What do you think of the new Tamron 17-270 VR?

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  1. TwoRails

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    I've seen the ads, and read a favorable review in Popular Photography, and it seems like a nice lens.

    Anybody familiar with this one? It sure seems like it would fit my needs if it's a decent lens.
     
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    I don't know about the 17-270, but there's a review of the Tamron 18-270 on dpreview, and it seems to be pretty sharp for lens this versatile. Don't expect miracles though.
     
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    Dooh! That was a typo on my part... I was referring to the new 18-270.
     
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    I have been thinking really hard on getting it for my only lens to carry on my travel D40x. I actually stopped in my local camera store. There were not at all interested in helping me. They didn't even mention they had the older lens in stock (saw it on the shelf). I was pretty turned off by them. When I said D40 I think they thought I was trying to find something really cheap. I actually had $600 cash on me ready to go. I asked them if they were going to get it. Their reply was only thing we can get is in the brochure (the Tamron leaflet on the counter). And I think at least 1 of the people there was the owner or at least a manager. Was really turned off by them.
     
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    I can't stand bad attitudes like that; customer service seems to get worse by the day...
     
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    I will say it really comes down to what do you want to use this lens for and what your expectation on it.

    If you want to use it as a vacation lens in the way that you want to travel as light as possible, or you really do not want to change lens at all, I will say it is not a bad choice from what I read.
     
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    "Vacation lens" would be a good way to put it, but mostly for in-town. I don't get to go shooting very often so when I go out for errands, and the like, I grab a camera just in case I find something I want to shoot. That means that most often I grab my Sony H9 point-n-shoot for it's great range (something like 28-465 eq) and it's IS. And I pretty much need IS.

    I was (still am, I guess) also thinking of the Nikon 70-300 for it's VR but then I'd still need to grab two lenses in most cases. I already have a Sigma 70-300 but without VR so I don't use it that much.

    One other thing that attracts me to the Tamron is it's focus distance of about 20" in all of it's zoom range.
     
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    Well for the most part it's comparable to the 18-200 from Nikon a lens that I am using currently. To tell you the truth I can't wait to get back home and use my other lenses again. This lens has notable image problems, and I expect the same from the Tamron which edges out slightly in sharpness at the wide angles but loses in terms of CA and vignetting. I can also only hope that the build of the Tamron is better than the Nikon which suffers focus creep problems.

    I'm happy that I am not carrying three lenses with me through Europe at the moment, instead just the superzoom and a macro, but on the flip side if I weren't travelling I wouldn't consider this lens over another in my home town.

    Even at home when it comes to "errands" I still often carry around the right lens for the job and leave the others at home or in the car. Such as at sports I'll rarely carry a wide angle and take only a telefoto. But it all really ultimately depends on how much you need the versatility.
     
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    I was really dumfounded by their attitueds. Really made me want to go home. Grab both my D300's, and my 300 f2.8 and go back. And say hey does this qualify me to get some help. Although I have not looked, I think they may be the only real camera store in the area. Could be lack of compitition thing. They were not snotty, just no effort to sell something. They didn't even mention a similar lens by anyone else. No attempt at all.

    I am new to the area so of course I have not shopped there yet. I was really disapointed. I knew their price was going to be higher than online. But I was willing to pay it. They have lost that chance from now on!
     
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    what's funny about the concept about "vacation lenses" is that when i'm on vacation, I'd rather carry better lenses in order to capture those unmistakably perfect moments.

    I'm no pro, and I would say I'm an avid hobbyist, so I might be an exception, but still. . .I shot with a Nikon 12-24 recently (after having carried the 14-24 around Paris for 10 days on my last vacation!), and I was THOROUGHLY disappointed with the image results in comparison. . .for me, I'd rather carry a couple of fast prime's, my biggie 14-24, and a mid-zoom than an all in one lens like the tamron. . .
     
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    Sorry to say, but the Tamron has creep issues. It's got a lock, but that does little to prevent it from creeping if it's hovering over or under a subject on a tripod. I don't own it, but I did play with it a bit at the photo expo this year. It's also not very fluid when zooming, another disappointment.

    That withstanding, I would still think about it for a walk around lens, you get over 300mm with the 1.5x factor and still a decent wide angle. It does macro too but I don't think it's 1:1. For the price and range I don't think anything else compares.
     
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    This is why I shop online. More correctly, this is why I don't feel guilty about shopping online. We have a Ritz (which is a joke of course) and a "pro" shop where you only get decent help if you're been doing weddings since 1915. I really only go there for the expired film bin.
     

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