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

Review Date: Sep 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: fast, constant aperture, light, nice action, discreet, good lens-cap, excellent grip, lens hood included

This is the first non-canon lens I have bought. I was slightly wary, but wanted a general lens for my cropped 450D and felt the Canon equivalent was too big & heavy...I already have a 5D & 24-105 so this is my "lightweight, walk-around" solution.

I have not been disappointed - even when comparing it to Canon lenses much more expensive, this lens feels quality & delivers sharp, accurate photos every time. The relatively small size/weight makes it an ideal match for the smaller EOS bodies.

The image quality is sensational, the manufacturing quality beats some of my Canon lenses and is first class - nice sticky grip, "damped" zoom action, accurate & quick focusing.

In terms of value for money, this takes some beating. I love my L's and will not try to compare this to them, but this tamron compares extremely well to the consumer Canons, yet delivers at a much lower price point.

If I were trying to be critical, the motor is slightly noisy (but not annoyingly so) and I'm so used to Canon zooms that I find the "opposite direction" zoom a bit fiddly (but that is hardly a major concern either).

All in all, an excellent lens, especially for the price.