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Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Apr 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, light, fast. no vignetting, distorsion, chromatic abberations even wide open. quite affordable, too.
Cons:
no usm, starts at 28mm.

now THIS is a great lens. when i bought this i sold 2 of my primes and the sigma 18-125 because the little tamron here is faster, lighter and sharper than all the other lenses i've had. okay, it's not an 'L', but it's quite cheap - i paid ~350 for it, brand new.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Apr 11, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: cheap, acceptable bokeh, f1.8, small and light
Cons:
plastic everywhere (i wonder what the 'glass' is really made of), awkward manual focus ring, soft from 1.8 to 4, no USM

Well, it's the cheapest EF 1.8 lens, so this is an excuse for its build quality ... almost everything is made of plastic and i'm not talking about quality plastic (such as LEGO for example), but light and feels-as-if-it-breaks-by-looking-at-it plastic. even the mount!

what's really bad is this lens' softness at f1.8. of course it just can't be as sharp as an L lens or the 1.4, but what's 1.8 good for when you can't use it? my tamron 28-75 f2.8 is sharper at 2.8 as this plastic thingy here, so there's really little reason to use it except for low light high ISO shots. but hey, it's extremely light and small so it's quite useful as an 'emergency lens' for available light photography.

by the way, the AF/MF switch is really hard to use, i always expect it to fly off when pushing it. the manual focussing ring isn't that much better ... oh, and of course the lens extends quite a bit - considering the plasticy feeling i always manually move it back into the barrel in MF mode ... to stop it from breaking apart. Smile

buy it if you can't afford the f1.4 or a good L/EX. it's quite nice to use for portraits and available light.