Tamron 17-50 2.8 (Non-VC)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by fridgeymonster3, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2008
    I was just wondering if anyone here has the Tamron 17-50 2.8 (non-vc version) and how they like it? It seems to have gotten pretty good reviews and I'm looking for some sort of cheap walk around lens. I have a Canon 7D and I wanted a "walk-around" lens. I have a sigma 30 1.4 and 50 1.4 that I use the majority of the time, but there are some instances where I want the convenience of a zoom. If anybody has any other options, please suggest them. I'm not really looking to spend over $400, as I'm looking to get an UWA lens too besides this lens so I don't want to burn too much cash on a walk-around lens, and I'll most definitely be looking at find a nice used lens. Thanks.
  2. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2008
    Don't own one, but I've shot with one (on a 10D, a couple of years ago) and was very pleased with the operation/results. If I hadn't decided to shell out for a Nikkor, I would have gone with the Tamron. The non-VC version, I hear, is sharper than the VC version.
  3. gnd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    At my cat's house
    I have this lens. It's very sharp, as sharp as the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8. According to the test it is sharper than the new stabilized version, but I have stabilization in the body so that doesn't matter to me. Build quality is comparable to the Canon one and even better in some regards (it has a zoom lock switch and unlike the Canon it doesn't exhibit any zoom creep). Neither of these are sealed though. It might have a bit more CA and might be a little bit more susceptible to flare but the difference is not big.
    In my opinion this lens is the best bang for the buck in the normal zoom range.
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    This lens has an excellent bang for the buck: optically it is superior to the new VC version and is about on par with Canon's 17-55 mm f/2.8. It's not as sturdily built, but for the price, it's a steal. I could get one used for 200~250 €, about 1/3~1/4 of the Nikkor :)

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