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Lens to replace the Canon kit-lens
« on: May 21, 2008, 02:56:30 AM »
Since I started phtography a few months ago, I've gone thru several lenses, either by borrowing from friends or by buying and selling again to try another lens, and have finally settled on a good range. (10-22, 24-70, and 70-300 from a friend).
Recently though, I've started to loook for the range of the 18-55 kit lens. I've narrowed down to 2 choices, the Canon 17-40 f4L or the Tamron 17-50 2.8. The Canon can be bought 2nd hand for about 20-24k, and the Tamron is about 17k brand new. I'm leaning towards the Tamron but some have spoken about back focus issues or a yellowish tinge in the images.
Can any of the users of either lenses give me an honest to goodness opinion on them? Sample images on the thread or links to personal sites are welcome. Thanks.
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Lens to replace the Canon kit-lens
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Re: Lens to replace the Canon kit-lens
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 10:54:52 AM »
I've owned the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 on a Nikon mount and just recently used one on my 40D for extended testing over the weekend. My experiences with both differ. My copy on the Nikon mount was really soft and had to be sent back to HK for calibration. The copy I used for the Canon was much improved but it may be apples to oranges due to different bodies. A friend went through 3 samples before finding one sharp enough for him. As for color cast, there is some orange-y hue that can easily be corrected with a little PP. I can email you samples later if you give me your email address. I can't upload RAW on photobucket for some odd reason. Oddly though for me, the Tamron on both copies was seemingly softer wide open and when I compared it with my EF 24-70 at f2.8, no contest... For the price though, i'd be a Tamron owner again if I found a good sharp copy.

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