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Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Sep 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lightweight....f/2.8...sharpness....price
Kind of plasticky...focus ring spins when auto-focusing...slow AF

Needed a wider-angle lens for a wedding...went to local shop to see this lens and liked it immediately. Not at all comparable build-wise to a Canon "L", for example, but okay. For me, the real thing I like about the lens is the sharpness of images...on a par with many other lenses 3 times the price. Yes, there is vignetting at edes wide open and some softness wide open...but by the time you get to f/5.6 on it is really a great lens given the online price at many places. I have since gotten a Canon 17-40 but I cannot convince myself to part with this lens...besides, it has that bulbous, protruding, yellow-reddish front element that is pretty cool!