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

28-300vr
Review Date: Apr 27, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 3 

Pros: Light, Macro pics nice
Cons:
AF slow and unreliable, Twist Zoom very tight, No good for action events, plastic feel, AF/M switch hard to change.

This is the second Tamron lens I have owned. My first was the 70-300mm and it was great.

I moved to this lens thinking I would like it because it had so much more range, which it does, however it never produced the quality I was looking for.

I found the auto focus to be adequate in daylight situations, but somewhat slow. I was very disappointed with the focus when using this camera during the evening or at night.

This lens always felt a little "fisher price" like to me because of the plastic finish.

IMO if you are looking for medium to higher quality results you may want to look for another lens.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

ef70-200_28lisu_1_
Review Date: Apr 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, IS, Solid Build, fast AF, L series Glass, Turned me into a photographer...LOL
Cons:
Heavy... however I knew that going in. I hate the placement of the buttons and the fact they dont snap into place.

I am a beginner compared to most in this forum; however I have to tell you if you shoot action sports you need this lens. I use this on my 20D and have shot basketball in gyms with "bad" lighting and still ended up with bright clear shots.

Auto Focus is fast, and shooting Hockey is a real treat because of this. Some times I only have 10 or 15 minutes to get a shot before moving on to the next event and I know with this lens I will get a keeper in that time if the play on the ice allows it.
I personally donít mind the colour of this lens, and as a matter of fact when I show up at sporting events they usually just wave me past the admission line guessing I must be a pro carrying this lens, it truly opens doors. (For the record I still pay if I am not there on a professional basis)

Lens is heavy and even though I was warned by reading several reviews, I wasnít ready for how heavy it really is.

The only thing I can truly say I dislike on this lens is the placement of the Lens buttons. Canon should really look at moving them because itís very easy to hit one and change it without knowing you have done so. I find I have to keep checking them after every burst I take. Short of moving them, they should have something to cover them.

I would say buying this can only help make you better no matter what level Photographer you are.