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

1750diII
Review Date: Jul 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $410.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very sharp at f4 and down. Good focusing speed and excellent accuracy. Excellent performance for price!
Cons:
Begins to soften at 3.5 and wider. Noticeable Barrel distortion at 17mm. focusing motor is somewhat noisy. Contrast needs improvement.

Replaced the kit lens with this one. Very nice upgrade as general purpose. Image quality is excellent at most apertures and focal length. Contrast not as good as Canon glass.

Construction, focusing motor is what holds this unit back from being a 9 or 10. My first copy's outer lip broke and I had to return it. Service was slow, but they fixed it the first time. Would I recommend this lens for those who want the best quality on a budget? YES!!!


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

ef50mmf_14usm_1_
Review Date: Jun 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focusing, Sharp from 2.0.
Cons:
Soft at 1.4, but usable.

This is a very good lens! I use it primarily as a portrait lens, and it excels at that. Tack sharp at apertures from 2.0!

Lens is lightweight with decent build quality. focusing is not as quiet as other USMs but not bad. Is it worth the upgrade from the nifty fifty 1.8 II? YES!


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

ef85mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Jun 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Best lens in my arsenal! Silent, very fast and accurate focusing! Sharp wide open.
Cons:
None whatsoever!

This is absolutely amazing for the price! I love everything about it. It's sharp wide open and it's bokeh is buttery smooth! On my 400D , the images were superb, and on my 40D they are now amazing!

I don't use it often as it's long on a 1.6 crop, but I'm still trying keep from selling it, its' just that good!