Win a Tamron Lens for Your SLR: 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC

Win a Tamron Lens for Your SLR: 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC

Win a Tamron 17-50 Lens

Win a Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens!

Image of the Tamron 17-50 Lens

The Prize:

The Tamron 17-50 Lens is a high speed standard zoom that features Tamron’s VC anti-shake system for ultimate image control. Designed exclusively for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C-size sensors (26mm to 77mm equivalent), the new lens is a masterpiece of innovative optical design: compact and lightweight, yet high performance delivering a fast f/2.8 aperture over its entire focal-length range. Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization allows critically sharp hand-held image capture and gives 4 extra shutter speed stops for low light/natural light shooting. Save $25 now with mail-in rebate thru 4/30/10 on Tamron’s newest VC lens!

This lens is available for Canon and Nikon APS-C size sensor cameras.  In the event the winner owns a full frame camera or a Sony or Pentax mount, the winner can choose the 28-75mm instead.

Rules:

Winner must have a US Mailing address.

Winner must be 18 years or older.

Winner will be picked via random drawing on April 18th, late afternoon/early evening eastern time.

To Enter:

Add your comments to this post (not on Facebook – as those will NOT be integrated)

For your 1st entry, answer the 3 questions below. You may add an image that helps you convey the answer (if desired). Do not use the image space to add your logo or branding on its own or you will be disqualified.

  • Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
  • What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
  • What is your favorite focal length to shoot?  Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.

Plus other ways to get bonus contest entries: remember posting about the contest on your favorite forum, blog, facebook and twitter each count as an extra entry.  New members to my Facebook Fan Page, RSS subscribers, and new twitter followers get an extra entry for each.  And of course if you have my button/link to my site on your blog, you always get an extra entry in every contest! just add a bonus comment for each.  Good luck everyone!

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2,032 Comments

  1. April 13, 2010 at 9:05 am — Reply

    I really love shooting at around 35-50. I have the 24-70 which I really love but would like that extra wide angle of the 17 would be totally awesome!

  2. April 13, 2010 at 9:06 am — Reply

    I would LOVE this lens. I have a 50mm that I use for most of my portraits, but I would love something with the ability to zoom. Its hard to use the 50mm with the 2-3 yr old age range, which is mostly what I shoot! 🙂 I love my 50mm and full frame sensor

  3. April 13, 2010 at 9:08 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I do not have very many lenses and feel this will give me more versatility.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Newborns!
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    28mmm, I like to be close!

  4. April 13, 2010 at 9:09 am — Reply

    I shoot dogs and the wide angle makes for amazing photos – especially because they like to get close to me. I’m always backing away and having a 17 lens would be great. I’ve tried a wide angle before and just love it – and since this range is what I mostly shoot in, this lens would be perfect. I also have to shoot a lot of action and sometimes indoors using only natural light, so the 2.8 would be a dream come true!

  5. April 13, 2010 at 9:09 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Can a photographer ever “need” too many lenses? I think having a multitude of tools can only enhance your work by giving more options to capture moments artistically.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    This lens would be perfect for shooting events, rallies and plays as my church’s photographer-in-residence.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love an 85mm for portraits and a 70-200mm for weddings.

  6. April 13, 2010 at 9:10 am — Reply

    I currently use all fixed lenses and would love to have a little more flexibility and this lens seems perfect. I would use this lens for family and children portraiture. Currently my favority focal length in my 50 mm…..love it!

  7. April 13, 2010 at 9:12 am — Reply

    I was just looking at this lens, it would be SO much fun to have. I do quite a bit of indoor sessions and this lens would be nice to have when room is an issue. I love taking pictures of Children, Seniors and Families. My favorite focal length is 50 mm also, I just love the bokeh you can get with that.

  8. April 13, 2010 at 9:13 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I “need” this lens for the wide angle capabilities! Currently my widest lens is the Tamron 28-75. Would love that 17!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would use this lens mostly for child and family portraits.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    Well lately it’s 85 mm because I just got the 85 1.8 a couple weeks ago.

  9. ashley
    April 13, 2010 at 9:13 am — Reply

    I need this lens for my photography because, first, I dont have a zoom lens. Second, I do not have a lens that is lower than 50mm and this would be great for those family shots or big group pictures!
    I mainly do families and children, so it will be nice to have a zoom lens for the children who like to run free!
    My favorite focal length to shoot would definitely be my 50mm, this is my “go to” lens for sure!

  10. April 13, 2010 at 9:13 am — Reply

    Just started to follow MCP on Twitter

  11. April 13, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    Following on Twitter!

  12. Emily
    April 13, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    I need this lens to expand my lens options! I am kind-of a newbie, and need more options to expand my skills and knowledge. I would use it to take pics of my favorite subjects – children! I love a 50mm.

  13. April 13, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    1. the only lens i currently have that is decent enough to shoot with is my 50mm. this would be a super add-on!
    2. i shoot babies, families, weddings, you name it, would love to see what this baby can do.
    3. 50mm would be my fave, (and ok only) focal length for shooting.

  14. April 13, 2010 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Just tweeted the giveaway details and info about MCP actions.

  15. April 13, 2010 at 9:15 am — Reply

    WHOA – I need this lens, and i didn’t even know it. I do a lot of low light/natural light photography of food and knitting. I often shoot around 35-50, but my favorite focal length is the one that works best for what I’m shooting. 🙂

  16. April 13, 2010 at 9:16 am — Reply

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  17. April 13, 2010 at 9:17 am — Reply

    I just tweeted your give away! @MPPhotog

  18. Joanne Thomas
    April 13, 2010 at 9:18 am — Reply

    I need this lens to give me options for creativity in my photography.
    I want to shoot portrait or photojournalism with this new lens.
    At this point my favorite lens is my 50mm f/1.8 lens.

  19. April 13, 2010 at 9:19 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    I need this lens for the wide angle capabilities! My current wide angle does not take sharp photos and I use it only when I MUST. (Which was a real bummer at the Forbidden City last week!)

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would use this lens when traveling and for taking photos of my children.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    Right now my favorite is my 55-200mm, just because it is fast, very sharp and is the only lens I currently own besides my cheap wide angle. (I’m just starting out!)

  20. April 13, 2010 at 9:20 am — Reply

    • I NEED this lens because all of the lens that I have are cheap glass, because I can not afford to get the expensive (good quality) glass. Also, I currently only own a 75mm- 300mm, a fisheye, an 85mm and a lens baby.
    • If I won this lens I would use it for nature photos as well as weddings.
    • I love my 75-300, but I need more diversity.

  21. Joanne Thomas
    April 13, 2010 at 9:20 am — Reply

    I follow MCP on Facebook.

  22. April 13, 2010 at 9:21 am — Reply

    love my 50mm. I am just starting out and would love to have a greater range of lenses to work with. I think this lens would be perfect for baby photos.

  23. Joanne Thomas
    April 13, 2010 at 9:21 am — Reply

    I follow MCP on Twitter. Posting contest info on both twitter and facebook. 🙂

  24. April 13, 2010 at 9:22 am — Reply

    1. I would love to incorporate more landscape in my portraits and my current lens feels a little tight.
    2. I would love to shoot portraits and weddings, but my favorite subjects are my two little boys!
    3. My current favorite is shooting portraits with my 50mm 1.8 on my cropped sensor camera–of course that is my only lens, so maybe I will find a new favorite if I win!

  25. April 13, 2010 at 9:24 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    -It would be awesome to have a wide angle zoom lens to add to my bag of tools.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    – I photograph a lot of families and children, especially my own. It would be nice to have this lens to allow me some distance with my subjects to capture those candid moments.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    – I love my 50mm lens.

  26. April 13, 2010 at 9:24 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’ve got an 11-16mm/f2.8 and a 50mm/f1.8 for fast lenses… the 17-50mm would fill in the gap between the two I have beautifully!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I think cityscapes at night would be absolutely fantastic with this lens. I don’t do many weddings, but I think it would suit that atmosphere really well.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I don’t have a favorite focal length; I do, however, have a favorite aperture… f3.2 seems to allow for fantastic bokeh while keeping what needs to be in focus tack sharp.

  27. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 9:25 am — Reply

    Cool! I have a 40D Canon. I love using my 50mm, but in so many instances, I have to get so far back, it doesn’t quite make the shot what I want it. I think this lens would be beneficial for the children shots I take. I’ve been wanting a 20mm or so, but have held back because of the cost.

  28. April 13, 2010 at 9:25 am — Reply

    I currently use the 28-75, but in a lot of settings it back focuses, so the need to get another lens is growing with each shoot. Most of my shoots are babies, children and families. I have a 50mm also, but I think having the range for fast moving children will be a perk. I find I shoot at the wider lengths due to space issues, so having the 17mm would be great!

  29. April 13, 2010 at 9:26 am — Reply

    I retweeted!

  30. April 13, 2010 at 9:27 am — Reply

    I *need* this lens because I only have a 35-80mm 5.6 and a 75-300mm 5.6 lens. I would use the lens to photograph my family, my furbabies, and flowers….those are my favorite things to photograph. I would say 50 is my favorite focal length.

  31. April 13, 2010 at 9:27 am — Reply

    Shared on Facebook too!

  32. Lisa Thayer
    April 13, 2010 at 9:28 am — Reply

    1st entry….just for stopping by…

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    Love, Love this size and the speed, have a Tamron 75-300, so this would be a GREAT addition! 🙂

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Friends and family….8 grandkids and one on the way! 🙂

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Same as above….”shooting portraits on a full frame camera.”

  33. Cassie
    April 13, 2010 at 9:28 am — Reply

    I tweeted about it!

  34. Cassie
    April 13, 2010 at 9:29 am — Reply

    I shared it on Facebook, also!

  35. Lisa Thayer
    April 13, 2010 at 9:30 am — Reply

    Follower on FB…. 🙂

  36. Margie
    April 13, 2010 at 9:31 am — Reply

    I love to travel, so I need this lens for the wide angle capabilities while shooting landscapes.

    I’m going on an Alaska cruise next month, and want to shoot all of those beautiful glaciers and lovely scenery with this lens.

    My favorite focal length is 50 mm. That was my first “good” lens and I learned to work with the fixed focal length because that’s all I used for over a year.

  37. April 13, 2010 at 9:32 am — Reply

    I would love to win this camera, I’m trying to start turning a hobby into a career!
    Children and Engagement photos are my favorite to take!
    I’m with you, shooting at 50mm is best for me!

  38. April 13, 2010 at 9:32 am — Reply

    1. I need it because I would LOVE to have a lens with a wider angle. Plus, I primarily shoot with a fixed focal length and would like to have some options. I would love to use it for photos of my children and of the city.

    I currently use a 35mm f/1.8 the most.

  39. Sara K
    April 13, 2010 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I have the Tamron 17-50 and it lives on my camera. I’d LOVE to have it with the VC. I think that’s great that they came out with one with the VC.

    I would photograph everything with this lens. I’ve used my other for weddings, portraits and an all around lens. Love it and I think it would be so much better with the VC.

