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Tamron 17-50 f2.8 vs. Canon 17-85 F4-5.6 IS

 
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Aug 22, 2007 14:08 |  #16

prime80 wrote in post #3774675 (external link)
If you can't swing the 17-55IS, then get the Tamron. You give up some range and IS, but you should get much better optics.

My sentiments exactly.


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Aug 22, 2007 14:21 |  #17

If you can find a sharp wide open Tam, buy it....but it will be very hard to find one sharp wide open...I tend to think that lens is really an F4 lens....


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Aug 22, 2007 14:25 |  #18

i sold my 17-85 for a 24-70




  
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Aug 22, 2007 15:48 as a reply to  @ ungucpho's post |  #19

Just returned Tamron 28-75mm, I am also looking for my next lens. The Tamron I had is useless at 2.8. I am actually thinking about getting Canon 17-18 IS. According to the review from above link, I can't really see that much of IQ differences between those lenses, so it boils down to range, IS and price. I also seriously consider waiting for IS/USM version of the kit lens.




  
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Aug 22, 2007 17:43 |  #20

I went with the Tamron because of the f/2.8 and its reputation as a sharp lens. The Tamron turned out to be very sharp and the f/2.8 is often handy.


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Aug 22, 2007 17:58 |  #21

sebr wrote in post #3776598 (external link)
I went with the Tamron because of the f/2.8 and its reputation as a sharp lens. The Tamron turned out to be very sharp and the f/2.8 is often handy.



Good choice. I have the Tamron too and it is very sharp wide open, so in contradiction to what Steiglitz said, it seems finding 1750's sharp at f/2.8 isn't hard at all. You found yours and I found mine, and for the reputation it has, lots of people have sharp 1750s ...

It is on my camera 75% of the time (the 70-210 I have is reaaaally good too :D ).


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Aug 25, 2007 19:08 as a reply to  @ joruiz's post |  #22

Well i went with the canon 17-85 F4-5.6 IS gonna toy with it for a while if i don't like it i can always sell it and get the Tamron. The dude that sold me the lens at Canoga Camera told me that the canon 17-85 is a consumer body with L glass Basically the EF-S series 10-22 is the same. So i decided to see for my self.
Been shooting with it since i got it, I like it so far, i will not be shooting with it Wide Open since i have the 70-200 F2.8 IS. So the lenses will run from 17-50 maybe a tad higher. I will do a test in a few days and post the results.


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Aug 25, 2007 21:32 |  #23

S.E.V. wrote in post #3796187 (external link)
The dude that sold me the lens at Canoga Camera told me that the canon 17-85 is a consumer body with L glass

Never trust a sales guy. See here:

http://www.photozone.d​e …non_1785_456_is​/index.htm (external link)

Particularly:

So at the end of the day the lens is a tad better than the cheapo EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 but it can't really compete with the EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L which offers a superior (corner) performance as well as build quality (for a few bucks more).

Having had experience with the 18-55, 17-85 and 17-40, I heartily agree.

That said, maybe the convenience of this lens will make it a winner for you. (Though I'm not sure why, given you have a 70-200.) Optics-wise, it's not and never will be a winner.

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Aug 25, 2007 22:01 |  #24

the sales guy said a consumer body with L glass? lol, i'll have to remember that one, i've done a lot of research and reading before opted for the tammy and never heard the 1785 described that way. the 17-55 IS yes, not the 17-85.


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Aug 25, 2007 22:15 |  #25

My 17-50 is awfully sharp wide open.


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Aug 26, 2007 00:28 |  #26

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the sales guy said a consumer body with L glass? lol, i'll have to remember that one, i've done a lot of research and reading before opted for the tammy and never heard the 1785 described that way. the 17-55 IS yes, not the 17-85.


Coming from the canon sales rep. Like i said i can always sell the lens and get the tamron.


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Aug 26, 2007 02:22 |  #27

Picked up my Tamron 17-50 today and...wow. Absolutely no regrets at all.




  
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Aug 26, 2007 03:44 as a reply to  @ Isaac86hatch's post |  #28

I had the 17-85 IS and was very happy with it, then with the review i read at photozone.de i sold it and bought the sigma 17-70 i soon realised that the 17-85 was sharper and had better color maybe i had a bad copy of the sigma, so i sold the sigma and bought the 17-85 again i am very happy it's a very good walk around lens, heck in pbase they even compared it with the 17-40 and it held it's own;)


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Aug 26, 2007 08:23 |  #29

the canon is always going to push the canon lens thou, he's on commission! wouldn't expect him to do otherwise,


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Aug 26, 2007 08:37 |  #30

S.E.V I had a copy of 17-85, and eventually sold it for the 17-55 is. that much said, I think its a great lens. it is a better walk around lens due to its range and IS. I found the image quality quite acceptable, except on the wide end, some pp is necessary to correct ca and distortion. shoot raw and learn how to correct. The tamron has better optics, and is more useful if you are doing more portrait work, or shooting inside the house without flash. In fact thats what I recommended to a friend who wanted to primarily take pictures of his children. enjoy your lens


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