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Catfur wrote:
The UK price seems wildly out of line from the US price on this lens.


It's always like that for whatever reason



Dec 02, 2012 at 09:15 PM
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BenV wrote:
It's always like that for whatever reason


In the US the Tamron is US $900 cheaper (using B&H prices, ignoring any package deal cash back or the like). If it's the same price in the UK, the choice is a no brainer, unless the Tamron is some kind of amazing magic.



Dec 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
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Street price will be $1599 in Canada even though MSRP was listed as $2099.

Some real world JPGs including a bunch of low-light samples are on PhotoNews.
http://www.photonews.ca/?p=5849



Dec 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
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Any comparison with the Sigma 70-200 OS?


Dec 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
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fsiagian wrote:
Any comparison with the Sigma 70-200 OS?


This. I'm not satisfied with my sigmas sharpenss at 2.8..



Dec 03, 2012 at 07:21 PM
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Are these for sale yet?


Dec 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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I just got done running Imatest on a bunch of Tamron 70-200 Canon mount (report will be out tomorrow).

One thing I haven't seen mentioned here which is going to be important for some of you: the lens measures out to 70-175mm. The Nikon goes to 195mm. That will be a critical difference for some sportshooters, although those using it for portraits and such probably won't care.

Here's same shot taken at 200mm with a Canon 70-200 IS II and a Tamron 70-200 (Nikon and Canon zooms are the same focal length, at least at this distance which was about 30 feet.) The proportions are the same at infinity.

On a positive note, it's very high resolution at both ends.





Canon at 200mm







Tamron at 200mm




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RCicala wrote:
I just got done running Imatest on a bunch of Tamron 70-200 Canon mount (report will be out tomorrow).

One thing I haven't seen mentioned here which is going to be important for some of you: the lens measures out to 70-175mm. The Nikon goes to 195mm. That will be a critical difference for some sportshooters, although those using it for portraits and such probably won't care.

Here's same shot taken at 200mm with a Canon 70-200 IS II and a Tamron 70-200 (Nikon and Canon zooms are the same focal length, at least at this distance which was about
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thats really weird... a good 25mm short...



Dec 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
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RCicala wrote:
One thing I haven't seen mentioned here which is going to be important for some of you: the lens measures out to 70-175mm. The Nikon goes to 195mm.


At what distance?
Which Nikon?
The 2.8 VRII or the new f4 VR?
I'm asking because the 2.8 VRII is known to be as short as 135mm at MFD.

And that's a big difference between the canon and the tamron.
Bad news.

As always, thanks for all the trouble and work.
You provide a public service!



Dec 04, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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Fraga, thank you, I should have been more clear. At the longer focusing distances the 2.8 VR II, f/4 VR and the Canon 2.8s are all about the same - seems right at 195mm actual. The VRII, and to a lesser extent the Canon IS II get shorter close up but the shot above at 30 feet should have avoided the close up shortening, largely.

This is the kind of thing a reviewers forget to check sometimes, but it will be a big deal for some people.



Dec 04, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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Thanks for the clarification.
So is it safe to assume that the tamron is also 175mm or close to that at infinity? Or that is takes further than 30 feet for the lens to aproach the claimed 200mm?

Whatever the case, I think it could be a problem for some people.



Dec 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
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fraga wrote:
Thanks for the clarification.
So is it safe to assume that the tamron is also 175mm or close to that at infinity? Or that is takes further than 30 feet for the lens to aproach the claimed 200mm?

Whatever the case, I think it could be a problem for some people.


The Tamron - Canon ratio was the same at infinity. I just checked and actually really close up it does NOT shorten as much as the VR II so at 6 feet it seemed a bit longer than the VRII.



Dec 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
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RCicala wrote:
The Tamron - Canon ratio was the same at infinity. I just checked and actually really close up it does NOT shorten as much as the VR II so at 6 feet it seemed a bit longer than the VRII.



Then it should have been advertised as a 70-180mm...

Again, thanks for the time and trouble.



Dec 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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