    My favorite focal length is 50mm. Just because I love my Canon 50mm lens. It’s another one that I frequently switch out. It just gives such nice bokeh.

  40. AimeeJ
    April 13, 2010 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I only have the kit lenses for my D80, but I love the 17-55 b/c it’s really versatile when trying to keep up with my kids. I would love this Tamron lens b/c it gives me the same range, just in a better lens. I seem to usually shoot at around the 35mm range. If I won this lens, I would still use it to shoot my kids. I love capturing all the quirkiness kids have to offer.

  41. diane
    April 13, 2010 at 9:35 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I only have the lens that came with my Nikon d90 and although it is a wonderful lens, I’d love to try a little variation.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I have four kids that will be graduating from high school in the next few years and I’d love to get great senior photos for them (need it NOW so I can practice and get good)
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I am addicted to zooming to 105mm, the longest my lens will go.

  42. April 13, 2010 at 9:35 am — Reply

    Why do I *need* this lens? Well I LOVE my 70-200 2.8 because of the amazing creaming bokeh that it creates. But I can’t always use it when I want because I am so close to the subjects. It would be perfect for me to use during weddings when I am close to the bride during processionals/recessionals, lining up, etc…
    What type of subjects would I photograph?
    PEOPLE! 😀 In low light or quick moving subjects, this would be perfect. I love shooting kids. I tend to shoot a lot of shots with the subject looking up at me. This would be so great to have as the focal lengths could very. The wide angle of it makes me giddy just thinking about it!
    My favorite focal length to shoot has been about 100 mm with my 2.8. Definitely close ups. Often with the face covering much of the frame. But I think if I had a wide angle with such a great/fast lens, I may change my mind!

  43. Sara K
    April 13, 2010 at 9:35 am — Reply
  44. Jen
    April 13, 2010 at 9:36 am — Reply

    Why I need this lens- I do not have a lens that is as wide as the 17. And love that it is a 2.8.
    What I would use it for- I love to photography family, children, and couples. It would go to good use for all of those shoots. And we are having a baby… we would use it to photograph our new addition:)
    My favorite focal length- I have to agree with you, I love my 50mm and use it more then anything.

  45. Tina
    April 13, 2010 at 9:37 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? It sounds like a great option to have in my bag 🙂

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Seniors, children

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? 50mm

  46. Jen
    April 13, 2010 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Just posted it on facebook!!

  47. April 13, 2010 at 9:38 am — Reply

    I’m a newbie…and have been looking at the canon 16-35 for wide angle…but it’s so expensive. It’s the last lens (for now) that i want to add to my lenses!
    I would love it for the artsy wide angle view to capture my subjects in an awesome landscape…stunning…and to do some landscape photography.
    I currently love my 70-200 Tamron – with moving children in fields as my subjects…I love shooting kids (and family stuff too!)

  48. April 13, 2010 at 9:38 am — Reply

    i “need” this lens primarily because i don’t have a lot of lens options. i’m a relative newbie and would love to expand my lens collection.

    i think this lens would be a great addition for things like school performances etc.

    right now i love my 50mm lens. i rarely take it off!

  49. April 13, 2010 at 9:38 am — Reply

    I just got my first DSLR and currently only have the Tamron 28-75. I would love the 17-50 to get some extra wide angles in there. I am currently photographing maternity, newborns, birth, and families. The 17-50 would be fabulous for my beach sessions.
    I’m usually shooting around 50-70 with my current lens

  50. April 13, 2010 at 9:39 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? My old 17-55mm lens is a DX and can’t really use it since upgrading to full frame.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Portraits and hopefully get into some weddings.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I’m liking the 50mm and 85mm.

  51. April 13, 2010 at 9:39 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I use a Nikon D300 and would love to have this lens for it’s wide angles. Right now I only go to 28MM with my 28-70mm.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Large groups, tight spaces around town and landscapes
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? somewhere between 50 and 80mm for people and 80-200mm for smaller subjects

  52. Jen
    April 13, 2010 at 9:39 am — Reply

    Just retweeted!! hope you get tons of post:)

  53. April 13, 2010 at 9:40 am — Reply
  54. Christy Koeberle
    April 13, 2010 at 9:40 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I only have the 50mm and it’s on it’s last legs! lol Plus I just think this lens will help me expand my photography! I would also love to use it for Seniors or really just about anything!

  55. April 13, 2010 at 9:41 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Right now I don’t have this focal length covered, I really need something that can go wide like this! It would go great with my 35-70!

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Portraits and weddings, especially portraits, it would be great to pull back without having to move back in my short shooting space.

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I stay around 35 a lot of the time, mostly because that’s as wide as my best lens gets, but I love my 50 a lot too! 🙂

  56. April 13, 2010 at 9:41 am — Reply

    I like my 18-55mm lens, but I really, really need to have a lower aperture lens so it would be more versatile. I love shooting between 35mm and 50mm.

  57. T.J. Freeman
    April 13, 2010 at 9:42 am — Reply

    I love shooting at 50mm with my 1.8 but really need to get wider and keep the aperture low and don’t have that capability with that lens. My two favorite subjects are my kids (#1) and random objects that I can isolate and using DOF blur the rest of the image ;). I think I “need” this lens because my kids will only be kids for a short time and I would love to be able to capture better pictures of them all!

  58. Christy Koeberle
    April 13, 2010 at 9:43 am — Reply

    Posted on Facebook! 🙂

  59. April 13, 2010 at 9:44 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Can a photographer ever “need” too many lenses? I think having a multitude of tools can only enhance your work by giving more options to capture moments artistically.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    This lens would be perfect for shooting events, rallies and plays as my church’s photographer-in-residence.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love an 85mm for portraits and a 70-200mm for weddings.

  60. April 13, 2010 at 9:44 am — Reply

    I retweeted

  61. April 13, 2010 at 9:44 am — Reply

    Tweeted @MargueriteTyler

  62. April 13, 2010 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  63. April 13, 2010 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I need this lens for group shots! I currently have the 70-300 and the 50mm which really don’t cut it for large group weddings which is what I will use this lens for, as well as portraits. My favorite focal length to shoot as is usually between the 30-50 range.

  64. April 13, 2010 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I am so excited about this giveaway! My kit lens is just not giving me the flexibility I need in low and natural lighting situations and with group shots. I’ve been eyeing wide-angle lenses but they’re not in my budget right now. I will be using this for group photos, portraiture and some action shots where my 70-200 is just too long. I haven’t yet settled on a favorite focal length as I’m still developing a shooting style.
    Thanks Jodi!

  65. April 13, 2010 at 9:46 am — Reply

    http://robingreenebaker.blogspot.com/
    got the button on my personal blog

  66. April 13, 2010 at 9:46 am — Reply

    1. Oh I NEED this lens. The only “wider” lens I have is my kit lens, which because of the aperture (not wide enough, and variable) doesn’t work well for me. I woud LOVE LOVE LOVE this lens!!

    2. I’d love it for kids and families, and sometimes I’d just love to go a little wider. Especially in a tighter space 🙂

    3. I’ve usually loved shooting between 50 and 75mm with my Tamron (I love the bokeh) on my 40D, but I want to shoot wider at times with that lower aperture!!

  67. April 13, 2010 at 9:47 am — Reply

    button on my craft blog
    http://scrappyshiek.blogspot.com/

  68. Karen Knapper
    April 13, 2010 at 9:47 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    As I just purchased my first DSLR recently, I am severely limited with my kit lens. Would love to have the ability for some wider angles in my shots.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I live in New Orleans, and this beautiful city is what I spend most of my time shooting (besides my children, of course.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? So far, all I’ve got is my kit lens.

  69. April 13, 2010 at 9:48 am — Reply

    http://scrappyshiek.blogspot.com/
    got the button on my craft blog

  70. April 13, 2010 at 9:48 am — Reply
  71. April 13, 2010 at 9:48 am — Reply

    I posted a button on my blog!
    http://www.gracefulbear.blogspot.com

  72. April 13, 2010 at 9:49 am — Reply

    I need this lens because there are so many fleeting moments I’m missing out on while documenting the first year of my daughter’s life. I don’t have a fixed aperture zoom, and have come across the limitations of having just a prime 50mm. I mostly want to document her life, as well as daily life for all of us.

    Right now my favorite lens combo is a 50mm on a full framed Nikon for portraits and candid shooting.

  73. April 13, 2010 at 9:49 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I can never have too many. I would use it for portraits and landscapes. For portraits, my fav focal length is 50mm.

  74. April 13, 2010 at 9:51 am — Reply

    I added the link to the bottom of my new blog…christinatellphotography.blogspot.com

  75. April 13, 2010 at 9:51 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens simply because you can never have enough lens!! In reality I would love this lens for landscapes and portraits. My all time favorite lens would be the 50 mm, I use it 90% of the time!

  76. Melissa Reyes-Abbey
    April 13, 2010 at 9:52 am — Reply
  77. April 13, 2010 at 9:52 am — Reply
  78. Jennifer Vinson
    April 13, 2010 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I think I need this lens because I am just starting out and all I have so far is the kit lens and my 50mm and I wont be able to afford any new glass for a long while.

    I love shooting children out in nature and sometimes a good zoom would come in handy.

    My Favorite focal length for now is my 50mm. Its the best piece of glass I have right now and I’m loving what it does for me.

  79. April 13, 2010 at 9:54 am — Reply
  80. April 13, 2010 at 9:54 am — Reply

    following you on twitter

  81. Jennifer Vinson
    April 13, 2010 at 9:55 am — Reply

    Fanned you on Facebook!!!

  82. April 13, 2010 at 9:55 am — Reply
  83. Christy Koeberle
    April 13, 2010 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Following you on Twitter!

  84. Sarah T
    April 13, 2010 at 9:56 am — Reply

    I got a d5000 for Christmas so I have the 18-55mm that came in the kit and a 50mm f/1.8. I “need” this to develop my photography skills and get comfortable with different lenses. The next lens on my wish list is a wide angle lens to take on a few vacations this summer so this would be perfect! I love my 50mm f/1.8 because it picks up so much detail from faces and blurs the background perfectly.

  85. April 13, 2010 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I was already a fan on facebook, but i just shared this blog post with facebook!

  86. Jennifer Vinson
    April 13, 2010 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Following you on twitter!!

  87. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 9:58 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need this lens because I’m just getting my photography business off the ground, but have little money for new lenses because of our Ethiopian adoption. Adoption is amazing, but also amazingly expensive!

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Portraits and lifestyle shots for my photog business, but also travel photography when we’re in Ethiopia (local people, landscapes, etc). I REALLY want to have a bunch of good pictures when we come home so that our new son will have a photographic memory of the country of his birth.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I’m digging my 35mm, mainly because it’s the best lens that I own at the moment. =)

  88. Sarah T
    April 13, 2010 at 9:58 am — Reply

    I tweeted! @tedforse

  89. April 13, 2010 at 9:59 am — Reply
  90. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 9:59 am — Reply

    Subscribed via Google Reader

  91. Sarah T
    April 13, 2010 at 10:00 am — Reply

    I became a facebook fan!

