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This lens will never leave your camera!!,
This review is from: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Lens for Canon (Accessory)This lens is fantastic. I have used it for weddings, landscapes and family portraits (including animals) and its great.
Pictures are lovely and sharp at all apertures. 2.8 is a bit soft (in comparison to smaller apertures) but is still very sharp. I use the 2.8 for photographing brides and it makes their skin and features look beautiful. Also at 2.8 (50mm) subjects really pop from the background. The colours are fantastic.
It gets much better reviews (on professional review websites) than the Canon 17-85mm, if you are struggling to decide between the two.
It is a bit loud on focusing (if you are the type to bother about such issues) but it has never bothered me nor any of my clients during a wedding service.
I've never had any focusing issues with this lens. Most of focusing problems with any lens are 99% user error (in my opinion, either people miss the subject with their focus point, or forget about the crop factor which allows for a bit of camera shake to sneak into their shots). In low light its still very accurate due, of course, to the 2.8 f stop.
There is a bit of barrel distortion at 17mm to about 21mm. This is most obvious when photographing horizons. However, it isn't really visible most of the time and this is the simplest type of distortion to fix in photoshop (honestly takes about 5-10 secs max).
In my personal opinion you do not need the VC version at this focal range. If the subject even slightly moves (as most living beings do) VC will be a waste of time anyway. Just put your ISO up if you must. Keep your shutter speed above 1/100 or higher and your shots will be razor sharp. With 2.8, 1/100 is easy to reach a low ISO levels.
Its 2.8 from 17-50mm which makes it great in low light and great fun for portraits and experimenting. You will not regret purchasing it.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2012 09:01:32 GMT
C. Harris says:
Thanks for the review, most helpful. Will be looking at the Sigma version for comparison. Regarding what you mentioned about the VC. VC is actually for hand shake and not moving subjects. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 16:45:50 BDT
No problem. Regarding VC yes that was my point. Happy lens hunting.
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