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Jacob Levene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/23/2005

the best lens

which one should I buy?

Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6LD MACRO
Konica minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5/5.6 Mk2 ?

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1/1/2006 9:59:24 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  Very hard to respond since, unfortunately, reviews of KM lenses are few and far between. Check Pop Photo's web site; also check whether Peter Burian has reviewed the KM lens.

Keep in mind that lenses by a body manufacturer are typically more expensive. Years ago, the quality of these lenses was superior, but today, aftermarket manufacturers make excellent products.

There's always been an argument that a manufacturer's lens is best. I bought my first SLR in the early 1070's [a Minolta SRT-201.] I used Minolta MD and MC lenses until I purchased the first Vivitar Series 1 70-210 mm zoom. This lens, in my opinion, remains one of the best aftermarket lenses ever made; its successor, which switched to a variable aperture, didn't make my A-list, however. I followed up with a Series 1 28-90 mm, a zoom range I wish were available today.

Although Vivitar still is in business, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina are now the aftermarket leaders. I own two Tamrons and love them. Once, again, my 28-200 mm zoom is the original [of four iterations] and remains the one most highly reviewed. My 200-400 mm remains unsurpassed, although I think Tamron may have introduced a 200-500 mm model.

I have never been able to detect a difference in the prints taken with my Minolta lenses [versus my Vivitars]and I have trouble seeing any real difference between my Canon lenses for my EOS cameras [35-105 mm and 70-210 mm (vintage 1988)] versus my Tamrons.

You might when you compare the KM and the Tamron you list . . . but, your pocketbook may wind up being the ultimate decision-maker. The Tamron's extra half stop might be another decider.

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1/2/2006 11:15:49 AM

Dale Mickelsen   Your question limits answers by choosing between two lenses. I am a zoom lens freak and have learned the hard way the BEST lens is a fixed lens that matches a particular photographs needs. I have nikkon vibration reduction zoom lenses and am learning fixed lenses produce the BEST results. I have one sigma and one tamron lens and am satisfied with either. Good Luck

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1/2/2006 1:24:03 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  how much you have to spend will make a big difference.
either would be a good choice for an all around lens.
by the way jake did you see the thread on teen photographers here?i know at least one is from the uk.

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1/2/2006 3:02:02 PM

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