  92. Anneli
    April 13, 2010 at 10:00 am — Reply

    I need this lens for its great versatility, I love how wide you can go with it!
    This would lens would be great for photographing children, families and events.
    I love my 50 mm for portraits.

  93. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 10:00 am — Reply

    Following via Twitter (first time counting toward a contest)

  94. April 13, 2010 at 10:01 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? All of my current lenses are 55mm or more. The 17 – 50 mm would be amazing!
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Our first baby, Miss Lillian Gabrielle, who will grace this earth on June 19th! And hopefully, many more babies to come as my wedding clients move along their life path and we find ourselves blessed with another beautiful life.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I really like my 55-85mm for portraits and over all general photography, looking to upgrade that one soon!

  95. April 13, 2010 at 10:01 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? The only portrait lens I currently have is a 50mm 1.8. It is a fabulous lens except that there are often times when it’s not wide enough – especially for indoor home shoots.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Newborns, Indoor home family, artsy wide shots.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? 50mm at the moment since that’s my only portrait lens

  96. April 13, 2010 at 10:02 am — Reply

    1 – I recently switched from my Pentax to a Canon 5D Mark II, but could only afford one lens, so I went with a 50mm. I’m dying to get a few more lenses for the arsenal and would love something with a wider angle!

    2 – I currently shoot mostly actor headshots, so my 50mm is great. However, I would like to more children and family portraits, incorporating some landscapes in them.

    3 – I’m with you. I like the 50mm lens for portraits, which is why it’s the only one I have for the Canon so far!

  97. Anneli
    April 13, 2010 at 10:02 am — Reply

    I am a fan on facebook.

  98. April 13, 2010 at 10:03 am — Reply

    Following on twitter at sheri_rose

  99. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 10:03 am — Reply

    Fanned on Facebook (first time counting toward a contest)

  100. April 13, 2010 at 10:03 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I am just getting started, and this would be a big help! Right now I don’t have a good zoom.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Mostly families.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? 35mm

  101. April 13, 2010 at 10:04 am — Reply

    Shared on facebook!

  102. April 13, 2010 at 10:05 am — Reply

    Retweeted @ sheri_rose

  103. April 13, 2010 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Facebook fan

  104. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 10:06 am — Reply
  105. April 13, 2010 at 10:06 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I “need” to expand on my gear. All I have now is the kit lens and my nifty fifty. I would photograph more nature settings/landscapes and have more diversity when it comes to family portraits. Right now I love using my 50mm for portraits.

  106. April 13, 2010 at 10:07 am — Reply

    I would LOVE to have this lens for the wide angle capabilities! And who doesn’t NEED a another lens? 😉

    I would use it to shoot portraits and weddings.

    Favorite focal length? hmmm I really don’t have a favorite. It depends on what I am shooting. My favorite lens to use is 18-250.

  107. April 13, 2010 at 10:07 am — Reply

    shared on FB.

  108. Lisa
    April 13, 2010 at 10:08 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’m an amatuer hobbyist trying to make the move to more serious photography and this lens would be a great addition to my fledgling equipment!
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    My favorite subjects are portraits, primarily children and families, so this lens would be great for that.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I’m enjoying shooting around 50-85mm.

  109. A K Wehrley
    April 13, 2010 at 10:08 am — Reply

    My day job consists primarily of photographing babies, children, families, the occasional business portrait. After hours I like to run and bike; it’s a way to blow off stream, connect with my friends and burn some calories. Lately I’ve been carrying my camera with me on my long rides, with the ultimate goal to create a photo book featuring my friends, our bikes and our community. This Tamron lens could be a lot of fun, both on and off the job, and on the bike. Currently in studio I’m using an AF-S Nikkor 28-70, which is a very nice lens. My own digital set up is a little less fancy, but I enjoy shooting somewhere between 55-70mm for most of my work. I would love to try this Tamron on for size!

  110. April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Retweeted!

  111. Lisa
    April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am — Reply

    I subscribed to the daily updates/RSS feed.

  112. Christy Koeberle
    April 13, 2010 at 10:10 am — Reply

    I retweeted this! 🙂

  113. April 13, 2010 at 10:10 am — Reply

    What a great contest!

    1.) Why do I *need* this lens?… I’m the proud owner of Tamron’s 28-75mm lens and LOVE IT! I currently own a 50mm Canon lens but it doesn’t allow me to get the wider shots that I often want.

    2.) My favorite photo subjects are kids: mine, nieces/nephews, neighbors, friends… they are so active and uninhibited by a camera in their faces.

    3.) I prefer to take full-frame shots (35-50mm); I use my 50mm lens the most, however there are many times when I can’t get the full *picture* in the frame which is why this lens would be perfect.

  114. April 13, 2010 at 10:12 am — Reply

    • I need this lens because I need a fast, moderate zoom lens. I have an 18-200mm zoom, but it is not fast at all focal lengths which makes shooting in low light difficult. My friends have recommended this lens to me.
    • Indoor photos of people and animals. Mostly animals. Mostly my cats.
    • My favorite focal length is 60mm on my new Tamron 60mm macro lens!

  115. catherine lorraine
    April 13, 2010 at 10:12 am — Reply

    need this lens because i am jso & LOVE my 50 1.8, but this is the only addtnl lens i have besides kit. i shoot events and would like a variety of detailed pics for them & family portraits. favorite focal length is 50mm, only one i use!

  116. April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am — Reply

    1. I would find this lens very useful because I’ve outgrown my kit lens. In fact, I downgraded recently because I broke the actual “kit” lens and went to buy the same lens, but minus the VR. I didn’t realize that would cost me dearly in focus time. Now I hardly ever shoot wide angle. I will eventually be able to afford a lens like this… but not for a while.
    2. Street. I find somewhere around 35-50 to be perfect for street but with a 5.6 the best I can do at 50mm with my current lens, there are serious limitations both in terms of speed and composition. Plus, there are lots of shots when I’m walking around that demand wide angle and I just don’t have it.
    3. I shoot almost exclusively with my 35mm f/2. It was a gift and one of the best gifts I’ve ever received (from my boss, no less!). It’s great for almost everything.

  117. Vera
    April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I am just getting started out with photography as serious hobby. My only other good lens is the 50 1.4. I will use the tamron lens primarily for indoor shots of my children as well as outdoor shots when I need a wider angle to get more of the background in the shot to tell the story. With the crop factor, I love my nifty fifty for portraits.

  118. Kami Friday
    April 13, 2010 at 10:14 am — Reply

    1. I have this lens, actually, but purchased it second hand and I didn’t get a great copy. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it, though. I’d love to give it a second chance.

    2. I shoot mostly kids and this is the perfect lens for that.

    3. I use my nifty fifty more than any lens I own.

  119. April 13, 2010 at 10:14 am — Reply

    I need this lens because the only lenses I own are my nifty fifty, kit lens, and 75-300mm. I’d love the wider angle! I’d use this lens for children and family portraits as I’m just getting started with my own business. My favorite focal length right now is 50mm. Thanks for this amazing opportunity! 🙂

  120. catherine lorraine
    April 13, 2010 at 10:15 am — Reply

    i tweeted!

  121. AimeeJ
    April 13, 2010 at 10:16 am — Reply

    I tweeted about the contest. http://www.twitter.com/awew

  122. April 13, 2010 at 10:16 am — Reply
  123. April 13, 2010 at 10:17 am — Reply

    following on Twitter
    subscribed to the RSS feed

  124. April 13, 2010 at 10:19 am — Reply

    I need this lense because I have been saving up to buy one with a 2.8 and that focal distance! I photograph families, children, etc. My favorite focal lenght to shoot at is 200 on my 70-200.

  125. April 13, 2010 at 10:20 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I have three small kids, and live in a beautiful area of TN. At the park is where most of my photography takes place. It would be nice to go back and forth from pics of the kids and nature shots with this cool lens!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Landscapes, flowers, kids, ANYTHING!

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I couldn’t agree more, there is just something about that 50mm that gets all the good shots! And it fills the frame effortlessly!

    Made a post, followed you on twitter, already a fan on facebook, have your feed and L-O-V-E your blog (does that count?? :)!!!
    Thanks Jody, for your amazing contests and all the help you give on taking better pictures!

  126. April 13, 2010 at 10:21 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens, because all I have right now is a fixed 50mm 1.8. I would like some variety.

    I am a portrait photographer. I chase children around, so a zoom lens would be nice.

    My favorite focal length is 50mm, seeing how I have no choice. 🙂

  127. April 13, 2010 at 10:21 am — Reply

    Twitter follower

  128. April 13, 2010 at 10:22 am — Reply

    I twittered!

  129. Cali
    April 13, 2010 at 10:22 am — Reply

    This is the next lens on my list to get! I mainly shoot with a 50 mm, and I think having a little bit more to choose from, but still a low aperture would really help my photography. I mostly just photograph my kids.. and that’s what I’d do with this lens, but it would be awesome to have more versatility. I do love shooting wide open at 50 mm and 1.8 though.

  130. catherine lorraine
    April 13, 2010 at 10:23 am — Reply
  131. Cali
    April 13, 2010 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Became a facebook fan!

  132. April 13, 2010 at 10:24 am — Reply

    I added you banner to my blog!

  133. April 13, 2010 at 10:24 am — Reply

    I posted a link!!!
    http://bertolone.blogspot.com
    🙂

  134. April 13, 2010 at 10:25 am — Reply
  135. April 13, 2010 at 10:25 am — Reply

    1. I currenly have only a 28-135mm lens and a 50mm lens. Winning this lens would give me the ability to shoot wider angles and would be great for group shots.
    2. Right now I’m just shooting pictures of family and friends – I don’t have a photography business. I have taken wedding pictures, group shots and grad photos by request. I can see myself using this for all of those things.
    3. I love my 50mm 1.8 lens for portraits.

  136. Kristen D
    April 13, 2010 at 10:26 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I NEED this lens as I just upgraded to the Nikon D300s and it would be rockin’ on board! Right now all I have is the 50mm 1.8 and would love to have a zoom, esp the extra wide 17. 🙂
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I love photographing my kids and other peoples kids. Families too.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    Well since, all I have right now is the 50mm 1.8, that’s my fav!

    Thanks for an awesome contest!

  137. April 13, 2010 at 10:27 am — Reply

    I would love this lens… I have only 2 lenses for my camera, and am just dying for more! I mostly use my 50mm lens, but would love the wide angle & zoom ability… My favorite subject is children 🙂

  138. April 13, 2010 at 10:28 am — Reply

    Why do I need this lens? Who doesn’t need more lenses?! Yeesh!
    I photography people and I like to shoot 50mm.

  139. April 13, 2010 at 10:28 am — Reply

    Wow! What a great giveaway. I have been looking for a wider angle lens and this would be perfect. I have six kids and often times I wish I could shoot wider that’s why I think I “need” this lens. I also love the constant 2.8 aperture to create nice bokeh. With this lens I would be shooting mostly my kids and other large families. The focal length I love to shoot at is currently 50mm. I love my 50 1.4 lens.

