Is the Canon 17-55IS worth more than double the price of the Tamron 17-50VC?

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Is the Canon 17-55IS worth more than double the price of the Tamron 17-50VC?
Mar 14, 2010

Have a XSi/450D w/ 18-55IS kit lens and am looking for a replacement walk around lens. I want something we a large aperture and am considering both lenses mentioned in the title.

I'm in Canada and can get the Tamron 17-50VC for $530 CAD, while the Canon 17-55IS goes for just under $1200 CAD.

I would love to get the Canon (it has great reviews all around) and I like the idea of USM vs Tamron's noisy AF system, but is it really worth more than double the price?

I know I could consider a used Canon, but up here in Canada, prices are not much cheaper than new, and you don't get any warranty in most cases.

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