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Tamron 200-500MM F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)

Review Date: Dec 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fine results for static objects and when mounted on a tripod.
Slow AF. Lacks focus limiter

This lens can produce fine results when mounted on a stable tripod and for fairly static objects. I remove the light lenshood if possible and shot with a cable release. I think this lens is very sensible for shutter and lenshood vibrations. A beanbag put under the lens also helps.
I like the colours, the contrast, the soft bokeh and the pleasing sharpness of this lens.
Very difficult to get flying birds in focus caused by a slow AF an the lack of a focus limiter. It can keep on hunting. The MF ring is much to near the camera body and hence difficult to use.

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

Review Date: Mar 6, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: fine saturated colours.

This is an excellent lens that produces fine, saturated and natural colours and sharp images on my Canon 350D. It's light and looks good.