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

Review Date: May 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: value for money, great performer for its price, good weight, sharp and accurate. good for low light with the f2.8, good build (although its not an L), gives canon L a good run for its money
focusing a little noisy, not weather-sealed

i'm a proud owner of a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 as of this afternoon! Very happy with this lens.

Reasons which made me buy this over Canon 17-40mm f4 L:
1) PRICE!!!! For $660, it is almost half the cost of the cheapest Canon L Lens
2) Not using FF camera. Currently using Canon 20D, very happy with it and so not going to use a FF camera until maybe in 3-5 years time, by that time, I believe there will be a newer and better L Lens for me. Buy only when u need to use it.
3) f2.8! Amazing, great at low light and the bokeh is beautiful. 10 times better than my kit lens!
4) the extra 10mm, it's useful, a little more ranger than the Canon 40mm
5) the weight is good, almost as heavy as the L, as it has supposedly more glass, and the turn direction opposite of Canon does not bother me a bit.
6) Image quality is excellent! I would say it is almost as good as an L lens, maybe it is just 5-10% less sharp than Canon (although it's very hard to tell them apart), the price just does not justify this difference.
7) I'm not earning as a photographer, no justification to get an L lens. Just a serious amatuer.
8) Tamron has a service centre in Singapore (which i just found out) and the warranty is 3 years (1 + 2 extended). Great! what more can I ask?
9) free lens hood! yipee!!!
10) colour reproduction does not lose out to canon L lens.

If you are also struggling with the same dilemma, if you are like me, a serious amatuer, I say get this Tamron, it's worthed it.

11) if u want to sell in 2-3 years time, sure got buyer (it's new now), the most you lose $150-200 max! that works out to be about only $50 per year of usage. I think it's great. But for me, it's a keeper for the long run.