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Messing With Zoom Lenses – Tamron

After not being entirely impressed with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS, I decided to try out something with a little more range.  The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD has been getting a lot of positive press.  At around twice the price of the Canon, I was hoping for twice the lens.  It’s a much bigger and heavier item, one that makes you feel like you have a powerful piece of equipment in your hand.  First impression is that the extra 50mm does not make a very dramatic difference in the zoom capabilities.  I really like the way this lens handles, and frankly I feel like I got more “keeper” images out with this one.  The colors are great and solid and I like the overall quality of the images.  That said, sometimes the backgrounds can get very distracting, instead of pleasantly blurring, and I’m really not getting the sharpness at full zoom that I had hoped for.  Is this lens worth twice the investment?  You can be the judge…


Messing With Zoom Lenses – Canon

After much deliberation I’m trying to decide between the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS telephoto or the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD.  This is my one day experiment with the Canon.  It’s light and small, which can be a positive, but also feels a bit frail.  AF is pretty fast, in my opinion, and the resolution is not bad.  This is my first experience with telephoto lenses, and I was expecting more reach, but I guess that’s not really how they work.  Despite many many pictures, there are only a few that really won my attention.


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