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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2013, 05:46:09 AM »
I'm thinking about purchasing the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC as a walk around lens for my 5D Mark III. 

Does anyone have this lens and can you tell me how the image quality compares to the Canon 24-105L on the 5D Mk III? 

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Last month (Feb 22 Feb 2013) I bought the Tamron 28-300 VC lens (from B&H) for those times when I only want to carry just one lens mounted on my 5D MK III ... I am not sure if it was my copy of the lens or it is always like that, but that lens was very soft, made strange audible creaking noise when the VC & AF were being engaged and the AF point would jump after taking the shot ... so I returned it and bought a Nikon 18-300 VR lens & a refurbished Nikon D7000
Anyway here are a few images made with the Tamron 28-300 VC (mounted on 5D MK III) ... the firt and the third images are straight out of the camera ... the second and the fourth are after editing.
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2013, 05:46:09 AM »

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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2013, 06:02:22 AM »
Oh BTW, all the above images are taken at the 300mm focal length ... (I could not mention it in the above post as it kept giving me error messages when I tried to modify)
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2013, 07:05:05 AM »
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Last month (Feb 22 Feb 2013) I bought the Tamron 28-300 VC lens (from B&H) for those times when I only want to carry just one lens mounted on my 5D MK III ... I am not sure if it was my copy of the lens or it is always like that, but that lens was very soft, made strange audible creaking noise when the VC & AF were being engaged and the AF point would jump after taking the shot ... so I returned it and bought a Nikon 18-300 VR lens & a refurbished Nikon D7000
Anyway here are a few images made with the Tamron 28-300 VC (mounted on 5D MK III) ... the firt and the third images are straight out of the camera ... the second and the fourth are after editing.

It's not your copy.  I bought one when they first came out and you described it perfectly.  The only think you left out is how slooooooow (optically) it is!  It transitions from f3.5 to 5 to 5.6 and then 6.3 rather quickly in the zoom range.  I also own the Canon 28-300mm beast but picked this one up thinking it would be "good enough" for casual photography.  Wrong!  Slow, soft and noisy...

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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2013, 09:15:25 AM »
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Last month (Feb 22 Feb 2013) I bought the Tamron 28-300 VC lens (from B&H) for those times when I only want to carry just one lens mounted on my 5D MK III ... I am not sure if it was my copy of the lens or it is always like that, but that lens was very soft, made strange audible creaking noise when the VC & AF were being engaged and the AF point would jump after taking the shot ... so I returned it and bought a Nikon 18-300 VR lens & a refurbished Nikon D7000
Anyway here are a few images made with the Tamron 28-300 VC (mounted on 5D MK III) ... the firt and the third images are straight out of the camera ... the second and the fourth are after editing.


It's not your copy.  I bought one when they first came out and you described it perfectly.  The only think you left out is how slooooooow (optically) it is!  It transitions from f3.5 to 5 to 5.6 and then 6.3 rather quickly in the zoom range.  I also own the Canon 28-300mm beast but picked this one up thinking it would be "good enough" for casual photography.  Wrong!  Slow, soft and noisy...

Thank God I got rid of it as fast as I could ... I actually got taken in by David Zeiser's good review of Tamron 28-300 VC (http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/2012/04/test-driving-new-tamron-28-300mm-vc.html) ... but now I'm thinking maybe he was paid to do that review  ;D or maybe he actually got the one and only good copy Tamron ever made  ;D
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2013, 10:48:43 AM »
I actually got taken in by David Zeiser's good review of Tamron 28-300 VC (http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/2012/04/test-driving-new-tamron-28-300mm-vc.html) ... but now I'm thinking maybe he was paid to do that review


As I stated when this link was posted above, if you actually ignore his words and look at the images which he describes as 'tack sharp' it's pretty clear that they aren't.

Hi Neuro,
could you post some 100% crops with your 7D and the 28-300L / 24-105 for comparison ?
Both of these lenses are on my wishlist - provided they give acceptable sharpness on my 7d.


Sorry, I picked up the 28-300L after I had the 5DII and I never even used the 28-300mm on the 7D.  IMO, 28mm on APS-C is not wide enough for general purpose use (it's 45mm FF-equivalent, which is normal not wide).  For APS-C users, I dont' recommend the 24-105L or 28-300L as walkaround lenses due to the lack of a wide AoV - the 17-55mm or 15-85mm are much better options.  I did use the 24-105L on the 7D occasionally - I initially bought it for use mainly in inclement weather with the 7D, but I didn't put the lens to serious use until getting the 5DII. 

I have compared the 24-105 and the 28-300 on the 5DII, and as I stated, they are pretty similar (both better at the wide end, a little worse at the long end, similar in terms of CA, etc.).  Neither is a stellar lens in terms of IQ, but I'd say both are very good, and very convenient.
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2013, 05:16:09 PM »
I also have a 5D3 and the Tamron.  I used to use it fairly regularly on my 40D.  Used it a couple of times on my 5D, and decided it wasn't worth the drop in IQ to avoid carrying a small bag with other lenses.  It's just really not very good, unless you are price constrained.  Now I use my older 28-70L (which is far, far better than the Tamron) and my 70-300L to cover that range.

I had read that posted blog as well, and had tried taking some very controlled shots to see if I was missing something.  Nope.  He is.


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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2013, 01:44:59 AM »
As I stated when this link was posted above, if you actually ignore his words and look at the images which he describes as 'tack sharp' it's pretty clear that they aren't.

I'd describe them as NERF sharp :D
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2013, 04:41:12 AM »
I actually got taken in by David Zeiser's good review of Tamron 28-300 VC (http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/2012/04/test-driving-new-tamron-28-300mm-vc.html) ... but now I'm thinking maybe he was paid to do that review


As I stated when this link was posted above, if you actually ignore his words and look at the images which he describes as 'tack sharp' it's pretty clear that they aren't.

When I originally posted the above link I was aware that the images will not be "tack sharp" and I was prepared to "live with it" for those occasions when I did not want/cannot carry more than one lens ... but what I was not prepared for was the horrible creaking noise and the image "jump" when AF & VC were being engaged ... it was plain annoying, so I got rid of it.
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Re: Tamron 28-300mm as walk around lens with 5D Mk III???
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2013, 04:41:12 AM »