Image quality of Tamron 80-210 f/3.8-4, 70-210 f/3.8-4, and 70-210 f/3.5 SP?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by h._wu, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. I'm thinking about a zoom tele lens for landscape and possibly for
    portrait. I guess I can live with manual focus to save some money.
    There are 3 Tamron lenses (used, with adapt-all mount) that look
    80-210 f/3.8-4
    70-210 f/3.8-4
    70-210 f/3.5 SP

    Does anyone have experience with these lenses? How good is the image
    quality of each one of them? How do they compare to Canon 75-300
    f/4-5.6? Btw, my budget is $200. Thank you.
  2. Do the lenses come with, or do you have, the Tamron Adaptall mount for EOS? The adapters are very rare, and expensive (I've seen them go for $100) when used ones occasionally pop up.<p>Some people have used an Adaptall-M42 adapter plus added an M42-EOS adapter to mount Adaptall lenses on Canon bodies.
  3. i have used the 70-210 3.8/4 and have the 70-210/3.5; i've used them both on manual bodies only.

    the variable aperture version is two-touch, and is very sharp with good contrast. it also focuses down to about 15cm (or somesuch very close distance), up to 1:2 lifesize. 58mm filter size.

    i haven't actually used the 3.5 yet; i bought it because i prefer one-touch for this range, and the fixed aperture appealed to me. it's slightly shorter but fatter than the 3.8/4, and doesn't focus as close (down to 1:4 if i remember correctly). 62mm filter size.

    both models have integrated lens hoods (of different designs) and handle well. as i say i haven't got any shots with the 3.5 yet, though i've heard it's just as sharp as the 3.8/4 but with less nice bokeh, if that matters to you.

    incidentally the 35-80 2.8/3.8 is also very good, and also focuses down to 1:2.5 IIRC
  4. Unless you have the very expensive discontinue Tamron adapter
    for EOS, no sense trying to use the lenses...The 100-300 USM
    or the 75-300 USM will do fine for you with out the hassles
    of trying to stick a manual focus lens on an EOS body.
  5. REALLY scraping the bottom of the barrel, eh?

    Why not get an inexpensive, quality Canon lens? The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II and you are a
    perfect match. It's only $70.
  6. Andrew,

    How will a 50 help Wu. He is looking for a TELEPHOTO lens. Wu, the Canon 80-200 F4.5-4.5 zooms are a very good value for the money, and are small and light. At the short end they are very sharp (and slow) so backround blur would be a problem. On the long end if you stop down to F11 you will get great pictures. As always, tripods help IMMENSLY with these types of lenses.
  7. btw for my recently purchased 70-210/3.5, used price, mint and boxed, was GBP 60 + p&p. the vari-aperture model goes for quite a bit less.
  8. A fixed prime would help Wu a LOT if he doesn't already own one.
  9. Thanks all for your suggestions. Actually I do have a 50 f/1.8 (beside the 28-80 kit lens), and really love it...

    I was asking about these Tamrons because I saw them on B&H catelog, which fell into my budget. As a beginner and definitely an amateur later, it's hard for me to justify a bigger budget, particularly for a tele, which I probably don't use that much...

    From the review on this site, Canon 80-200 sounds pretty bad (as good as my kit lens, I guess). How does it really compare to a 75-300 in terms of image quality? The latter (non-IS) is still within my budget.
  10. I haven't used the 75-300 or 90-300 lenses, but I have owned the 100-300 USM and it's a
    decent lens. It isn't really too much more than the 75-300, and is a whole lot nicer to use.

    Otherwise get the EF 135mm f/2.8 SF lens. I recently sold my 70-200 f/4L because I used
    the 135 f/2.8 instead 97% of the time. It really is an absolute gem, and shouldn't be left
    out of consideration.
  11. The Tamron 80-210mm from the 80s is still a decent lens. Check out the adaptall site which reviews the different models. I just bought a focus-confirm adapter to use it with my 20D and it works quite well. If only all my old lenses could be used on the 20D!
  12. Hi,
    I still use the 80-210 f/3.8-4, it's a good and sharp lens, better than some brand new "modern" plastic lens.

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