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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sample Photos: Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) Lens

A new toy arrived in Saturday's mail yesterday. A new digital camera lens for my Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D -- a pretty nice lens in fact. Although it is not an IS or image stabilization lens, it is definitely a big step up for me. The particular lens is the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) -- which has become a very popular lens among camera users.

The reasons for this?
- Great image quality
- Popular focal length range
- Good build quality, but light
- Excellent value and price

Taking the lens out of box, I wanted to take some sample shots at the f/2.8 aperture through the focal length to see the quality of the images the lens can produce with the Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D. In just a couple of minutes, I am pretty impressed. Here are the sample shots:

1. Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 17mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 17mm / 3888 x 2592 / 4.82 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 17mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 17mm / 3888 x 2592 / 4.82 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second

2. Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 24mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 24mm / 3888 x 2592 / 4.23 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 24mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 24mm / 3888 x 2592 / 4.23 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second

3. Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 35mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 35mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.74 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 35mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 35mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.74 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second

4. Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 50mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 50mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.27 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD Aspherical (IF) @ Av w/ f/2.8 - 50mm focal length cropped to 1024x768 / 50mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.27 MB / ISO-100 / F-stop f/2.8 / Exposure time 1/1000 second

Instantly, I was blown away by these pictures versus my Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens. There is a little softness in the 17mm focal length that I was not too happy with, but I am attributing that to the aperture setting of f/2.8. However, at the 50mm range -- awesome picture. I cannot wait to take some more pictures with it rather than just messing around the house.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The photo seems to be soft for me.

Ken Hanscom said...

Soft as compared to what? Definitely not softer then what you would see with an EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 II lens -- whether it is an IS.

Interested in your thoughts.

-Ken

TVK said...

Nice blog.

To me too, the image looks soft. Would like to see a sample image taken with the lens using a tripod or sort. Thanks