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Tamron 17-50 or 24-75 opinions

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mood, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    since the Nikon 17-55DX and 28-70 are $1000 plus lenses
    was wondering how these 2 stack up against them since they 1/2 the price
    any thoughts or experience with either??
  2. Tosh


    May 6, 2005

    Did you mean the Tamron 28-75?
    If so, I've had one and it is a really good lens at an incredibly attractive price.
    It falls short of the Nikon 28-70 in AF speed/hunting, color, build, and quality control.
    It can equal or exceed the Nikon in sharpness and you've gotta love its ~$300 price tag..

    Here are some head-to-head comparison shots of the two lenses at f/2.8. https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/sho...26&postcount=1
    You might need to click on the images in that post to see them without distortion.
    The Tamron 28-75 falls short of the Nikon 28-70 in AF speed/hunting, color, build, and quality control.
    It can equal or exceed the Nikon in sharpness and you've gotta love its small size and price.

    I am a fan of the 28-75 and a Canon-mount version is in transit to me.
    I'll use it as a light carry/travel lens with a small DSLR, and bring a small 70-200 or 200mm if I need more reach.

    I did have to get my Nikon-mount 28-75 calibrated, as it was soft wide open when I purchased it.
    Unfortunately, Tamron took at least 5 weeks to return it to me.
    Tamron doesn't seem to have the quick turnaround times like Sigma.

    I have heard wonderful things about the 17-50 and almost ordered one, but ultimately opted not to get a DX-type lens that would be limited to an APS-C sensor camera.
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  3. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    Thanks Tosh
    I'm not crazy about Tamron myself, hence the inquiries
    BTW Westchester Cty here as well....
  4. Very happy with my Tamron 17-50. Had to get a second copy as the first was extremely soft at all apertures, and it seemed to have a bit of difficulty properly focusing at infinity. The second copy has no such problems and is very usable at f/2.8.
  5. strawman


    Mar 24, 2006
    Missoula, MT
    Just purchased the Tamron 17-50 today. When it arrives I'll try to post some comparison photos with it and my Nikon 28-70mm.
  6. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    I have the Tamron 17-50 and I've taken many shots with it, but one of the more interesting ones might be this test shot I've just taken:


    at 50mm, f/2.8 and with no sharpening or post processing (remember the D80 AA filter is very aggressive and makes photos less sharp).

    Shows its resolving detail very well, and IMO is at least equal to the Nikon 17-55 or better, as long as you get a good copy. My advice is to get a Japan made one.

    Also the 17-50 focal length is far more useful for me than the 28-75 on a DX crop camera, 28mm is around 45mm equivalent which I find too long for the wide end.
  7. randyr5


    Jan 14, 2006
    I have the Tamron 17-50 (Japan) and it is razor sharp at all FL's and apertures. Great lens.
  8. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    something makes me want the 17-55 DX
    but I will try out the Tamron in store
    thanks for the suggestions
  9. ScottS


    Apr 21, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    How do you know if you are getting a Japan version if you mail order this lens?
  10. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Ask them to send you one, its written on the side of the box so they don't have to open it to find out.
  11. Had my Tamron 17-50 for 4 months now and continue to be impressed by it. I generally don't like to buy "bargain" products but if they are as good as the top name brands, I don't hesitate to spend 1/3 the money.

    Be sure to test it out if you are considering buying it; most of the reviews I have read speak very highly of this lens.
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