tamron 17-50mm 2.8

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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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?
 
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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?
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
 
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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....
 
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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!

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


MikeT
 
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