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My kit Sony 18-55 has been missing focus more often than I'd like lately and a small quantity of money is available for a replacement.

Have I any right to expect the Tamron to be any better in quality? It's the limit of the budget, so I won't be considering anything more expensive. Thanks for any opinions.

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Have you thought of going to a photo equipment dealer and buying a used one? They usually come with a warranty and can be a lot less expensive than new.

 

That is how I bought my Canon 70-200 and have been using it for 2 years with no problems. Cost me half the cost of new.

 

Jill

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Does the Tamron 17-55 have internal focus -- i.e. does the lens barrel not rotate during autofocusing? Makes a big speed difference, I find.

 

Who knows, Tamron might even make some of the Sony lenses? They apparently made some of the Minolta AF lenses.

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Over the years I've had a pretty good experience with Tamron lenses.

I had one 20-40 2.7-3.5  that was a really great lens.  My 300 2.8 was

just OK.  Their service in the U.S. is very good.  On the other hand, does

Tokina make a wide zoom in your SONY mount?  I've had excellent luck

with Tokina.

 

P.S. Tamron made a number of NIKON optics.

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Hello Spacecadet

 

I know you are probably asking about the autofocus on the Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens, I have always used manual focus, but just thought I would say that I am very pleased with this lens which I got for my ancient but loved Canon 20d. I needed a wide angle for an assignment last year so got this as I am also on a budget. I'm only an amateur and I'm afraid I can't add much technical insight, but I have never failed a submission to Alamy using it.

Hope this is of some help.

Regards

Elaine

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Hello Spacecadet

 

I know you are probably asking about the autofocus on the Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens, I have always used manual focus, but just thought I would say that I am very pleased with this lens which I got for my ancient but loved Canon 20d. I needed a wide angle for an assignment last year so got this as I am also on a budget. I'm only an amateur and I'm afraid I can't add much technical insight, but I have never failed a submission to Alamy using it.

Hope this is of some help.

Regards

Elaine

Thanks, this is helpful because I'm asking about it generally for image quality, not just the AF. I don't know what is causing the misses but the kit lens is a bit average.

Since you have the lens, can you say if the zoom action is smooth? This would help for video as the Sony lens is very sticky.

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I've always had good experiences with Tamron lenses. I have scads of images on Alamy that were taken with a not-so-fancy Tamron 28-80. The lens felt flimsy, but I took it with me on numerous bumpy trips to Latin America, and it never let me down. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of internal AF. Rotating lens barrels can be a real pain.

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I've always had good experiences with Tamron lenses. I have scads of images on Alamy that were taken with a not-so-fancy Tamron 28-80. The lens felt flimsy, but I took it with me on numerous bumpy trips to Latin America, and it never let me down. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of internal AF. Rotating lens barrels can be a real pain.

Fortunately this doesn't have it so I'd in for a treat- always had the other sort.

Oh- it has a focusing scale so I suppose it must have?

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I've always had good experiences with Tamron lenses. I have scads of images on Alamy that were taken with a not-so-fancy Tamron 28-80. The lens felt flimsy, but I took it with me on numerous bumpy trips to Latin America, and it never let me down. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of internal AF. Rotating lens barrels can be a real pain.

Fortunately this doesn't have it so I'd in for a treat- always had the other sort.

Oh- it has a focusing scale so I suppose it must have?

 

 

Just make sure that you don't have to rotate your head at the same time. That could get really painful.

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