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

Review Date: Apr 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, light, low cost, constant 2.8, good range, accurate AF
loud autofocus (if you care)

This is just a terrific lens all around. The sharpness, colors, and contrast are wonderful. This was my first lens I bought to replace the kit lens that came with my Rebel XT. I have since upgraded to a 40D and have 4 other lenses. This one is still one of my favorites all-around. It is a great walk around lens, its light, has a good range and the constant 2.8 is awesome. If you are looking for a replacement or upgrade to your kit lens, look no further- this is it. Pair it with a 70-200 f4L and you are golden.

The one thing that bothers some people is the loud AF. It's not really that loud, its just that its loud compared to USM or HSM offered by canon and sigma. But honestly, it doesn't bother me.