Nikon vs. Tamron 70-200mm Questions

Started Jun 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Nikon vs. Tamron 70-200mm Questions

I am really sorry to bring this one up again but I would appreciate some input from you all on my next step for a lens. I am looking at the 70-200mm lens and have narrowed it down to either the Tamron VC or the Nikon VRII. I don’t think that I will be buying the f4 lens because I will be using it first for weddings, events and portraits and then for my own shooting. (landscapes, family events etc..)

The Nikon might be pretty much out of my $ range out of the gate.. but of all the examples in Flickr, it seems to have a slight edge in color over the Tamron. Both are equally sharp. This lens will split duty with my Nikon 24-70mm which so far is my favorite working lens. I have three questions which I don’t think have been asked yet in all the threads that I have seen so far:

1. For the most part if I were to blow up a shot to a 20”x30” or larger shot would the Tamron remain as sharp as the Nikon VRII? (I shoot with a D600 FX camera)

2. Do I trust a Canadian dealer for Nikon/Tamron warranty work (6 years) to send the lens back to the Canadian factory? (Ebay has some really decent prices for these two lenses new.)

3. If I pick up a grey market lens where (besides Japan) can I get quality work done on the lens because Tamron USA has taken the Nikon no touch policy? (IE: non warranty work for $’s that you trust)

Any input you might have will be greatly appreciated, I am now in a position where I need to pick this lens up. I realized this recently at an event where I needed the range and as the daylight faded, I needed the f2.8 to compensate. (IMHO the f4 would not have worked…I think)

Thanks for your input..


 LPLIV's gear list:LPLIV's gear list
Nikon D600 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) +5 more
Nikon D600
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