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Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Nov 17, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $459.00

Pros: Sharp, colors are perfect, focuses like a champ, light, built well. I could go on.
Slow autofocus, external focusing, flare.

This is a followup to my original review. Now that I have had the lens for a little longer, I have some more input.

I have determined this to be the sharpest lens I have owned up to this point. It even surpasses my Canon 70-200 f/4L which was (I thought) as sharp as it gets. I just can't say enought about how sharp this lens is. It also focuses dead-on. I think accurate auto-focus and sharpness are directly related for the most part and it really shows in this lens. Tamron put this one together right!

It is also lightweight which is nice if you pack it into the backcountry attached to a camera with a tripod and other kit.

I have taken hundreds of exposures at various focal lengths and apertures and this lens is as sharp at 17mm, f/2.8 as it is at 28mm f/8 or 35mm f/22!

I seriously considered getting the Tokina 12-24 or the Sigma 12-24 because shooting on a 1.6x crop, this lens isn't very wide for landscapes, but now that I have it, I will NEVER sell it. I would rather backup.

Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Oct 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $459.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very Sharp, fast and lightweight.
Plasticy feel, slow focus.

I just got this lens this week. I did a focus test and found it to be dead-on with my 300D (phew!). This lens is tack sharp wide open at 17mm. That's all I really know so far. I will update when I have more time behind it.

Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF

Review Date: Jul 27, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $409.00 | Rating: 1 

Pros: None

I bought this lens expecting to get a good 20mm prime fast enough for indoor use. I own two other Sigma EX lenses, both of which work fine and have given me no problems so I expected the same. Wrong. No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to focus properly. I sent it back. I may try another one sometime soon, but not right now. I might get the same one back!