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tamron 17-50mm 2.8

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by TheHundreds, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. I just got one and am using it on a seriously handicapped D70. So far I really dig it.
     
  2. timkoo

    timkoo

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    Oct 9, 2007
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  3. TheHundreds

    TheHundreds

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    Jun 26, 2008
    NYC
    thanks.
     
  4. archangel

    archangel

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    Apr 15, 2008
    ny
    hey btw beachcamera is cheaper and no tax. amazon started to charge for NY. check them out. they are very good and authorised also and in jersey so fast ship. i been thinking about this lens myself.
     
  5. TheHundreds

    TheHundreds

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    Jun 26, 2008
    NYC
    will it even fit on my d50?
    and why would amazon charge tax?
     
  6. sagar

    sagar

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    Jun 29, 2008
    USA
  7. The D50 has a focus motor built in.
     
  8. mfletch

    mfletch

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    Jul 16, 2007
    Texas
    I recently bought one from B&H. Optically the lens is great. But the one I got had the new internal focus motor(D40/60 friendly). Focusing is painfully slow. I requested an RMA the same day it recieved. 1-2sec to lock focus on a D300 or D2h is ridiculous. Every other lens, AFS or not, simply snap into focus. Focus speed is much quicker on the older screw driven model of this lens.
     
  9. yendikeno

    yendikeno

    Mar 31, 2008
    CA
    IIRC, it's because NY State has passed a law or something, and is mandating that online vendors charge tax for items shipped there.
     
  10. TheHundreds

    TheHundreds

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    Jun 26, 2008
    NYC
    so where should i order it?
     
  11. sagar

    sagar

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    Jun 29, 2008
    USA
    Your best bet would be B&H
     
  12. archangel

    archangel

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    Apr 15, 2008
    ny
    http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=TM1750XRDINA2

    authorised tamron and nikon dealer. lowest price . check out their review for validity as well as this forum. its ur best bet bc its also close to NY. shipped to u in 2 days no matter what service u choose.

    put up a review if u do get one from anywhere.
     
  13. I got my copy from B&H a couple weeks ago and I like the lens. While focus is fast on my copy, it, I did find out a quirk (with me anyway). If you move the focus ring or accidentally bump it, I get F-- in the display. Focus won't lock on very low contrast areas. Moving to a different highter contrast focus point obtains focus.

    I've taken a few photos with it but haven't gotten them posted for viewing yet.

    Here's a couple:

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    MikeT
     
  14. sagar

    sagar

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    Jun 29, 2008
    USA
    Mike a question for you. Do you think its worth taking this lens even if you have 18-135 or say 18-200 in my case?
     
  15. I spend most of my shooting time at the wider end so the 17-50 seems to fit my needs as a carry around lens (for now anyway:biggrin:) . The extra low light capability of the f/2.8 aperture is a plus. So far the lens hasn't been off my camera.


    I also have a re-bagged Sigma(?) 55-200 that also came with my camera which I've only tried it out once.

    My 18-135 stays in my camera bag in case I need the extra zoom.

    Are you wanting the 18-200 for a all in one carry around lens?

    MikeT
     
  16. The thing has been seeing about 80% of the time (probably more, closer to 90%) on my D2x since the day I got it....the only time I've had focus problems was last night when I was crawling on the ground taking pictures of some little babies. The darn things move around too quickly and I missed some great shots because I couldn't lock in on time, which was a shame, so I went over to the 50 f/1.4 and had a little better luck. Other than the quick focusing and build quality that the Nikkor has and Tamron doesn't, the Tamron is a great lens. I borrowed a friends 17-55 and took a few quick test shots and my copy of the Tamron actually looked sharper at a 100% crop, but it was a kinda quick and dirty thing....
     
  17. B&H, or Buydig.com/Beach Camera (same outfit with 2 web sites; sometimes one is cheaper than the other). Adorama is usually ok, too.

    If you don't mind picking up a used copy you can still get the old screw-driven model, which probably focuses faster than the newer motorized one.
    I would also recommend searching for a "Made in Japan" version. The "Made in China" samples seem to have higher variation, but this is purely anecdotal - I tried 2 Chinese copies, and they both front focused really bad; my 3rd attempt was a Japanese one and it focused dead on!

    I had a great copy of the Tamron until I recently replaced it with the Nikkor 17-55. It's the one that JustinD now uses :smile:

    Good luck!

    Mike
     
  18. Hmmm, I didn't know this. I checked my lens and it's made in Japan. Also focus is dead on.


    MikeT
     
  19. TheHundreds

    TheHundreds

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    Jun 26, 2008
    NYC

    cool thanks arch.
     
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