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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »
What would the opinion be amongst those of you who have (or have used) both the 70-300L and one of the 70-200 f/2.8 variants?  This is, to me, a tough question.  One of the things that I love about the 70-300L is that it can stand up in most camera bags and thus doesn't take up any more room for travel.  I am about to leave on a cruise and will be packing the Tamron 24-70 VC + the 70-300L as it has become my go-to kit and can fit in a sling bag.

Moving to a 70-200 f/2.8 variant changes the rules for travel.  But as an experienced event photographer, I would certainly say in that arena a 70-200 f/2.8 is perhaps the most valuable tool a photographer could have.

Thoughts?
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2013, 08:50:35 AM »
Also, here is one more shot from the Tamron 70-200 - a little more artistic...
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2013, 09:52:01 AM »
Also, here is one more shot from the Tamron 70-200 - a little more artistic...

Lovely Dustin.

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2013, 01:01:01 PM »
What would the opinion be amongst those of you who have (or have used) both the 70-300L and one of the 70-200 f/2.8 variants?  This is, to me, a tough question.  One of the things that I love about the 70-300L is that it can stand up in most camera bags and thus doesn't take up any more room for travel.  I am about to leave on a cruise and will be packing the Tamron 24-70 VC + the 70-300L as it has become my go-to kit and can fit in a sling bag.

Moving to a 70-200 f/2.8 variant changes the rules for travel.  But as an experienced event photographer, I would certainly say in that arena a 70-200 f/2.8 is perhaps the most valuable tool a photographer could have.

Thoughts?

If I could only have 1, then I'd have to choose the 70-200 II and live with its size and weight.  The 70-300L is a  very capable lens, but the 70-200 II focuses more accurately (especially on lower contrast targets) and tracks moving targets better and I find I like its colors better and requires less post-processing than the 70-300L.    The larger aperture max aperture helps to diffuse the background an the vignetting wide open only helps to make the subject pop more.  If sports and portraiture are your thing, then the 70-200 II is tough to beat.  It also does better getting to 400mm with the 2x.

The 70-300L does well by achieving IQ close to the 70-200 II in a compact, lighter and less expensive package.  It wins at the long end compared to the 70-200 II + 1.4x but loses a stop, but its biggest advantages are size and weight.  It's a great travel lens.  For those that are more concerned about weight and size of a 70-200 II, the 70-300L is an attractive option.  I'd opt for a 70-300L over a 70-200 f/4 variant.  The 70-300L is still a little shorter and more packable (fits bags vertically) than the slimmer but longer 70-200 f/4s and it has a longer native focal length range while losing a fraction of a stop.

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2013, 03:27:37 PM »
What would the opinion be amongst those of you who have (or have used) both the 70-300L and one of the 70-200 f/2.8 variants?  This is, to me, a tough question.  One of the things that I love about the 70-300L is that it can stand up in most camera bags and thus doesn't take up any more room for travel.  I am about to leave on a cruise and will be packing the Tamron 24-70 VC + the 70-300L as it has become my go-to kit and can fit in a sling bag.

Moving to a 70-200 f/2.8 variant changes the rules for travel.  But as an experienced event photographer, I would certainly say in that arena a 70-200 f/2.8 is perhaps the most valuable tool a photographer could have.

Thoughts?

If I could only have 1, then I'd have to choose the 70-200 II and live with its size and weight.  The 70-300L is a  very capable lens, but the 70-200 II focuses more accurately (especially on lower contrast targets) and tracks moving targets better and I find I like its colors better and requires less post-processing than the 70-300L.    The larger aperture max aperture helps to diffuse the background an the vignetting wide open only helps to make the subject pop more.  If sports and portraiture are your thing, then the 70-200 II is tough to beat.  It also does better getting to 400mm with the 2x.

The 70-300L does well by achieving IQ close to the 70-200 II in a compact, lighter and less expensive package.  It wins at the long end compared to the 70-200 II + 1.4x but loses a stop, but its biggest advantages are size and weight.  It's a great travel lens.  For those that are more concerned about weight and size of a 70-200 II, the 70-300L is an attractive option.  I'd opt for a 70-300L over a 70-200 f/4 variant.  The 70-300L is still a little shorter and more packable (fits bags vertically) than the slimmer but longer 70-200 f/4s and it has a longer native focal length range while losing a fraction of a stop.

That's a pretty fair summation that I think I pretty much agree with all around.  Having owned the f/4 variants of the 70-200, I would choose the 70-300L over them every day.  But the 70-200 f/2.8 is a different animal (either the Canon or the Tamron), and it is a more complicated decision.

My current solution is to use both the 70-300L and primes for my event work.  I use my 135L quite a bit and am very pleased with the 135L + 1.4x combination.  Great IQ and still very compact.
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #35 on: August 05, 2013, 09:49:57 PM »
One review I read said that it's softer at 200mm.  Did you notice this as well?

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2013, 08:57:07 AM »
One review I read said that it's softer at 200mm.  Did you notice this as well?

I thought I saw that at first on a few shots (more like a soft haze at 100% that shows more of a lack of contrast), but after I dialed it in on AFMA I actually thought the sharpness was fine on the long end, even with an extender.
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
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« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2013, 01:50:55 AM »
Looking at his sample, a haze is probably more like it.  I've got one on order (along with a nearly new Canon Mk II for comparison :)).  Should be here in several days.

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2013, 09:21:41 AM »
Looking at his sample, a haze is probably more like it.  I've got one on order (along with a nearly new Canon Mk II for comparison :)).  Should be here in several days.

I'll be interested to read your head to head thoughts.  I didn't have the opportunity to compare them head to head.  I have been following a video series from "That Nikon Guy" and he is comparing those two + the Nikon right now.  Three videos are up and are interesting and informative.  Here is the first:

70-200 Showdown pt1 - Tamron vs Canon vs Nikon
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2013, 09:22:43 AM »
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #40 on: August 13, 2013, 09:23:20 AM »
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #41 on: August 17, 2013, 07:55:41 PM »
Shot our championship softball team a few days ago.  I'm very impressed of what this lens does.  Sharpness is on par with my 24-70 Mk II, and the VC is bang on brilliant (as folks over here would say :) ).  The VC also does automatic panning, so no need to switch levers and such.  Here are some sample shots from the day.


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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2013, 08:23:40 PM »
Bone-Doc - that is a really nice series of pictures.  You are using the lens well.  That's a great addition to this thread, because I didn't cover any kind of sports or faster motion use in my review.  Bravo on your new lens!
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« Reply #43 on: August 17, 2013, 08:42:48 PM »
Shot our championship softball team a few days ago.  I'm very impressed of what this lens does.  Sharpness is on par with my 24-70 Mk II, and the VC is bang on brilliant (as folks over here would say :) ).  The VC also does automatic panning, so no need to switch levers and such.  Here are some sample shots from the day.

Nice shots!  How well does the AF work for sports?  Can you compare it with the Canon Mk I and Mk II at all?  I have the Mk I and am looking to upgrade, and I find the Tamron tempting, but pretty much shoot sports exclusively.  Thanks!

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