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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Jul 17, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Price. Speed. Sharp, after recalibration.
Slow AF, stiff focusing ring.

An update to my earlier post. After waiting 3.5! months (lens had to be shipped back to Japan factory) for the recalibration, lens was returned to me. Now it is sharp with nice colour, although I still find the AF very slow, not as accurate and stiff in comparison to Canon L lenses. As to build quality... my newly recalibrated lens fell out of my camera bag onto a hard tile floor! Despite this, the lens is still sharp and works fine. So... so far, so good.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Apr 29, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Size, speed.
Autofocus problems... across focal lengths...

Bought this lens via internet in Germany, hoping for a good one. Unlucky me. Focusing completely erratic across focal lengths, with a greater percentage of out of focus than in focus shots. However, when the lens manages to take a focussed picture. it is quite sharp. Although the colour does not seem as bright as Canon L lenses... Now the lens is back to Tamron for recalibrating. Which will take 2-3 months!! Wish I had the money for the Canon 24-70L.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Apr 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, bold colours, price.
None really.

After great frustration with a defective Tamron 28-75 zoom(front focus, non-sharp images), I bought this lovely little lens. After looking at the pictures this lens produced with my 20d, I knew I was not imagining the Tamron's nonsharpness. This lens is sharp! with lovely, vivid colour. All the way down to f1.8. Great value for price. Plastic build, small manual focus ring, no distance markings, blah blah blah. Whatever. You are not paying for all metal etc. Instead, for a very reasonable price, you get great optics. Makes me want more primes.