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Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

1735mm
Review Date: Mar 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $289.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Affordable, decently wide, color and sharpness.
Cons:
Slow AF, loud AF. At 35mm, widest aperture is f/4.

This was the second lens I bought for my 300D, following a 50mm f/1.8 II. Comparatively, this lens is very slow to autofocus, and it can be very noisy when doing so as well. I notice that it hunts more in low-light than the 50mm as well. However, the wider, 17mm focal length is great. It's not as wide as a 10mm, obviously, but for the price, I'm happy with it. If you're looking for an affordable semi-Wide angle lens (on a crop body) then I'd recommend this.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Mar 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good price, sharp, pretty fast AutoFocus, lightweight, compact.
Cons:
Plastic

This was the first lens that I bought for my camera (300D, a used body, so it didn't come with a kit lens) and was very satisfied with it. The second lens I got, a Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4, though good, really made me appreciate some of the positive aspects of the 50mm f/1.8 II. The AF on the 50 is considerably faster and quieter than the Tamron (I know, it's comparing apples to oranges, but they're the only two lenses I own).

I did, however, get a chance to use a 50m f/1.4, and I noticed it focused faster, smoother, and the overall build quality just felt better. However, I don't currently feel that the improvements of the f/1.4 justify the price increase over the f/1.8, given what I'm doing with it.

As far as I'm concerned, you can't really beat the price of this lens, considering what you get for it.