Received my new Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 this afternoon just as the sun was setting. Not enough time to get outside and see what I can do but tossed it onto the camera, didn't read any instructions, and snapped a few indoor shots. Not bad, not bad ;-) First impressions are pretty good. First, the price was right. Got it though an E-Bay store located here in Ontario that is hundreds cheaper then Henry's on new Tamron products. Ordered the lens late on Monday and it would have been delivered on Wednesday if the snow storm wouldn't have stopped the truck. But got it today (Thursday). The weight and feel seem really good and professional, not cheap plastic like I thought it might. Considering the Nikon 2.8 is around $1300.00 and this is the third of the price, well lets just say no complaints from me.
Now that we have snow on the ground, Jen and I are planning on some snowshoeing this weekend, hope to take many more pictures to put this and the 80-200 F2.8 through their paces.
My now famous icicle at sunset. Notice it's getting bigger! As you can see from the background, the DOF is going to be fun with this lens.
My computer and desk in a dark room. This was shot handheld no flash. The VC works very nice.
And my front room in the dark. Again handheld and no flash. The F2.8 combined with VC is doing it's job.
But as I said, more tests to come. But looking forward to trying it out. Have to go on a road trip tomorrow and going to throw this lens in my bag. Will see if I get anything to shoot.
Anyone interested in purchasing my Nikon 18-200mm VR, or my Sigma 75-300mm? I think my world now revolves around 2.8 glass ;-)