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Small Promaster 17-50 review

 
fr0natz
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Dec 24, 2008 17:42 |  #1

Some of you may of heard of Promaster, but avoid them for being third party. Im here to share my experiences, although this is basically another Tamron review.

Promaster basically rebrands lenses. They offer a lifetime limited warranty, granted the problem isnt the users fault.

The lens:

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First, a focus test for the ghetto. Because Im too lazy to reinstall a printer on a computer I dont use.

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Now I know youre screaming "Real world shots! Focus tests dont mean jack!" Well well, heres a few 100% crops for you.

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I feel the 2.8 shots above arent as good as usual, but Im showing real world experience here as you wont always have a chance to get another shot. They were all acceptable to note.


Here are some regular shots, F2.8 then F8, both at 17mm.

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External links because I tried to keep them as big as possible.

Continued..

40D, XT
Promaster (tamron) 17-50F2.8
Canon 70-200F4 L, 50 f1.8 nifty
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Dec 24, 2008 17:45 |  #2

Few comparisons against the "nifty fifty" 50 f1.8. All are 100% crops.

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Uh oh! The first 50 prime f4 shot misfocused! Back outside to get another I go.

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Iso 1600 this time, got dark rather quick so take this one with a grain of salt.

Some of you may be wondering why I got the promaster over the tamron, well it saved me a little over 100 dollars I can put towards a 10-20. Also, I confirmed that if It had any issues I could return it for the Tamron.

Overall for the 300 dollar I picked this up for I cant complain. Sharp at 5.6, decent wide open at 2.8, fast and pretty exceptional build quality for the cost. No zoom creep, smooth zoom, AF speed is up to par although noisy.
The zoom lock is only at 17mm to note. It may bug some people, but I highly doubt youll need it anyway.
The colors are very good for such a lens, dont seem washed out in anyway. Holding my gatorade bottle up to my monitor in a previous shot the logo colors match up very closely.

Very pleased, and Id say it'd give the 17-40 a run for its money considering its HALF the price.

Cheers, and happy holidays!

40D, XT
Promaster (tamron) 17-50F2.8
Canon 70-200F4 L, 50 f1.8 nifty
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Dec 24, 2008 17:46 |  #3

Few more shots of it in the computer room:

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40D, XT
Promaster (tamron) 17-50F2.8
Canon 70-200F4 L, 50 f1.8 nifty
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Sep 10, 2009 21:23 |  #4

Old ass bump if anyones interested.


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Sep 10, 2009 21:27 as a reply to  @ fr0natz's post |  #5

You said that Promaster rebrands lenses?
It looks exactly like the Tamron from what I can see. It also looks liek a pretty good lens for the price. Do they change any of the optics or do they just put their name on Tamrons products.
Nice review, thanks for sharing.
Kirk


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Sep 10, 2009 21:31 |  #6

I have bought ProMaster binoculars at my local camera store and been very please with quality. Don't no much on the lenses


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Sep 14, 2009 18:39 |  #7

Midnight, I cant say. To my knowledge its strictly a rebrand. Same physical make up.
Its given quite some astounding photos for the $300 I paid for it new, and I have absolutely zero complaints.


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Sep 14, 2009 20:45 |  #8

midnight_rider wrote in post #8622099 (external link)
You said that Promaster rebrands lenses?
It looks exactly like the Tamron from what I can see. It also looks liek a pretty good lens for the price. Do they change any of the optics or do they just put their name on Tamrons products.
Nice review, thanks for sharing.
Kirk

Looks like a bit of badge engineering going on here.. And it is a Tamron..

I'm only guessing but is Promaster (whoever they are) buying directly off Tamron or are they buying Tamron's rejects??


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Sep 14, 2009 20:51 |  #9

yogestee wrote in post #8645076 (external link)
Looks like a bit of badge engineering going on here.. And it is a Tamron..

I'm only guessing but is Promaster (whoever they are) buying directly off Tamron or are they buying Tamron's rejects??

The plot thickens.
I once purchased a non canon grip for an xti that looked and felt just like the brand one. Upon close inspection I did find slight irregularities on the grip. Kinda makes you wonder.


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Sep 14, 2009 20:54 as a reply to  @ midnight_rider's post |  #10

If it really is a Real McCoy Tamron but just been rebadged it should be good.. Especially if the cost matches..


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Sep 15, 2009 03:47 |  #11

I searched for this a few weeks back. It was hard to find in stock at the time, by anyone selling it for $300 or so (found two places). Wondering if they're coming out with the VC version.

I ended up buying a 10-22 instead so didn't have money to grab it




  
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Sep 15, 2009 06:05 |  #12

/me is confused.

That's a Tamron SP AF 17-50 f2.8 Di II Aspherical etc etc. With a new badge!! wtf.




  
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Sep 25, 2009 12:22 |  #13

I work at one of Promaster's partner stores and yes, the Promaster 17-50 is just Tamron lenses re-badged and sold in lower quanties and lower prices to smaller brick and mortar camera stores. Instead of making a minimum buy directly from Tamron (for the 30 18-270's they made us order) we can buy 3-4 Promaster's.

They're not reject lenses or anything, the Promaster's are just as good as the Tamron's. Given the choice of a Promaster or Tamron, I'd choose the Promaster because of the lifetime warranty versus Tamron's 6 year.


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Sep 25, 2009 15:19 |  #14

MSIGuy wrote in post #8708053 (external link)
They're not reject lenses or anything, the Promaster's are just as good as the Tamron's. Given the choice of a Promaster or Tamron, I'd choose the Promaster because of the lifetime warranty versus Tamron's 6 year.

If they're rebadged and Tamron warranties for six years, why would Promaster go with a lifetime?


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Sep 25, 2009 15:30 |  #15

Eagle wrote in post #8709094 (external link)
If they're rebadged and Tamron warranties for six years, why would Promaster go with a lifetime?

That depends on what they think the "lifetime" of the product is.
If they think it Is 12 minutes then it is a 12 minute warranty. If they think it is 12 years then it is a 12 year warranty. Some non refillable lighters have a lifetime warranty, how long do you think that is?


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