From: Savageduck on
On 2010-03-20 15:18:15 -0700, nospam <nospam(a)nospam.invalid> said:

> In article <lMGdnXD2z5oZpjjWnZ2dnUVZ_u-dnZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Neil
> Harrington <never(a)home.com> wrote:
>
>>> I will not waste my time or money on Tamron or Sigma. Feh.
>>
>> Don't sell Tamron short. They make some excellent lenses, and at decent
>> prices.
>
> yes they do, but they're generally not as robust as nikon/canon. in the
> case of the 70-200, the tamron is reasonably good, however, it is very
> slow in focusing.

In the Nikonians Newsletter I received this morning, they had a
download of their latest eZine.
http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine45.pdf

In there is a review of the Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
Aspherical (IF).
They compare it favorably with the AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8.

They note that it may not be built up to the heavy standard of the
Nikkor, but it appears strong and robust, and in some areas surpasses
the Nikkor in performance.

So there may be a place for Tamron and other third party lenses in some
of our bags.
I am quite happy with my Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.

--
Regards,

Savageduck

From: nospam on
In article <2010032015575319336-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom>,
Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:

> So there may be a place for Tamron and other third party lenses in some
> of our bags.

very true. the tamron 90mm macro is a gem. however, not all tamron
lenses are excellent.

if focus speed is not important, the tamron 70-200 might be fine, but
generally that length of a lens is used for things like sports, where
focus speed could be very important.

> I am quite happy with my Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.

i have a tokina 12-24, which compares quite well with nikon's version.
well built too.
From: Peter on
"Savageduck" <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote in message
news:2010032015575319336-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom...
> On 2010-03-20 15:18:15 -0700, nospam <nospam(a)nospam.invalid> said:
>
>> In article <lMGdnXD2z5oZpjjWnZ2dnUVZ_u-dnZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Neil
>> Harrington <never(a)home.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> I will not waste my time or money on Tamron or Sigma. Feh.
>>>
>>> Don't sell Tamron short. They make some excellent lenses, and at decent
>>> prices.
>>
>> yes they do, but they're generally not as robust as nikon/canon. in the
>> case of the 70-200, the tamron is reasonably good, however, it is very
>> slow in focusing.
>
> In the Nikonians Newsletter I received this morning, they had a download
> of their latest eZine.
> http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine45.pdf
>
> In there is a review of the Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
> Aspherical (IF).
> They compare it favorably with the AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8.
>
> They note that it may not be built up to the heavy standard of the Nikkor,
> but it appears strong and robust, and in some areas surpasses the Nikkor
> in performance.
>
> So there may be a place for Tamron and other third party lenses in some of
> our bags.
> I am quite happy with my Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.
>


Tamron recently started a Meetup group on LI. The meetups take place at a
photo site and they provide you with a loaner to test. I cannot report on
details because I was unable to attend. I will try to attend the next one,
though. You might want to check and see if there is a Tamron meetup near
you. I can't think of a better way to see if their lens will work for you.

--
Peter

From: Neil Harrington on

"Savageduck" <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote in message
news:2010032015575319336-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom...
> On 2010-03-20 15:18:15 -0700, nospam <nospam(a)nospam.invalid> said:
>
>> In article <lMGdnXD2z5oZpjjWnZ2dnUVZ_u-dnZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Neil
>> Harrington <never(a)home.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> I will not waste my time or money on Tamron or Sigma. Feh.
>>>
>>> Don't sell Tamron short. They make some excellent lenses, and at decent
>>> prices.
>>
>> yes they do, but they're generally not as robust as nikon/canon. in the
>> case of the 70-200, the tamron is reasonably good, however, it is very
>> slow in focusing.
>
> In the Nikonians Newsletter I received this morning, they had a download
> of their latest eZine.
> http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine45.pdf
>
> In there is a review of the Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
> Aspherical (IF).
> They compare it favorably with the AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8.
>
> They note that it may not be built up to the heavy standard of the Nikkor,
> but it appears strong and robust, and in some areas surpasses the Nikkor
> in performance.

Yes. I have the earlier (non-VC) version of that Tamron 17-50 and it's great
as far as I'm concerned. If I'm not mistaken Pop Photo's lens tests (for
whatever they're worth) rated it slightly superior to the 17-55 Nikkor.
Build quality seems to me about equal to the best of consumer-grade Nikkors;
I don't know how it compares with the 17-55 Nikkor for robustness but since
it's only a third of the price I regard that as essentially moot.

>
> So there may be a place for Tamron and other third party lenses in some of
> our bags.
> I am quite happy with my Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.

Tokina makes very nice lenses too -- a bit heavier than comparable Tamrons,
apparently because they use more metal in their construction. I've got
Tokina's 100mm f/2.8 macro and 12-24mm f/4, and both are great lenses in
every way, very sharp corner to corner, very solid feeling and smooth..