  140. April 13, 2010 at 10:28 am — Reply
  141. April 13, 2010 at 10:29 am — Reply

    I’m a FB Fan

  142. April 13, 2010 at 10:29 am — Reply

    Your button has a place on honor on my website!

  143. April 13, 2010 at 10:30 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I do not have (and have been looking for) a good wide angle lens at this time. I tend to suffer from camera shake in low light situations. I think the anti shake feature along with the fast f/2.8 aperture would really help me out with that.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I think it would be a great lens for my wedding photography. I would love to use it for still shots (wedding cake, flowers, decorations etc.) as well as for the portraits and ceremony.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? My favorite focal length right now is 50mm on my Canon 40D. I have a fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens that I love!!

  144. April 13, 2010 at 10:30 am — Reply

    I am a Facebook Fan =)

  145. Leila Wylie
    April 13, 2010 at 10:31 am — Reply
  146. April 13, 2010 at 10:32 am — Reply

    Posted to my facebook page and my business fan page.

  147. April 13, 2010 at 10:32 am — Reply

    posted it on twitter too: http://twitter.com/sheilacarsonpix

  148. April 13, 2010 at 10:33 am — Reply

    1. I “need” this lens because I would love to have a wide zoom with the fixed lower aperture capability. My house – living room, kids’ rooms, everything – is very compact and doesn’t get the best light. The f/2.8 would be great in my low light conditions, and the 17mm would do wonders for fitting an entire scene into the frame in my tiny house!
    2. The type of subjents I want to (and generally do) photograph are my kids (or other peoples’ kids) in just a day-to-day life setting. I do love portraits too, but really enjoy documenting the day to day stuff.
    3. Despite the need for something wide, my favorite focal length to shoot is between 30-50mm on my cropped sensor.

  149. April 13, 2010 at 10:33 am — Reply

    RSS subscriber

  150. April 13, 2010 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Shared on FB. I’m already a fan!
    Tweeted too! And I’m a follower.
    I just can’t get enough. Thanks for all your help and willingness to share!

  151. Jenny
    April 13, 2010 at 10:34 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? Because I would love a wider lens for my landscape photography.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Landscape and wide portraits (scenic portraits)
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. I love to shoot wide, right around 25mm but would LOVE to shoot wider because I have a crop sensor.

  152. April 13, 2010 at 10:35 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    My photography is all over the map so perhaps this lens will help me focus and find my niche…
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Street scenes and people, esp. my family!
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I love 50mm!!

  153. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 10:36 am — Reply

    I need this lens to help me capture the beginning of life!!! It would be wonderful to have the perfect lens to help capture such special memory images!!! some of the important thing in life certainly the most beautiful.

  154. April 13, 2010 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Shared the link to this contest on my Facebook page!
    http://www.facebook.com/danielleroe12?ref=profile

  155. April 13, 2010 at 10:36 am — Reply

    I just added your button to my blog! Thanks for all the great tips!

  156. April 13, 2010 at 10:37 am — Reply

    I blogged
    (sorry I couldn’t figure out how to add a banner right now… need to figure that out!)

    http://atanisimage.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/mcp-actions-is-where-its-at/

  157. Rebecca D
    April 13, 2010 at 10:37 am — Reply

    I need this because it has the extra shutter speed stops for low light/natural light shooting! I would use this lens to take pictures of my little guy. I’ve been using my 50mm lens a lot lately and I would say it’s one of my favorites!

  158. April 13, 2010 at 10:38 am — Reply

    It would be great to have more of a wide angle lens at a 2.8. I would love to shoot weddings and portraits with this lens. My favorite focal length to shoot is 35mm because I have a croped sensor so this lens would be perfect.

  159. April 13, 2010 at 10:39 am — Reply

    Now a twitter follower! (Danielleroe12)

  160. April 13, 2010 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Posted on twitter @erinlangford

  161. April 13, 2010 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Hey Jodi!

    I just blogged about your actions and put your link under my Resources menu.

    http://cookwire.blogspot.com/2010/04/yeah-for-mcp-actions.html

    Thanks!

  162. April 13, 2010 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Following rss feed.

  163. April 13, 2010 at 10:41 am — Reply

    I am a fan on facebook.

  164. Kristen D
    April 13, 2010 at 10:42 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I only have a 50mm 1.8 currently. I just upgraded to the Nikon D300s and it would be rockin’ on board! I shoot mainly kids and families. Would love the extra wide angle of the 17. Right now my fav lens to shoot with is my 50mm cuz that’s all I have. Thanks for an awesome contest!

  165. April 13, 2010 at 10:42 am — Reply

    I follow you on twitter.

  166. April 13, 2010 at 10:45 am — Reply

    Just subscribed to your RSS!

  167. April 13, 2010 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Put a link to you on my blog. http://erinlangford.com/blog/

  168. Kristen D
    April 13, 2010 at 10:48 am — Reply

    I tweeted… RT @mcpactions Win a Tamron Lens for Your Canon or Nikon Camera: 17-50 f/2.8 http://bit.ly/ciSwtF

  169. April 13, 2010 at 10:49 am — Reply

    I’m a twitter follower!

  170. Bobbi Kirchhoefer
    April 13, 2010 at 10:49 am — Reply

    Oooh I sooo need this because:
    1) I need some more options when I’m in someone’s home. Sometimes my 50mm doesn’t cut it. I sometimes don’t have enough room and also I’m not going to be able to afford another lens for a while…
    2)Newborns! (My favorite)
    3)My favorite is also my 50mm for portraits!

  171. April 13, 2010 at 10:50 am — Reply

    1) I posted a link on my FB page!
    http://www.facebook.com/taramaples?ref=profile
    2) And I became a fan on FB as well!

  172. April 13, 2010 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Me again!

    I joined your RSS feed on my yahoo home page! Yay!

  173. Lisa Norris
    April 13, 2010 at 10:52 am — Reply

    I am relatively new to photography and would love to go from hobbiest to professional. I am always interested in trying new lenses to learn the differences in each. I’m loving my 50 mm right now but would love to try out more versitile lenses. My passion is photographing the “itty bitties” and families.

  174. Marie
    April 13, 2010 at 10:53 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I don’t have a photography business, but I really love photography. I am a Mom wanna be photographer. I have a few other lenses, but none are a versatile as this. Being a Mom I am not able to buy all the lenses I want because of the costs so this is a perfect opportunity for me to expand my collection, skills and ability.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I love photographing my children and my dogs also nature. This lens would be perfect for that.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    My favorite length to shoot would be 50mm as well. Since the only 50mm length I have is my kit lens (18-55), I can’t get the shots I want. I have a 70-300 and I love that lens, but something that can be used closer than that would be ideal for me.

  175. Kristen D
    April 13, 2010 at 10:53 am — Reply

    I subscribed too!

  176. amy
    April 13, 2010 at 10:53 am — Reply

    I need this lens because currently i only have the one that came with my camera! i would really like to start taking some photos for friends and family to get some practice and having another lens would help me to be able to be more versatile in the photos i can take. currently my fav lens is the only one i have- but i love shooting close ups with it.

  177. April 13, 2010 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    This lens would be so beneficial to my budding photography business. I currently only own a 50mm and a 70-300mm. However, I use only natural lighting in 95% of my sessions, AND I usually go to clients homes for the session– so therefor- space can be extremely limited. I’m not always able to “back off” from my subject in order to use a lens that is either strictly 50mm or 50mm+. Having the ability to shoot at a wider angle of all the way down to 17mm would make my sessions so much easier- keeping me from being pinned up against the window like a suction cup Garfield toy 🙂

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I’m almost exclusively a newborn and maternity photographer, doing other sessions upon request- hence the use of natural light.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    So far, my favorite focal length to shoot at has been 50mm, but I haven’t had to opportunity to experience a lens that shoots wider than that, and would LOVE to!

  178. April 13, 2010 at 10:54 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I don’t have anything in that range that will provide a nice bokeh (kit lens just not cutting it!)
    I mostly work with children and families, but am interested in trying to incorporate different types of photography (landscape, still life, etc.) into the mix.
    Since I shoot with a cropped sensor camera, I like the “just shy of 50mm” range, so this sounds like a fantastic lens for me! Fingers crossed!

  179. April 13, 2010 at 10:54 am — Reply

    I currently use the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 and love it! I really need the 17-50 for in the studio. Sometimes the 70-200mm is just too big for my studio. I would use this lens on most all of my studio work: babies, children, seniors, and engagement. When in studio, I shoot at 70 -100mm most of the time.

  180. April 13, 2010 at 10:55 am — Reply

    I have your button on my blog!
    http://sabrinakphotography.wordpress.com/

  181. April 13, 2010 at 10:57 am — Reply

    I would love this lens! Currently I am in a 50mm state of mind…I go back and forth between that and my 24-105. This lens would be a great addition. It looks pretty light weight which is always good. I would love to try and use this lens with some real action shots. Thanks as always for a fabulous blog!

  182. April 13, 2010 at 10:57 am — Reply

    Facebook fan!

  183. April 13, 2010 at 11:00 am — Reply

    This is such a GREAT contest!! 🙂

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    I don’t have a lens with this focal length…and I’m thinking I’ll LOVE the 17 end of it 🙂

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Weddings!

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.

    I like 50 for portraits….and a bit wider for groups!

  184. April 13, 2010 at 11:00 am — Reply

    My favorite lens is 50mm for taking wonderful potraits of my little girl … they grow up too fast and I’m so thankful for photography so I can document her blessed life!

  185. April 13, 2010 at 11:00 am — Reply

    I really love shooting at the 35mm-50mm range for portraits. I currently have a 50mm prime but I would love to have something with a zoom.

  186. April 13, 2010 at 11:01 am — Reply

    I would love t have this lens because I shoot portraits and weddings. The wide aperature and the zoom focal length will add new dimension to my photography. Right now the focal length of choice is a 50mm. The lens itself allows for a wide variety of aperatures which leads to numerous iterations of the same photo. I true artists weapon of choice.

  187. April 13, 2010 at 11:01 am — Reply

    1. Would love to have this lens cause I need something wider for when I am shooting in my new loft.

    2. I would shoot everyone with this lens, from families to seniors.

    3. My fav focal length is 85mm on my D300!

  188. Wendy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:01 am — Reply

    •I “need” this lens because currently my widest lens is 50mm.
    •I would love to be able to take beautiful photographs at my brothers’ cabin in a beautiful area in Idaho.
    •I have an 85mm lens that is currently my favorite to shoot. I love doing portraits of my children.

  189. Mindy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:02 am — Reply

    bring it on!!

  190. April 13, 2010 at 11:02 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I do not love my kit lens and my 50mm is not always practical in every situation. I want to photograph my 3-year old with it! And my favorite focal length is definitely 50mm, although I do get into a rut where all of my pictures are close-ups – need to move my feet more and step back!

  191. kami
    April 13, 2010 at 11:02 am — Reply

    fan on facebook 🙂

  192. Wendy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am — Reply

    Facebook fan!

  193. April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am — Reply

    I only have a 50mm lens so any type of zoom would improve my photography! I would love to photograph children and babies in a smaller space than the 50mm. And my favorite to photograph right now is 50mm because that is all I have! ha !

