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

1750diII
Review Date: Jan 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharpness, overall IQ, color saturation, price
Cons:
Noise, front-focus

Bought this camera a few weeks ago and was pleased with the focus speed and accuracy. The focus motor sound does take some time to get used to but I didn't see it as a major issue. I purchased the lens because of the sharp anture of this glass and it lived up to my expectations. I returned the lens this week though as it had a front-focus problem. Also decided against a replacement as I'm going to hold-off and pull the trigger on the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS (which is what I really wanted). If you are looking for a wide zoom with great sharpness and IQ without spending alot of money, this is recommended. Much better than any kit lens on a crop camera..

Always test your lenses before the return period expires...!


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Apr 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $369.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Has a sharpness that often seems to jump out at you when you're not expecting it. Lightweight, decent build quality. Fast accurate focus in most circumstances.
Cons:
My testing shows that it is much softer at the wide end, open than anywhere else in the lens range. Build quality is OK - certainly within what is reasonable to expect for the price range. Just doesn't have that certain level of 'Canon' quality. Made in China (not that it's a bad thing...).

Had a Tamron for my ol' fil Minolta and seemed to always get better with age (and experience shooting of course..). Sold my file equipment to move to DSLR and the Tamron was the last les I bought after buying several Canon lens (including 2 "L"'s). This thing is like the little dirt bike I had when I was a kid - it is nice little piece of glass and I'm enjoying the crispness it renders in most shots, expecially outdoors stopped-down a bit. Great for portraits and a good walk-around lens unless you need to go wider.