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    Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro - Canon Mount

    I was going to tack this onto Arthurs thread but thought it was better in a thread of it's own so as not to get lost.

    Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro - Canon Mount

    Lets start with the technical stuff - Thanks to Mr Tamron
    Model A001
    Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 13/18
    Angle of View ( )=the figures when used on APS-C sized digital camera
    Diagonal 34°21'-12°21' (22°33'-7°59')
    Horizontal 28°51'-10°17' (18°49'-6°38')
    Vertical 19°16'-6°31' (12°22'-4°15')
    Diaphragm Blade Number 9
    Minimum Aperture F/32
    Minimum Focus Distance 37.4in.(0.95m) throughout the range
    Macro Magnification Ratio 1:3.1 (at f=200mm, MFD: 0.95m)
    Filter Diameter ø77
    Weight 40.6oz (1150g) (without tripod mount)
    Diameter x Length ø3.5 x 7.6in. (ø89.5 x 194.3mm)
    Accessory - Flower-shaped Lens hood & case
    Mount Canon -Available Built-In Motor
    Nikon with Built-In Motor - Available
    Pentax - Available
    Sony - Available

    I purchased this lens online from for a very reasonable price and the lens arrived on Monday 23 Feb 09, it came very well packed and basically overnight - enough of that this is about the lens.

    First Impressions:-
    Weight - Didn't feel too heavy but didn't feel overly light either
    Build Quality :- First impressions were that this lens is built very well, there is no play in the focus ring or zoom ring and the Lens hood, bayonet type, fits very firmly with a positive click to confirm that it has locked in properly.
    The main body of the lens I think would be of a plastic material though appears very tough and hard.
    AF :- Numerous web reviews would have you believe that the micro motor used by Tamron is "very noisy" - All I can say is Bunkum, yes it is louder than either Canons USM or Sigma's HSM systems but then you would hope that it was.
    AF Speed :- This one seems to be one point many reviewers labour over, my real world use would suggest that again it is probably slower than my 17-85 USM in actual "speed" but it is far from slow in terms of real life usability.
    AF Accuracy :- Well doesn't this lens cop a caning in this department from the reviewers, 6 out of 10 failure rate, thats right just 4 in focus shots out of 10 according to some reviews. And the conclusion that this lens would not even be suitable to use when following children around the back yard.
    I had the opportunity to utilise thios lens at an outrigger canoe regatta this weekend (feb 28) and I cannot complain about the focus accuracy or tracking ability one little bit. Did I have shots that focus was missed on, certainly did, was this a result of the lens, a couple of times I would probably say yes, but by far I missed more shots due to poor technique and unfavourable conditions, balanced precariously on a rock wall, than from the lens missing focus.
    A series with the boat quatering away from me

    Paddlers going across my view

    Most of the talk surrounding this lens has been about whether it would be any good as a sports lens so I have concentrated on those issues here.

    Summary (I know about time)

    This lens appears well made, is quick to focus and tracks acceptably, the image quality is on a par with any (yes any)lens in this class.
    Would I suggest this lens to the professional who absolutely MUST get THE shot each and every time, probably not but I would have absolutely NO hesitation in suggesting this lens to any one who like myself is after an admirable performer at the budget end of the scale
    Having read numerous online reviews of this lens I was very hesitant about whether the AF was going to be worth the gamble of laying down any hard earned on this lens after this last week end I have no worries any more
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    I think we're on the same wavelength(well.... except that I think you chose the wrong system ... but made up for it by choosing the right lens brand )

    I think we're getting close enough to the same AF results to make it an even call, and I somehow feel more vindicated with my experience now!

    I was going to post about a few missed focus shots also after I had the chance to use it for my kite surfing shots.. but every AF lens I've ever had also misses shots(including the Nikon 80-200/2.8 I recently sold)
    My lenses are in my sig, and I think AF wise the only lens that I can't seem to recall ever causing issues is the Tammy17-50mm... even the Sigma10-20mm can occasionally miss AF.
    I think I'm still going to maintain that it's not just the lens itself(that causes those missed shots) as the camera body is the MAIN is the instrument in acquiring focus anyhow.
    Of course a lens has a role in acquiring focus automatically as it has electronics inside it to communicate to the camera.. BUT the camera itself determines the contrast in the image that actually locks the focus point. The lens communicates distance information back to the camera body.

    In my missed focus shots.. actually I should have said ALL my missed focus shots with the Tammy 70-200 so far, the subject has had a distracting element in the background.
    My issue so far though is that the lens hasn't locked focus onto the background in every one of those missed shots, so I can't be 100% certain that's the actual reason for missed AF shots, but I've noticed that if the subject fills an AF point completely, AF is generally speaking 99.9% reliable.
    My technique is to use AF-C(Continuous AF) mode, where the lens is always micro adjusting itself, rather than Single shot AF where once focus is locked the shutter releases.
    (I have to try AF Single mode one day on my D300).
    On the D70s in AF-Single mode I've yet to notice a missed shot, but I've had minimal experience so far with that combo.

    Overall it seems we have the same opinion about the Tammy, Mark.
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon}; -> 50/1.2 : 500/8 : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8 ais : 105mm f/1.8 ais : 24mm/2 ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC

    {Yongnuo}; -> YN35/2N : YN50/1.8N

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    Yes Arthur I think So

    And as you can see from the shots above, there is not really a big target to focus on, that green and yellow canoe in the second lot of photos is about 9 mtrs long, so the maths wizards can now judge the shooting distance, bouncing up and down with the seas, and the paddlers themselves are moving back and forth as they make each stroke as well, so it is really asking a fair bit of any lens.
    And I wouldn't think that I had any more missed photos than the last outing with the 120-400 Sigma.

    There was a guy there with a 40D and a 100-400 L and I promise you that his results are about the same as mine, I have shot side by side with him at a junior regatta and seen first hand the results

    I am certainly more than happy with the Tamron for MY needs and expectations.

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