Best workhorse lens for ~$500?

Started May 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Best workhorse lens for ~$500?

Phillip Tornero wrote:

If you are looking for a zoom with better reach, what about the tamron zoom with VC? it has a 50 dollar rebate which brings the cost down to 399.00?

Yeah, I heard that Tamron copy is especially sharp at 17mm.  However I read mixed reviews.

http://francoismalan.com/2012/04/fast-sigma-vs-tamron-stabilised-17-50/

http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/sigma-17-50mm-f2-8-vs-canon-17-55mm-f2-8-and-tamron-17-50mm-f2-8/

I picked up Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS.  It works pretty well on my 60D such as in my 2011 Disney park trip (except few with 70-200L/4.0 IS, all other photos were taken by this lens on 60D).  Initial user QC is critical as 1st copy had back focus in 35-50mm range and I got a good 2nd copy.

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