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Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

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33 125554 Dec 13, 2011
Recommended By Average Price
91% of reviewers $342.35
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.22
9.16
8.7
1735mm

Specifications:
Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras.

Advent of an ideal Ultra wide-angle zoom lens well balanced in all aspects. With its superb image quality, compact size and excellent operational ease, this ultra wide-angle zoom lens lets you enjoy dynamic image composition by exaggerating your main subject against a wide background.


Tamron's new ultra wide-angle zoom lens starts at 17mm when used with a conventional 35mm SLR camera. When mounted on an APS-size digital SLR camera, it provides a focal length coverage equivalent to a 28-55mm (on a 35mm format camera), covering the desirable wide-angle to
standard range.

Model A05
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 11/14
Angle of View 104-63
Type of Zooming Rotation
Diaphragm Blade Number 7
Maximum Aperture F/2.8-4
Minimum Focus 0.3m (11.8") (entire zoom range)
Macro Mag. Ratio 1:5.4 (at 35mm)
Filter Diameter 77
Weight 440g (14.4oz.)
Diameter x Length 83.2mm x 86.5mm

(3.3in x 3.4in)

Accessory Flower shaped lens hood
Mount Canon, Minolta, Nikon-D, Pentax


 


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Registered: Mar 22, 2005
Location: South Africa
Posts: 8
Review Date: May 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very, very sharp across the range. Warm. Fast focusing. Acurate focusing. Minimal hunting. Relatively fast for the price.
Cons:
Massive difference in quality between lenses - try different units before forming a judgement. Focus ring rotates when focusing in auto focus mode. Variation in maximum aperture available at different zoom settings.

A great lens for use indoors in small locations - I use it mostly for fine detail product photography. I've not tried it for landscape photography as that is not my specialty.

Before buying I took camera and lap top in to the store and tested five of these lenses. There was a dramatic (read unacceptable) difference in sharpness between each of them (quality control???). In the end I opted for the shop display lens as it surpassed the others by a considerable margin. Of the 5 lenses I tested, 3 were less sharp then my Canon EFS 18-55 kit lens cheapie.

The unit I settled on is extremely sharp across the range at all apertures. I get stunning detail out of complex combinations such as lace, silk and fake fur.
The warmth of the image is pleasant after the relatively muted colours of my Canon L series lenses and suites the tastes of my target market.
Focusing is only a fraction slower then my L's and I've never experienced any focus hunting.

The best of these is very, very close to the quality of image produced by my Canon L lenses but at a much more favorable price.

The moral of the story is try before you buy - the good ones are extremely good - the bad....


May 18, 2005
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Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
33 125554 Dec 13, 2011
Recommended By Average Price
91% of reviewers $342.35
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.22
9.16
8.7
1735mm


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