  194. April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am — Reply

    So would LOVE this lens because I need a good all purpose lens. I am always taking photos of my kids and all the beautiful nature that surrounds us. I will use the lens kit lens (18-55mm) or a 50mm lens that I sometimes borrow from a friend…. pick me … pick me 🙂

  195. Gina
    April 13, 2010 at 11:04 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I want to start taking pictures out of my comfort zone, I feel that this will make photography more versatile.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Well right now I shoot tons of kids, I know the wide angle and the fast aperture will definitely help. I also want to start doing street photography and landscapes, things I am always scared to try because I lack the confidence.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    Right now I am shooting with my 50 mm prime lens, I am so in love with it.

  196. April 13, 2010 at 11:04 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Because I shoot most of the time into small places so I “need” a wide angle lens.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Children and seniors.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    50 mm

  197. April 13, 2010 at 11:04 am — Reply

    1. I need this lens because I have a house the size of a postage stamp and this would allow me to shoot without limb chopping as often.
    2. My baby boy and family and friends.
    3. 50mm is all I have so that’s what I use.

  198. Michele
    April 13, 2010 at 11:05 am — Reply

    • Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    50mm is currently the widest angle lens I have – I have a tight studio in my basement and can not get more than 1 or 2 people per shot. I need a wider angle lens.

  199. April 13, 2010 at 11:05 am — Reply

    Presently, my wide-to-short tele lens is painfully slow, a 24-120 f/3.5-5.6. Having a faster lens would help me in both my portraiture and wedding photography, as well as my sports/photojournalism photography. I love shooting with all lengths of glass, but right now I’m bordering on around 50mm, wide open (again, having faster glass at 50mm than I have right now would make things SO much better for me.)

  200. April 13, 2010 at 11:05 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I’m a new photography trying to portfolio build. My only lens is a 50mm with I love love love but wanting something more!
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I have the great opportunity to be a second shooter for a wedding photographer this summer. To be able to do this I will need a lens with more options, which this has!
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Shooting at 50mm is mine too, I think that is a favorite for a lot of people! 🙂

  201. April 13, 2010 at 11:05 am — Reply

    1. I am just starting out as a wedding and portrait photographer and I REALLY need a wide angle lens!
    2. I would love to shoot weddings, portraits, and newborns with this lens!
    3. I love to shoot at 50mm focal length on a full frame camera 🙂

  202. April 13, 2010 at 11:06 am — Reply

    this past weekend i was doing a shoot in a smaller home and my 30mm on my cropped sensor just wasnt a wide enough to capture the whole room at once. the 17mm would be awesome!

    i would photography people of course!

    i use my 50mm all the time. its the sharpest lens i have!

  203. April 13, 2010 at 11:06 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens to round out my camera bag and provide some shooting that I don’t previously have with the lenses I currently carry.

    I want to get into shooting weddings. I had my first taste last weekend and I am hooked. So I would use this lens to shoot portraits for weddings AND for the other sessions I do.

    I too like 50 mm on a full frame camera. But I only borrowed the full frame. Hopefully that can be next on my list.

  204. April 13, 2010 at 11:06 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I really need a new lens, right now I can’t afford one.
    I would like to photograph my 22month old little girl with this lens!
    I shoot portraits at or around 50mm.

  205. Bec
    April 13, 2010 at 11:07 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I want to take better portrait photos.

    I want to take more portraits for our business. We do an annual symposium, and I take photos of the presenters. I’d like to take better portraits of them.

    I like to shoot portraits at 50mm.

  206. Denise
    April 13, 2010 at 11:07 am — Reply

    Amazing giveaway!

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    This is exactly the lens I need right now! I mostly shoot with my 50mm lens and I adore it, but sometimes, especially with indoor shots, I am limited in space and I would love to have the versatility to shoot a little more wide angle in these situations. Plus, I am sure there are a million other great photos I can take with this lens!

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    I would be doing portrait shooting, which is my passion.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    I too love shooting at 50 mm. I love the crispness of the photos, the intimate feel of the subject.

  207. April 13, 2010 at 11:07 am — Reply

    1. I just got my dslr at the beginning of the year (canon xsi) and ive been longing for a wide angle lens since my camera isn’t full frame and I’m always backing up.
    2. Portraits (people and pets)
    3. Right now my favorite is my 50mm, but mainly because it’s my only lens!

  208. Beth Kraenzlein
    April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I just got a new camera and didnt have enough money to get this lens yet.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    My main photographs are sports but I have been trying to learn portraits

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    Right now I shoot with either my 18-55 with the old camera or the 28-135 on the new.

  209. Angie
    April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am — Reply

    1) I truly ‘need’ this lens because I am just starting my photography business and need to get a professional camera. I am looking at a Nikon and this lens would be wonderful to have! I just purchased all my lighting and and getting ready to get my backdrops. I am eager to start but can’t do that until I have the right camera and lens
    2)I am mainly interested in photgraphing children but will start out doing senior and family portraits
    3)Right now the camera that I have has a 18-55 lens – so its my favorite…Im mainly shooting at a 35 or so…

  210. April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I do not have a wide angle lens and I really want and need one. Mostly portraits with landscapes in the frame also would be photographed with this lens. My favorite focal length to shoot with is my 50mm on a full frame.

  211. April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Oh, I want this lens! I have all prime lenses, which are fabulous, but there are definitely times when I wish my feet didn’t have to do all the zoomin’ ~ particularly when I’m taking pictures of my own family, when it’s not feasible to switch lenses on and off all the time just to capture “the moment”. If I won I would certainly use it in my portrait business as well, though! I shoot primarily families and children. My go-to lens right now is the 50mm 1.8 used on a Nikon D700. Crossing my fingers that I win! I’ve attached one of my favorite recent portraits.

  212. Christy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:09 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’ve just switched from Pentax to Canon and am building a lens collection. I have nothing this wide.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I shoot families and kids.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I love shooting at 28mm on my crop sensor camera indoors.

  213. April 13, 2010 at 11:09 am — Reply

    Awesome giveaway!

    I am a relatively new photography with a limited budget and, therefore, limited equipment. This lens would add versatility to my portrait photography business. I LOVE to shoot close and don’t, yet, have a fast zoom lnes!

  214. April 13, 2010 at 11:09 am — Reply

    I’ve posted on facebook!

  215. Hopeful Kristi
    April 13, 2010 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I don’t currently have a versatile lens like this. I bought my first d-slr camera in November. It’s a Sony, and I was luckily able to purchase some inexpensive Minolta lenses that fit the Sony mount. Therefore I have a couple fixed focus lenses and the famous “beer can” lens, but unfortunately I am lacking a handy walk-around lens that serves multi purposes.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I love to take photos of people and animals, but I also love nature and going for hikes/walks with just a camera and one lens. I think this lens would be a perfect walk-around lens.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    My 50mm lens is also my favorite lens. I use it for everything.

  216. April 13, 2010 at 11:10 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I only have the lens that came with my SLR originally. I am not able to achieve the bokeh I want with the lens. Also, I would love the zoom on the new lens so I wouldn’t need to sneak up on my subjects and get clsoe shots. I feel like I am sometimes to “in your face” when I am snapping shots.

    I want to photograph kids and families. However, I love architecture too!

    Currently I shoot 50 mm.

  217. Christy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Following you on Twitter now.

  218. April 13, 2010 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I would love to win because I am just starting to really get into photography and would love to see more of what different types of lenses would do. My 11 year old has taken an interest in it as well and we have been working and learning together. I do a lot of landscape photography here in St. Louis and think this would be an awesome lens to work on my skills with! I currently only have a few lenses to work with and pretty much stick to the standard lens that came with my camera. Learning a new one would be awesome!

    (If this posts more than once, I apologize. I keep getting an error message saying that there are too many posts at once.)

  219. April 13, 2010 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I need it because it’s fast and wide! I have a 17-85 but when shooting in low light, its maximum aperture of 4.5 just isn’t good enough. I can always use my go-to 50mm f/1.4 but then I lose the wider angle which is so needed for landscapes and cityscapes. I love early morning shooting, so the speed of this Tamron would be great. I shoot mostly at 50mm on a crop sensor, but then a good number at 20mm or so.

  220. April 13, 2010 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I need this lens because my 16mm-35mm has terrible lens distortion issues…it’s the older model.
    I would mainly shoot landscapes and HDRs of old cars with this new Tamron lens.
    My favorite focal length to shoot is probably 50mm for it’s realism…

  221. April 13, 2010 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I would love a macro lens to play with, especially the gorgeous spring flowers! I love to shoot children’s portraits with my 50 1.4!

  222. April 13, 2010 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Just posted about your giveaway on my Facebook page, too!
    http://www.facebook.com/sabrina.koogler?&new_box_added_id=10635746455#!/sabrina.koogler

  223. April 13, 2010 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I’m just starting out and this would be a major step up from my current lens 🙂
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Children and babies of course! I also have an engagement shoot this would be awesome to have.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Currently my 50mm but sometimes I love my 85mm for crisp images

  224. Joyce M Rivera
    April 13, 2010 at 11:12 am — Reply

    ~ Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    This is such a versatile lens with its zoom range and the VC would be so helpful in low light situations (which I seem to do a lot)- a great addition to my current lenses.
    ~ What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Landscapes and portraits
    ~ What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    It depends on what I am shooting and how close I need to be to frame my subject. 🙂

  225. April 13, 2010 at 11:13 am — Reply

    I need this lens because my 50mm just seems off.
    I plan to use this on teens.
    My favorite focal length to shoot at is 50mm.

  226. April 13, 2010 at 11:13 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I don’t have many lenses, so this would really help me be more versatile when photographing various subjects.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I mainly would love to use this lens during my trip to Egypt this September and for my pet photography.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love to shoot at 35 and 50mm, so this range is perfect!

  227. Heather
    April 13, 2010 at 11:14 am — Reply

    I became a fan on facebook!

  228. Maggie
    April 13, 2010 at 11:14 am — Reply

    This lens is actually the next one on my wish list! I’m a MomTog and having a lens would allow me to capture a whole room of action 🙂 Almost all of my photos are of my three boys (4, 2 and 8 months). My current favorite lens is my 35mm f/2 – seems like the perfect focal length for catching my boys.

  229. April 13, 2010 at 11:14 am — Reply

    I have only a few lenses but lack the funds to purchase more, this lenses looks amazing and I think I’d have a lot of fun with it. I do a lot of indoor shooting and dogs are often one of my favorite subjects, this lenses seems like it would do well with that sort of thing. Currently my favorite focal length is shooting with my 50mm which I absolutely adore!

  230. April 13, 2010 at 11:14 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I “need” this lens because I currently do not have a zoom lens. I’ve been wanting one and just haven’t decided which one is the best fit for me.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I’m 95% kids and family so it would mainly be for them. However I also work weddings with other photographers and would like to build up my equipment to do them on my own.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? My favorite is to use my 50 mm lens wide open!

