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

Review Date: Aug 26, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $409.00

Pros: sharp-sharp-sharp even wide open, fast at 2.8, useful focal length 17-50mm, lightweight
build quality could be better, very noisy, fungus-prone, works only on cropped sensor

I had this lens for over a year now and what can I say - no regrets buying it! It is a GREAT lens for the money.

At some point I wanted to switch to Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM lens as my general purpose that cost about $1000 and I used one from work to do a comparison tests between my Tamron and Canon. No question Canon L have IS, quite and much better build quality, but honestly, when it comes to images I think Tamron was on par or sometimes even better. Colors and sharpness wise it is a great lens for the price you pay.

I had to send mine for service since fungus started to develop on the rear element that cost me $155 to repair and I read on some forums that Tamron lenses are somewhat fungus-prone so you may want to keep that in mind when buying Tamron.

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

Review Date: Jun 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $409.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast, sharp, relatively cheap, decent range
Fungus prone

Overall, very nice lens. Picture quality wise you can't beat this lens at this price, but build quality isn't great, but still pretty good. A bit noisy when focusing, but not bad. Got fungus after a year, read online that this Tamron is somewhat fungus prone. Repair cost is $155 when sent to Tamron.