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Tamron 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF

Review Date: Aug 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $149.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharpness, price, ease of use, super wide zoom range and, oh yeah, price
Slow, slightly soft corners at f3.5 and 19mm, CA especially in backlit situations

Bought this lens as a stopgap superwide when I started shooting a lot of assignments with Canon digital. As time went on, I felt a bit self-conscious about using a consumer grade lens on commercial shoots and started looking for a Canon or 3rd party replacement.

I've been amazed time after time by how well this lens compares to those would-be replacements. The test procedures may not be the most sophisticated, but they're real world comparisons of the sharpness of images made by this and whichever lens I'm testing under identical circumstances on location at stores, then viewed right in the store on my G4 Powerbook at 200, 300 and 400%. Even the employees of the various shops are surprised at the difference. The Tamron 19-35 has so far blown away all competition.

I may have gotten lucky, but nothing wrong with that. Even at f3.5, the corners are pretty acceptable, and by f5.6, images look sharp and contrasty from center to corner. I expose a lot of shots at f6.3 or 7.1, even at events by using multiple strobes.

Bottom line, I've had RAW images from this lens on my Canon 20D blown up to 60 inches and larger with outstanding results.