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Thoughts on the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

I have been using the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and it's a nice lens. Underwhelming response, huh? Nothing wrong with it, it's just that it has not really blown me away. The Canon EF-S f/4-5.6 55-250 blows me away with it's sharpness. Maybe it's the IS that makes the difference, but I usually shoot at a shutter speed of the focal length of x2, so blur should not be that much of an issue. I still like the lens, better than my 18-135 IS because of it's 2.8 aperture, but I have yet to see a picture with it that I was stunned. I find myself using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 when I really need the sharp shot, but the 17-50 is still my default street lens. I don't regret the buy, I needed a fast lens and I could not afford the canon EF-S f/2.8 17-55 IS...Yet ;)

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