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Tamron 28-80MM F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical AF

Review Date: Sep 3, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Cheap, weight, ease of use
Softness, cheap feel

I acquired the lens through my purchase of a bundle with camera body and other goodies. However, I quickly moved on from the lens as I felt that it was soft and didn't produce high enough quality of images to suit my needs. The AF also seemed a tad slow too at times. I honestly believe I am a bit spoiled though as I started out using a borrowed XTi and Canon 50mm which produced very sharp images.

But I will say the range was within my liking as it covered most everything I would encounter on a normal day and the lens was easy to handle. Factor in the low weight, the lens would make a decent walk around lens especially if you were walking into place where you might see dirt or objects flying at you!

I am a bit of a 'noob' so to say, but I do have some experience playing with lens and other bodies. I'd say this lens is a case of you get what you pay for...I don't recommend it as it's a very slight upgrade over say, a kit lens and would think one would be better off buying a cheap 50mm or using the money and applying it towards a nicer quality lens.