By profK

from Maine

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Lotsa bang for the buck

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Distant subjects
  • Landscapes

Comments:

This seems like a great product for a non-expert. It zooms in nicely on distant subjects and also creates a lovely bokeh on closer objects. It's not too heavy, yet feels sturdy. I love it!

 Images from profK
 

By T from SF

from San Francisco, CA

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Good lens at a good price

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

After the first week, I'm loving the value for the money with this lens. I can't wait to take it out on safari later this year.


By Tom G

from Orange County, CA

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Tamron lens for Canon EOS T1i

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Rugged
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action

Comments:

I am using this lens to capture my daughters soccer games and to capture my vacation photos. So far, I am am very happy with the action shots I am getting from one end of the soccer field to the other. I love being able to get close up shots near the goal. I am starting to get more shots from adistance, where I could not before with the standard lens that came with the camera. I have to say that this is a well built lens and very sturdy. The customer service at Abes was extremely helpful. They shipped my lens right away and it arrived exactly how they said it would. I highly recommend Abes for your next purchase.


By Rcd001

from Madison, wi

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Exceeded the expectation...

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

When I bought this lens I had ok expectations..but after using it for about 3 weeks, I would say that it exceeded my expectations. Never missed auto focus and colors were really bright. It's a bit heavier though but that's what it's supposed to be..


By EDD

from Lacombe, LA

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I wish I had this lens from the start.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

This is an all-around great product. The quality of photos you will get is amazing. I am very impressed. The image-stabilization is extraordinary. I am able to zoom in all the way at a distant object and get crystal clear photos without the aid of a tripod. It is a bit big, but I think it has way more pros than cons as a product. Great job, Tamron!

 Images from EDD
 
Taken w/o tripod.
Taken with tripod. Zoomed all the way in.

By Richy65

from Staten Island, New York

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Real Sweet Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Video
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Very impressed, lot's of bang for the buck... Seems to perform as good as lenes twice the price...


By Starbuck9

from Corona, NY

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I would buy this product again and again

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

Great price, plus a rebate, but the lens is still worth the price, it has cut my time from switching from len to len and become my one size fits all lens.


By Karol

from Columbia, MD

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Good lens for the price

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

I bought this to replace my 55-250mm kit lens. I had read reviews that it was a heavy lens but was still surprised when I got it. It's a bit of a handful - but still happy with the purchase. Good value for the money.


By Sam

from USA

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

Great Lens; VC is Amazing; USD is Fast

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Consistent Output

CONS

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

I bought this for my EOS 50D and have used this lens only a couple of times. My basis for comparison is my EF 28-135 IS USM kit lens and my EF 100-300 USM (no IS) lens, both of which are made by Canon. I also own an off-brand but Japanese-made non-Canon 1.4x TC. This lens mounts as smoothly and easily as my Canon lenses do. I would have taken that for granted, except that the off-brand TC makes a slight metal-on-metal noise when mounting it, so kudos to Tamron for this. I never get any lens communication errors, unlike with the TC where I have had to restart the camera to address this, on rare occasion. I do prefer the Canon rear lens cap to Tamron's version, but this is a very, very, minor quibble, and either one does the trick for either brand lens. I prefer Tamron's black color to Canon's look-at-me white, though people will still notice this because of its sheer length, especially with the included hood on. The zoom ring does go the opposite way from Canon's and this is somewhat annoying coming from only Canon lenses. It's certainly not a deal-breaker, but it's something I'll have to get used to, to turn the zoom ring the other way, when I mount this lens, and switch back when using the kit lens. Since getting this lens, I have had no need to mount my 100-300 USM lens. The USD on this Tamron is faster than the USM on my EF 100-300 USM, and, in addition to the VC versus no IS on the Canon, the purple-fringing is far-better controlled on the Tamron than on the Canon EF 100-300 USM, especially at the telephoto end (300 MM). There is pretty much no purple-fringing that I can see any focal length of the pictures I've taken on this lens, even on "tough" pictures. As compared to my 28-135 IS USM, Tamron's USD is just as fast as my Canon's USM and perhaps even more accurate. I have used AI Servo focus, as well, and it successfully tracked birds and planes in flight, as far as I could tell. But I find the VC to be amazing, if not quite miraculous. I was able to shoot a picture of a blimp at 1/500th of a second, hand-held. Considering the high ISO needed for the 7.1 aperture and evening time (and that it was shot through a windshield), the picture was quite good. Typical family snapshots are sharp every time, given correct focus choices. On a rocky boat, some shots were a little blurry, but I think that's asking too much from any lens at 300 mm with not being able to hold the camera reasonably steady. As for quality, the pictures are very sharp and very detailed, even as compared to the EF 28-135 and certainly when compared to the EF 100-300. I took a picture of a fabric sign from about 50 feet away and I could clearly see the distinct individual yarns. It's quite stunning. The stabilization really makes a tremendous difference here, too. Even better, the amount of detail I could make out when looking at a series of pictures taken from, say, a couple of hundred feet away from the camera, is, to me, simply incredible. It gives a perspective that is…


