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

Review Date: Dec 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, utility, weight, performance.
Noise, focus ring, backwards zoom.

I have struggled to find a good all purpose lens to carry on my camera. The 17-40 lack just a speck of reach and only is a 4.0 appeture.

The 24-70L is HEAVY and I don't want to risk bumps and drops as I use it for portrait work.

The 17-55 IS is big and expensive too.

All other 3rd party lenses get less than stellar reviews on most web sites.

This lens has turned out to be an excellent option. Build is sufficient but weight is not too much. The price is affordable and I bought second hand from a fellow FMer.

Focus has been fast and spot on except for the few times my big fat fingers have interfered with the focus ring which spins as the camera focuses. The lens forgives an refocuses quickly.

The other slightly annoying quirk here is the focus ring is backwards. Gee Tamron, what were you thinking?

Sharpness is excellent for the price. I can pixel peep and differentiate it from my L glass. BUT NOT BY MUCH!

This lens has been on my camera almost non stop for the last few weeks.

This lens is a winner and should debunk some of the 3rd party predjudice we all seem to foster.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $480.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp

HOLY COW! I have several L series lenses and this is by far the best. It is sharp. The AF is fast. It is sharp. The bokeh is awesome. It is sharp. The cost 2nd hand is low. It is sharp. The color is extrordinary. It is SHARP!

Seriously, I bought this lens from a fellow FMer, a known sharp copy. It has become my favorite for walk around and portraits. It is light enough to carry all day and has become my favorite. My keeper rate has tripled. It lacks slightly in the low light area but that is a small price to pay for this IQ.

Did I mention it is sharp???

If you are ready to move up to L glass, this is the first lens to buy.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jan 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $76.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Unbelievably sharp pictures.
AF brain damage at times.

My first epiphany was moving from a canon Powershot to a 300D.

My second was moving from an 18-55 lens to the 50mm.

Unfortunately, I now have a higher standard for the word 'sharp'.

I guess I will need to save my pennies for an 'L'