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#21 Joe Baker

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:26 AM

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:48 AM

I know that you mentioned that there are more Nikon 70-200 variants, but I've heard really good things about the Niikon AF-S 70-200 f4.0 VR lens.  It costs about half of the f2.8 variation, is much smaller and lighter, and has VR.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:27 AM

If you don't mind manual focus lenses the Samyang 85mm f1.4 is incredibly sharp (even wide open) and inexpensive. It is generally rebadged and goes under the names Rokinon, Vivitar and Bell & Howell. Runs under $300.

http://www.amazon.co...ds=Rokinon 85mm

For a few dollars more you can get one chipped for focus confirmation.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:27 PM

Sir. i would like to start with a wild life photography, i use a canon t3i, ¿what would be your recomendation?  a cano EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, or a canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:33 PM

I LOVE my 50 prime (Sigma 1.4), its probably my favourite lens and IMO the standard lens for baby and child portraits. The 85mm is on my shopping list though, one day :-)



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 06:41 AM

Tony, I've been saving up for this lens without the VC. I know that when I zoom in with my Nikkor 70-300mm my images aren't as sharp. It does have VR. I wonder if it's a speed issue (lower max aperture). I'm just wondering if there is a huge difference in the VR and if it is worth the doubling in price. I've almost saved up enough for the one without VC. I just don't want to get this one and then 3 months down the road want the other.... Having a tough time making this decision.

 

Oh and great picture Hung!

Great shot, Hung, and you're right--the Tamrons are the right choice for almost everyone. The VC variety tests sharper than the name brand varieties. More info in the Lens Buyers Guide.

 

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Here an example of the Tamron SP 70-200 VC Di, Canon mount. I think it is awesome alternative if you don't have the type of budget for that red ring.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:07 AM

just invested in a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Zoom  :-)


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:16 PM

I have just splashed the cash on the Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for a fab price of £690.00 I think that's $1100.  now were is the post man??????


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

I have just splashed the cash on the Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for a fab price of £690.00 I think that's $1100.  now were is the post man??????

David, please let us know how the new lens works out for you. I am using the same body and seriously looking at this lens to upgrade from the kit lenses I currently have. I am in need for a fast low light capable lens for school sports and indoor event shooting. Hopefully you will post a few shots and your impressions once you receive the new lense.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 02:19 AM

David, please let us know how the new lens works out for you. I am using the same body and seriously looking at this lens to upgrade from the kit lenses I currently have. I am in need for a fast low light capable lens for school sports and indoor event shooting. Hopefully you will post a few shots and your impressions once you receive the new lense.


Wayne I'll let you know how it goes, I'll be using it as soon as it gets here. And will post some shots

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 12:36 PM

Wayne I'll let you know how it goes, I'll be using it as soon as it gets here. And will post some shots

That is great I look forward to seeing the results..



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:47 AM

Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC arrives Tomorrow, :D 


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:59 AM

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Mr Ups just gave me a parcel :-)


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Mr Ups just gave me a parcel :-)

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

The weather has been so naff, I haven't been out to take any shots with the new lens, so I grabbed a couple indoors.

 

LR 6445b test 1

 

I love the depth of field from 6' at 200mm f/2.80 it must be an inch an you get the blur, really sharp image.

 

LR 6457 test 2

 

this one was taken from the front door in-between rain showers, again Hand help at 200mm zoom f/5.6 1/40 iso100 . The VC is fab on this lens as I have hand shake this has really impressed, I'm over the moon with this lens.


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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:39 AM

The weather has been so naff, I haven't been out to take any shots with the new lens, so I grabbed a couple indoors.



I love the depth of field from 6' at 200mm f/2.80 it must be an inch an you get the blur, really sharp image.



this one was taken from the front door in-between rain showers, again Hand help at 200mm zoom f/5.6 1/40 iso100 . The VC is fab on this lens as I have hand shake this has really impressed, I'm over the moon with this lens.


I can't wait to get this lens it's definitely on my to buy list, I have recently got the nifty fifty which I'm playing with and loving it tbh but this tamron oh boy I can't wait :), hope you manage to get out and explore it's true capability, keep us posted with your shots :)

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

This must be a typo in the pinned post:

 

the Canon 85mm f/1,4 (because for the price I'd rather have zoom)

 

Canon has not made 85mm f/1.4 lens yet. Either is Canon 85mm f/1.2 or Canon 50mm f/1.4 . I guess is the former as f/1.2 price is close to f/2.8 zoom lenses but 2 and 1/2 f-stops faster.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:41 AM

This must be a typo in the pinned post:

 

the Canon 85mm f/1,4 (because for the price I'd rather have zoom)

 

Canon has not made 85mm f/1.4 lens yet. Either is Canon 85mm f/1.2 or Canon 50mm f/1.4 . I guess is the former as f/1.2 price is close to f/2.8 zoom lenses but 2 and 1/2 f-stops faster.

the link takes you to Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 02:33 AM

the link takes you to Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

The typo is not the linked text but the text below the links. Verbatim: 

 

"I've left many wonderful portrait lenses off this list: the Canon 85mm f/1,4 (because for the price I'd rather have zoom), the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS (because the Tamron VC model is a similar price but noticeably sharper), and the other Canon 70-200 varieties (because for similar prices you can get a Tamron with more features)."

 

I am sure Tony will correct it as some readers might go and search for Canon 85mm f/1.4 lens. It doesn't make sense to mention 85mm f/1.8 lens was left off the list if it has been listed already. Most likely the idea was to mention 85mm f/1.2 was left off the list. Not a big deal. Just though will confuse someone who doesn't know there is no f/1.4 Canon 85mm lens as the text states. 


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 03:12 AM

The list of lenses here is made up from "the cheapest" to "the best", but I am a bit confused of what "the best" does mean. No doubt 70-200 lenses are more versatile and great for portraits, especially if you don't want getting to close to your object (maybe attracting attention of wedding guests), but aren't primes used especially for their wide apperture capability and low light performance? When taking no flash, low ambient light photography, doesn't 85mm 1.8 perform better than 70-200 2.8? Besides of that, when someone is using 50mm lens I wouldn't think he doesn't own a 70-200, instead of, that he considers this focal lenght to suit better for his shooting, eg full body portraits, baby portraits, portraits with a bit of environment around, and some creamy bokeh produced by 50ties..

 

So the question is: if I own a 70-200mm 2.8, does that mean I dont need a fixed 85mm and even a 50mm?


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