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Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

28-300vr
Review Date: Apr 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $379.95 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Light weight, does take sharp images that can be refined in CS3. I'm using it on a Nikon D300. Good walkabout lens. My first Tamron.
Cons:
Problem with aperture, sent back to Tamron after using 3 times.

I had a bad experience with my pre-VC lens. Was doing bird images, not using Live View, with my Nikon D300. When I started processing, I found 17 black images in the middle of good images. When I checked the EXIF, I found a wierd setting of f/40. No such thing! Talked to Nikon for an hour and their final suggestion was send the lens to Tamron, which I did yesterday. I will be interested to see what they find. Hoping they send a replacement because I'm giving it away. Have an order in for the VC version. I really like this lens in spite of problems. It's good for walkabout because of the light weight and good balance. For the price, it's a good lens.

 
Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Dec 11, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Noise level is good, feels good in the hand
Cons:
The AF 5.6 problem turned me against the 40D. Cannot use lenses for AF that are above 5.6. Too many menus.

I own a 10D, D60IR, 400D, and 1D. I bought this to follow the 10D. I shoot mainly birds and thought this would be a good camera for that. I found out that any lens higher than f/5.6 will not AF. The lenses I use are the Canon 400 f/5.6 plus a 1.4 TC on the 1D, and a Canon 100-400L IS on the 10D. The 100-400 AF's OK but the 400 + 1.4 does not. I got some good birds shots with the 100-400 but can't add a 1.4 TC. Some nice landscapes too with a Sigma 17-35 f/2.8. I would say the 40D is a good landscape and macro camera.
Not good for telephoto and distance shots with any lens over f/5.6. I don't do styles either. I think they are a waste of space. The same or similar procedure can be done in PS-CS3. I wish Canon had notified potential buyers about the 5.6 thing and about the non-use of lenses higher than 5.6 and lenses with 1.4 TC. If I had known that, I would never have bought this camera.