A&P Anyone have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8?

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  1. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    It's about $800 cheaper than the Nikon variant.

    I've used the Nikon 17-55, and love the build quality. But I just don't know if it's $800 better based on reviews via the Internets.

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  2. tenxia

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    I just bought it from BHphotovideo last night :bigok:
     
  3. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    there was a thread recently that discussed it saying it was a fine lens. I should be able to give you a full review in a couple of weeks. (As soon as I get my bonus I'm heading to MPEX to pick one up)
     
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    rallysport New Member

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    I have it
    i love it, could not recommend it more! It's by far my most used lens and is great for a walk around. Pretty damn sharp too
     
  5. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    I will add it to my stable in a few months as I just picked up 3 additional SB-600s.

    :)

    Anyone have hi-res shots from it?
     
  6. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    hey... just a FYI.. We're planning a strobist meet-up/group shoot in columbus. MPEX is supposed to be involved as well. You interested?
     
  7. NOR*CAL

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    I just bought one, and it's a damn fine lens(haven't really used it though). $350 craigs list ftw.
     
  8. Hua

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    Yeah for sure. Shoot me the info. :cool:
     
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    I've got one on my D70s and it suits a great deal of my needs. Good lens if you're thinking about picking it up.

    Kinda slow AF in low light, though, but what can you expect from a lens like this at such a low price point? :hs:
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    :cool: once we get all the details ironed out I'll let you know.
     
  11. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I have it and absolutely love it. I have been using mine for about a year now and have mostly great things to say about it.

    Good:
    fast f2.8
    Decently sharp from wide open
    Really sharp between f4-f11
    Great colors
    Comes with lens hood
    17-50 can be used for anything from landscapes to portraits
    Compact and light
    After a year in all kinds of conditions I do not see any dust in it at all
    Build quality seem decent. It's certainly no Tokina, Canon L or Nikon but for the price I don't mind it.

    The not so good:
    AF is loud. Not bad unless you are shooting somewhere really quiet
    Zoom ring is backwards, compare to my canon glass, not a big deal
    External zoom, I hate it but again, it's not that bad
    The focus ring turns when focusing, so be careful where you hold it
    Not the best AF in low light. This is not the worst lens I have seen for low light focusing, but it could be better.

    Over all, this is a great lens. I have used Canon's 17-40 L and 16-35 L II and would only take the 16-35 over the Tamron. However I would miss the extra 15mm of the Tamron and the only reason I would really swap would be the build quality.

    I will try and get some high-res shots up later.
     
  12. Redliner7

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    It's a great lens from a picture standpoint.

    But I'm having the shittest problems with it. I'm about to send it in for a 3rd time. First time, the zoom ring went bad and it kept spinning, it wouldn't stop. The 2nd time, it did it again fixed under warranty from the 1st time. Now, it's loose on the inside and the aperture quits working and shows 0-f on the camera while shooting. Never dropped...it is quite a fragile lens.

    My other lenses do not do this.
     
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    It's my go-to lens. It's on my camera more than any other lens I have. I need a landscape, 17mm is just enough, some hot JB comes by? BAM 50mm for a great portrait.
     
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    Kittah was clearly underage.
     
  15. badkarma

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    Anyone have (or prefer) the 28-75 instead?
     
  16. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    I have the 28-75 and within the first times of using it you will notice its not as wide as you need. 28 on a 1.6x crop sucks hahaha. I have it for indoor use though.
     
  17. NOR*CAL

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    I have a ton taken with a 28-75 at a club. Pardon the first set, and few pages in a lot were OOF cause I had gotten drunk. www.vinylwurkz.com for samples
     
  18. badkarma

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    I have it as well. After looking at the first page I was about to say... till I saw the comment :) The rest are better (that one chick looks a little like gwen stefani :rofl: ). I have never had to do a club scene, give me an example of what your exif would look for a typical shot (iso/f stop/shutter) and what diffuser are you using, and also do you bounce or shoot straight?
     
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    that looks like tabu aka glasskat in sf :)
     
  20. NOR*CAL

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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. She even told me her name is Gwen.. I was like wtf. Maybe that's her false name or whatever... but I didn't bother to ask. Her friend is a hottie though, she called herself Ms. San Francisco, and wouldn't' give me any more details.. but later on gave me a kiss for taking so many pics of them :x:

    First of all, it was my first "event" that I shot. I learned a lot from it. I can honestly say(as you may have noticed) that I wasn't prepared. That night I used a Quantary QDC 900wa flash with the reflector type diffuser(came with it). I had 3 brand new batteries, and one used/dead one for the flash :ugh2:. So, I'd take a few pics, and wait for the flash to recharge... people were like.. "what kinda photographer are you? :ugh:" haha but it worked well till mid/late end of the night/1am.

    Again this is my first time, but my settings were:

    ISO 100-400(mainly 400)/Fstop 2.8/shutter 1/60
    I started out bouncing the flash off the ceiling. It didn't work too well since the Tammy 28-70 forced me to stand quite a bit back(along with 1 dead batter) to get a good shot in. Then I had to adjust to a 45degree which seemed to work better. Then finally, I just let my drunkness take over, and let it auto focus to whatever.

    Yeah, it's called Tabu now.
     
  21. tenplanescrashing

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    I have it as well and have shot with the 28-75 as well andwould say the 17-50 is a much better lens. I do agree with the statement made above though. For the price difference, I highly doubt you would see any difference in picture quality, if any.
     
  22. badkarma

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    lol @ "what kind of photographer are you". You did alright considering your situation, sucks to hear about the batteries.

    You should have tried to get at ms San Francisco some more ;)

    I really like what Tamron offers for the price. Though wide open it's soft as hell even perfectly in focus. (You can tell at 100% crop), or at least for me. It's sharp at about f/8+
     
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    I guess it boils down what you're primarily shooting to justify getting one over the other. But bottom line being they're both great lenses. :coolugh:
     
  24. mojito

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    you must have a bad one, 6 year warranty, send it in
     
  25. badkarma

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    Could you post a sample of a 100% crop you have under f/4 if possible? I want to compare
     

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