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    Talking Tamron 17-50

    Bah... I know I'm shooting Canon now, but I had to come in and brag about this. I know the Sony people here better than I know the Canon people yet.

    You guys have seen me drooling over this lens for 6 months, and not quit talking about it. It was actually the money I saved up to buy this for my A300 that I spent on my Rebel XS, which I then sold to buy this in Canon mount.

    So I got the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 earlier this week from Best Buy. Most of the BBs in this area don't carry as much stuff as the one in Cary (the one by my house certainly doesn't) but I noticed a couple of months ago (when I was looking for the Sony mount 17-50) that the BB in Cary had the Canon mount on clearance. So I went back to check and all they had left was the floor model, but it had barely been touched. Most people shopping for this quality of lens don't shop at Best Buy. So they packed it up in the box for me and sold it for $350. Sweet deal, sweet lens. I had my last finals this week (as of today I am finally done with school for good!) so I haven't shot with it a bunch, but initial test show it has the same sharpness everyone talks about. Sadly on Canon I don't have IS, and the AF is through a super-noisy internal motor, but it does focus quickly, and between the wide aperture and high ISO I can shoot, I expect to be able to do a decent job of combating shake.

    If you are shooting Sony and don't have this lens, go get it.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled foruming-in-the-correct-forum.
    Jason Hamilton
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    i think the only limitation of this lens is that it is not FF kinda like the CZ 16-80mm.
    but at least for the price you paid, it is a very good bargain for a DT only lens!
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    Elisha ... the CZ 16-80 is NOT a FF lens. It is a "DT" ens ... CHECK HERE. It works only in CROP mode on the A900.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-01-2009 at 12:38 PM.
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    Yeah, I was pretty hell bent on going FF. In fact, part of the reason I went Canon was because the 5D used is pretty much the cheapest way to get into FF right now.

    But the 40D has done so much of what I wanted, and the 5D is actually a step back in technology features like dust reduction, and in FPS. I don't find myself wanting to go FF so bad right now. Ultimately yeah, but I don't feel like I'm missing much, and when I do go FF I should be able to sell this lens for pretty close to what I paid for it.
    Jason Hamilton
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Elisha ... the CZ 16-80 is NOT a FF lens. It works only in CROP mode on the A900.
    He was saying the 16-80 is a crop lens like the 17-50.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    Red face Gorsh ... too quick on the trigger!

    Oops ... that wording threw me. My misunderstanding. No harm done with clarification, i hope.

    Anyway, I did a review of the TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) (Canon-mount) when it first came out and I was using the Canon EOS 20D. It was a long running thread.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-01-2009 at 12:51 PM.
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    So does it seem that if a lens is a 'keeper' plenty sharp and fairly quick in multiple mounts they 'tamron' must be doing something right with it. Any idea how this lens does in that other mount? the nik nye, nike what ever it is?
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
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    Noink?

    About the same as Canon. Uses the internal motor. Tamron is a real winner on Sony and Pentax with screw drive AF and body IS. But it is still pretty darn good in Noink and Canon, where the next best thing (OEM 17-55) is $1000 or more. The Noink doesn't even have IS.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    Jason, congrats on being done with school! married having a child near the end of school, etc. I can't imagine having the focus and the will power to see it through it had to be very tough. Good job!!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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