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Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Apr 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, sharpness, colour reproduction, free lens hood

This is my first Tamron lens and I can say it probably won't be my last.

This lens is fantastic and a couple of shots at f/4 have turned out amazingly sharp - equally as sharp as my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.

Colour reproduction is excellent. Photos turn out with excellent contrast and a nice tonal range.

The lens's macro capability is also underrated. You can get very close to the subject and it still focuses fairly well.

Value is unbeatable. For the price you pay, you cannot get a better portrait lens. It's really great value and if you like taking landscape and portrait photos.

It's that good that I haven't taken it off since I've mounted it on my camera. This lens is a definite keeper.

Apart from the noise, I don't think there is any area in which this lens could improve. Highly recommended.