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Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II

18_200mm
Review Date: Mar 6, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: range, weight, better construction quality than sigma counterpart, a bit more reach than the sigma
Cons:
AF, sharpness, zoom ring is too tight, soft at telephoto end

A decent walkaround for the lightweight enthusiast but not good for much else. At f8 it's decent, fairly sharp. AF in low light is an absolute nightmare, even w/ IR assist. Good for the 300D/Rebel crowd if you're pinching pennies, just don't expect a great shots from this glass.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jan 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, great color, best bang-for-buck non-L glass out there, hands down. Cheapo.
Cons:
AF is slow, loud and often inaccurate even when it does lock.