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

Review Date: Jul 2, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, good bang for buck, f/2.8, good build,
vignetting on wide end, noisy autofocus

I've had this lens for about a year and it really is good bang for it's buck. Looking at comparisions online, I've decided to go with the non-VC version because it was sharper. For sharpness, this lens does not disappoint. Stopping down from f/2.8 doesn't make too much of a difference because it's already sharp wide open with slightly blurry corners

The f/2.8 aperture definitely helps in lowlight situations and produces pretty decent bokeh!

The only thing I would have to complain about is the noisy autofocus though. But just because it's noisy doesn't mean it is slow! Pretty fast and accurate, but feels slow because of the noise.

This is definitely a good alternative for the lousy 18-55 IS kit lens and the very expensive Canon 17-55 f/2.8 (if you are on a budget)