Fast (f/2.8) Zoom Lens Recommendations?

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Fast (f/2.8) Zoom Lens Recommendations?

Hi all… I'm considering a fast (constant f/2.8 or better) zoom for indoor low-light work, such as parties or dinners. It will complement my A37 with Sony 18-135mm (which is slow) and Sony 50mm/1.8 prime (which is great in low light, but obviously only one focal length).

My budget is around $300 or so, and used in good condition is OK.

I have heard good things about the Tamron 17-50/2.8, but I'm looking for something with a little more reach if possible. I'm OK giving up a little on the wide end.

In this case, performance wide open is very important, since that's the whole point of this lens over the 18-135mm.

Some I've looked at:

Tokina 28-70/2.8

Sigma 28-70/2.8

Tamron 28-75/2.8

Tamron 28-105/2.8

Tamron 35-105/2.8

If anyone has any experience or recommendations here (about these lenses or others), I'd appreciate them. Thanks!

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