  231. April 13, 2010 at 11:15 am — Reply

    I love having a lot of choices when it comes to lenses. I have a 50mm and a 70-200mm. But this would allow me to get really up close and personal! I shoot only maternity and newborn, so this would be fantastic on those newborns. Can you imagine the eyelash photos alone? I love the close up shots, under 50mm are best with great depth of field. Macros are awesome!

  232. April 13, 2010 at 11:15 am — Reply

    I have a custom family wall decor business and I am constantly taking photographs of my products. I need this lense so that I can capture awesome pictures of my products because, for me, pictures sell my stuff!! I photograph wood signs And I usually shoot from 50mm. Thank you!!

  233. April 13, 2010 at 11:16 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I would love to have this lens for two reasons. First not having to change the camera settings constantly, since I usually shoot manual and use a 3.5-5.6 lens currently and for the faster 2.8 aperture.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I primarily shoot people.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I like shooting at about 50mm which equals about an 80mm on a full frame camera. This makes nice portraits.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a very needed lens.

  234. April 13, 2010 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I would love this lens to have the versatility especially when shooting groups in low lighting!!
    I am wanting to shoot with this lens – big families, maybe some traditional wedding family shots, kids, babies, pets, you name it – i want to shoot it with this lens;-)
    My favorite focal length would probably be 50mm on a full frame camera.

  235. April 13, 2010 at 11:16 am — Reply

    1. This lens would really help my portrait/wedding photography by being able to stay at 2.8 through the range and getting nice blurred backgrounds. Right now I just have the 18-55 3.5-5.6 so there isn’t much blur of the background.
    2. I would photograph portraits, senior portraits, family portraits and weddings with this lens.
    3. Favorite focal length is around 50mm on a crop sensor.

  236. April 13, 2010 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I love shooting super wide! 14mm on my full frame is just utterly amazing!I would adore a 28-75mm (as I shoot full frame)! I used to own a 28-135mm and truly miss it for those everyday and portraits!

  237. Denise
    April 13, 2010 at 11:17 am — Reply

    I became a facebook fan.

  238. April 13, 2010 at 11:17 am — Reply

    -I NEED this lens because I need an excellent wide angle zoom lens with great glass and the ability to shoot indoors in lowlight situations. It will help my photography because I will be able to capture more memories without the use of flash.
    -I would photograph all types of subjects from landscapes to babies, from insects to lightning, the possibilities of this lens are endless.
    -I love shooting portraits in the 70-85 range, I have not shot many in the 50mm because I have not had the lens, I do however like shooting couples or families with a wider lens to be able to capture the surroundings and this lens will help me to do both.

  239. Jill Ellison
    April 13, 2010 at 11:17 am — Reply

    Wow this is awesome!
    I NEED this lens because I’ve had a TON of newborns lately. I do not have a full frame camera and my 50 mm is about the best I have for them. It’s very difficult to use sometimes because to get full body shots I have to back up quite a bit and I really don’t want to get far from the baby.

    I would love to use this lens for my newborn sessions.

    Currently my favorite focal length (for non newborn sessions is 85) probably because my 85 mm is just a better lens than my 50. I don’t necessarily like backing up so much but it’s a much better lens so I keep it on 80% of the time on outdoor sessions!

  240. April 13, 2010 at 11:18 am — Reply

    Oh WANT WANT WANT!!!

    I’m a fledgling photographer and I have the 50 mm 1.4 (which would be my favorite to shoot on) and I love it for outside portrait work but I need something that I don’t require so much distance on for indoor work. I sometimes feel very limited and have to cram myself into a corner to get a shot I want. I love shooting younger children because they don’t associate the camera with that posed look (yet) and I can capture their true innocence. I want to try babies but have not had the chance yet other than my own.

    Ah I never win anything (pouting LOL) and this would be an awesome one to win! I’ve been wistfully eyeing the Tamron lens at my local shop too.

    Thanks Jodi for the chance to win it!

  241. April 13, 2010 at 11:18 am — Reply

    This is an incredible opportunity.

    1. I finally found my passion in life, photography is it. I have been learning some amazing things and cant wait to build my collection of lens, skills, etc. Unfortunately my wallet doesn’t always see eye to eye with me.

  242. Kristin
    April 13, 2010 at 11:18 am — Reply

    I *need* this lens because I only have two others – Tamron 28-75mm and Canon 50mm.
    I would use it for shooting landscapes and unpredictable animals (dogs).
    My favorite focal length is 50mm for portraits.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Jodi!

  243. April 13, 2010 at 11:18 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    – this lens is a MUST have you can shoot your subjects and get the surrounding areas as well plus it gives you the ability to get nice tight shots of the kids with out having to switch lenses

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    – KIDS KIDS and more kids…. of maybe mom and dad to 😉

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    – 50mm but smaller the focal length the better

  244. April 13, 2010 at 11:19 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I could definitely use more experience with different lenses.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    A combination of product photos for my online business as well as a ridiculous amount of photos of my 1 year old son.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I’m a newby when it comes to photography but I’m a pretty big fan of my Nifty Fifty!

  245. April 13, 2010 at 11:19 am — Reply

    2. Well to start, the reason my wallet doesnt agree is that I have 3 little sweets age 5 and under. [all girls] I stay home with them. I would love to have this lens to capture their everyday craziness, beauty and all around energy….and of course photograph food and other people as well :)What can I say? I like to multi-task.

  246. April 13, 2010 at 11:19 am — Reply

    1> I neeeeeed this lens because… I sold all of my old camera stuff (also the tamron 17-50mm canon mount) And bought 1 lens(50mm 1.4 and 1 nikon d300. I used the tamron a LOT I miss the darn thing. I love the 50 but I need the zoom quality and I am broke after the fact.
    2} Faces… lots of faces especially cute ity bity faces! I didn’t get to use my photography on my first kiddo but #2 is coming and can’t wait to take it’s pictures!
    3* Focal length is definitely 50mm…but at f1.4 I love the depth!

  247. April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am — Reply

    Hi! I am just starting out in the world of photography and would LOVE to have this lens to add to my collection. I currently have a 50mm fixed lens but would love a zoom one. I think it would help tremendously because this lens is the lens every photographer needs in their collection. Let’s face it, it’s an AWESOME lens!! My main focus when it comes to portrait photography are families, seniors, maternity sessions and Engagement sessions. This lens would be just the tool that I would need to make an even more beautiful photograph! = )I love to shoot 50mm on a full frame camera as well. Thanks for inviting me to take part in this give away! = )

  248. April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am — Reply

    I have a link to MCP on my blog. http://www.wingsofblue.blogspot.com

  249. April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am — Reply

    1. This lens would help my photography because I need a faster lens for gathering more light. I have said that many times in the last few months.
    2. I do mainly portraiture, and I hear that 50mm is a great length of lens to stretch yourself artistically and requires you to move around more.
    3. I use my 55-200 mm kit lens right now, but have been wanting a 50mm to add as my go-to lens.

  250. April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am — Reply

    3. I love shooting with a 50mm lens. It just does so much at one time!

  251. Jill Ellison
    April 13, 2010 at 11:21 am — Reply
  252. April 13, 2010 at 11:21 am — Reply

    Added a link to MCP Actions on my website link page, under photography:
    http://gerberadesigns.com/indieshopperblog/?page_id=6

  253. Matthew Farra
    April 13, 2010 at 11:21 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I have only the kit lens from my Nikon and this Tamron lens is FAR superior. Fast, VC, just gorgeous. I’d love to use the lens for portraits and everyday shooting. I prefer shooting at 50mm. Thanks!

  254. April 13, 2010 at 11:21 am — Reply

    1. I’ve been thinking about getting a wider angle lens and that is the main reason I “need” it because I don’t have one in my bag at the moment.

    2. I want to use it to shoot landscapes. I do a lot of hiking and being able to shoot the mountains of NH with this would be a lot of fun and something different from the usual shots I take. Also curious how it might fit into taking portaits. I always love playing.

    3. 50mm is my absolute favorite. Getting a face nice and crisp and dropping out the background always makes me smile.

  255. April 13, 2010 at 11:22 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I have a small range of lenses. I have an 85 1.8 and a 50 1.8. I would love to have a wider angle and plus one that gives me true range on a cropped sensor. Right now my subjects have been people, and i would like to be able to get in closer while getting more in the image. but I would also like to do more landscape as i live in a beautiful area that the other lenses i have does not allow for much room. i currently love my 85mm as it is sharper and the colors are cleaner with my canon xti.

    i follow you on facebook and twitter. i have also retweeted it which comes up in my facebook as well. i am subscribed on your rss. i have also made a post about it on my blog as well as added your banner to it.

    can’t you tell i really would like to win this one!!!

  256. Annie H.
    April 13, 2010 at 11:22 am — Reply

    My favorite focal length to shoot with right now is my 85mm, but I use it only outdoors where I have lots of room. I would like to shoot children with this lens. This lens would allow me more flexibility in smaller spaces and indoor pictures.

  257. April 13, 2010 at 11:22 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?: I need a more versitale lens for indoor studio shooting and this baby looks like the perfect fit!
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? mostly babies and newborns, now that I have studio space I need a shorter focal length!
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Ditto to your’s jodi! There is nothing like a 50mm on a full frame, although the 85mm is a close second for outdoor shooting!

  258. Jaclyn
    April 13, 2010 at 11:23 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I only own 2 lenses and cannot afford anymore. I would LOVE to have a wide angle lens to add to my collection.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Mostly babies, children, and families. I have a VERY small set up in my home as a studio and my lenses I have now do not let me take photos of my subjects that I could with a wide angle lens. This lens would be perfect!

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    My fav. focal length would probably be 35-50mm

    Thank you for doing this contest! 🙂

  259. Amanda Stolarski
    April 13, 2010 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I am dying to break free from my dependence on my 50 mm.
    I want to get into emotionally driven pet photography so that is what I’d shoot with the lens.
    My favorite focal length is 50mm. It seems to capture a lot of subjects well and is a fast little lens.

  260. Julie in Idaho
    April 13, 2010 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I love my 50mm, but there are may times I want to get closer to 28mm or 17mm. I would be taking shots of my kids and landscapes since I live in the beautiful pacific northwest.

  261. April 13, 2010 at 11:24 am — Reply

    1. Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I am currently building up my lens bag and will be upgrading to the 5DM2 shortly, so that means bye bye kit lens. Not that I am sorry to see it go, and this would be a fab improvement on it while giving me the wide range that I need!
    2. What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I am portrait photographer, so a great wide angle of a toddler in a field is something I am dreaming up!
    3. What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. 50mm is pretty standard for me, but I love the option to go wide. So many times there is more to the story in a photo then my lens can give me. I have a 24-70, but 17 would be fab!

  262. Julie in Idaho
    April 13, 2010 at 11:24 am — Reply

    I’m a FB fan

  263. April 13, 2010 at 11:24 am — Reply

    Im a fan on facebook!

  264. April 13, 2010 at 11:25 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I’m still relatively new to photography so only have two lenses, it would be great to have another lens to reach for in the bag!
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I am photographing a friend’s wedding in May and I’m sure this would be the perfect lens to use!
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I do a lot of railroad photography and between 28 and 50mm seems to be about the perfect focal length with trains.

