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Tamron 75-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

Review Date: Nov 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $109.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Price, sturdiness, handling, photo quality
Slow autofocus, no IS

At this price, quite a nice telephoto add-on lens. Very sturdy as I have been using it quite roughly in India and in rough weather conditions (with my Canon Elan 7N) - till now without a scratch.
Photo quality at the max zoom is good (if not excellent), but I have managed to take quite sharp and good photos at 300mm - without a tripod ! (Given that, I have managed to take a photo, a little soft and average sharp, at a 6 sec exposure with bare hands during the night) - hence, for usual photography, due to the slow autofocussing, really needs tripod or some kind of image stabilization at the telephoto end - though we can't complain of this at this price.

Tamron 28-80MM F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical AF

Review Date: Nov 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: price, handling, sturdiness
slow autofocus

For a lens at this price, the photo quality is good - if not excellent - and is a nice lens on a budget to cover the zoom range and get started with.
Pretty sturdy as I use it pretty roughly in India (including, in rough weather conditions along with my Canon Elan 7N), and still didn't see a scratch.
Autofocus speed is average/ slow.