Decisions, decisions. Choosing between 70-200, Tamron 2.8 or Canon 4L???

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Posted 9/27/2012 by PeaLegs in General Photography
 

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Posted: 9/27/2012 1:49:48 PM
I really need to upgrade my current long zoom, it's a Tamron 75-300 4-5.6 and a full on light hog.

I'm leaning towards the Tamron 70-200 for the 2.8 max aperture because I live in Oregon and also because at some point my little heathens are going to participate in indoor sports in a gym. But, I just want to make sure that I'm not passing over Canon's L lens just because it's not as wide. I must admit, I'd love to say I own L glass and a white one at that, but the practical side of me says go for the larger aperture.

Any opinions either way? I'll probably be upgrading in the next 30 days.


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Posted: 9/27/2012 3:54:35 PM
I'm one of those L lens snobs. Me, personally, I notice a big difference in my image quality in a L lens versus non-L or off brand. Some people will say otherwise. I have used the f/4 L lens in question and it was a good lens. Sharp, excellent clarity, good contrast and color. I would recommend it. I rarely have situations where I need to shoot wider than f /4 with a telephoto lens. I've never used the Tamron version.


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Posted: 9/27/2012 5:43:19 PM
Google for reviews on the lenses. Discard ones that just simply say "I don't like it" Pay particular attention to the reviews that tell you specifics on why they don't like and AND have images to prove their point.
Then consider if their 'cons" apply to your expected needs.

Does it vignette? Go soft on the edges? Prone to chromatic abheration?


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Posted: 9/27/2012 11:25:45 PM
The Canon 4L is a great lens. You're going to struggle with it in a gym or at night.

I've only owned one Tamron and only had it for 2 weeks before returning it. It wasn't sharp edge to edge and I had vignetting in the upper corners. It wasn't the one you are looking at, but it soured me on the off brands. Canon L lenses are just so sharp that I've stopped settling.

I would suggest either waiting (unless you have an immediate need) and saving and getting the Canon 2.8L or look to see if you can find a used Canon 2.8L that's in your price range. It is worth it!


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Posted: 9/28/2012 12:39:09 AM
I just splurged on the canon 70-200mm 2.8 II and it's fantastic!!!! Price is hard to swallow but it really takes beautiful Picts


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Posted: 9/28/2012 4:15:28 AM
Don't get the Canon f4,you won't be any better off in low light situations.



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Posted: 9/28/2012 11:56:32 AM
I agree with the others if your biggest concern is ablity to use indoors then don't get the Canon. Even though it is L glass it will disappoint you due to the 4.0 aperture still is in the light hog arena

Now, the 70-200 2.8 wouldn't disappoint you and will be better than the Tamron. But the price tag is an ouch.


What Your Kit Lens Can Do For You

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Posted: 9/28/2012 5:52:54 PM
Thanks, guys! That's the kind of info I really needed. I've googled reviews until my eyes were crossed and my brain hurt and I just needed someone to bounce things off of and tell me that I'm thinking along the right lines. I'm thinking because I mainly use my Tamron 28-75 now, the quality difference between the Tamron 2.8 and the Canon 4.0L won't bother me. But, since I'm used to shooting with my 2.8, I will want that more.

I've got my Tamron 10-24 on CL right now and as soon as it sells, I'm going to go check out a Canon 70-200 2.8L that's a little under $900 because of a "small scratch" on the lens. The ad says the scratch was aquired last year and he/she has continued to use it since then and is only selling to get the IS model. I'm going to see if I can take a ton of test shots and try to get the scratch to show. If it does, I'll just order a new Tamron.

Thanks for listening to all my rambling!!!


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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:26:16 PM
If you are anticipating shooting your little ones in a gym someday in the not too distant future, then you are going to appreciate that you can get great photos in a gym... as opposed to you have the crispest, most fabulous photos that the L series may afford you. You'll be so much happier with not being limited in where you shoot. And you will be that parent that has great indoor action shots of their kids.

I had the 70-200 2.8 Tamron and LOVED it for what I needed it for. I got great basketball, volleyball and wrestling pics when no one else could get more than a good shot or two.
I now have the Canon 2.8 70-200 because I deal came by that I could not pass up.

I think you'll be get so much more use out of the 2.8 70-200 in the long run.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:20:45 PM
Thanks, Shawn!


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