  265. April 13, 2010 at 11:25 am — Reply

    1. I have a Nikon D70 I bought about 9 months ago with a Sigma 28-80mm lens. I’d love to give another lens a try for more flexibility.

    2.I want to photograph any & all subjects & images! Right now, I’m loving macro shots.

    3. I’m still learning my camera, so as of right now, I would probably say my favorite focal length is 80mm with my Sigma.

  266. April 13, 2010 at 11:25 am — Reply

    1. I need this lens because it would be ideal for portrait photography!!
    2. I would probably capture anything and everything, but mostly children, couples and seniors.
    3. LOVE the 50mm focal length…always have. It is PERFECT for faces!

  267. April 13, 2010 at 11:25 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I only own one lens, the one that came with my Nikon… would love to add another
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I mainly shoot pictures of my children (3 year old triplets and a 2 year old)
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    Hhhhhmmm, I don’t have a favorite.

  268. April 13, 2010 at 11:26 am — Reply

    Posted on my blog!

    http://wp.me/pw1yP-9z

  269. Julie in Idaho
    April 13, 2010 at 11:26 am — Reply

    I posted on FB about the contest

  270. Flo Raines
    April 13, 2010 at 11:26 am — Reply

    I need this lens so I could get in closer than my 50mm lets me.
    I would say my passion is newborns and kids. I LOVE photographing the sweet little newborns and just to see what the kids do is so much fun for me.
    50mm is my current favorite lens but sure could use a wider zoom….

  271. Andrea Trout
    April 13, 2010 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I need a faster lens for people and parties, particularly shooting in low light situations, and this would be great!
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? people and my travel – like Alaska below…love it
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. It varies… I have a Tamron super zoom and it depends on what I’m shooting but its slower than this lens. I also need to play around more with my Canon 60mm faster prime.

  272. April 13, 2010 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Most of my photos are indoors of my children. I have a 50mm lens that I prefer to use because it is my fastest lens and I can open my aperture to increase the amount of light that enters the lens. I’ve been looking at this lens and contemplating buying it. I would love to have this lens because I think it would be nice to have a wider field-of-view when I take pictures of my children, and although I love my 50mm prime lens, it would be nice to have zoom capabilities along with the wide aperture for those indoor shots. Awesome give-a-way. Thanks for the opportunity.

  273. Jennifer Hosking
    April 13, 2010 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I would LOVE this lens! I have the 28-75 and there are often times I wish I could go a little wider in tight spaces. This would be perfect!
    I would use it on children and families.
    I honestly don’t have a favorite focal length, maybe because I don’t own any primes. I tend to shoot at whatever focal length works for the shot, usually between 28-50mm on my cropped sensor.

  274. NP
    April 13, 2010 at 11:28 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Having the ability to get a wide shot in a tight space would be a Lifesaver for me! Sometimes I just cannot back up far enough in a small area to get the coverage I need, even with my Tamron 28-75 2.8

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Would be GREAT for indoors where space is limited, I shoot a lot of toddlers, newborns, and families in the client’s homes.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    My favorite is the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 and my 35mm prime. They give me what I need most of the time, but it would be sweet to be able to got to 17 in some cases!

  275. April 13, 2010 at 11:28 am — Reply

    1. I still have the kit lenses from my original purchase. I really want to up the quality of my photos, and I know a nicer lens with lower aperture will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

    2. I love taking pictures of children!!!

    3. I like shooting at about 35mm, but that means my aperture has to be up at about 4. Me no likey!

  276. Missy
    April 13, 2010 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I would love this lens to add to my Tamron 28-75. I am in need of a lens with a wide angle, so the 17 would be GREAT!
    I photograph mostly kids, so this is the perfect lens.
    My favorite focal length is 50mm.

  277. April 13, 2010 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I have your button on my page 🙂

  278. April 13, 2010 at 11:29 am — Reply

    What a great opportunity!
    1. I am actually in a situation, currently, where my 18-55mm lens just broke 🙁 So I am really only shooting with my 50mm lens. This is great lens, but can really make things difficult when I need to get those far back shots without running back and forth. I also shoot wide open, and to have that ability throughout the whole zooming action would keep my style consistent.
    2. I want to get most of my focus on weddings. I know this lens would be perfect for taking the far back shots of the ceremony/wedding site. It will also help in HUGE ways so you aren’t running back and forth and being disrupting durning the ceremony.
    3. Currently, my favorite focal length to shoot at is 50mm. I love to shoot images wide open, and really get those special angles that really flatter the subject. My favorite subject to shoot would be wedding/couple, but I also enjoy shooting children.

  279. jennylee
    April 13, 2010 at 11:29 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I’m feeling limited with my 50mm 1.4 on my cropped sensor. Yes, the 50mm is an awesome lens – but with my little toddlers, I’d really like to zoom in and out quickly and catch the moment before it’s gone. My feet can’t always move as quickly back and forth.

    Mainly, I’d photograph my two young boys (ages 4 and 2) and the baby that’s on the way. But I love wide angle viewpoints upon flowers, landscapes, parks – pretty much anything. For now, I make due with my kit lens when I’m craving a wide angle look.

    Hmmm – good question. i think my favorite length to shoot is around a 30mm on my cropped D90. That seems to be a great middle ground for chasing the kids and getting great portraits along the way.

    Thanks for the contest!

  280. April 13, 2010 at 11:29 am — Reply

    1. I “need” this lens because I currently have the standard lens that came with my Canon camera. I just recently purchased a 50mm and have enjoye the difference in the lens. And the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens would enable me to find more creative ways to shoot and help me to learn more about the wonderful world of Photography!

    2. I would love to have this lens to shoot portraits, children/families are my favorite to capture!

    3. My favorite lens to shoot with is my 50mm. I could just eat up the newborns with this lens!

  281. April 13, 2010 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I have been wanting a lens like this for some time now. It would really help my photography b/c I could shoot at a faster shutter speed to capture those quick kids! And I love the shallower depth of field.

  282. April 13, 2010 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Oh my…I would LOVE to have this lens.
    Why do I need this lens? I adore the whimsy and the look the shorter focal length would provide. It adds a little bit of drama to images!
    What subject or images would I shoot with this lens? Definitely children…I love the ages of about 6-10. They have great attitude without being overly self conscience…a perfect fit for this lens.
    What is your favorte focal length to shoot? Without a doubt…at this time it’s 50mm at f/1.6 on my full frame camera! ADORE!!!
    Thanks Jodi…what a great opportunity this is for somebody!
    A variation of this image would have been fun w/ a shorter focal length!!

  283. April 13, 2010 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I’m following you!

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  284. April 13, 2010 at 11:30 am — Reply

    1. I love my 50mm, but I’m working on a personal photography project right now capturing kids at play in their rooms–and the 17-50 range would let me capture a lot more! Kids’s rooms can be small. 🙂 2. See #1. 3. I mainly use my 50mm f/1.4.

  285. April 13, 2010 at 11:31 am — Reply

    I would love this lens! The only lens I have right now is a 50mm 1.8, which I love for taking pictures of my daughter — but having this would help so much with the pictures I will take this summer at camp (we work for a camp for inner-city kids) and then I also have been taking pictures of newborns with their teenage moms as a ministry and I’d love to use this for that too! 🙂

  286. April 13, 2010 at 11:31 am — Reply

    HI there! Lovin’ this giveaway because:
    1) I had to sell all my camera gear to pay outstanding bills. This broke my heart but was the only thing I had of enough value to take care of things. I am so passionate amount growing my business but don’t know NOW when I will have the money to purchase all new camera gear again. 🙁 I really want to get a Mark II in the future, so winning the 28-75mm would be amazing. 🙂

    2)Weddings and Family Portraits.

    3)50mm all the way. 🙂

  287. April 13, 2010 at 11:31 am — Reply

    1.I NEED this lens because I feel that my 50mm isn’t always enough. I have that and the kit lenses that my camera came with and I really want to start adding to my camera bag and step up my photography.
    2. I would want to use this lens with the kids that I shoot…whoops- that always sounds terrible 🙂 But I think this would be great to have the ability to zoom in and out with.
    3. Right now, I have rented the 85mm and I am completely in love with it. I haven’t used this lens before, but would still love love love to get it.

  288. April 13, 2010 at 11:32 am — Reply

    I photograph people. I prefer to use my 50mm lens. I could really use this because I need some new glass in my bag! I only have 1 other lens that came with my camera kit and have been looking at purchasing a new one. I think this would help in taking my photographs to the next level!

  289. April 13, 2010 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Retweeted!

  290. April 13, 2010 at 11:32 am — Reply

    I would LOVE this lens!!
    1. I “need” this lens because I only have the kit lens and now that I have advanced my skills I am ready for the next step. I also need this lens because we are a military family and live far away from our extended family in Texas. I love sharing our 10 month olds growth and childhood thru pictures on our family blog.
    2. My family…our little punkin especially!
    3. 50mm, love it!

  291. April 13, 2010 at 11:33 am — Reply

    My favorite lens to shoot is my 50mm. That being said, as a photojournalistic wedding photographer I definitely need a wider format from time to time. Imagine being crammed in a bathroom with FIVE bridesmaids, trying to capture that moment when the bride puts on her veil. Without something wider than a 50, you’re toast. I would love to have a zoom lens with wider angles to use in these situations!

  292. April 13, 2010 at 11:33 am — Reply

    I need this lens because the only one I have is a 50mm 1.4. I need some a) variety and b) zoom in my life!

    I typically shoot portraits – newborns, families, kids, etc. I’ll be doing a cross country road trip this summer and the wide angle would be awesome for some landscape stuff!

    All I’ve got is a 5D+50mm 1.4, so it’s my favorite. 😀

  293. April 13, 2010 at 11:33 am — Reply

    I would LOVE this lense! I just recently bought my first SLR and I am shooting with a KIT lense! GASP! I LOVE taking pictures of newborns and children…mostly my children and their friends for now! I am so limited in what I can do with my lense that this lense would open up a whole new world to me!

  294. Robin Jan
    April 13, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I’ve been looking for a good lens with this focal range but I haven’t been able to pick one. I’m just starting out and I’m currently in the process of making my master bedroom my “studio”. There isn’t much space there so I will definitely need something other than my 50mm, which is currently what I am shooting with almost exclusively. I’ve been cropping very close to my subjects lately and I want to expand a little and bring in more background. With my two primes, 50mm and 85mm, I can’t quite do that. I’ve been taking a lot of newborn photographs lately and I’m loving it. Having the chance to capture such tiny sweetness within the first few weeks of their life has been nothing but a blessing to me. I love the joy and excitement in the parents eyes when they see their little one captured for the first time in a photograph. Moments that will be forever cherished. I love every bit of it!

