Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lens Review - The Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8

I have been torturing myself by reading online review after review about the wide angle lenses I've wanted to buy. Distortion, chromatic aberration, elements, lens flare, yadda yadda. I've read tests and looked at image quality, and all that shit, and I'm still confused.

I'm also driving myself crazy listening to pro photogs; one says a lens is great, another says it sucks. So the best thing to do was to rent one of these bad boys and try it for myself.

I got the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical. I used it when I shot with Kory Tarver months ago, and I liked how it performed. I heard that this model was sharper than the Vibration Controlled newer version. I had it for 7 days from

I was so used to shooting with 28mm that 17mm was almost too much room! The first thing I noticed was the difference in contrast. I'm shooting with the Canon XTi, using the same settings, but it produced two different looking photos.

Top is my Sigma 28-105mm, Bottom is the Tamron 17-50mm

Exif data showing the stats used on both.

Already, I love the feel, the build quality and the fast focusing, but shooting all around the house is boring. I'm planning on shooting this weekend to test how it performs.

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