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Is the tamron 17-50 2.8 worth the up grade from the 18-55 kit.

 
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Jan 12, 2013 07:52 |  #16

Ishoot4fun wrote in post #15476564 (external link)
Looking at possiably buying a used tamron 17-50 2.8 lens to replace the canon 18-55 kit; Would this be worth getting as an upgrade to my current 18-55 canon kit lens.

I figured i would gain on the wide end, max aperture of 2.8 through out the zoom range and it includes a lens hood.
they are asking 230.00 canadian, thinking i could get it cheaper.

worth spending the money on.
I think the 2.8 would be nice..
what you think?

definitely worth it, sharper than the kit lens if you don't need IS

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Jan 12, 2013 08:04 |  #17

watt100 wrote in post #15478390external link
definitely worth it, sharper than the kit lens if you don't need IS

+1 ...with this range, you don't even need the IS. I had concern that I might miss the IS when I made the switch from the kit lens to the Tammy 17-50 non vc. Haven't had any situations where i've missed it. Better color and contrast than kit lens too. At that price, I'd jump on it, provided it';s in good condition.




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Jan 12, 2013 08:22 |  #18

Buy it - you will not be sorry. I replaced my kit lens with the Tamron and its on my camera most of the time.


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brianeb
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Jan 13, 2013 02:00 |  #19

I have that lens on a 50D and have been reasonably happy, (definitely a marked improvement over the kit lens) until the other day, the zoom and focus rings are stuck.(wasn't dropped but I was using in sub zero C temperatures) I have had two Tamrons (70-200) and both have caused problems, so I am thinking that the 17-50 wont be worth repairing with new ones under 300A$. I am looking at the Canon 17-55 f2.8 or the 15-85. I think i will give Tamron a miss for a while.




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Jan 13, 2013 02:12 |  #20

It is a great lens for the money, period!


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Jan 13, 2013 03:21 |  #21

Buy it. I think I paid about $300 for mine. Use it most of the time now.




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Jan 13, 2013 12:33 |  #22

If you have $700 which lens are you going to upgrade for your kit len?
Compair between Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 and Sigma 17-50mm 2.8.
Which one is better?
I am thingking about to upgrade my kit len too, im my mind I have sigma 17-50mm, just waiting for good deal.


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Jan 13, 2013 12:53 |  #23

jimmyt wrote in post #15482853external link
If you have $700 which lens are you going to upgrade for your kit len?
Compair between Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 and Sigma 17-50mm 2.8.
Which one is better?
I am thingking about to upgrade my kit len too, im my mind I have sigma 17-50mm, just waiting for good deal.

I'd wait til the reviews on the newly announced sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 OS macro come out. It is part of Sigma's new line of lenses and if it's any bit as good as their new 35mm 1.4, it will be a homerun for sigma. It's already available for preorder at bhphoto for $499.




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Jan 13, 2013 13:01 |  #24

RogerC11 wrote in post #15482915external link
I'd wait til the reviews on the newly announced sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 OS macro come out. It is part of Sigma's new line of lenses and if it's any bit as good as their new 35mm 1.4, it will be a homerun for sigma. It's already available for preorder at bhphoto for $499.

+1

I'm going to do just that also.




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Jan 13, 2013 13:06 |  #25

RogerC11 wrote in post #15482915external link
I'd wait til the reviews on the newly announced sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 OS macro come out. It is part of Sigma's new line of lenses and if it's any bit as good as their new 35mm 1.4, it will be a homerun for sigma. It's already available for preorder at bhphoto for $499.

It really depends - is 50 to 70mm range and macro worth giving up constant 2.8 ? Not for me. But that's really for OP to decide.

I went from Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC to Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS and it was an improvement in AF speed vs same IQ. Both are great.


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Jan 13, 2013 13:16 |  #26

RogerC11 wrote in post #15482915external link
I'd wait til the reviews on the newly announced sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 OS macro come out. It is part of Sigma's new line of lenses and if it's any bit as good as their new 35mm 1.4, it will be a homerun for sigma. It's already available for preorder at bhphoto for $499.

Good to know
Amazon $389
http://www.amazon.com ...non-Digital/dp/B002ZNJB32external link

BH $399
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...70mm_F2_8_4_DC_Macr​o.htmlexternal link


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pulsar123
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Jan 13, 2013 20:19 |  #27

Amamba wrote in post #15482955external link
It really depends - is 50 to 70mm range and macro worth giving up constant 2.8 ? Not for me. But that's really for OP to decide.

I went from Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC to Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS and it was an improvement in AF speed vs same IQ. Both are great.

Same here - I upgraded from kit to Tamron 17-50 non-VC to Sigma 17-50 OS and saw a significant improvement after every upgrade.


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RogerC11
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Jan 13, 2013 20:29 |  #28

You linked the old lens from 2010. This is the new one from their new line of lenses with the improved build quality, aesthetics, and if the 35mm is any indication, highly improved optics as well.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...0mm_f_2_8_4_DC_Macr​o.htmlexternal link




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