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Tamron 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Review Date: Feb 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, zoom range, image quality, build quality.
This is not really a criticism but more of a comment on a characteristic of this lens: the focusing ring moves as the lens autofocuses. You've got to let it move freely. If you obstruct its movement with your fingers, you'll get soft pictures. I have the feeling that some of the people who criticized this lens weren't able to figure that out.

I bought this lens used but in like new condition to replace my Canon 28-135, whose autofocusing tanked on me for a second time. The seller told me that I could test the lens and return it for a full refund if I was unsatisfied for any reason. After testing it and comparing it to both my Canon 28-135, which would still focus manually, and also to my oldie but goodie Canon 28-80L, I kept the Tamron, which outperformed the 28-135 and came in a respectable 2nd place to the L, which you'd have to expect because of the 3x price differential. Because of its great zoom range, it will now be my main walkaround lens. Focusing is fast and quiet, but not as quiet as Canon's, which are just about totally silent. Very cool, solidly built and versatile lens, especially for the money. Lens hood also snaps on more securely than the Canon 28-135's.