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Tamron 17-50VC or ? Can't decide for 7D

 
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Jun 04, 2012 16:26 |  #1

Just got my 7D, upgraded from the 550d so I could have a little more customization and ruggedness, Currently sitting on just the nifty fifty :) Which is a great lens, but its time I get a decent walk around, I am really set on the Tamron 17-50VC I can find em for about 450$ new vs the non vc for 350$ new,,, I was talking to a friend who has a 7d with the 17-55 canon, and has used both and says the difference is 2% there, so I figured I'd save 500$..


I just am wondering for around 500$ what's my best bet for sharpness and clarity? Looking for more walkaround... Thanks for any input.


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Jun 04, 2012 16:33 |  #2

I went through this process as well and ended up with the Tamron 17-50 VC and i do not regret it. I love this lens. For me, it wasn't worth the extra $400 for the Canon version. Its built quality is durable. The AT isn't as fast as the Canon version but for $400 less, its not that big of a deal.
I was also looking at the 24-7x but I find more use with the 17-50 then I would with the 24-7x. There are a lot of other options and it really comes down to f2.8 or variable aperture


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Jun 04, 2012 16:39 |  #3

RHChan84 wrote in post #14530873 (external link)
I went through this process as well and ended up with the Tamron 17-50 VC and i do not regret it. I love this lens. For me, it wasn't worth the extra $400 for the Canon version. Its built quality is durable. The AT isn't as fast as the Canon version but for $400 less, its not that big of a deal.
I was also looking at the 24-7x but I find more use with the 17-50 then I would with the 24-7x. There are a lot of other options and it really comes down to f2.8 or variable aperture

Very true, I just wanted some reassurance, do you have any samples you have done with the lens that you are very proud of that you could share? I still haven't seen many done with this lens. Thanks so much for the reply.


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Jun 04, 2012 16:44 |  #4

Eventually I will own a 70-200 so I guess right now the 17-50 is my best bet, with the 50 prime , and somewhere down the road 70-200 :) Should be a decent enough setup,,,, one day I would like an ultra wide as well, but I think its best to cover the 17-50mm for myself right now as thats what I am mainly around, especially on a cropped body.


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Jun 04, 2012 16:53 |  #5
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I personally wouldn't pair the Tamron with the 7D.....it's kind of a waste imo....

Tamron on a rebel? Sure! On a 7D the blistering fast AF on the body will be crippled by the not so great nor fast AF and focusing ability of the Tamron.

Sigma 17-50 OS is the minimum, or the Canon.

Don't skim on lens when you have a great body to begin with...


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Jun 04, 2012 17:21 |  #6

Sorry no samples, I'm out of town right now.
Sigma is another great alternative. It came down to price for me. With rebates, Tamron was a better deal. Both produces great IQ. But Sigma has a better AF. Not that Tamron is bad but AF on the Sigma is faster and isn't as loud.
Since you have the nifty fifty, it's going to sound like that on the Tamron.


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Jun 04, 2012 20:21 |  #7

go for the sigma or canon 17-55. Tamron VC not as sharp and AF not as fast




  
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Jun 04, 2012 21:52 |  #8

If i didnt get my 17-55 I would have gotten the Sigma 17-50.


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Jun 06, 2012 00:02 |  #9

Great thanks everyone, I see the sigma is pretty great... Thanks all! Guess I'll start saving :)


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Jun 06, 2012 07:51 |  #10

Sigma 17-50 os ex hsm for me. Tried & tested with my 7D. Everywhere I go, any events, walkabout, this is my default lens :) sharp sharp sharp!


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Jun 06, 2012 11:07 |  #11

There is nothing wrong with the tamron. Don't let Sigma fanboy convince you otherwise. The non-VC Tamron is has sharp as any other lens in that category. I found mine for less then 400$ on the used market


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Jun 06, 2012 11:14 |  #12

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There is nothing wrong with the tamron. Don't let Sigma fanboy convince you otherwise. The non-VC Tamron is has sharp as any other lens in that category. I found mine for less then 400$ on the used market

Nothing wrong with the tamron at all. They're good lenses.

But the non-VC doesn't have VC, so if you want stabiliser, the sigma is better.

The VC doesn't have USD, and costs the same as the sigma, so if you want an ultrasonic motor (and even if its not high on your list of priorities), the sigma is better.

Its not fanboyism, its common sense.


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Jun 06, 2012 11:28 |  #13

My Tamron 17-50 non-VC performs very well on my 7d...


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Jun 06, 2012 13:35 as a reply to  @ firefighter4u's post |  #14

I'm also using the Tamron 17-50 VC on my 7D. The only problem I have is that this (early) version of the lens isn't fully compatible with the 7D. The outer focus points can't be used. This has been fixed by Tamron in newer releases.

Here some pictures from my website (all 7d + tamron 17-50 vc):

http://photo.van-sluis.nl/index.php?sho​wimage=265 (external link)
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http://photo.van-sluis.nl/index.php?sho​wimage=209 (external link)
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http://photo.van-sluis.nl/index.php?sho​wimage=199 (external link)


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Jun 06, 2012 17:57 as a reply to  @ Drebin's post |  #15

The Tamron 17-50 non-VC is a far better lens than the VC. Check out this review and others:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …XR-Di-II-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

I use the Tamron 17-50 non-VC on my 60D as my carry-around lens. It's been called one of the best quality/price bargains around.




  
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