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Tamron 17-50mm or 28-75mm?

 
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Dec 27, 2011 02:55 |  #1

I'm just getting started and I intend on shooting portraits and weddings/events. I need a workhorse lens and I'm torn between the Tamron 17-50(non-VC) and the Tamron 28-75.

Is the 28-75 a better choice due to more focal length coverage and reach?
Or is the 17-50 better because it covers a more practical focal range and is advantageous in small spaces and for group shots?

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-Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 non IS

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Dec 27, 2011 03:48 |  #2

I have the Tamron 17-50(non-VC) in my backup bag.
I have used this lens many times and have no hesitation in pulling it out if the need be.
I cant comment on the Tamron 28-75 but personally I would be more comfortable with the focal length of 17-50mm


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Dec 27, 2011 04:02 |  #3

I have had both and as soon as I can afford I will be rid of tameron. They are slow and noisy to focus and in low light hunt like crazy. You will miss shots in low light waiting for them to lock on focus. Unless you use manual focus.


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Dec 27, 2011 06:46 |  #4

Definitely 17-50 for a crop. I used one for a while and thougt it was great.


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Dec 27, 2011 07:38 |  #5

I use my Tamron 17-50 a lot and would think that would be the preferred focal range you would want on a crop body camera.


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Dec 27, 2011 07:55 as a reply to  @ DaveKosiba's post |  #6

Had a 17-50 on a crop. it was great. Had a 28-75 as well for full frame. was terrible. Flared horribly. Others have had good ones and they worked out great. I probably had a bad copy.


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Dec 27, 2011 08:22 |  #7

I guess it comes down to personal preference. I own the 28-75 and it stays on my crop 90% of the time. But I also like to get a lot of head and shouder shots and enjoy the extra reach. Very rarely it's not wide enough, such as taking pictures of groups in smaller spaces. Otherwise, I just love the lens - sharp as crazy!!!


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Dec 27, 2011 13:50 |  #8

Desertraptor wrote in post #13603799 (external link)
I have had both and as soon as I can afford I will be rid of tameron. They are slow and noisy to focus and in low light hunt like crazy. You will miss shots in low light waiting for them to lock on focus. Unless you use manual focus.

I haven't read too many complaints about poor low-light performance. Are there any other lenses, priced at 600ish max, that you would recommend?




  
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Dec 27, 2011 22:20 |  #9

Just based on the focal length (not even using either lens or even researching them) I would say you are much better off with the 17-50. But thats just me.


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Dec 28, 2011 08:40 |  #10

I never liked 17-50 on crop. The 28-75 is a much sharper lens everywhere away from the center and its IQ flaws don't show up on crop cameras at all. No real CA, brighter than the 24-70L wide open...

I still have my 28-75 (just don't use it for work).

Wider angle standard zooms like 17-50 encouraged bad focal length habits (for me anyway) that are a dead ringer for a poor quality wedding photographer's photos.


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Dec 28, 2011 08:53 |  #11

I've used both on a crop and much prefer the 17-50, especially in a crowded reception hall. That being said, if I remember correctly, the zoom is backwards from Canon, so if you are used to one way the reverse might be a problem. I would certainly opt for the Canon 17-55 if you can swing it. It's a much better lens IMHO.


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Dec 28, 2011 18:38 |  #12

Have both,use both. 28-75 is one of my favorite lenses period. 17-50 for groups in formals. B oth have their benefits.


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Jan 28, 2012 04:56 |  #13

I ended up getting a Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS. I figured that the image stabilization is worth the couple hundred extra. So far, I'm diggin this lens. Thanks for advice everyone!




  
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Jan 29, 2012 14:31 |  #14

17-50, but go for VC/IS/VR if you can.


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Jan 30, 2012 20:06 |  #15

I still use my 28-75 Tamron. Looking at your current gear it would also give you the longest reach.




  
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