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Tamron Lenses: 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) (canon) $429, SP 150-600mm G2 Nikon or Canon $949 after slickdeals rebate + free s/h

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How is the 70-200 2.8 compared to the Canon version? I just bought a 1st Gen used yesterday.
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How is the 70-200 2.8 compared to the Canon version? I just bought a 1st Gen used yesterday.
Assuming you are indicating that you bought a first gen Tamron; the listed 70-200 f2.8 could be considered as pre gen 1. As the latest lens is considered as g2, then you have the f2.8 that does not have macro, as g1. This one is pre g1. The pre g1 and g1 are close to canon at shorter focal lengths, but fall short on the long end.

The g2 lens is better than the canon at shorter focal length, up to 135mm from what I read, but again fall a little short than the Canon at 200mm
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How is the 70-200 2.8 compared to the Canon version? I just bought a 1st Gen used yesterday.
Not sure about this 70-200 2.8 here (pre gen 1) but I've owned Gen 1 70-200 for Canon and Nikon, Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II, and Tamron gen 2 70-200 2.8 for Nikon. If $$$ is absolutely NO object, splurge for the L glass as it is UNRIVALED among all the 70-200 out there today.
But I sold my 70-200L II (and my Canon 24-70L II also) for the Tamron equivalents as they are 95% to the Canon...85% at the long end on the G1, 90ish on the G2 IMO.
For me, thats not enough of a difference to justify the cost of the L glass. A client is not going to complain about an an image taken with the Tamron..even at the 200 end (great for portraits) where it softens a bit compared to the Canon (at 2.8 anyways).
Tamron 70-200 G2 is optically improved compared to G1, but it looks like Tamrons new 24-70 G2 has no optical improvements over the G1 (except for the TAP-In Console capabilities)
Stick with your G1 UNLESS you paid the MSRP asking price of $1099 and you can return it. IMO, the G2 is worth the extra $200 MSRP.
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Can anyone compare hands on experience for the 150-600 to sigma?
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I jumped on the 150-600mm G2. I have the 70-200 G2 and it's awesome. I think the Tamron reviewer's say the Tamron is a tad softer in the middle at 600 than the Sigma. But the Tamron has way better coatings and is weather proof. Plus I have the Tap-In and can adjust or calibrate the Tamron lenses. This is the cheapest I seen this lens. The Tamron 70-200 G2 reviews real well compared to the Canon IS II and somewhat beats it in a few area's. I like it and have had really good results.
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Assuming you are indicating that you bought a first gen Tamron; the listed 70-200 f2.8 could be considered as pre gen 1. As the latest lens is considered as g2, then you have the f2.8 that does not have macro, as g1. This one is pre g1. The pre g1 and g1 are close to canon at shorter focal lengths, but fall short on the long end.

The g2 lens is better than the canon at shorter focal length, up to 135mm from what I read, but again fall a little short than the Canon at 200mm
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Not sure about this 70-200 2.8 here (pre gen 1) but I've owned Gen 1 70-200 for Canon and Nikon, Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II, and Tamron gen 2 70-200 2.8 for Nikon. If $$$ is absolutely NO object, splurge for the L glass as it is UNRIVALED among all the 70-200 out there today.
But I sold my 70-200L II (and my Canon 24-70L II also) for the Tamron equivalents as they are 95% to the Canon...85% at the long end on the G1, 90ish on the G2 IMO.
For me, thats not enough of a difference to justify the cost of the L glass. A client is not going to complain about an an image taken with the Tamron..even at the 200 end (great for portraits) where it softens a bit compared to the Canon (at 2.8 anyways).
Tamron 70-200 G2 is optically improved compared to G1, but it looks like Tamrons new 24-70 G2 has no optical improvements over the G1 (except for the TAP-In Console capabilities)
Stick with your G1 UNLESS you paid the MSRP asking price of $1099 and you can return it. IMO, the G2 is worth the extra $200 MSRP.
Thanks guys. Actually I was talking about the original Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L Mark 1, I just paid $850 for a used one yesterday. This Tamron here is half the price. I had the canon f4 version which I'm going to put up for sale.
So what do you think about the difference between this pre gen-1or the gen 1 or the gen 2 compared with the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 L Mark 1?
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I would give some serious consideration to finding a used or grey market Tamron gen 1 over the Canon L mk 1 of $850 is your ceiling. I don't think its really a comparison between the Gen 1 and Canon L mk 1.
I think my gen 1 Tamron 70-200 Nik mount sold for like $6-700 on eBay but that was after the Gen2 was announced but before it was released. The used prices on Gen 1 should be even cheaper now.
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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned but the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens that's part of this deal is NOT the regular 70-200mm lens that's highly rated. This is the Macro lens (A001) that's usually about $700 on Amazon.

The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens (Model A009E) that's highly rated still sells for about $1000 now despite the G2's release.
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Not sure about this 70-200 2.8 here (pre gen 1) but I've owned Gen 1 70-200 for Canon and Nikon, Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II, and Tamron gen 2 70-200 2.8 for Nikon. If $$$ is absolutely NO object, splurge for the L glass as it is UNRIVALED among all the 70-200 out there today.
But I sold my 70-200L II (and my Canon 24-70L II also) for the Tamron equivalents as they are 95% to the Canon...85% at the long end on the G1, 90ish on the G2 IMO.
For me, thats not enough of a difference to justify the cost of the L glass. A client is not going to complain about an an image taken with the Tamron..even at the 200 end (great for portraits) where it softens a bit compared to the Canon (at 2.8 anyways).
Tamron 70-200 G2 is optically improved compared to G1, but it looks like Tamrons new 24-70 G2 has no optical improvements over the G1 (except for the TAP-In Console capabilities)
Stick with your G1 UNLESS you paid the MSRP asking price of $1099 and you can return it. IMO, the G2 is worth the extra $200 MSRP.
Fyi, if you follow dxomark, the Tamron 70-200mm A009 lens actually rates better than the Canon 70-200mm lens.

But, the nice thing about Canon L glass is that it retains its resale value. Performance-wise, both lenses are outstanding according to comparison reviews.
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Sorry I am a noob when it comes to cameras I have a Canon t6 would the 70-200mm be better then the 55-250 I got with the camera?
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Sorry I am a noob when it comes to cameras I have a Canon t6 would the 70-200mm be better then the 55-250 I got with the camera?
I'd wait on a lens purchase and stick with the 55-250 until you get a better feel on what focal lengths you want.


The 150-600 has really good reach though. I'd consider getting that
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I'd wait on a lens purchase and stick with the 55-250 until you get a better feel on what focal lengths you want.


The 150-600 has really good reach though. I'd consider getting that
Thank you. I want something for like my son's football games and also my daughter's cheer events
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Thank you. I want something for like my son's football games and also my daughter's cheer events
You definitely want the extra zoom on the 150-600 then, unless you are front front row.


The 70-200 overlaps with your 55-250, so initially I woudn't get it. I'm pretty sure the 70-200 does have better picture quality over the 55-250, but I havent google searched it.
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Do these lens come with a US warranty?
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