60D - Canon 17-85mm vs. Tamron 17-50mm VC ?

Started Jul 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Cclr
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Completely Agree Re: The Tamron 17-50 VC version is really a great lens
In reply to HaroldT6, Aug 4, 2012

I recently went with Tamron's 17-50 VC version and am highly impressed. Low light performance, wide open at 1/25 sec:

T4i/650D 1/25 sec., f/2.8, 46mm ISO 400

"Auto" Picture Style setting, converted from Raw, without pp

100% crop from shot above -- @ 1/25 sec:

T4i/650D 1/25 sec., f/2.8, 46mm ISO 400

Low light snap, full Auto - JPG straight from camera T4i/650D, 1/60 f/2.8, 50mm ISO 1600, w/Flash:

"Scene Intelligent Auto"

As HaroldT6 suggests, those interested may further browse 17-50 Tamron VC & Sigma OS photos, view their respective Flickr Groups linked below:

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF)
1,534 members | 17,823 photos
@ http://www.flickr.com/groups/tamron_17-50mm_vc/

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
771 members | 7,812 photos
@ http://www.flickr.com/groups/1449225@N25/
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HaroldT6 wrote:

Cyanide13,

The Tamron 17-50 VC is always rated "not as sharp" as the non VC version. Well, I can't say because I've never compared real life photographs between the two. And I would suspect that much of the belief in that comparison simply rests on what other people have heard or what they've read, etc., etc. All I can suggest to you is try to look at some real life photographs - not the charts and graphs that half of us don't understand anyway, and form your own opinion based on those same real life photographs.

Since I'm a firm believer in the fact everyone is entitled to their opinion, that means I get one, too. I happen to find the Tamron 17-50 VC version sharp and the VC very effective. I'm attaching 4 pictures from a recent trip to Chicago using this lens. I would be very interested and open minded if someone could post some real life photos using the non-vc version so I could compare...if I could see a noticeable difference in sharpness between the two versions, I would certainly be convinced.

Have a great day and good luck with your photography in the future.
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HaroldT6

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