Note: A Zeikos LCD/Lens Cleaning Pen And MicroFiber Cloth is also included with your order and will be added to cart automatically.
$100 Rebate from Tamron
$200 Visa Gift Card
This effectively makes this lens $1024.98.
You also get a bonus gift: Zeikos LCD/Lens Cleaning Pen And MicroFiber Cloth (worth about six bucks, but hey, its a gift)
This is the best deal I've seen so far for this lens.
Tamron rebate link: http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/rebates.asp
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Tamron Di lenses are performance optimized for digital SLR cameras and usable with DSLRs featuring sensors commonly referred to as APS-C, measuring approximately 24mm x 16mm, as well as larger full frame (36mm x 24mm) sensors and 35mm film SLRs.
The Tamron SP designation is reserved for lenses developed with special emphasis on extraordinary photographic performance. Engineers are free to innovate in an uncommon atmosphere where optical performance comes before price, resulting in lenses that satisfy the demands of discerning photographers.
Play with light as you explore the subtle aspects of beauty. An all-new, high-speed standard zoom lens with image stabilization.
Photographic artists have been waiting for a full-featured, constant-aperture zoom lens. The wait is over. The A007 is a high-quality, highly functional, high-speed standard zoom lens covering the 24-70mm focal range. It includes both Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to reduce shake and its USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, enabling speedy, silent autofocusing. This SP (Super Performance) series lens makes full use of specialized glass elements in its lens layout, designed with top priority on image quality, including three LD elements and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses. Tamron has minimized all types of chromatic aberration in the A007, making it a lens at the top of its class whether you use it on a digital APS-C, full-frame, or 35mm SLR camera. The A007's F/2.8 aperture enables a balance between brilliant resolution and beautiful soft blur effects. This ideal lens makes full use of Tamron's rounded diaphragm and the uncontrived, artistic blur that it provides. It is also Tamron's ?rst lens to feature our new moisture-resistant construction. Portraits. Landscapes. Studio shoots. This is the lens for them all. Capture the ?nest details of your images in precisely the way you have always wanted to. Extend your art to the limits of your inspiration with the A007.
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) - 12/17
Angle of View (diagonal) - 84?04' - 34?21' (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
60?20' 22?33' (for APS-C format cameras)
Diaphragm Blade Number - 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture - F/22
Minimum Focus Distance - 0.38m (15.0 in)
Macro Magnification Ratio - 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
Filter Diameter - 82mm
Weight - 825g (29.1 oz)
Length - 108.5mm (4.3 in)
Full Length - 116.9mm (4.6 in)
Diameter - 88.2mm (3.5 in)
Accessory - Flower-shaped Lens hood
This lens has gotten pretty good reviews from the Canon and Nikon folks.
The VC on this fast lens is atypical.
The only issues I've heard about with this lens is that the bloke looks like onion rings and the aperture on the nikon between 2.8-4.0 is the same. Not sure if they fixed it yet.
Other than that, it's gotten some good reviews on amazon and dpreview.com.
I bought a few things from buydig.com over the years so they are legit.