Battle in the F/2.8 streets Tamron vs. Canon

There's not too much to say about a quality wide angle telephoto lens for the 7D that can keep you at F/2.8, except for the Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 priced at $1030.00 US Dollars. But Tamron's latest release (replacing the older version of their 17-55mm) F/2.8 lens has been tested over at and it looks good.'s article about the new Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 lens with VC (vibration compensation a.k.a. Image Stabilization as known by Canonholics) starts at a street price of just $649.00. Not bad at all for someone who's looking for a flexible travel lens that can shoot wide. I'm interested in hearing from someone who's tried both, or maybe the price alone would get your wheels spinning? I'm a Canon fan myself, but i'm wondering if the price would make it worth a buy?

6 thoughts on “Battle in the F/2.8 streets Tamron vs. Canon

  1. Kelly

    So I finally got passed the "ERR 01" and got a chance to take some shots with it. All I can say is WOW!! The sharpness simply resembles that of an L series lens. Then of course the dreaded "ERR 01" came back to haunt me. I got my return/replace form filled out through Amazon so hopefully the next one I get is solid. Pray for me!!

  2. Emm

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    Sorry to hear. It's definitely a great lens, weird that you have a defective one. It won't mount on a Full Frame camera. It's an EF mount which they say otherwise it mint be considered an L series for its quality.

  3. Kelly

    Well I got my Canon 17-55mm in the mail earlier today. MAN THAT WAS FAST SHIPPING!! But of course, with my luck, I got a bad copy for some reason. I popped the lens onto my 550d and turn the sucker on, and an error message came up on the LCD screen. It says something like, "Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens are fault. Please clean lens connections" or something like that. I took it off and put on my other lenses and they were fine. Wow, this doesn't look promising at all. Looks like back to the factory this little guy will go. It also has me thinking, maybe I should just forget this lens all together seeing how first impressions are everything

  4. Juan

    I'm also own a Tamron 17-50 (older model) and use heavily for more than three years and having six year warranty is great! I had some problem with the zoom ring (I use this lens all the time) and they fixed for free. Canon has just one year warranty.

    I just wonder if Tamron plan to replace the 28-75mm f2.8 (for full frame cameras)

  5. Eric Heyblom

    I've had the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 (without VC) for just under a week, and I have to say the image quality I'm getting is I believe of the highest quality!
    As much as I hate to part with this copy, I have to because of wanting to make HD movies with my Canon T2i, and I seem to be loosing my once steady hand. So I've ordered the new Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 with VC, and I'm really hoping it will match the image quality I've been getting with the copy I have now, because the results are so pleasing.

    Yesterday I had my wife pose under filtered sunlight through the leaves in the early morning sunlight, and did controlled shoots comparing the Canon 50MM F/1.8 against my Tamron 17-50MM. Those Canon 50MM F/1.8 shots were once the very best I've ever had, but unbelievably the Tamron lens were dead on in every respect to the 50MM in contrast and sharpness, and I was just using P Auto.

    Just so impressed with these lens!!!

    Kind Regards
    Eric Heyblom

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