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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Oct 27, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: $395.00

Pros: seemed sharp but I never used it for more than 20 photos because it vignetted so badly on the 5D Mark II
vignettes at all focal lengths on the 5D Mark II

This lens vignettes at all focal lengths on the 5D Mark II. I took it back to the camera store, they also tried a different copy of this lens on a different 5D Mark II and it also vignetted. It does not vignette pointed at the sky but every indoor shot had noticeably dark corners at all focal lengths. The camera store salesman was confused why they were doing this and tried to call Tamron.

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

Review Date: Dec 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $417.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, constant 2.8 aperture, good focus
slight focus buzz

First I compared it at 50mm against my Canon 50mm f1.4 at 2.8, 4 and 11 apertures and it was comparable. Slight softness zoomed in at pixels off-center at 2.8 but overall very sharp. Used tripod and spot focus on same detailed object.

Then I compared it at 20mm against my Canon 20mm f2.8 at 2.8, 4, and 11 apertures. It was as sharp wen zoomed in - looked even sharper - may have been increased contrast. Used tripod and spot focus on same detailed object.

I'm very happy with it. Mine says it was made in Japan. (Together with the Canon 55-250mm IS lens makes a combination that covers the range most amateurs want and both deliver sharpness.)

Small things - I don't lock the lens hood since it seems difficult to remove when that is done. I like the zoom lock for the lens and the front lens cover - can remove it easily even with a hood on.

Canon EF 35mm f/2

Review Date: Aug 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $240.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: great image quality - contrast, color and sharpness. light, small. focus is the best of all my primes works similar to a "50mm" on a cropped sensor you can shoot very close
small buzz when focusing build quality is lacking hood is separate

This lens is a favorite. It is versatile and the image quality is great. It works well on a cropped-sensor.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Review Date: Aug 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $265.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: The IS works well. People who complain about the 4:1 not working may not be factoring in the 1.6 crop factor. (Or perhaps they are very shaky.) The images are fine for serious amateur use.
Perhaps due to the extent of focusing range, it won't focus easily fully extended. You first have to focus at a shorter range and then extend. The other is an obvious - it is at least f5.6 at the 250mm. So you will need the image stabilizer and a high ISO most times for hand-held.

I love shooting with my Canon prime lenses. But my longest prime is the 85mm f1.8. I wanted something with more reach for those occasional photos at public events and nature shots.

Although this is an EF-S lens, it is worth the money for an amateur. I do prefer it to the EF 28-135mm IS just because it has more reach and does a fine job of IS.

It also gets good close-up shots. You can photograph a bee in flight near a flower without getting stung because you're not near it, and the bee and flower will fill the frame.

I have used it to photograph hand-held a niece performing in a string ensemble at the front of a good-sized church all the way from the back in the evening with only the church lights on.

For the price, it's one of cheapest long range telephotos for an amateur.