3rd Party Zooms: Tamron
All right moving our way into tamron lenses and so here you wanted to pay attention to the d I which was there digitally integrated, which means they designed them for the digital sensors but really, what that means is full frame sensors and the d I too, which is for the smaller crop train sensors so in their wide zoom category they wanted to bring out a lens that would have some competition in the really ultra wide zooming field. And so this fifteen to thirty is a fast two point eight aperture, so if you want wide angle you want that fast aperture, you're probably thinking about the nikon fourteen two twenty four two point eight this gets you in some ways a little more range because it gets you up to thirty keeps you at the two point eight aperture optically well, it's really hard for anyone to keep up with that fourteen to twenty for nikon leads that thing is phenomenal and so you're probably going to give up a little bit and sharpness, but you're going to save a bunch of price and s...
o if price is important to you and you need to take the edge off the price, I think that's a very good quality lens so I can recommend it it's not as good, but it comes in a different price point so it's for a slightly different user standard zoom range this is the least expensive way to get into a two eight zoom lands for all of the crop frame users it's not a fancy lands it's not that much money and I think it's just a great little by it's not best focusing system on it but I really love these two point eight aperture lenses and this is one of the only ones that's affordable and small in size and so this would be the lens that I would try to get if I had one of the crop frame cameras because this is quite a bit cheaper that the nikon seventeen fifty five look at that price difference it's like one third the price? Is it as good? No, not quite as good and one of the things that you'll notice that I don't know that I've had a specific chance to address is what air your quality standards and everybody has their own standard it's a little you know when you're driving down the freeway and you're driving at just the right speed and then somebody's in front of you and you got a pass and now they don't know what they're doing they don't know how to drive they're not driving the right speed and then somebody comes buzzing by unite wow, they're idiots I'm the one that's driving the right speed we kind of have the same opinion about quality and our quality needs and desires changes we progress in photography at first I had very, very low quality standards and then I had higher standards and then I actually kind of backed off a bit is like, you know, if if my standards are up here I'm going to be so fussy about everything I'll never get a photo taken it's like there's a certain standard this meets my needs and I found a comfortable place of standards that I'm satisfied with there are some lenses that are not good enough quality for me I will not buy them, but other times I know linds is not perfect I'm more unhappy to use and so you just have to find your own comfort level when it comes to quality this is the same lenses we just talked about, but they added vc vibration control what they call here so if you said no, I like that too late but I want the vibration control you're gonna pay for it so it's going to be more money so when we compare it against the nikon well it's going to be a little bit more money but this is a really good bye and this is one I would recommend over the nikon because it gives the vibration control that the nikon doesn't have its the same aperture and it's virtually the same range and it's very good quality for the full frame users, they make the equivalent land, so this is the twenty four to seventy normal zoom reigns fast two point eight aperture with the vibration control and up until a very, very short time ago, nikon did not have this, and so this is something that use a unique tamron had something that nikon did not offer. Now nikon offers it, but at a premium of a price, and so you're going to pay a lot extra about a thousand dollars extra to get the nikon, which is the same focal length, the same aperture, and my bet is that when you compare these optically, the nikon is probably a little bit better, but you have to be pretty fussy to see those differences. This is a really good value lands for anyone who has a full frame camera that wants a two point eight lands, it doesn't go down to twenty four it's a little bit older technology it's twenty eight to seventy five but in price comparison it is dirt cheap. If you are wanting a faster lens, that's still very good quality doesn't have the new the vibration control on it, but it gets you that fast general purpose aperture rage super zooms sixteen to three hundred we've been looking at these a little bit because I say the biggest fan on these and so comparing it against the eighteen, three hundred it's looking at the same aperture and it gives you the focusing window, which is nice, but not a huge yeah, it's it's bit of a trade off here because they're both gonna be a little bit of optical compromises for the full frame user who wants a huge zoom range. Twenty eight two, three hundred. Very big zoom, relatively small package, but once again, we're slowing the aperture all the way down to six point three it's always have a hard time recommending these unless you really intent on trying to get one lens to solve as many focal length problems as possible. And so this is a little bit slower than the nikon version of it and it's going to be a little bit less money. Telephoto zooms. I think the seventy two, three hundred is a nice zoom that gives the nikon a good run for its money. It's also pretty close to it, it's not quite as fast a focusing first. So if you do a lot of sports focusing, I'd probably say stick with the nikon. If you wanted a very similar lands and image quality and just wanted to save some money, I think the camera on to make a good choice in that scenario, if you recall back to the top ten lens, is not made by nikon for nikon this was on the list, which was the on ly zoom lens and so for image quality, the on ly thing negative to say about this lands is it's, not nikon and so that's the only negative thing that I could find on it. So it might hurt the resale value a little bit. But if you want to compare it it's a lot cheaper than the nikon but does a lot of the same thing, same zoom range, same aperture has the vibration control. So has all of that same stuff on it. The nikon is probably optically a little bit better, but for anything else, save a little money hardly ever noticed the difference. This is the first of the one fifty six two, six hundreds that came out on the market a short time ago and for the weekend warrior, the weekend burger. This is just a great lands because this lens is coming in at just over a thousand dollars, and so it was a very affordable way to get out to six hundred. We now have the new nikon that reaches out to five hundred, so they'll be a little bit more competition, but it is still a chunk of change less then the nikon version out there.