After my trip on the Silk Route in 2012/13 I decided that I did need to upgrade my basic kit lens.
This is where the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF comes in. Another second-hand acquisition from a trusted on-line retailer opened up a whole new World of sharp, kit lens properties. 2.8!? oh yes and very crispy and sharp it is too. I used this lens continuously before acquiring my Canon 18-135mm STM.
I did a lot of research on reviews on this one against the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM, at the time I wasn’t so keen on Sigma and felt there was still a little too much distortion at the wide end for me.
It is heavy and I mean HEAVY!at 569.1g thats just over half a Kilo it does sit heavy on the 1100d, but even more so on the 70d, and I don’t know about you but as you do more and more photography reducing weight becomes an ever growing priority.
So i still have it but it’s one of those lenses that I have grown out of if you get my meaning.
Great sharp lens, great IQ very rugged to the touch and solid feel to it. Another great budget lens