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

Review Date: May 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $430.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: solid build, SHARP!, fast AF, not sigma color, price!
zoom ring is reverse of canon's, noisy AF, barrel distortion @17mm, in that order - not f2? these negs are being a bit picky!

this is a lens i can easily recommend - esp. for beginning photographers looking for a kit lens alternative

very sharp lens and also great for the low light work i tend to do (stages / ballrooms)

focusing is fast enough for me but isn't USM, surprisingly, it hunts less than my copy of the canon 85 1.8 in low light

great colors - a bit on the warm side though

very reasonable pricing - i've never owned the canon 17-55 2.8 IS USM, but for this price, the tamron lens was just right and delivered more than i expected!

i wish there was a bit more reach than 50mm, but it's not a 17-50 for nothing...

oh, and handy front lens cap design, esp. when you have the hood on =]