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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 16:23   #1
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Tamron DSLR Lens

Good day everyone. I am currently using a Nikon d750 body and looking to purchase or upgrade the lens. I have been told that Tamron makes a good lens for Nikon cameras. I am into taking pictures of wildlife and birds. Any opinions from anyone on this type of lens vs what I want to do? thanks
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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 19:12   #2
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Tamron makes very good lenses, and is very well respected - they are one of the 'big two' third-party lens manufacturers, the other being Sigma...that make the most third-party lenses for various camera mounts.

What you purchase will depend on how much you're willing to spend, what weight and size you're willing to carry, and how much reach you really need. Going by the assumption that you need as much reach as you can get, which tends to be true of most bird photographers, you'd probably start off by considering the Tamron 150-600mm lens, which covers the greatest range and has the most overall reach, for a still-reasonable price - it's a large and long lens, and a bit heavy, if you're not accustomed to birding lenses...but actually fairly compact and light for the reach and range compared to other 600mm lenses out there for those experienced with birding lenses. Another good option to consider if you don't need as much reach and also want a smaller, lighter lens would be the brand new 100-400mm lens - this can work if you live in areas where you can get reasonably close to birds, and it's also a good focal range for shooting birds in flight. It's significantly smaller and lighter than the 150-600mm, so it will fit better in your camera bag and not be as much to lug around all day if you're not into the big lenses.
You can also consider the Sigma 150-600mm lenses, as well as Nikon's own 200-500mm lens, which falls int he same price range (a little higher) as the Tamron 150-600 and between the price of the Sigma 150-600mm sport and Sigma 150-600 Contemporary.
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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 20:36   #3
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I have the Tamron G2 150-600 and I love it. The Sigma is a little sharper but much heavier and more expensive. On a full frame camera the Nikon is going to be a stretch as I don't consider 500mm long enough. The G2 is sharper than either the Tamron G1 or the Sigma Contemporary and is much better built.
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Old Tuesday 27th February 2018, 00:01   #4
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I have the Tamron G2 150-600 and I love it. The Sigma is a little sharper but much heavier and more expensive. On a full frame camera the Nikon is going to be a stretch as I don't consider 500mm long enough. The G2 is sharper than either the Tamron G1 or the Sigma Contemporary and is much better built.
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Have you had this lens long enough to get a sense of its sealing against dust infiltration? I have the contemporary, and while its a good lens, mine lives up the reputation of being a "dust pump".
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