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Tamron - Never Again!!!!

astm216astm216 Posts: 51 Greenhorn
Just heard from Tamron.

I sent in a 28-300 that I bought spur of the moment at a show in Tampa in May of 2008.

2 weeks back when putting it on a body the focus ring felt loose and later in the week you could literally take it off the lens.

They claim "force or shock damage". The lady I spoke with says the damage could have been caused by something as simple as the lens "bumping" something as I changed from one lens to another.

I didn't yell or scream (maybe if I would have it would have saved me my $225.00) I simply told her what she said was ridiculous and if her glass was that fragile my money in the future would be better spent somewhere else.

Sad because I have always liked this lens and it has performed pretty well.

Thanks for listening I feel better now.

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  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,975 Admiral
    One reason I stick with Nikon glass only!
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  • astm216astm216 Posts: 51 Greenhorn
    Where were you with that advice in May of 2008!?!?!?!

    Just kidding.

    After some thought when I subtract the show discount and the promotional pricing even with the $225 I am still below what I would have paid retail.

    But I do hear you about the Nikon glass. When you buy budget items this is what you can expect. ALL my Nikon glass has lasted for years, even with a little "shock damage" thrown in.
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Cane Pole wrote: »
    One reason I stick with Nikon glass only!

    This. Or Tokina - who are a bunch of engineers that use to work for Nikon. During my photographic life I have literally given away three Tamrons.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    I have 2 pieces of tokina glass, a 200-500 and a 17-50 f2.8....
    this glass literally gets beat to death riding as much as 30nm one way in choppy conditions in a 22' bay boat...
    then exposed to salt water and sand...
    I have had them for at least 4 years now....
    not one problem with them in anyway...

    I will say this, tokina is has a better build, not a whole lot but heavier....
    my next piece of glass will be the tokina 10-20 wide....and not because of any issue with tamron, just the reviews for that lens call it 4 star....
    and competitively priced with tamron...just a tad more $....

    tim
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  • astm216astm216 Posts: 51 Greenhorn
    I am looking at the Tokina 10-20 as well. Glad to hear the good reviews.
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Tim, you don't like Nikon glass!? :rotflmao
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig...
    Tim, you don't like Nikon glass!? :rotflmao

    uh...no....
    i have several of pieces of canon glass with the red ring around the barrel....
    i'd be backing up with nikon glass....lol....
    but i'll buy glass designed by ex-nikon engineers......

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,680 AG
    astm216 wrote: »
    I am looking at the Tokina 10-20 as well. Glad to hear the good reviews.

    Check out the Sigma 10-20mm also.
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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,680 AG
    but i'll buy glass designed by ex-nikon engineers......

    tim

    Well Nikon did make Canon's glass for a while.
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  • astm216astm216 Posts: 51 Greenhorn
    Update:

    After an email to the sales rep Tamron will repair and return the lens for free.

    Good on Tamron!!!
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    i botched my earlier post...i have 2 pieces of tamron glass...
    I have 2 pieces of tamron glass, a 200-500 and a 17-50 f2.8....
    this glass literally gets beat to death riding as much as 30nm one way in choppy conditions in a 22' bay boat...
    then exposed to salt water and sand...
    I have had them for at least 4 years now....
    not one problem with them in anyway...

    I will say this, tokina is has a better build, not a whole lot but heavier....
    my next piece of glass will be the tokina 10-20 wide....and not because of any issue with tamron, just the reviews for that lens call it 4 star....
    and competitively priced with tamron...just a tad more $....


    tim

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig,

    i guess i just got lucky with my glass but i bought both lenses bassed on reliable reviews and haven't been disappointed with either piece...
    maybe it has something to do with "when" i bought them...
    as a matter of fact Craig T. was one of my review sources....
    he shot some incredible images with his 200-500 and raved about the glass...

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Dave...
    Flash wrote: »
    Well Nikon did make Canon's glass for a while.

    you do know that nikon's usm motor and vr are canon designs built under license from canon don't you?

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,680 AG
    Dave...


    you do know that nikon's usm motor and vr are canon designs built under license from canon don't you?

    tim


    It's about time they repay Nikon somehow for all the good glass Nikon made for them.
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    Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Craig,



    i guess i just got lucky with my glass but i bought both lenses bassed on reliable reviews and haven't been disappointed with either piece...
    maybe it has something to do with "when" i bought them...
    as a matter of fact Craig T. was one of my review sources....
    he shot some incredible images with his 200-500 and raved about the glass...

    tim

    On the recommendation of Craig and you I broke down and bought one. Could have been the copy I received but I was not impressed. I returned it to save up for a big prime or the Nikon 200-400............
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig...
    On the recommendation of Craig and you I broke down and bought one. Could have been the copy I received but I was not impressed. I returned it to save up for a big prime or the Nikon 200-400............

    i have pretty much revamped my glass collection to canon EF and EF-L glass...
    but i still use my tamron 17-50 f2.8 all the time for land\cityscapes...
    i get good, sharp images from it, so i have no complaints...i rarely use the 200-500 unless i need a really long reach, but i have to use a tripod as there is no IS(vr)...

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
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