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07-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #16
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I bought TAMRON lens. I'm very happy. My lenshas an excellent IQ. I will add a review in the specific post.
Thanks to all for comments and suggestions.

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Have a look here:

Sigma 17-50 mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM review - Summary - Lenstip.com

The Sigma seems to be one of the best Sigma products made.

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It's also about 200 more than the tamron nowadays (but still less than a 16-50)
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A problem with the lenstip reviews is that they don't consistently use the same camera body, like photozone does, so it's hard to compare lenses head to head.

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Bypassed both of these options and went for the Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4.

Couple of reasons:

1) owned one before for C*non, was a great little lens and

2) and this is key --- is both FF and a usable range for shooting bands from up close, so I can use it with both the K5 and my newly-acquired MZ-s.

I previously owned a DA 16-50; loved everything about it except the size, weight, cost and low-light performance. I decided the trade off of 1-2 stops at the 'long' end is no biggie to be able to use it as a superwide on the MZ-s, and it's plenty sharp enough for critical work, plus I won't worry about beating it up a little, as it's easy enough to replace. No chance of SDM failure, either...

Essentially, I *hate* zooms, and would always shoot a prime over a zoom where I have that option, but I just started in a job where I am going to have to cover some events (- group shots of people indoors with flash = need a wide zoom for versatility/varying group sizes).

I also realised I only ever shoot digital for work/paid jobs, and absolutely never touch it for 'enjoyment shooting' (mostly travel) where I always, always prefer film, full stop end of.
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