I have changed my mind.
I previously wrote a post stating my decision to keep the precious, or what I have most recently called the Sony FE G Master 70-200mm f/2.8. But after I have had some time to think I have changed my mind.
Let me start my stating and then contradicting my own arguments for keeping the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8.
- I have it already.
- Not a very strong argument, especially with someone like me that has traded perfectly good gear many, many times before.
- Like Spinal Tap it goes to 200mm.
- Well I tested 180mm on my G Master and it did not make much difference at all in background compression or framing.
- I can take one step forward.
- If I could not step forward I was also reminded that on a few occasions I have cropped with the 200mm I have to good effect. There is no reason I could not do the same with the Tamron. (Example crop and original below.)
- It is a proven entity while the Tamron is new and untested in the real world.
- Who am I kidding here? Tamron has always been one of my favorites which would give me no reason to doubt it’s capabilities.
- I loved the DSLR 28-75mm f/2.8 that put Tamron on my radar to begin with. Great performer that I owned in Nikon, Pentax, and Sony A Mount with an adapter on Sony FE.
- I loved the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 that I owned for Pentax.
- I do love the FE Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 that recently killed it once again on a graduation shoot last weekend.
- Heavier for a good reason as it is built like a tank.
- Yeah. This same weight is why this tank stays at home. Left it again on last weekend’s graduation shoot and ended up using the Tamron’s 28-75mm smaller sibling.
- Does not extend on zoom. I know that Canon went with an extended lens 70-200mm design also, but I prefer this not to be the case on a 70-200mm personally.
- Prefer? Yes. Strong enough in isolation? No.
- Taking a hard look at my camera bag it would really be nice to have more space in there.
- Would also like using a long zoom that is barely larger than my 28-75mm.
- Smaller size along with lighter weight I expect this to see way more use than the G Master.
- Has buttons and switches.
- Real talk. I never use these buttons and switches.
- More than once one of these switches have been bumped by accident. So much so that I constantly check these switches to make sure they have not moved.
One thing I did mention last time was OSS or lens stabilization. The issue raised was using it with my non-IBIS APS-C Sony bodies. But here is the thing.
- In nearly a year of G Master lens ownership I have used it with one of these crop Sony cameras exactly once.
- The size and weight issue with full frame bodies is magnified when using the even smaller crop Sony bodies.
- Save a cheap PZ pancake zoom none of the other lenses I use on crop Sony bodies have OSS so it is not as big of an issue as I had thought evidently.
Crop Sony bodies aside what of the superiority of in lens stabilization over on body stabilization? I had used the Tamron DSLR variant with in body only stabilization on Pentax. Perhaps used back to back I would notice a difference, but in isolation I never had any issues I could recall.
Some talk about OSS for video, but I do not shoot video often and when I do it will not likely be with this lens. And if I chose to use the Tamron it would most likely be with a tripod.
So if none of my prior justifications held water what was I on about? After careful introspection (Pandemic lockdowns allow plenty of time for this.) I realized the real reasons for my trade hesitation.
- Ego. At that wedding last year a photographer in attendance remarked to his group that he was impressed with “the precious” (Sony G Master) on sight likely owing to its size and off white livery. I rather enjoyed that. After further consideration this is not a good enough of a reason to keep this lens in isolation.
- Depreciation. The G Master depreciation was a harsh pill to swallow. But then I realized something…
While the G Master trade in value was less than I expected it is still worth quite a bit more than the Tamron is new. This means I could trade one lens towards completing a proper Tamron zoom trinity by also acquiring the also excellent Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8. (Photo below from Tamron website.)
- Having mismatched mid and long zooms did my low level self diagnosed OCD no favors. I am very happy to be moving to a one brand lens trinity. And with Sony wide and mid zoom prices so high and my attachment to the Tamron 28-75mm there is no way on Earth that an all Sony set up would ever happen.
- The 17-28mm and 70-180mm combined weigh less than the G Master 70-200mm alone which will lighten my load while expanding my lens selection.
This will not be the first time I will have had a Tamron trinity. With Pentax I had the Tamron 10-24mm:
What next? More to come. Trade has been negotiated and will update once it has taken place (update here). I am expecting great things from Tamron.