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01-14-2011, 05:43 PM   #16
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More choices?

Would you recommend the the 17-50mm over the 28-75mm? I heard that both are very good. But if I get one that starts at 28mm I will have an excuse to buy a 21mm Limited. Just to fill a "gap" you know.

But if I get a 17-50mm I will have a reason to buy the excellent 70mm Limited.

Hmm...

Would you say the 70mm is more "special" than the 21mm? Is this line of thinking an early sign of LBA?

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QuoteOriginally posted by curiouspeter Quote
Would you say the 70mm is more "special" than the 21mm? Is this line of thinking an early sign of LBA?
Yes, I do tend to find the longer focal lengths are more special in general (one of the reasons the FA 31 ltd REALLY stands out among wide angle lenses).
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Perhaps I may get the FA 31mm someday... for now it will be in my dreams.

My skill level does not justify paying $1000+ for a normal-ish prime lens (for APS-C) at this point.
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QuoteOriginally posted by curiouspeter Quote
My skill level does not justify paying $1000+ for a normal-ish prime lens (for APS-C) at this point.
That goes for most of us .

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paperbag846: That goes for most of us
Agreed!

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curious Peter: More choices?

Would you recommend the the 17-50mm over the 28-75mm? I heard that both are very good. But if I get one that starts at 28mm I will have an excuse to buy a 21mm Limited. Just to fill a "gap" you know.
I own and love them both--use each of them for different purposes. I shoot the 17-50mm as my main workhorse of my hiking adventures. The 28-75mm takes the family shots and other candid, poignant moments in life.

The answer to your question relies most upon what range is more important to you, but, if you do pick up a prime as you suggest above, then either lens will do. If it were me, I would opt for the 17-50/Da 70 mm combo--Yes, I defintely find the 70mm more special than the 21mm--I also find the Tamron 17-50mm more special than the 21mm.

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curious Peter: Is this line of thinking an early sign of LBA?
Absolutely, with this thread we have a documented diagnosis now. TURN BACK!
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I also find the Tamron 17-50mm more special than the 21mm.
Wow, that says a lot.

To me, the main attraction of using a wide angle prime is the DOF scale. But I guess I can learn to focus on an object near the hyperfocal distance.
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Only Tamrons are not built like DA limiteds, and don't have quick shift (if that matters). A favoured comparison of a 17-50 over a 21 ltd is of course subjective, but I do know the 17-50 (as well as the 28-75 and 70-200) are just about the best value for money in terms of IQ you'll ever find.
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I heard somewhere that the 17-50mm has a better build than the 28-75mm. Is this true? Or perhaps the lower weight (with the same material) gives a better impression of quality?

How does the build quality of the Tamron compare to that of the WR kit lens? If they are similar, it is probably good enough for me.

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After owning a Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC Macro for a year or so I recently gave
the Tamron SP17-50mm f2.8 XR Di II a look and went ahead and purchased one a few days ago.

After only an hour of playing around with it I was disapointed and
I am actually returning it tonite. First, as noted on many reviews it had front focus issues,
and more importantly the build quality is really really not up to par to the Sigma equivalent.
(the Sigma is a little more expensive but well worth it)

Most review say that the Tamron is sharper at f2.8 but I didn't notice a difference.

The 1mm (x1.5) gain at the wide end is noticeable and could come in handy at times
but I really dont feel like going back and forth to the camera store until I find a 'good'
copy that focuses properly so I'm returning it and staying with the Sigma.

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Have you thought about a FA 20-35 for wide end work?

It is on of my favorite landscape/garden lenses. Very sharp throughout the entire zoom range and also sharp corner to corner. Excellent color rendition. Good close focuser and relatively impervious to CA or flare.

NaCl(if it was f/2.8 it would be the perfect garden lens)H2O
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Have you thought about a FA 20-35 for wide end work?
I did briefly. I read a lot of good things about this lens. However, my 18-55 WR is quite acceptable over that range for now. Maybe later.

I actually considered the A 35-105mm f/3.5. But I heard it is difficult to use SR with a manual zoom lens.
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