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Old Mar 17, 2005, 5:18 PM   #1
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Bought this lens based on Mr. Saginaw's recommendation.

First impressions are.... (d-d-d-drum rollll):

Fit:

Fitson the 20D body real good, no wishy washy connection here.

Build quality:

Excellent. I have another Tamron zoom for a Minolta filim camera which I liked quite a bit, and the build quality on this lens iseven better. I can't see anybody complaining about the build quality of this lens.

Speed to autofocus:

Okay, it's not instantaneous like my Canon 50mm F/1.4 but it's pretty fast and definitely not a deal breaker by any means. Very slight delay.

Picture quality:

Oh yes, oooh yes.Very sharp indeed. And, very nice bokeh. Better than you have a right to expect at this price.

Contrast:

Very good. Just like my old film Tamron lens. The colors almost jump out at you. Certainly no complaints here.

Price:

$320 after rebates. Not complaining at all. Shhh!Best keep it a secret lest Tamron raises the price!

Usefulness:

Obviously a little wider at the wide end would be good, however this lens really excels for people/street scenes. Your not zooming from here to eternity, but really spending your time zooming in a useful range. Obvously if you're thinking serious telephoto, buy yet another lens. Samefor the extreme wide end.

Recommend:

Without a doubt. This lens seriously rocks!




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Old Mar 17, 2005, 7:13 PM   #2
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Isn't that a macro lens? What is the minimum focusing distance?
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Old Mar 17, 2005, 7:41 PM   #3
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I don't think it's a true macro lens.

Minimum focus distance is 13 inches.
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Old Mar 17, 2005, 8:42 PM   #4
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Funny reading your review. I just ordered this very lens today. I can't wait to play with it.

It's my first f/2.8 lens. I'm excited.

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Question - Does it matter if is a macro lens, does it affect the focus ?????
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Old Mar 18, 2005, 6:51 PM   #6
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Mr. Peabody,



You will be pleasantly suprised!



Mr. Nightbird,



I don't understand your question.



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Post some pics with your new lens. Mine should arrive early next week hopefully.

I did notice that Tamron offers a 6 year warranty on their lens.

I also bought a Canon lens for my 20D last week. The guy at B&H photo sold me a 7 year extended warranty for $17. I figured that was a good deal. Question? How long is a standard Canon lens warranty? If it is as long as the one for a Tamron lens, then I really didn't need to buy it.

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Old Mar 19, 2005, 5:28 AM   #8
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Mr. Peabody,

I would say an extended warranty for $17 is worth it. I can tell you the Tamron's build quality is excellent. I would say better than my Canon 50mm F1.4 (I hope the Canon gods don't strike me down for saying that).

Here's one sample. I will post more after the weekend.

I shot this in low light, using bounce flash off the ceiling with a sto-fen diffuser. On the Canon 20D, I notched up the sharpening parameter by one.

I thought the 20D and the flash did a pretty good job, considering I'm still trying to get used to my old flash on this new digicam.



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Another photo I took today.
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I bought the tamron for my 300d. Its a good lens but not as smooth as the canon lens. Probably build quality is not as good as canon but its a fast lens and fills a niche. Haven't tried it on my 20d yet. Let me know if you experience any problems with the 20d tamron combination.
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