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

1750diII
Review Date: May 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, even wide open, light, great value for the money, excellent alternative to L lenses, as a matter of fact, probably better glass, nice bokeh, feels fine, very quick focusing, focus IQ is very good, even makes older brother tamron 28-75 f/2.8 look bad, rarely hunts, and best of all, add a flash to this, and then zoom in photoshop to pixel pic and see the amazing detail.
Cons:
Does not prepare breakfast for you

Do I need to say anything else, look at the positives. I'm SO glad that I bought this lens, instead of looking at canons (more expensive). I like to do research, and this seemed like the lens to get. It was, and more. I'll never hesitate to get a 3rd party lens that has good reviews.

Just became a father and using this lens exclusively, sickening detail, very very happy with it..czech it out, tons of samples:

www.flickr.com/photos/martinmarek/show/

you can view pics @ larger sizes just take out the show part of the site above.

Great great lens, i will have beautiful baby pics all b/c of this sweet lens. Duh!

Czechmate


 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Oct 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, contrasty, at times shockingly sharp even @ 2.8, light weight, small size, consistent, 67mm filter is affordable, great combo lens with 70-200 f/4, even has a little macro power, oh and best of all, probably best bang for buck of any lens out there, very affordable, as far as lenses go
Cons:
It can't make me dinner, can't vacuum the house, etc. None for this price. I went through a few samples until i found one that I deemed as sharp, but that may be user error.

There is no reason why you shouldn't have this lens, unless it is not wide enough for you. Very sharp responsive, and won't let you down. Some say that it hunts in low light. Focus on something contrasty, not the gray blank wall, lol. Great value for the money.

I took some of my best shots with this lens. Although it is not wide like the kit lens, 18-55, it does have that nice reach up to 75mm, which is sweet, and it actually does well as a portrait lens. Very versatile, can be also used for little macro, flowers etc, and is great to have on camera for general all around shooting.

Did i mention the 6 year warranty, take that canon! HA! It does not feel metallic but kinda plasticky and rubbery, but hey, i don't mind, as a matter of fact, i prefer the rings to be plasticky pleasant feel on the fingers / hand.

I wish i had the horribly expensive canon 24-70 f/2.8 so that i could compare, but from what I have heard, this lens does more than hold its own, as a matter of fact, in some tests it does BETTER.

Nothing to complain about at all, F/2.8 through entire range, gets really sweet about f/4 to f/5.6, probably the 'sweet spot' for this lens.

Would recommend this HIGHLY for a first initial lens, if you are getting into SLR field. Funny, I have the kit lens the 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, and although it seems just a little slower (3.5 vs 2.8), if you do ANY shooting on the inside, that difference is EXTREME. The Tamron allows you to take shots that the kit never would, b/c it lets more light in. I did not think this would make a difference, but if you have a child, family etc and you want to shoot inside, the 2.8 really helps!

Highly recommended. Too bad this lens can't resolve all the problems in the world, other than that you have nothing to complain about,

cheers,

Czechmate