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

Review Date: Mar 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image quality, sharpness, 2.8, and range for a reasonable price. Great default and walkaround lens.
AF is not as good as Canon's USM on L's. Noisy and slow in comparison, but still accurate. No full time manual focus when AF is on.

I bought this lens as a replacement for my kit lens after seriously considering the 17-40 F4L but after reading many reviews on the IQ of this lens decided to go for this one. Honestly I would have gone with the 17-40 had it been 2.8 but hight shutter speeds are a common need of mine and felt that would be a better bet. Focus speeds are slower on the Tamron so it's a little bit of a toss up still but I am very happy with this lens. Before getting this lens I was constantly changing lenses between my 50 1.8, kit lens, and 17-200L but since getting the Tamron it stays on my camera most of the time. Sure for more than double the cost I could have the Canon 17-55 IS 2.8 but for the cost this lens can't be beat.