Tamron SP 70-300MM F/4-5.6 Di VC vs. Nikon 70-300mm

Started Aug 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
jm07 Regular Member • Posts: 350
Re: My Findings

My experience has been very similar to emax. My wife and I each have our separate kits for basic lenses. I had the newest Nikon 70-300 VR and she had the newest Tamron 70-300 VC.

Our Tamron was a little sharper over more f stops, particularly at the long end. However, the Tammy seemed to get softer quicker at the borders.

When we went to the D800's, we sold the Nikon first as the long end was our priority use for the lens. Tnen we both got the full frame 28-300 for a basic walk arould lens. They are both as good as the Tammy at 300 and are much better in the corners. So the Tammy now goes. The 28-300 will do fine for the few times that we need 300mm. Our basic lens kits are the 16-35, 24-120 and carrying the 28-300's rather than the 70-300 qs well as Tamron 90 mm's for macro and a shared 16 mm fisheye . The 28-300 gives us a good single walk around lens in our bag when we go a distance from the car and 120-300 all of the time when needed.

Note: Images were compared in raw at 200% in Photoshop CS-6 on a 24 in. high end NEC monitor.

I might add that on the DX cameras the softness at the borders was not really an issue. On FX it is for us and our style of shooting.

Your needs and journey may be far different than ours but we have kits that work well for our work which is primarily landscape.


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