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Tamron 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF

1935mm
Review Date: Feb 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $125.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, Cheap, nice feel, takes good pictures in favorable conditions
Cons:
none, except might not survive a drop.

Bought it used of ebay, not intentionally, but was glad to have it. Much happier with this one than with Takina 20-35 f/2.8 even though the later had better reviews. Perhaps I had too much expectation from Tokina and loo little from Tamron.

My observations: (not side by side, I got Tamron after I sold Tokina)

* Lighter than Tokina. Tokina felt solid, but I prefered the smoother shiny finish of Tamron and Canons to the brushed finish of Tokina or Sigma EX lenses.

* Seemed to focus faster than Tokina

* Used indoor on 10D with bounce flash around f/4 or smaller. Satisfied. Good college party lens, for indoor coverage. Cheap enough that you won't be sad if some one spill beer on.

* Focus can be difficult in low light, but not as bad as Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX

* I like the gold ring on the lens


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jul 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light and Cheap
Cons:
Can't complain for the price

Use it on my 10D. Very satisfied. Gives very pleasing portraits, great colors. Very useful for taking candids of friends indoors because of large aperture (no flash needed).