 and haven't looked back. I didn't consider the Tamron.

Below is an example at 300mm, taken mid-morning in harsh Phoenix AZ sun, Jpeg, SOOC:

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In reply to DistantView, Jul 2, 2013

We've discussed this basic question several times recently. Perhaps the most detailed thread was:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51509303

My personal opinions are expressed at some length in the message:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51513332

And I posted some examples lower in that thread too. Long and the short of it: in my opinion, based on my research and personal experience, the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di USD has better focusing speed, better built quality, full-frame coverage, and overall about equal optical quality, compared to the Sony DT 55-300mm. The Sony 55-300mm may be overall slightly sharper at 300mm (although I'm not convinced of that); and obviously it goes somewhat wider (going from a 100-300 to a 70-300 gets you a 43% wider wide end; going from 70 to 55 gets you wide end an additional 27% wider).

For my own use, where focus speed is very important, the 70-150mm range does the majority of the work, and the 250-300mm range is for occasional extra reach, the Tamron was (and is) the clear winner. YMMV, and if I were most interested in sharpness at 300mm, I might get the Sony DT 55-300mm--or maybe the Sigma 70-300mm DG OS. (And if money is no object, the Sony 70-300 G is probably best, but on the whole only slightly ahead of the Tamron for a lot more money.)

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In reply to DistantView, Jul 3, 2013

Thanks again to all contributors, much appreciated

RT

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