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01-20-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Should I trade my Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR for a DA* 16-50mm

I love my Tammy, however after using the DA 50-135mm & enjoying the quality of this lens I have been pondering the idea of selling my Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR & replacing it with the DA 16-50mm.

Heres a shot with my Tammy in a dim cellar shooting a gig. This is my usual type of work, the 16mm would be real handy along with the SDM focus.



The SDM focus from the 50-135mm has impressed me alot from when I use it, particularly speed to lock on.

So should I swap????

01-20-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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I think only you will really know the answer to that question. I have the Tamron lens and chose it because it was roughly half the price of the Pentax lens. If I could have afforded it, I probably would have gone the 16-50 route, but seeing the problems people have in getting a good one and the similar photo quality, I feel good about my purchase.

Seeing other discussions here, the SDM might be quieter, but it probably won't make things faster. As for the extra mm at the wide end, only you will know how needed that is.

At this point, I'd like that 50-135 lens, and I am happy enough with the Tamron 17-50 that it will be one of the last lenses I look to replace.
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Its a dificult choice, I have seen 2 mint 2nd 16-50mm for sale at 300 which has tempted me....
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