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

Review Date: Mar 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $429.99 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, inexpensive, sharp, fast, sharp.
Focus sound can be disconcerting in a quiet venue...but so can teh shutter on my 20D, build is so-so.

I had originally bought the EF 28-135 IS. I managed to get some pretty nice pictures with that lens. Circumstance allowed me to trade in the 28-135 for something else. Since I had just bought the 70-200 f/2.8 I was looking for something with a little more on the wide end.

The Tamron has been the only lens on my camera for the last week since I bought it. Very nice color and amazingly sharp. When compared to the prices of the other options in this range, this is a hands down winner of a lens.