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03-05-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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Tamron 17-50 2.8!!!!

Very excited, just recieved my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. From just playing around with it i'm really impressed so far. Previously my "best" lens was the kit DA II. I'll be sure to get out tomorrow since I have the day off, but have to go to class tonight.

This lens is the first acquisition for a trip (really just an excuse) but im also looking for a bag and possibly new tripod. As for the bag i'm wondering how large to buy because i'll probably only be bringing this lens, and flash now. I have the promaster 7000m, or Pentax AF200t with Cactus V2s to choose from. Thoughts. Or do you find yourself not really using flash on vacation?

Well till tomorrow then.

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Great lens! I like mine very much!

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Yep the Tamron 17-50 is very nice. Reasonably sharp but amazing contrast and colour. Even wide open it still produces attractive results.

Depends on what sort of photography you're planning while away, but I don't normally take the flash (too much extra bulk). In fact I hate extra baggage so I just chuck the camera in with the laptop in my backpack A very light, cheap and nasty ebay tripod is considered if I want to do some landscapes... oh and CPL filter is a must for most outdoors shooting.

Don't forget your lens hood, spare battery, spare SD card plus puffer and/or microfibre cloth for those photo-ruining events such as dust or lens smears!
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QuoteQuote:
Tamron 17-50 2.8!!!!
Very excited, just recieved my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. From just playing around with it i'm really impressed so far. Previously my "best" lens was the kit DA II. I'll be sure to get out tomorrow since I have the day off, but have to go to class tonight.

This lens is the first acquisition for a trip (really just an excuse) but im also looking for a bag and possibly new tripod. As for the bag i'm wondering how large to buy because i'll probably only be bringing this lens, and flash now. I have the promaster 7000m, or Pentax AF200t with Cactus V2s to choose from. Thoughts. Or do you find yourself not really using flash on vacation?

Well till tomorrow then.
Congratulations on selecting a great lens. I love mine and it is my most used--by far. It covers reasonably wide to normal at a constant f 2.8. I look forward to you posting some shots--soon, Best of Luck!

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Juice - do you use colin or regular screw type filters? Last time I was in my local camera store, sales rep convinced me to buy cokin 56 ring with filter mount and 1/3 stop ND. A CPL for cokin can be had for$10. Just wondering if anyone has worked with that system. I notice I so t attach it often because it is so annoying to attach/remove everytime I put t away. I got a zeikos UV filter with my lens , but found a deal for ND, UV, and FLV for $20. I know I would have to get filters dr each lens, but with Zeikos it seems like a deal. Also what tripod do u use? Thinking about buying a Fancier deal on ebay.
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Great lens, I love mine!

the 2.8 is a very useful setting if you are in a semi-low light situation. You may want to consider a monopod if you are using for travel. They tend to be a little easier to carry around (doubles as a walking stick) and unless you are shooting pure night scenes, can give you the steadiness you need.

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QuoteOriginally posted by shiestmiester Quote
Juice - do you use colin or regular screw type filters?
standard hoya screw-in filter. works great
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Yeah just ordered the 3 screw type filters. Anyone used a FLD filter before?

So just went for a walk in a local park. Love the color, contrast, and sharpness of this lens. Not to mention the constant 2.8. Can't wait to work with it on vacation.



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Nice shot--thanks. You are going to love working with this lens.
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Awesome Lens!! Love mine too. Congrats.
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looking to upgrade my sigma 17-70 and the tamron looks a possibility, wondered if anyone had compared the 2 ?

thanks

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I upgraded from the Sigma 17-70 to the Tamron 17-50. Sigma is a nice lens but the Tamron seems better in every respect (except for the zoom range ). The Tamron is of much nicer construction and build quality too.
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simonkit looking to upgrade my sigma 17-70 and the tamron looks a possibility, wondered if anyone had compared the 2 ?

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Consensus opinion:

Tamron slightly better image quality (know this will upset some Sig owners)
Tamron better constant aperture
Sigma better reach
Sigma lower cost


Both lenses are reviewed at these 2 sites--I would seriously weigh what owners of the lenses say--but read many owners to avoid skewed information:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html
FM Reviews - Main Index

Also, just type Tamron 17-50 vs Sigma 17-70 in Google--web full of this kind of comparison. READ--READ--READ and best of luck.

Tamron 17-50mm--a little sharpening, no other pping--just resampling for forum.
F16---1/5th---ISO 100---22mm I have seen some great shots with the Sigma.

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QuoteOriginally posted by juice Quote
I upgraded from the Sigma 17-70 to the Tamron 17-50. Sigma is a nice lens but the Tamron seems better in every respect (except for the zoom range ). The Tamron is of much nicer construction and build quality too.
thanks,

how do you find the distortion/CA at 17mm compared to the Sigma...the general consensus from reading around is that the Tamron is sharper

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