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altopog
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I am in the market for a wide angle lens and have narrowed my choices down to the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Canon 17-40 f/4.

Here is my dilemma. Is the Canon lens IQ tons better than the Tamron's and that is why it is ~$200 more? The way I see it, the Tamron has a whole stop advantage in terms of aperture as well as an extra 10mm range.

Any thoughts or experiences regarding either lens? All input is greatly appreciated.
If you can post images from either lens (they don't have to be comparisons) that would also be great.

Finally, I realize that this is another one of those, "help me pick my lens posts." But, I did some digging and could not find anything that would help me with my decision.

Thanks for your help,
Altopog



Apr 04, 2009 at 10:02 PM
Norwin Uy
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


If you're shooting with a crop, then I vote for the Tammy. I've owned both, though not simultaenously. The 17-40 is slow for a range in which you might want a fast lens.

Also, the price difference does not justify the slight edge, if any, in quality the Canon might have over the Tamron.



Apr 04, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


the 17-40 isn't the greatest wide open so it's really a 5.6 but at f/8 it blows my mind. at least my copy is like that.

I usually buy glass with the intent of keeping it for a long time so I tend to stay away from 3rd party so I have no experiences/comparisons to share.

it is tempting due to the price for a 2.8 but is it usable at 2.8 is the question.



Apr 04, 2009 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I've owned both and I'd say go with the Tamron. There are plenty of threads about this. Tamron is faster, cheaper, at least as sharp, has more range, and comes with a better hood.

With they 17-40 you're paying for image circle area you won't be using. If and when you go FF, there's no guarantee you'd even want a lens that wide.



Apr 04, 2009 at 10:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


The Tamron also. The 17-40 really shines on FF. But not quite so much on the APS-C.


Apr 04, 2009 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I think I'd go with the resale value of the Canon L myself..


Apr 04, 2009 at 10:48 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


Sorry, I can't compare them. I have the Canon and I'm always blown away when I print images. The color, the contrast, images just pop. It is better stopped down a little and mine is better at the 40mm end, but this lens is almost always on my camera. Here are a couple of shots. Not that great, but here goes:





Here it is wide open at 17mm








Apr 04, 2009 at 10:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=400&Camera=396&Sample=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0&LensComp=100&CameraComp=396&SampleComp=0&FLI=0&API=2


Apr 04, 2009 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I own the 17-40 and have owned the Tamron.
I enjoyed owing the Tamron, but ended up selling it as I moved away from crop bodies. Having said that, for me the 17-40 has regularly and consistently thrown up some brilliant shots, which seem to have some serious sparkle about them that I don't believe the Tamron would have captured.
Then of course you also get the better AF and weather sealing.



Apr 04, 2009 at 11:05 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I have both and like them for different reasons. I really like the Tamron on a cropped sensor camera as a general walk-around zoom - it is sharp, compact, and I really love the extra stop and extra reach. It only leaves my XTi when I need a faster prime. The 17-40 is a great landscape lens on my 5D, but I find it too slow as a general use lens on my XTi. They are both great lenses. If I had to choose one for a cropped sensor camera, I would definitely go with the Tamron.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I currently have a 17-40 and I love it, but I owned the Tamron when I had a 40D and it was an excellent lens. It is the better choice for a crop camera in my opinion.


Apr 04, 2009 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


Had both. I'd take the Tamron on a crop--and as far as resale value... I maybe lost $50 on it when I sold it, and I bought it new.


Apr 04, 2009 at 11:59 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I am not sure if it matters to you but 17-40 f/4.0 L has a great build and does not extend. I first had 17-40, then 17-55 f/2.8 IS and finally went back to 17-40 L. 17-55 (which is better than Tamron) is sharp but is lacking something as far as contrast and color is concerned. I did not like the build of EF 17-55 at all.

Edited on Apr 05, 2009 at 02:08 PM · View previous versions



Apr 05, 2009 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I had the 17-55 when I was using a 40D. I picked it over the 17-40 because colour and contrast are a few clicks away in post processing; sharpness on the other hand there is only so much you can do.

Didn't like the build that much neither though.



Apr 05, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I owned the 17-40 and traded it for the Tammy I have now.As good as the Tammy is I would take the L back in a heartbeat. Yes I would loose a stop and the Tammy is no slouch, great lens as a matter of fact and probably my most used but there was something about the L that just felt better. Ideally I guess I would have both, but would only use the tammy when I needed the low light.
FWIW both of the copies, 17-40 and the 17-50 were/are both sharp copies wide open.



Apr 05, 2009 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


I have the tammy and its IQ is fantastic. Here are a couple of shots made earlier.

Wide open @f2.8






F8.0







Apr 05, 2009 at 03:51 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


i owned tamron 17-50 and used friends 17-40
if you are looking for faster then f4 lens then 2.8 wont be that huge of a difference.
i personally dont think that in the 17-50 range on a crop it really makes that big of a difference, for the money i would just get the 18-55 IS and get a prime or two in that range if you need speed and dof control.
people really knock on the kit lens, and i still dont understand why, it does a great job, especially for the money and the newer IS version is even better.



Apr 05, 2009 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


altopog wrote:
I am in the market for a wide angle lens and have narrowed my choices down to the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Canon 17-40 f/4.

Here is my dilemma. Is the Canon lens IQ tons better than the Tamron's and that is why it is ~$200 more? The way I see it, the Tamron has a whole stop advantage in terms of aperture as well as an extra 10mm range.

Any thoughts or experiences regarding either lens? All input is greatly appreciated.
If you can post images from either lens (they don't have to be comparisons) that would also be great.
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i sold the L after I got the tamron

tamron lighter, has f/2.8, sharper, longer range, only a little less contrast near the center (and a little more at the edges)



Apr 05, 2009 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


@kahren

I have that 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 IS kit lens. While it performs very well at f/8, it's not so good wide open and in low light situation that constant f/2.8 will really make a big difference. The wider aperture will also allow you to have shallower DOF which is great for portrait.

edit: I don't know why I'm telling you this, you already have that Tamron.



Apr 05, 2009 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Tamron 17-50 vs Canon 17-40


Hello, I'll recommend the Tamron, not because I have one myself but because of its reach at 50mm. On Canon crop sensor, this translates into around 80mm, a very useful focal length for portrait shoots.

Here's a sample of a teddy bear shot at 50mm f7.1 (I have a B+W UV filter fitted so the IQ might be just a little off):


Good luck with your purchase!


Bigbear.



Apr 05, 2009 at 05:06 AM
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