I'm looking at two different lenses.
The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens.
Or the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR.
I'm shooing with a Nikon D3200 right now and I would like to get a D52/5300 later on.
I like to shot long exposures, some portraits, every now and then an event, action, and just things that catch my eye.
I don't have a huge budget. I can spend $420.00 USD max! I can get the Nikon lens for $410.00 USD new. I can get the Tamron from a friend for $325.00 USD used, but he has kept it in like new condition.
According to DxO the Nikon lens is not that sharp, but the Tamron is just as sharp as the Nikon 70-200mm VR.
I really like the fast aperture of F/2.8 on the Tamron. The Nikon's aperture is slow, but it has VR to make up for that.(?)
The macro feature on the Tamron is a plus and seems to work well according to "That Nikon Guy".
I have 72mm filters. With a step down ring they should be fine on the 77mm Tamron though because I would be shooing with an FX lens and it would not show up on my APS-C DSLR. (DX)
The build quality on the Tamron seems to be much better in every way!
I plan to test the Tamron out soon.....
The VR on the Nikon looks good though.
What do you think is a better lens and why? Thanks!