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Tamron 17-50 f2.8, yay or neigh?

 
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May 16, 2010 07:26 |  #31

I have a 70-200mm Canon 2.8 non IS that I use all of the time to compare my Tamron to and I love my Tamron. I sold my Sigma 17-70 (sharp copy) due to the varible aperture and have never regretted it. It is not a Canon but I have not been disappointed with it at any time. A good copy performs well.

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May 16, 2010 08:04 as a reply to  @ Trique Daddi's post |  #32

Yay from me, I love this lens, it is very fast and very sharp! :cool:

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May 16, 2010 08:15 |  #33

For portraits, these days I'd use my Canon 50mm f/1.4, but when I had a Tamron 17-50, I'd also consider using that. I had to send it back under warranty twice since it front-focused and then had decentering, but once working, it produced some fantastic pictures with great colour, and was very sharp across the focal length range from f/3.5 onwards. Its AF speed was reasonably fast, but could hunt a bit in low light.

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May 16, 2010 08:17 |  #34

neigh from me


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May 16, 2010 08:30 |  #35

I think it is a great lens. I am not sure I would sell my 70-200 for it though. It really depends on what type of portrait you are looking for. As for it not being sharp, slow, etc... I have not had any of those problems. Sure it is a little more noisy than the USM AF motor but it is still fairly fast and almost always accurate.

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May 16, 2010 09:26 |  #36

LOL just to clear something up someone didnt off me this lens for my 70-200, i meant I had someone offer to buy mine lol.

thanks for the info guys, the pictures are helping me decide alot!


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May 16, 2010 10:08 as a reply to  @ gavinc22's post |  #37

Tried to sell it off to fund a 24-105L as my only lens, but then gt the 70-200 instead, and now I feel bad I ever thought of selling it away :p


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May 16, 2010 11:45 |  #38

gavinc22 wrote in post #10186216 (external link)
Compared to the 70-200, which would you use for portraits? anyone have any experience with this lens? I just had an offer on my 70-200 and I am debating it.

For portraits I would go with the Tamron 28-75 f2.8


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May 16, 2010 11:49 |  #39

rsboag wrote in post #10190423 (external link)
For portraits I would go with the Tamron 24-70 f2.8

24-70? - there is a 28-75... http://www.the-digital-picture.com ….8-XR-Di-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)


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May 16, 2010 11:51 |  #40

Ya thats what I meant...


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May 19, 2010 15:49 |  #41

Can anyone tell me if the $200 difference between the non-VC version and the VC version is really worth the money? IOW, will I regret not spending that extra $200? Money is pretty tight for us, but I could possibly swing it if it makes a huge difference in quality in the end (esp. in low light.)


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May 19, 2010 15:54 |  #42

For portraits on crop, I would actually use neither... I'd go for a 50 1.4 (sigma probably) or a canon 85mm 1.8. A 60mm macro would also be a very good option.
The 70-200 is a bit too long on crop for me - and F4 is too narrow for the short end to be really useful for shallow DoF portraits.

I would get the 17-50 none VC though, it's a lovely lens and has taken many good shots for me. Watch out for front focus in tungsten light at 50mm though. Mine does that a bit.

Here's some of my shots with the Tamron: http://www.flickr.com …oop/tags/tamron​1750mmf28/ (external link)


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May 19, 2010 15:59 |  #43

YankeeMom wrote in post #10211371 (external link)
Can anyone tell me if the $200 difference between the non-VC version and the VC version is really worth the money? IOW, will I regret not spending that extra $200? Money is pretty tight for us, but I could possibly swing it if it makes a huge difference in quality in the end (esp. in low light.)

Try turning the IS off on your 18-55IS and see if it makes a difference. I found IS does not make a difference for me even with slow shutter speeds. So I got the Tamron 17-50 2.8 non-vc version.




  
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May 19, 2010 15:59 |  #44

Tamron's 17-50 works well as a walk-about lens, but if you're specifically thinking portraits, I agree an 85 f/1.8 would be a better choice for the the money, and the 70-200 you have is a great lens for outdoor or studio portraits as well. a 50mm or the 17-50 would work well for an environmental portrait, where you want to show the subject within a context, but either one would probably show distortion for a head-shot.




  
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May 19, 2010 15:59 |  #45

watt100 wrote in post #10211439 (external link)
Try turning the IS off on your 18-55IS and see if it makes a difference. I found IS does not make a difference for me even with slow shutter speeds. So I got the Tamron 17-50 2.8 non-vc version.

Hey, great idea. I will try that. :

Edit: Well, for crying out loud, I'm dumb. My main lens, the 50 1.8, doesn't have IS/VR either. I guess I'm good to go! :D


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