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02-08-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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To sell my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8?

So I have this lens

I also have the following

Sigma 10-20mm f4.0-5.6
Sigma 30mm f1.4
Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0
Tair 11-a 135mm f2.8

I find I don't use the Tamron very much at all anymore. I usually want to go wide (10-20mm covers that), or go for the 30mm because of the DOF/low light abilities. Finally if I want a bit more focal length, I tend to want more than 50mm, so it doesn't seem to get a look in there either! I tend to mostly use it at 17mm or 50mm (but usually at 50mm I am often wanting more)

Can you come up with a good reason that I shouldn't sell the Tamron 17-50mm? Because I am struggling to do so

Here are some of the shots I have taken with it.

Tamron 17-50 f2.8 - a set on Flickr


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02-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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Imagine this scenario:

You are at a park. Suddenly a bunch of young swimsuit models run up to you and ask you to take pictures of them. They want a bunch of pictures, portraits of their faces, upper bodies, and groups of them. They tell you they have only a couple of minutes before they have to catch their next bus, and they'll leave you a number or two so you can get in touch with them.

Ok maybe you can do that with just the Sigma 30, but let's also pretend the you left that Sigma at home.

Yeah.
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I could easily cover that scenario with the Sigmas I think. And boy would I like to!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jezza323 Quote
I could easily cover that scenario with the Sigmas I think.
With the Sigmas, you'd have big noses on the models' faces.
While they'd look great with the Tammy at 50mm.

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That is sorta true, on the 30mm if you were to take head shots. The 10-20 would be pretty out of place haha..

And I did put a caveat that you left the 30mm at home!
02-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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The Tamron is great for night shots. It's at least a stop and a half faster than the Sigma 10-20 at the same focal lengths. Also the gap between 30mm and 85mm seems pretty big. I barely use my Tamron 17-50 at 50mm either, but it's nice to have when I don't want to change lenses.
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With that lineup I wouldn't sell your only walkaround zoom

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With that lineup I wouldn't sell your only walkaround zoom
You would think that. I seem to find myself leaving the 17-50mm at home more often than not though

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The honest answer I have to give here is:

If you use the Sigmas and the 85mms more often, and leave the Tammy at home for a significant amount of time, you probably won't miss it. It's not the same as when you walk around with a zoom more and leave the prime at home, because primes generally outdo the zoom when you need it.

If I were in your situation though, I would sell the Tammy only if I really need the money. Otherwise, I'd probably just leave it collecting dust.
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I really miss my F 35-70 I sold. Decent macro, small size, 70mm... maybe I should replace it with that...bit more reach, although slower

If I were to sell the Tamron I would use the money to partially fund either a Pentax Q, or a body upgrade (most likely K-5)
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That reminds me of funny story. Years ago I was at a beach with a couple of friend's kids while they were shopping...somewhere in Minnesota I believe.. when a couple of hot looking babes came over and stretched out beside me. (Note to the young guys.. the hot babes always think you look "safer" if there's a couple of kids with you.) I noticed that slowly and as unobtrusively as possible they slipped out of their tops to get an all over tan. This totally obnoxious dude with an SLR came hopping over and beged then to take their pictures. They say no and tell him to get lost, explaining they are strippers and this sun bathing is an employment necessity. Not an opportunity for photographers. Anyway he continues to bug them until finally they agree to a few photographs just to get rid of him. He gets all excited starts hopping around like a moron, then finally raises his camera and to his eye, and says "shit, I'm out of film." I reached into my camera bag , hold up a 2 dollar roll of film and say.. 10 bucks. The poor guy recoiled at the price, then thought about what he was going ot have in these pictures and quickly coughed up the 10 bucks.

So does that make me a bad person?
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I just sold mine and I don't miss it.
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