Tamron 17-50 Lens for Canon

Started Aug 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Cclr Regular Member • Posts: 148
Tamron 17-50 VC Re: Go for the VC

I posted photos today showing low light performance of the Tamron 17-50 VC on a T4i/650D @ 1/25 sec (no flash) @ http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=42188788 and completely agree with 007peter, the Tamron 17-50 VC is highly impressive.

Those further interested may want to browse 17-50 Tamron VC & Sigma OS photos at the 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/

007peter wrote:

I had them all: Tamron 17-50 (non-vc) and Tamron 17-50 (VC), as well as Canon 17-55, Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 17-85, Canon 18-55is etc.... 4 years ago, there was no Image Stabilization in either Tamron or Sigma. If I were buying any lens today, I would definitely go with image stabilized version of any lens.

My Real World Experience

  • F2.8 is still too slow for low-light without flash, even at noisy iso1600-3200

  • thus, Image Stabilization worth its weight in gold

When I had Tamron 17-50 (non-VC) and Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 macro. Roughly 20-25% of my favorite low light photos are marred ( some-what-ruined, but still a keeper ) with a mild-blur. Most of these were taken around 1/30s - 1/60s at iso1600-3200 in low light restaurant photos. While they are good enough to keep, I wish I had image stabilization to sharpen these photo by prevent mild blur.

I eventually sold ( tamron 17-50 non-vc, sigma 18-50 macro, c17-85is, c18-55is ) and bought myself a fabulous Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM . Now I get close to 100% keeper Rate , even on lowlight photo with shutter-speed hovering around 1/10s - 1/30s.

Unlike other people, I was not impressed by my Tamron 17-50 (non-VC). I strongly urge you to google and research the truth for yourself in 3 area:

As much as I love my Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. It is an expensive lens and I don't feel safe traveling with it in some of the crowded environment I"m in. I decided to take a chance and bought a newer Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC for backup. For far, I'm beyond impressed. Tamron have "muted" its AF noise, the construction is better, zoom-ring is tighter, AF is both faster and quieter, and has Image Stabilization. For $100 difference, go with VC.

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