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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,139.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent Pro lens, Tack sharp, Excellent wide open performance, 3D effect, Excellent Nikon value..
Cons:
None

Couldn't be happier. With the Nikon Spring Rebate this lens has cost me $1039. It's a great wide open performer. Rock solid. Silent and fast focusing. Nikon quality. It has that special 3D effect. The Nikon 17-55 is on par with the 17-35, 28-70 and 70-200. These are all the top Nikon contenders and you can't go wrong with any of those. It will all depend on your shooting style and need for wide or tele with the 17-55 being the best low light performer zoom. It's definitely worth the purchase. Highly recommended!

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Jun 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $307.85 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: tack sharp at both angles, excellent colors, fast handling
Cons:

I got the Tamron for $307.85 after rebate. I got this when I ordered my D70s body. I must say that for the price it's an incredible bargain. It produces excellent pictures, is tack sharp at both ends and I see no CA, vigneting or Barrel distortion. I tested the lens from day one for back focusing or softness after reading some reviews from buyers receiving a bad one but that's not my case. Even if it was just send it back to Tamron and they will calibrate it for you. This happened with the Sigma 70-300 APO super II. It was to cry for when it arrived. I just couldn't get one sharp or focused picture. I send it back to Sigma and 1 week later it came back. Sharp and no more back focusing. The way it should have been from the start. Anyway, the Tamron is my most used lens. It's hard to get a bad picture with it unless your exposure is off. I highly recommend this lens. For the price it's hard to beat and I do use the F2.8 a lot.