Next lens - canon 35 f2.0 or Tamron 17-50 (no VC)

Started May 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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ggoldfarb Forum Member • Posts: 64
Next lens - canon 35 f2.0 or Tamron 17-50 (no VC)

Hi All,

I started thinking about buying a new lens.
Currently own:
Canon 40D
Canon 18-200 IS
Canon 50 1.8
580EX II

While the 50 1.8 quality is great (for my needs as least), I find myself in a need for something a bit wider. Canon 18-200 is great for taking pictures of the children during parties and events, but when doing "planned" shots it is not good enough.

Choosing between prime or zoom has been discussed before, so my only question is: is the canon 35 f2.0 much better than the Tamron 17-50 (non VC) ?
Parameters to take into account:
1. IQ.
2. Focus speed and accuracy.
3. Build quality.
Comment, insights and personal experience with both lenses are very welcome.
Thanks a lot.

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