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

28-75mm
Review Date: Mar 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $369.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp! Light, constant f2.8, included lens hood. Did I mention it is sharp? No rotation during focus.
Cons:
Nothing that bothers me...the focusing ring moves during autofocus, but it isn't an issue when its on a tripod or if you hold the lens via the zoom ring, I consider it a non-issue, and it certainly doen't outweigh the sharpness of the lens. Autofocus could be faster, but it isn't too bad at all.

For the price of this lens, you can't go wrong. It is one of the sharpest zooms I've ever used. I'd love to see this quality with a wider zoom range, but nevertheless, it is worth it.

This lens replaced my Canon 17-85 IS zoom, which I wasn't impressed with. Although the zoom range is not nearly as big, the sharpness is much better and my satisfaction is way up.

I use this lens on the Canon 20D.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Mar 9, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Image Stabilization, nice zoom range for a carry around lens. Build quality and operation is good.
Cons:
Images seem soft overall, even when using tripod with IS off. No lens hood.

After about 500 shots with this lens, I have to say I've been dissapointed in the results. I feel like I've given it a pretty fair shake, but I'm going to have to look for something else that seems to give me a sharper image. I don't have a lot of money for an L lens, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm just not happy with this one.

Perhaps this one isn't the standard of what others have experienced, but mine is heading for eBay.