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Andre Labonte wrote:
Tough crowd ...
I just figured where
-- the 150-600 has its own thread,
-- the 70-300 was a topic of a recent thread as a popular alternative to the Nikon for a walk-around lens (Dad mode instead of photographer mode)
-- both the 90 and 180 micros are every bit as good as the Nikon version in terms of IQ,
-- the new 28-300 is a smaller, lighter and less $$ version of the popular Nikon lens for walk-around purposes
that Tamron would have a more favorable view among the Nikon crowd ... I guess not.
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I don't think anyone is saying Tamron isn't putting out good products, they just don't have any "wow" products, so I wouldn't say they are on a roll. Sigma's ART lenses (18-35/1.8, 35, 50, etc.) are absolutely outstanding, as well as affordable, and I would say they are definitely on a roll these days. They even have a USB dock to help with AF and sample variation issues, but you don't seem to read about 'bad copies" among their ART lenses anyway.
Nikon doesn't have VR on it's 200mm macro because that lens was introduced in 1993 and is coming up on it's 22nd birthday. If it ever gets replaced (which it is in desperate need of), I would be very disappointed if Nikon excludes VR. Most of the modern macros have image stabilization, including the Tamron 90mm, which is an outstanding lens for $650. Tamron had no reason to omit VC from their new 180 macro, especially with it's longer focal length, and is a deal breaker for me personally. VR is incredibly useful on a macro lens, especially since macro lenses have many other uses (eg. they are all made at common portrait focal lengths). It's definitely one of those things where I'd rather have it even if I rarely use it than not have the option at all. I find VR absolutely invaluable on both my 105VR and 16-35VR, two lenses people often argue don't need it, and I have countless photos I wouldn't have got without it. That's just me though, everyone's different.
Tamron does a fantastic job of releasing high bang for the buck 'consumer grade' lenses which are mostly zooms. In fact if I still had a DX camera, I'd probably own a 17-50/2.8 VC by now. I also almost bought their 90mm VC Macro, but found a deal on the Nikon 105 that was too good to pass up. I have nothing against Tamron at all, and always shop them when I'm in the market, but I don't feel like they have any real standout products at the moment compared to Sigma or anyone else.