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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $369.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, solid construction, lightweight and most of all price.
Cons:
Some minor flaring.

This is one of the best, most versatile lenses I've owned. I purchased it after reading so many positive reviews on this site. One of the best features is the large aperture of 2.8 that is constant.

This lens takes extremely sharp pictures with vibrant colors. It is light, but does not have that "flimsy" sort of feel that most kit lenses have.

Best of all, this lens is an extremely great value! you can get it from most large NY camera stores for under $400. In addition, when I purchased it, Tamron was offering a $30 rebate (not sure if this is still available).

As far as I'm concerned, this is one lens that any serious amateur photographer must have in their arsenal of lenses.


 
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical

sp-af17-35
Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Compact, sharp, solid construction and price.
Cons:
Flare and limited range

Great lens, especially with the small sensor in many digital SLR's. I use this on a 10D which has a 1.6 magnification factor. Overall, I think this is an excellent value compared to the Canon brand lenses. It is extremely sharp and focuses very quickly.

I got this lens the day before I left for an extended vacation and was able to put it to good use for landscape, sun-set, moon-rise and desert scenes. This lens coupled with the Tamron 28-75 Di is a superb combination for any serious amateur photographer.

The only down side was that the lens flared more than I would've expected in bright sunny shots.

Other than this, the lens performed flawlessly and I highly recommend it to serious amateur using digital SLR's.