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

Review Date: Apr 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, contrast, price, 2.8, resistance to flare, weight, hood, 6-year warranty
Tamron support, no case, quality control

Just a cool walk-around lens. Extremely sharp after I had had to send it for recalibration - it was front-focusing.

It took 2.5 months to get the lens back from Tamron's service center. Bad, bad, bad!

Colors are a little bit cooler than I would want them to be.

Otherwise, no complaints. Just a good lens (I chose it over Canon EF 17-40 4L) that is usable at 2.8.

I wish Tamron would come up with an IS for the lens.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Apr 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, contrast, colors, IS, range
Creeping barrel, build.

Damn good lens. Purchased it refurbished on Adorama.

I am glad I got this lens instead of Canon 70-200 4L. I just enjoy the images.

In terms of image quality, it is a hidden L lens. It produces much better images than Canon 24-105 4L (might have had a bad copy though) does with 70-105 range.

I just love the colors, sharpness, contrast and IS. Oh, by the way, IS is great... great... great! Was able to shoot late evenings on a lake with no tripod... 50% of the images turned out to be sharp.

The lens is light, so I have done a lot of hiking with it. At 300 mm, shooting the Moon is a pleasure.

I am an amateur so the build quality does not really bother me. At the same time, no dust or anything of the sort inside the barrel... The barrel wobbles a little bit but the images it produces are great.

I greatly recommend this lens for nature photographers. Even shooting macro on a hike is a pleasure. It's got enough magnification for me, and IS is just marvelous.

The slowness of the lens has not been an issue for me yet. I have had it for 9 month now.