A&P Just got my Tamron 17-50 2.8

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  1. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    It's sharp, color looks pretty good so far as well.

    It also front focuses very badly @ or near 17mm (nearly unsable... I could not get a sharp picture of my roomate's face @ 17mm... front focuses worse than my Sigma 100-300 f4)

    At 50mm most, but not all the effects of front focusing are gone.

    It focuses faster than the Tamron 28-75 2.8 and of course the kit lens, but also focuses better in low light than the Tamron 28-75 even though they are the same aperature. (although it's front focusing so moot point)

    It is in fact slightly wider than the kit lens, the difference is about 6 inches on all sides when focused on a wall 4.5 feet away (yeah, that's not a very accurate way to describe it, but it is wider)

    I have not been able to test it outside in the sunlight because I didn't unpack it till 7:00 PM or so. I'll post pictures taken with the lens tomorrow.

    For reference, I have used a 50 1.8, 75-300, 135L, 85 1.8, 17-55 2.8 IS, kit lens, and a tamron 28-75 all which focused correctly on this body. The sigma 100-300 is the only other lens I own that front focuses (but only slightly and only near the minimum focusing distance)



    Also, I got my Giottos 9180 Tripod as well.... It's pretty nice. I hate the twist locks on it though (not because they are twist locks, but because they are not nearly as nice as the twist locks on the Giottos P-Pod I own. The legs are far more wobbly before you tighten them down, and even after tightening they are still more wobbly than my monopod.

    HOWEVER, it's still quite stable. When I go to NYC and go to B&H I'll have the option to return it if I find myself not pleased with it by then.
     
  2. Redliner7

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    I have the 17-50mm Tamron for Nikon -- I think it's a very good lens for the price. Although I don't have that front-focusing issue either. It's pretty damn sharp at F2.8, and gets super tack sharp @ F/5.6. Contrast & Saturation is really good as well. It's sharp enough that I don't use the 18-70mm kit lens anymore b/c of it's slower F-stop.

    Focusing speed is slower then my 18-70mm, but it's not that big of an issue.

    For reference, I've used the Nikkor 50mm F1.8, 18-70 3.5-5.6, 70-210 4.5-5.6, 70-200 F2.8 VR, and this Tamron 17-50mm f2.8.
     
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    test its focusing @ 17mm in good light.

    Is it new? you can probably take it somewhere to have it serviced.
     
  4. CornUponCob

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    Yeah, I'm about to walk around the neighborhood and take pictures in sunlight. It's freaking 72 (degrees) today. I can take it back to B&H over christmas because I'm going to NYC even though I bought it online.
     
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    pics?
     

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