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Tamron 17-50 V Canon 17-85

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    davey
    davey  10246 forum posts England
    5 Oct 2009 - 8:25 AM

    I have a Canon 17-85 but I am considering buying the Tamron 17-50.
    Does anyone have any experience using these lenses for landscape photography.
    I know from reviews that the Tamron is very good wide open i.e. f/2.8.
    But how does it compare with the Canon 17-85 at f/11 or f/16 throughout it`s zoom range.

    Thanks in anticipation.
    Davey

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    Nigeyboy
    Nigeyboy  6536 forum posts United Kingdom
    5 Oct 2009 - 9:48 AM

    Davey

    check out this site here

    Used this site when deciding between the 17-85 canon, and the Sigma 17-70mm

    kenlister
    kenlister  6 United Kingdom
    5 Oct 2009 - 8:43 PM

    Davey
    I bought the Tamron 17-50 instead of the 17-85 Canon. Canon construction is flimsy. Aperture is variable, not the constant f2.8 of the Tamron. The Canon does have the advantage in zoom range covered, but image quality is, I believe, poorer. I am more than happy with my choice.

    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    13 Oct 2009 - 2:29 PM


    Quote: Davey
    I bought the Tamron 17-50 instead of the 17-85 Canon. Canon construction is flimsy. Aperture is variable, not the constant f2.8 of the Tamron. The Canon does have the advantage in zoom range covered, but image quality is, I believe, poorer. I am more than happy with my choice.

    Yes, I'd take the Tamron's f2.8 over the Canon's IS and longer reach. And some copies of the Canon tend to be a bit on the soft side. Be aware also that neither lens can be used on a full frame body.

    Last Modified By jondf at 13 Oct 2009 - 2:33 PM
    johneh
    johneh  6 England
    10 Oct 2012 - 8:48 PM

    I used the Canon 17-85 over about 4 years until it died on me, (the dreaded error 99). I have subsequently used both the Tamron 17-50 non vc and the 17-50vc, eventually settling (rather unfashionably) on the vc version.

    Whilst the Canon can, without mistake, come up with some great results and has the excellent USM - it is weaker than the Tamron in several key areas :-

    - The Canon displays worse distortion, especially at the wide end.
    - The Canon shows far more CA.
    - The Canon's build quality is very poor considering the price of the lens.
    - The Canons variable, and slow, max. aperture makes it unsuitable for moving subjects.

    In short, I find the Tamron superior

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