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Pull the trigger on Tamron 17 - 50 or go better?

 
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Sep 14, 2009 16:44 |  #1

Hi folks,

I've now had my DSLR since around May 2008. I've done sporadic shooting through that period and have recently started stepping things up in terms of reading / research, practicing, using off-camera lighting, starting to do portraits + imminently starting to build a portfolio.

My current lenses consist of the kit lens (Canon 18 - 55 f3.5-5.6) and a tele-macro-zoom Tamron 70 - 300.

I don't really want to upgrade my lenses one step at a time, as I don't want to keep losing out cash when I re-sell... I've read swathes of glowing reviews for the Tamron 17-50, and at that price, I've got a bit of cash to put towards an Ultra-Wide-Angle like the Tonica 11-16 as I've got nothing in that focal range...

Part of me says perhaps I should push the boat out a little and go for a better lens than the Tammy 17-50 but I don't really know what I should go for... do I go for.... the Canon 24-70 seems to get very good reviews - it's twice the price of the Tammy 17-50... which I COULD stretch to if I had to, and if it was definitely going to be worth it in the long run (or medium-run;))....my trigger finger is poised on my wallet.... I've got a couple of models who've agreed to do a few TFP shoots with me in the near future and I'd like to book them soon but figure I might as well wait until I've got the new glass that I'm imminently going to buy, but I don't really want to be deliberating for weeks!

Ugh...decisions decisions....




  
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Sep 14, 2009 17:05 |  #2

go even better...35L ;)




  
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Sep 14, 2009 17:16 |  #3

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #8643914 (external link)
go even better...35L ;)

I think that may be a little OTT




  
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Sep 14, 2009 17:34 |  #4

24 is not wide enough IMO on a cropper. The Tamron will be a far better lens than the kit lens. It's very nice. If you have the money and it's not an issue I'd go with the Canon 17-55 2.8IS. If money is a relative concern the Tamron is an excellent bang for your buck and I think you will still be very pleased with the results.


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Sep 14, 2009 17:50 |  #5

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24 is not wide enough IMO on a cropper. The Tamron will be a far better lens than the kit lens. It's very nice. If you have the money and it's not an issue I'd go with the Canon 17-55 2.8IS. If money is a relative concern the Tamron is an excellent bang for your buck and I think you will still be very pleased with the results.

Hi mate, thanks for the advice.

£900 is probably pushing the upper echelon unless the Canon is a tres, tres amazing lens... May I ask what it is about that lens which makes you recommend it over, say, the Canon 24 - 70?




  
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Sep 14, 2009 17:58 |  #6

Salut mon ami

Je recrommand achete la Tamron avec "VC.

Pardon my francais I'm learning it in school


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Sep 14, 2009 18:01 |  #7

Lol.

Tres Bien, Paul.

The extra cash that goes into the "VC" ability of the Tamron could be the cash that gets me better glass....




  
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Sep 14, 2009 18:35 |  #8

Just switch off the IS on your kit lens for a while and see if it's worse than having IS on and you can decide yourself


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Sep 14, 2009 19:00 |  #9

You'll need to "push out the boat" quite a bit to better the Tamron. Your choices would be the Canon 17-55IS or the 24-70L, both about 2X the cost. There wouldn't be a huge difference in IQ. The Tamron gives you the best value for the dollar (or Euro).


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Sep 14, 2009 19:33 |  #10

sorry for being "off topic", but yea, the 17-50 tamron is excellent




  
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Sep 14, 2009 19:37 |  #11

go for it. you won't regret the tamron. I too was contemplating of replacing it but cost/performance ratio. I kept the tamron and just treat myself with a sigma 10-20 since I have no uwa lens and I just can't justify the minimal IQ upgrade (IMHO and yes I did try the canon 17-55)vs. cost.


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Sep 14, 2009 19:48 as a reply to  @ darksike's post |  #12

Look closely to the newer Tamron 17-50 with VC (or IS) as someone mentioned

I think the VC is well worth the price difference, I think is about 200$ more than the original version..

I had the 17-55 IS and if you can swing it go for it but as you mentioned is a lot of cash
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Sep 14, 2009 20:10 |  #13

LeoLeoLeo wrote in post #8644132 (external link)
Hi mate, thanks for the advice.

£900 is probably pushing the upper echelon unless the Canon is a tres, tres amazing lens... May I ask what it is about that lens which makes you recommend it over, say, the Canon 24 - 70?


On a crop camera I don't feel that 24mm is wide enough. 17mm is a much better fit in my opinion on crop. I have found that more times than not that if I need a wider angle I cannot backup, but I can usually use my feet to "zoom" if I need to get a bit closer. On top of that, the 17-55 has amazing sharpness. I stand by it being the sharpest zoom I have ever owned. f2.8 + IS. There really isn't a more perfect lens for the crop cameras if you are looking to upgrade from the kit. It does come at a hefty price and the Tamron is no slouch by any means though.


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Sep 14, 2009 20:31 as a reply to  @ carpenter's post |  #14

I have sot with both the 17-50 Tamron and the 17-55 IS Canon. My honest opinion is that unless you need the IS to help in low light situations, there is no noticeable difference in IQ between the 2.


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Sep 14, 2009 20:41 as a reply to  @ dan_bgblue's post |  #15

Leo,,it all depends on what you want to shoot..Are going to specialise in one particular genre of photography or are you after a general purpose lens??

As a general purpose lens the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 is nice.. Lately I've been using my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 as my genearl purpose lens as opposed to my 17-50mm.. It all depends how I feel when I open my camera bag and what I going out to shoot..


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