Summary: This lens takes beautifully sharp, bokeh intense photos. Great for pictures of your dogs, flowers, birds, kids, etc. Colors are beautiful with in depth detail. I used it to take some pictures of show dogs and got some really gorgeous photos. What it isn't so great at is action shots. It takes a little too long to focus on a moving object. As a portrait lens I would give it 5 starts. I only dropped it to 4 stars because of the action shot limitations.
Summary: This is a good overall lens...It is small and light enough for travel especially when you don't have space for multiple lenses...I have taken some excellent photos with this lens...Works well in situations when there isn't time or you just don't want to change lens to lens...For the money it is very good...
Summary: I have had this lens about a year now. The build is plastic and does not have the solid weight you would get with a more expensive lens. In everyday use it is very smooth with focusing in and out and in good to moderate light focuses very quickly. Low light the lens will struggle to focus unless you can find a strong point of contrast, and another struggle I had was that in moderate light it will take a little while to finishing focusing, and while I can take the picture...
Pros: Light weight, compact, f/2.8
Cons: low light hunting, slow fine focus in low light,
A good alternative for the more expensive Canon lens
Alaska Susan, Amazon
5 June 2012
Summary: I purchased this lens because I couldn't budget three times the cost for the Canon equivalent. I particularly wanted this lens for use in photographing weddings, as well as photographing wildflowers using the shallow depth of field offered by the f/2.8. It's a great lens for photographing flowers, and I'm pleased with the outcome when using the lens at f/2.8. I'm not so thrilled with the quality of images when shooting landscapes though.
The lens suits 90% of my needs and I would purchase it all over again.
10 March 2012
Summary: I needed a sharper and faster lens for my collection but wanted one that would cover a variety of needs so I didn't have to spend a fortune on various focal lengths. I owned the 18-55 kit lens, 55-300, 28mm f2, 50mm f2, 50mm f1.4, 135mm 2.8 lenses before I purchased the Tamron so I got experience with what focal lengths I liked for what purposes. I went back and forth between purchasing the 28-75 Tammy, 17-50 Tammy, pentax fa43, and a couple others.
Summary: I haven't had the lens very long, but it has been very nice for the money. I have used it in various situations and it has performed reasonably well. I am happy with my decision to purchase it.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction