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

1750diII
Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp as can be at f/2.8, great colors, great contrast, good build quality, and perfect focal range for crop cam walk around lens.
Cons:
Zoom ring rotates in opposite direction as Canon and Sigma zoom rings.

Great lens for the money!!! I wish it were built just a touch better (my Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG is better built for half the price). Great focus (although a bit loud) and this lens will be on my 30D most of the time. I think the Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 is a better bargain, but if you need 17mm or have the money, this is the better lens, despite the inferior build quality.

 
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp as a tack at f/2.8, great colors, great contrast, great focusing accuracy (after serviced by Sigma, EXCELLENT build quality
Cons:
24mm isn't very wide on a crop cam, had to send it in to Sigma for Front Focusing issue (which was resolved fast and well.

This lens is sharp as can be even at f/2.8. It produces great colors and contrast and a very pleasing bokeh. Build quality is phenomenal, being just shy of L like. Not super heavy, and having the f/2.8 throughout the zoom in great. I compared this to several comparable lenses and it holds up against the 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 1/5 the cost!

Absolutely the best bargain lens I have EVER come across.