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Old Dec 28, 2006, 8:01 PM   #1
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I am thinking about buying DSLR in the near future. Are these $100 and $200 tamron lenses good quality or just cheap junk?
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Old Dec 29, 2006, 9:25 AM   #2
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Some aren't bad. The 17-50 is a gem, but about $400.

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Old Dec 29, 2006, 9:59 AM   #3
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some Tamron lens are terrible, some are good, some are very good, some are excelent.

it all depends which one you pick and for which purpose.

tell us what you are going to be shooting in what conditions - we will tell you which lens you should take a look at. then you can test for yourself and make your choice.
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Old Dec 29, 2006, 7:54 PM   #4
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my shots cover a wide spectrum. Macro, sunsets over the Mississippi river, family pics, sports, and national monuments. I will need lens for all of these occasions. C. W.
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Old Dec 30, 2006, 9:34 AM   #5
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I have not seen any lens in current production from any manufacturer recieve "wow" ratings that cost under about $400US. The only ones that get real good ratings for about $100US seem to be some 50mm f/2 (or slightly under) lenses. The lenses that get good ratings at lowish (under $300US) prices seem to be second-hand with the note "if you can find one".

Basically good glass ain't cheap.
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Old Dec 31, 2006, 12:24 AM   #6
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I found one of the older (non-digital) Tamron 28-300 zooms for around $175 and I've been happy with it. There's definitely a sweet spot for the zoom and aperture range, but I've gotten some nice shots from it. Plus, the range is certainly convenient. I haven't seen this particular model (Model A06) in a while, and the new ones are around $250. Personally, I think they're okay if you don't plan to print 11x17 shots from them.

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