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May 08, 2014 22:16 |  #1

I have been doing a lot of research and reading regarding upgrading from my 18-55 kit lens (here in potn). Now I have read a lot of reviews/opinions on the Tamron 17-50 and Sigma 17-50.

I would like a lens that will replace my kit lens for events and to use as an everyday lens also. I currently use an XTI and have a 580ex flash. I do have a budget of at least $500. I am looking to rent first and see how it performs which at the moment only has these two lenses: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD for Canon and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC for Canon (2 different site).

Would like to know if this is a good lens to rent? Am open to other suggestions. Thanks in advanced.




  
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May 08, 2014 22:53 |  #2

firme wrote in post #16891808 (external link)
only has these two lenses: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD for Canon and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC for Canon (2 different site).

Just and FYI these are both the same lens, unless you added the VC
to one of them by mistake.

I have the NON VC version of this lens and love it, on my 7D and 40D
before that. I have taken thousands of pictures with it, and would
have no issues recommending it to anyone. The newer version VC
which is Tamron's name for IS is said to be slightly softer, but I've never
tried one, to tell you one way of the other.

You can pick up the NON VC version for a fairly reasonable price.
I see Big Value on EBay (external link)has it for $329.00 including free shipping
which would fit your budget as well.

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May 09, 2014 01:14 |  #3
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I had the 17-50 non-VC. I thought it was quite good wide open in decent light. Indoors it needed help from an EX-flash focus-assist beam to focus with any degree of speed or accuracy. I bought it used, and used it on a 60D.




  
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May 09, 2014 07:11 |  #4

Yes Evan, typo. I found a non VC and the VC. Just not sure which one is the better option as I do try to get the best image quality which you mentioned the VC may be softer. Thanks for the help. Is this lens good as an everyday lens?




  
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May 09, 2014 07:13 |  #5

CollegeKid, yeah I imagined that I will need to use my ex flash as the event I am planning on using it does have poor lighting. Thanks for the reply.




  
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May 09, 2014 07:42 |  #6

I bought the non VC version used from ebay. Paid $275 and it was LNIB condition. Very sharp lens. Focus is a little noisy and hunts in low light some. Great value, you won't be disappointed.


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May 09, 2014 07:58 |  #7
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firme wrote in post #16892278 (external link)
CollegeKid, yeah I imagined that I will need to use my ex flash as the event I am planning on using it does have poor lighting. Thanks for the reply.

Just to be clear, I didn't mean use the flash. I meant use the focus-assist beam to help the camera/lens combination focus faster and more accurately. Of course, if you want/need to use flash, that is quite applicable, too.

The only other camera lens combination I've ever needed to do that with was the 5Dc/50 1.8 II.




  
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May 09, 2014 08:45 |  #8

Yes, Tamron SP 17-50/2.8 non-VC version. Used under $300. Sold my copy of the ef-s 17-55/2.8 IS when I needed some cash. Got this Tamron instead. No regrets.


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May 09, 2014 08:46 |  #9

I had a Canon 17-85mm and then switched to the Tamron 17-50mm. I lost a little bit of reach, but I gained the most in quality and sharpness. Not to mention I feel like I can control the DOF better on this lens (It may just be crazy me :P). Like mentioned before, the AF is a little noisy, but it's an amazing lens for that price. I wish I would have bought it sooner.


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May 09, 2014 08:47 |  #10

I have the Tamron, and and while I'm generally happy with it, I feel like the autofocus is a bit on the weak side. If you're taking pictures of moving people in low light, that might be an issue.


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May 09, 2014 08:54 |  #11

According to test reports I've read the non-VC version of the Tamron 17-50 is sharper than the VC version. I had the non VC version of that lens and it was very good. There were times when I wished I had stabilization so eventually sold that lens and bought a stabilized version of the Sigma 17-50 (which according to lab testing is on par with the non-VC Tamron). I'm also very happy with the Sigma. So, depending on your budget and needs, my suggestion would be either the non stabilized Tamron or else the stabilized Sigma.




  
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May 09, 2014 17:03 |  #12

firme wrote in post #16892275 (external link)
Yes Evan, typo. I found a non VC and the VC. Just not sure which one is the better option as I do try to get the best image quality which you mentioned the VC may be softer. Thanks for the help. Is this lens good as an everyday lens?

Yes, absolutely. It covers a very good range with a nice wide aperture - it will be a big improvement over the 18-55. The non-VC is the better lens.


Current: 5DM3, 6D, 8mm fish, 24-105/4IS, 35/2IS, 70-200/2.8IS, 85/1.8, 100-400/IS v1, lensbaby composer with edge 80, 580's and AB800's
Formerly: 80D, 7D, 300D, 5D, 5DM2, 20D, 50D, 1DM2, 17-55IS, 24-70/2.8, 28-135IS, 40/2.8, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 70-200/4IS, 70-300IS, 70-200/2.8, 100 macro, 400/5.6, tammy 17-50 and 28-75, sigma 50 macro & 100-300

  
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May 09, 2014 18:47 |  #13

timbop wrote in post #16893623 (external link)
Yes, absolutely. It covers a very good range with a nice wide aperture - it will be a big improvement over the 18-55. The non-VC is the better lens.

I couldn't have said it better.

It's worked great while wondering around various places in France on
several of my visits, and it's one of my most used lenses at home.

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May 09, 2014 19:14 |  #14

Really appreciate the help guys. The information has been very helpful and has helped me make my final decision. Now hopefully the non VC is still available for renting.




  
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May 09, 2014 19:38 |  #15

Just to be sure, this one is considered the non VC?

http://www.borrowlense​s.com …dard/Tamron_17-50mm_canon (external link)




  
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