What can I say? this lens is fantastic! While it cost me a bundle and half of my soul but damn worth it!
I originally had a Tamron A16 and a Tamron SP90 but recently I decide to bite the bullet and sell off those 2 to help me finance my purchase of this legendary gold ring lens.
I managed to get it at RM4,900 brand new from Japan while shops were selling it at RM5,900 and even the online shop I bought it from has increased the price to RM5,100. I had purchase this lens before everyone started to buy it in anticipation of the new Nikon D3.
The benefit of this lens over Nikon 17-55mm is that is a full frame lens and can be used on both film and digital sensor (after digital crop factor of 1.5x).
The lens is as they say, really tack sharp and beautiful! With the tamron A16 I had to spend a good amount of time to work the pics before they can be considered good but with this, a good level of post processing has been reduced.
Another factor why I decided on this lens was because I also shoot film and it works great on my Nikon Fm2n and gives me true 17mm instead of 25mm on digital. So for a dual strategy, this lens is considered one of the best as it can be used on many of Nikon’s old camera unlike the new G type lens like the Nikon 17-55mm or any of the new DX or FX lenses.
Here are some of my pics taken with this lens
Although many websites say its flare and ghost resistant but that’s what it is, just resistant and not flare and ghost proof as you can see from my pic below.
On a whole this is a good lens and it can indeed beat prime lenses from what I have seen. I hope to put this sucker pass limit shoot.
Only one thing you need to consider, its quite heavy but not as heavy as my sigma 70-200mm but heavy nonetheless. Unfortunately unlike most lenses, this lens cannot be recommended to just anyone as it cost more then the nikon 17-55mm and with the recent price hike (I suspect due to Nikon D3) as full frame is now available for Nikon I believe full frame lenses for the entire Nikon range will once again be in serious demand just like the 35mm film era and the fact this lens covers a very small range versus other lenses. In any event, for me this lens is a great performer but your own millage may vary.
So with that I leave you with this