Looking for a quick lens opinion

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  1. joeamy05

    joeamy05 TPF Noob!

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    I am fairly decided on the lens I am going to purchase, I just wanted to know if anyone thinks I can do better on a budget.

    I shoot mostly portraits, a lot of indoor and low light situations...kids, newborns...so I need something relatively fast...as I don't use flash, for now I am shooting with a Rebel xsi, but will be upgrading this year to a D40 or 50.

    The lens I think I am going to buy is the, Tamron SP AF 17-50MM F/2.8 XR Di. Of course I would love the Canon L series version of this...but for under $500 I don't think I can top this..just wondered if anyone has experience with this lens or has another suggestion in the same price range.
    Thanks
     
  2. D-B-J

    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    what about the sigma 17-50 f2.8? Its got macro capabilities. Granted, not 1:1 focusing ratio, but still.
     
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    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It's a great lens, it will not disappoint in terms of image quality. The autofocus is a bit noisy and slow compared to canon USM models, but it's not too bad. I'm not sure on how much extra it costs, but there is now a VC version of this lens, which is something I would go for personally but it may not fit your bill of needs.

    When you say upgrading to a d40 or d50 I assume you mean canon 40d or 50d?
     
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    robertwsimpson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have it. It's awesome. Get it.


    I got mine on craigslist for $350 from some chick.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    That's cool you're switching to Nikon, but you might consider a D90 instead of the 6 MP D40 and the older D50.

    Inder 50 mm can become problematic for portraiture because of barrel and/or perspective distortion, particularly as you zoom to shorter focal lengths. Be sure and read several reviews for the lens, particularly reviews that have the technical measures of distortion.
     
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  7. joeamy05

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    Sorry, I put my D's in the wrong place. I plan to stay with canon, but upgrade a bit. Thanks for the extra reviews...I am pretty confident in my decision.
     
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    I was gonna ask why you be buying glass for canon if you where going to switch.
     
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    I have this lens a few months now and its sharp and fast in low light conditions
    Some say the VR version is a bit less in IQ

    You should buy
     
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    I like my Tokina 16-50mm. But its a bit large and heavy. 77mm filter diameter. I have heard good things about the Tamron though as well.
     

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