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tamron 17-50 nonvc vs canon 17-55 IS for events

 
skycolt
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Jan 30, 2013 11:27 |  #1

I recently get some chance to shoot events, voluntarily. I really enjoy the process. My major interest is birding and wildlife so I prefer to keep my 7d. I need a lens to couple to the body. Now I got a tamron 17-50 and 17-55 IS. I think I'll shoot several events to decide which one to keep. But meantime I'd really benefit from you guys by asking question here.

Here is my feeling about the two lenses. I feel the IQ of the two lenses is similar. I like the light weight of tamron. I hate the noise on it. The focus is not too bad, but I am not sure it's fast enough to catch the moment. I like the IS of canon, but people are moving during the events and I am not sure how useful that will be. And canon is big, with 3x price, that's a minus for me.

Some of you must owned one or both of the lens and torn by selection. Hope to get feedback from you. Thanks in advance.


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Jan 30, 2013 12:08 |  #2

skycolt wrote in post #15552220 (external link)
I recently get some chance to shoot events, voluntarily. I really enjoy the process. My major interest is birding and wildlife so I prefer to keep my 7d. I need a lens to couple to the body. Now I got a tamron 17-50 and 17-55 IS. I think I'll shoot several events to decide which one to keep. But meantime I'd really benefit from you guys by asking question here.
Here is my feeling about the two lenses. I feel the IQ of the two lenses is similar. I like the light weight of tamron. I hate the noise on it. The focus is not too bad, but I am not sure it's fast enough to catch the moment. I like the IS of canon, but people are moving during the events and I am not sure how useful that will be. And canon is big, with 3x price, that's a minus for me.

Some of you must owned one or both of the lens and torn by selection. Hope to get feedback from you. Thanks in advance.

if you have both lens then take pics at an event and compare. For me the Tamron has been adequate for events indoors and outside and I don't feel the need to upgrade but if 'IS' is important then perhaps also consider the Sigma 17-50 2.8 EX (priced between the Canon and Tamron).

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Jan 30, 2013 12:45 |  #3

skycolt wrote in post #15552220 (external link)
I recently get some chance to shoot events, voluntarily. I really enjoy the process. My major interest is birding and wildlife so I prefer to keep my 7d. I need a lens to couple to the body. Now I got a tamron 17-50 and 17-55 IS. I think I'll shoot several events to decide which one to keep. But meantime I'd really benefit from you guys by asking question here.

Here is my feeling about the two lenses. I feel the IQ of the two lenses is similar. I like the light weight of tamron. I hate the noise on it. The focus is not too bad, but I am not sure it's fast enough to catch the moment. I like the IS of canon, but people are moving during the events and I am not sure how useful that will be. And canon is big, with 3x price, that's a minus for me.

Some of you must owned one or both of the lens and torn by selection. Hope to get feedback from you. Thanks in advance.

Have you checked the images for edge to edge sharpness and CA control?

You have a 7D and the weight of the 17-55 actually creates a very balanced setup.

For me, the big advantages to the Canon are the fast and silent AF, it finds focus in some pretty difficult lighting situations and the full time manual that you get with a true ring AF. Also the IS is very useful and lets you get some sharp shots of static subjects at very low shutter speeds.

You can see a set of pics I have taken with the 17-55 here:
http://www.flickr.com …6/sets/72157632​375444982/ (external link)


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Jan 30, 2013 15:18 |  #4

thanks for all your replies.


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Jan 30, 2013 15:48 |  #5

For me the , Tamron works . But I don't use it for a lot of fast paced type shots . The Af noise isn't really an issue either , not half as bad as the 50mm 1.8 . But if you think you need a fast Af , go with the canon or the Sigma version ....


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Jan 30, 2013 16:18 |  #6
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If you think the Tamron is good enough for your need then keep the difference.

No doubt the 17-55 is better in every dept, well except price.


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Jan 30, 2013 16:46 |  #7

I have been using the Tamron 17-50non-vc for a few months now. While i do like the image quality and it's lightweight, compact size, I'm finding the AF sometimes slow in some fairly decent lighting situations. If i had the money, I would not hesitate to purchase eiher the Canon or else the Sigma 17-50 OS.

Nonetheless, the Tamron is very much good enough for me at the moment...I'm far from being a pro!



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Jan 30, 2013 22:00 |  #8

skycolt wrote in post #15552220 (external link)
I like the IS of canon, but people are moving during the events and I am not sure how useful that will be.

This is a very common misunderstanding. Image stabilization performs the same task and works just as effectively whether people are moving or not. If you are shooting 1/10 of a second at 55mm, then your picture would probably be blurry due to camera shake without stabilization. With the stabilization turned on, camera shake would almost certainly be eliminated at that shutter speed. While shooting your no-shake image at 1/10, still objects will be sharp and clear. People may or may not have some degree of motion blur depending on how much or how fast they are moving. Someone sitting in a chair playing a violin would probably be fairly sharp; someone running across the room would not. Either way, the benefit of image stabilization hasn't changed and is still there.

I like the light weight of tamron. I hate the noise on it. The focus is not too bad, but I am not sure it's fast enough to catch the moment. And canon is big, with 3x price, that's a minus for me.

The USM focus is the reason I went with the Canon over the Tamron when I made my purchase. The IS was just a very welcome added bonus (it was my first stabilized lens). The Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS HSM did not exist at the time I made my purchase, otherwise I would have considered that over the Tamron.


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