Summary: great upgrade from the kit, lens is a beast and looks pro as hell.. it is a little soft at 2.8 which is kind of a drag since i bought it for low light concert photography but for $250 excellent used condition I can't really complain.
Summary: This lens stays on my Canon 60D at nearly all times. It gets great color, sharp focus, and I love the focal length for indoors, closer range images. My only complaint is that the AF is loud and slow and that I wish it dropped just a little lower in aperture.
Summary: Beats the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 hands down. For the money, this is the new prime zoom lens. It is tack sharp at 2.8 and sharper at f:4. So much cheaper than the Nikon and smaller and lighter also. Doesn't have the VR (neither does the Nikon) but at this focal range it doesn't need it.
Summary: I've had this lens for my Nikon D5100 and D5200 for about a year and a half. I bought it along with the 28-75 2.8 and honestly, I do love them both. They compliment each other well and I find myself using them both all of the time during weddings, outdoor sessions and indoor newborn sessions.
Summary: After a lot of reviewing information about a good cost-benefit lens to substitute the kit lens I found the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 non-VC. What I can say is that this len is worth every peny you spent. It's fast and sharp, what else do I need? If you're not a PRO, don't spend money on the Nikon version.
Grey Market: Lens is fine, but know what you're buying (no Warranty)
18 June 2014
Summary: I bought this lens from "Sold by Another Deal Site and Fulfilled by Amazon". It was around $200 less than regular retail, so I had my suspicions that it was grey market (same lens, no warranty).
Great lens for photo and video, amazing image quality, stiff zoom ring!
6 June 2014
Summary: This is a great lens with great optical qualities, it is sharp wide open. The focus ring is really smooth and has no play, great for manual focusing, the zoom ring is another story it is stiff an I really mean stiff, if you turn it in one direction the camera will follow.
Excerpt: Not being a pro, sharpness and quality of construction more than meets my needs for point and shoot. Plus is capable of much more special purposes as well. At this point I would purchase it again if needed.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction