Tamron 35-150/2-2.8 or 70-200/2.8 GM II

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OP Joe Tam Senior Member • Posts: 1,422
Re: Tamron 35-150/2-2.8 or 70-200/2.8 GM II

There are times when I have to cover events where I might need the 17-28 about 10%-20% of the time. Would be great not to have to swap 17-28 for 24-70 when I am using 70-180 on another body if i had 17-28 and 35-150 set up.

I also have 24 and 35/1.4 Gm and would be great to use 24mm/1.4 GM with 35-150 in lower light situations instead of having that big gap to 70mm with 24mm/1.4 and 70-200/2.8 GM II.

Also, the 70-180 is 793 grams vs 70-200/2.8 GM at1045 grams.  Impressive that the GM with all these added features is only .5 pounds heavier than Tamron.

Jeff2013 wrote:

I have both lenses and love both of them.

As an all-around lens, you just cannot beat the 35-200mm. I find the ability to go wide and shoot at 35mm/f2 to be amazing and useful. I have not tried it with sports/action, other than shooting a burst of someone running directly at me with the A1 (every shot was in critical focus). For portrait work using Eye Focus, it is highly accurate.

The 70-200mm II is just amazing and the quad-focus motors make it great for action. The optical stabilization is also great to have at the long end in low-light conditions. This lens also tolerates a x1.4 converter very well wide-open, so you can have 280mm at f4, as a bonus.

Your decision probably comes down to how much you value the shorter FL flexibility and whether you are going to shoot a lot of fast action. While the 35-150mm is a very sharp lens, the 70-200mm II sets a new standard of sharpness for zooms.

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