By nick

from Denver, CO

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Impressed

 
5.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Great vibration control
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

The VC on this lens is great. The auto focus is a little slow at times to obtain the correct subject, but not always. Using a single focul point is best.


By MAK1981

from Michigan

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Great lens, great price

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

I have since started using this lens and the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 VC exclusively. I'm amazed by the sharpness and (more importantly to me) contrast and colors of this lens. The construction is solid, albeit plastic outside of the metal lens mount. But there is no wobble in the lens even at 300mm. The lens is heavy when compared to cheaper lenses like the Canon 55-250 kit lens, but is manageable even on a long hike. I was climbing sand dunes and hiking through ridges with this strapped to my wrist, and I managed. I know ISO charts show the sharpness decrease at the telephoto end, but I've been pleased with sharpness at all focal lengths. The main question I struggled with was whether this was a noticeable performance increase from the Canon 55-250 kit lens to warrant buying. My answer: Absolutely. Autofocus works very well, it's whisper silent, and the image stabilization works well. More importantly, it's all consistent. I'm very pleased, have not had any front-focus quality control issues, and don't see any future need to upgrading my lenses anymore. I use my lenses mostly for nature, wildlife and landscapes.


By Ralph the Photographer

from Irvington, Al

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Excellent Lens! Professional Quality.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Consistent Output

CONS

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

One of the best bang for bucks lens you can get. It's IQ is comparable to that of some Canon L's, as many are stating, and I've found that to be a legitimate debate. This lens is well underpriced! My copy is very sharp wide open and at every focal length. It's supposed to be weakest at 300mm(5.6) but my copy still renders superior results with such. The background blur and colors are excellent as well. I have the highly acclaimed Canon 15-85mm and the Tamron exhibits better background blur with as good or better colors. It may not have the tank build quality of Canon L, but this lens is solid! I just wish they had made the zoom ring rotate in the same direction as Canon. The oversized lens hood, as some complain, is not an issue for me and does serve a purpose. The heron pic was 300mm/6.3 ISO 250 at about 60 yards, hand held and late evening. My wife's focal point was not the eye, thus it could have been even sharper(I had the kids). This is straight from the camera(40d) and was only cropped to portrait layout.

 Images from Ralph the Photographer
 
I'm Watching You, Yes I Am!

By TBonE

from Buffalo,NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Great Lens!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Durable

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Weddings/Events
  • Sports/Action
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Only really downside is the weight of this lens! Images are crisp. Nice solid Feel.Good Warranty and Rebate are always a plus!

 Images from TBonE
 

By texgca

from Waco, Tx

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Love it!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Durable
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

I have been very pleased with this lens. I researched a lot before buying and feel that for the money this is an excellent buy. I have been photographing eagles in our area. I'm new at this and it's tuff to capture flying birds but I'm getting there. It also does a real nice job on flowers, butterflys... makes it look like macro with a nice blured background.

 Images from texgca
 
The male eagle doing a fly by!
Taken from about six feet.

By Jiaan

from Los Gatos, CA

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Excellent Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

After considering the Canon 100-400L, the 70-300L, and even the 70-300 USM, I found the output of this lens very impressive overall, even compared to the much more expensive lenses listed above. Pros: --USD: Absolutely silent and effortless focusing. --VC: Keeps the image stable, even at full zoom. --Full-time manual override. A huge plus. --Excellent coloring, and no noticeable chromatic aberration. --Includes a nice, long, petal hood. Cons: --A little on the heavy side, but that should be expected. I carried it around for an afternoon (4+ hours) with no problems. --The VC mechanism jars the image for a second as it focuses, but I can't call that a con. It was just a little unexpected. --The VC mechanism isn't silent, but then again it works extremely well. The shutter is louder, for sure. So overall it's a very fair trade. If you're thinking about buying this lens, DO IT. One of the best purchases I have ever made, bar none. Tamron is taking a HUGE step in the right direction with this one.



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