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  1. #11
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I'd buy the Tokina looooong before I'd ever consider a Tamron.
    I would second that, given my eperience with Tamron.


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    Peter

    D500
    D7100
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I'd buy the Tokina looooong before I'd ever consider a Tamron.
    Me too only because of Tamron's issues with their 70-200mm f/2.8 and their 150-600mm variable aperture lens. Back when I purchased my first Nikon SLR, I couldn't afford Nikon glass so had a choice between Sigma and Tamron. Two friends had some type of Tamron 28-70mm zooms. Honestly I wasn't impressed with the performance which is why I opted to go with the Sigma. But compared with today's lenses, even that Sigma was subpar.

    Dawg Pics, no matter what you choose, I hope you will look at images taken with it. You should be able to find images on Flickr and possibly 500px. And Amazon and B&H for sure.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    I would second that, given my eperience with Tamron.
    I will third that
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  4. #14
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I whole agree with hark on the Tamron issues. I owned two Tamron lenses in the past. The first one was a 28-70mm lens, which failed during a vacation trip shortly after purchase. Yes, Tamron fixed it under warranty, but it did put a dent in my vacation and it was never that sharp. The only other Tamron lens I had was a 200-400mm lens, and it was never that sharp, particularly with some of my newer Nikon DLSR cameras. I have since gotten rid of both lenses. I also have a Sigma 150-600mm C lens and I am very happy with it. At this time, I have some faith in the newer Sigma lenses, but no faith in Tamron lenses. All of the other lenses I own are either Nikon or Tokina, all of which I am very happy with.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  5. #15
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I too own and am very happy with my Sigma lenses. They're used on my D7500.


    • SIGMA 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
    • SIGMA 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary
    • SIGMA 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary


    I also own these Tamron lenses. I acquired them (along with the Tap-In console) to replace the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 kit lens that came with my D750. I've had no issues with either and am quite happy with their performance.


    • Tamron AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD
    • Tamron AF 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD
    D500, D7500, D5600, Z50, DC-FZ1000 II, DMC-FZ300

  6. #16
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Hey all,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I do have a question for those who understand optics or just experienced users of lenses. Sharpness and contrast of a lens go hand in hand? So can you have a sharp lens that has less than desirable contrast? In low light, a low contrast scene, having a lens that already has poor contrast would be an issue, no? OR does it matter at all since the scene is already low contrast? Sounds like logic, but I am often wrong.

    @hark I have looked at many images on Flickr.

    I have a Tamron, that I loved on my D300. I don't know that I have used it that much on the D500, but it has been a great lens for me. It has been my favorite of the few lenses I own. I am no pro, so take that for what it is.

    The only issues that I have seen mentioned is CA and flare, but I that hasn't been a consensus among users. I have an expensive Sigma 50-150 that has lots of CA, so I don't use it much. I can process it out, but it just bugs me that there is that much CA to deal with in post.

    Thanks again, everybody.
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    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 300mm f2.8, Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty
    Tokina 11-20mm f2.8
    Bogen tripod with a missing screw and Bogen pistol grip that is eternally stuck on it.
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  7. #17
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    Hey all,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Sharpness and contrast of a lens go hand in hand? So can you have a sharp lens that has less than desirable contrast?

    Thanks again, everybody.
    I would think that will come down to each individual’s perspective. In general the lens with the best microcontrast are likely to be the more expensive ones. I have viewed some stunning examples from a Carl Zeiss.

    However I recall watching some videos on YouTube where ‘The Angry Photographer’ was reviewing lenses and talking about the microcontrast qualities of a particular lens and stating that sharpness wasn’t everything.
    If you search for him along with ‘microcontrast’ there are many videos on the subject.
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    Peter

    D500
    D7100
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
    My Flickr account - https://www.flickr.com/people/peter-young/

  8. #18
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I have only one Tamron lens. Isold my Nikkor 14-24 2.8 to get a 15-30 2.8 G2.. The handling, solid build, excellent VR, and optics really impressed me. Maybe they got their act together since the problematic lenses mentioned were built.Ihave tried the 70-200 2.8 G2 and almost bought one just before the lockdowns started, temporarily negating the need for one.
    The convenient Tap-In" console makes updating firmware and setting many calibration points instead of the one available in Nikon.
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