  295. Kacey
    April 13, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I would LOVE to have this lens. I currently only have a very basic lens that I try to get as creative as possible with but still end up renting either the 24-70 or a 17-50 like this one quite often. I love photographing people – whether it be a beautiful bride, an aspiring actor, an expectant mother, an everyday hero or a transient member of our neighborhood. I have found that the 17-50 allows me the versatility of getting in close to show the unique details of the human face but then also use the wider angle to show the person in their context and to allow a visual story to begin to unfold through the photographs. I do a considerable amount of pro bono photography shoots for some non-profits, special events and struggling artists and therefore don’t have the necessary means to re-invest back into equipment. This lens would be a blessing..and would allow me to continue to bless others as well as provide more creativity and more functionality without having to spend money on continuously renting or buying the equipment I need. Thank you for running this contest and for providing such wonderful tools for photographers – I know I certainly appreciate it 😉

  296. April 13, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I love the mcpactions.com site and just started following on twitter & facebook, keep up the great work!

  297. April 13, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    posting to FB page

  298. April 13, 2010 at 11:35 am — Reply

    Following on Facebook. 🙂

  299. April 13, 2010 at 11:35 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? – adding this lens to my bag would help me expand my wide angle options. My current go to lens is the 28-135 and it just doesn’t allow me to get wide enough.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Families in expansive settings (see image below – which required me to be too far to talk to the subjects).

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? My personal favorite focal length is between 35-55.

    Jodi…thank you so much for this opportunity!

  300. April 13, 2010 at 11:35 am — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I would absolutely love to have this lens, as it would allow me to shoot a more diverse focal lengths, would add clarity and more saturated colors to my images, and overall would be an amazing boost to the quality of what I offer to my clients!
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Families, babies, children
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? 50mm!

  301. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 11:36 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I am just starting to build my lens collection (which doesn’t consist of much yet, lol) and this lens would add a whole new element to my photography and allow much more versatility.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would love to use this on portraits. From what I have heard (and seen), a 50mm focal length can really produce some amazing shots.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    At the moment, I am loving my 35mm lens, however I have a feeling that having a lens with this range could quickly change my mind on that 🙂

  302. April 13, 2010 at 11:36 am — Reply

    I would love to have more lens options in my bag! How awesome would this one be! I LOVE to photograph kids, including my own, and this lens would be kinda perfect for that! Right now, I mostly use my 50mm, which I totally dig, but I could always use more options. 😉

  303. April 13, 2010 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I do not have very many lenses and I, like many other people, am on a fixed income that doesn’t allow me to purchase many more at this time. I have been saving for a lens like this!
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Definately Newborns, and Maternity! They are my favorite even though I am a family photographer.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I LOVE shooting at 50mm and do so most of the time!

  304. April 13, 2010 at 11:36 am — Reply

    I am an aspiring professional photographer that loves doing natural light portraits and weddings. I have a 24-200 F3.5-4.5 lense that I use a lot but the fast aperture of the Tamron would easily help enhance my photo’s!!! I am a working mother of two and love photography and hope to one day be able to do it full time.

    The VC image stabilization on this lense would be perfect for photographing children and weddings since a tri-pod just isn’t easy to manuver when you have a roaming 2 year old or during a ceremony. I like being in control of the camera in hand instead of having it mounted on a tri-pod and this lense would be an asset in that area.

    My favorite focal length is probably around 50mm but I love to get that wide angle shot of a bridal party or a kid running around. Plus those dramatic full length bridals – yes I really need this lense!!!

  305. Eva
    April 13, 2010 at 11:37 am — Reply

    I love to photograph people and occasionally also photograph weddings, this lens would really help in those situations where my current lenses are not wide enough and I don’t have enough room to move back. I have an older wide lens, but it really needs to be replaced. My current favorite is 50mm. Thanks!

  306. April 13, 2010 at 11:37 am — Reply

    I’m a relatively new photographer and I would love to have a wider angle lens for my nature/animal/wildlife photography! I predominately use my 100-300mm for wildlife, and my next is my 50mm. I’m wanting to start learning closer photography work like bugs, flowers and animals.

  307. April 13, 2010 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Just became a MCP Facebook Fan for the first time. Yippee

  308. Beth
    April 13, 2010 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I love taking pictures of children and having a fast lens is a big plus! They just won’t be still! So far my favorite is a 50mm prime. This would also be great for taking panoramas on my trip to Yellowstone this summer.

  309. April 13, 2010 at 11:38 am — Reply

    :: I am shooting my brothers wedding in July and need a wide angle since all of my equipment was stolen in January…I’ve had to start from scratch again! 🙁

    :: Kids, Families, Engagements, and Weddings.

    :: My fave is my 50mm on my full frame. =)

  310. April 13, 2010 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I’d love to win this lens! In answer to your three questions:

    1) I’d need this lens for the fast f/2.8 aperture! I don’t have one in this range with that ability.
    2) My subjects would be food (of course, I write a food blog!) and family portraits
    3) Favorite focal length is 50mm. I love my 50mm f/1.8 lens.

  311. Melissa A
    April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Being new to dSLR photography, my lens collection is quite limited. I do have the 18-55mm that came with my camera and a single faster fixed lens, but have been frustrated with that kit lens to no end. I am usually shooting wither moving little ones or moving older ones (esp dancers). Having a faster lens would make such a difference. Having only two lenses to pick from, my favorite is my 55mm 1.8

  312. carla
    April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am — Reply

    1. My only zooms are kit lenses, and I hate shooting in manual with them. I would love the 2.8.
    2. I mostly take pictures of my daughter, and at 13 months, a zoom is becoming more and more necessary.
    3. I love my 35 mm 1.8 prime, but I am often aware of its limitations. This range would be awesome for me.

  313. April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am — Reply

    I ‘need’ this lens because I long for a fast lens. I have the Tamron 28-300, but can’t seem to get it to shoot indoors when I need it to. I recently needed to shoot pictures of dancers performing indoors. I only use the built-in flash on the camera and it was terrible. Never got the shot I wanted and was so disappointed.
    I would use this lens for all of my indoor shots. I don’t do much indoor photography, mostly because I don’t like (or know how to properly use) the flash. I would also love this lens for evening shots for travel photography. That would be my dream anyway.
    I think wide angle is my favorite focal length. I very rarely find myself over 150mm. I guess I like ‘the big picture’.
    Keeping fingers crossed!!!!

  314. April 13, 2010 at 11:40 am — Reply

    I’ve had the MCP button on my blog for a long time – mine was an old one. Just updated to the newest button. 🙂

  315. April 13, 2010 at 11:40 am — Reply

    I “need” this lens to add more vesatility to my collection. Can a photographer ever have too many lenses? No way! I would use this to capture babies among others. The lens I use most and like is my 70-200 but would love a 24-70. With some great lenses and some great actions, who can go wrong?

  316. April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I actually just ordered it 2 days ago, but really had to scrape to get the money. I don’t have anything below a 50mm and I need the lower end to make my visions a reality. I shoot mostly dogs and love the look that you can get at the lower end with a narrow depth of field. Right now my favorite focal length is 50mm by default…because that is the lowest I have but I would rather be down at 20mm to fulfill my artistic visions and bring what I see in my mind to print.

  317. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I could use the wide-angle that this lens offers. I would use it in those situations when you need to back up to get the shot, but there is no more room to back up. I would use it for group shots (sometimes they just can’t move any closer together). My favorite lens is my 50mm, which I mostly use for portraits.

  318. April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am — Reply

    1] I’d like to diversify my options and a wider angle lens is the way to try something new with the photography.
    2] I use lens for film making so I’d be very interested on the options this would offer putting it through the paces of DSLRs as film making tools.
    3] My first love is the tried and true 50mm 1.8

  319. Melanie
    April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity! I NEED this lens for the money. Simple as that! My husband was laid off recently and I’m trying to support a family of 7 on my own at the moment. The added range, BOKEH and sharpness it’ll add to my photos will be invaluable! I am limited on lenses and I mostly do portraits but I’d love to do expand my portfolio and a fast lens with bit of zoom would help! My favorite focal length is currently 50mm.

  320. April 13, 2010 at 11:42 am — Reply

    Are you KIDDING?!! I only have f3.5 available to me now with my standard Canon lenses and it would be SO GREAT to be able to stop open to f2.8!!! I do a lot of twilight shooting, and long exposures at night for special effects so this capability would increase my special effects capability. NOT TO MENTION that Tamron lenses are considered by professional photographers to be one of the best lens makers!

  321. April 13, 2010 at 11:42 am — Reply

    Subscribed to your RSS Feed. 🙂

  322. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 11:42 am — Reply

    just became your FB fan! lots of great info, thanks!

  323. April 13, 2010 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Just subscribed to RSS feed with google!

  324. April 13, 2010 at 11:43 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I am in desperate need of a wider lens. I love landscape shots and nature. I would love this one for nature shots.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Beautiful trees, birds, cityscapes

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I love shooting with my 85 on my full frame for portraits. For landscapes I love my 24mm

  325. April 13, 2010 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I would really love to have this lens. I would really like to have the nice wide angle that the 17 would give me. I usually shoot with my 50mm for portraits (usually kids of all ages). But would also like to have a lens that zooms in and out. I really love my 50mm (I also have an 85mm that I love to use as well).

  326. April 13, 2010 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I need a standard zoom with a low aperture, because I take a lot of pictures of my kids in our small apartment. The wider angle would be nice for our small place and low light situations. And it would help when I professionally take portraits, giving me more options.
    I would use this lens for portraits, professional and personal. Also I’d use it for family events.
    My favorite focal length is around 40 to 50mm.
    I REALLY hope I win!!! 🙂

  327. April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    -I need this lens because it will allow me to work in the close quarters that I do now.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    – I photograph a lot of children at our Children’s Hospital.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    – I love my 50mm f/1.8 lens.

  328. April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am — Reply

    I posted on 2peas with a link back to your site!

  329. April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Following you on Twitter. 🙂

  330. Jivana
    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    I don’t have a wide angel lens and have been looking for a good one. I love shooting landscapes so a wide angle would be perfect (right now the widest I have is a 28mm). I’d use it mostly with wedding and portraits.
    My favorite focal length is 80mm.

  331. Denise
    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    I am following you on twitter.

  332. LeAnne
    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Oh, I would love this lens. I like to shoot at around 20mm and wide open baby! This would be perfect for those indoor kiddo shots that I enjoy so much! Thanks Jodi!

  333. dawn
    April 13, 2010 at 11:46 am — Reply

    I need this lens for the wide angle capability! I would use it for portraits and nature imagery. My current favorite focal length is 85mm

  334. April 13, 2010 at 11:46 am — Reply

    I posted about the givewaway in the forum at the I Heart Faces community network!

  335. Nicole Lamb
    April 13, 2010 at 11:46 am — Reply

    I need to win this lens so I can take better pictures in low light! I would use this lens for photographing mostly my kids but also just portraits in general. I can’t even pick just one focal length. I love shooting at 17mm but I usually end up using around 35mm in this focal length. My favorite is any focal length that tells the story I am trying to share!

  336. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 11:47 am — Reply

    Just added your button on my page!

  337. April 13, 2010 at 11:47 am — Reply

    I so NEED this lens because I do natural light photography and there are many times when I am in someone’s home that doesn’t have very good window lighting. At this point I only have one lens that is a 2.8 or under this would so help give me more versatility with lens options. I would use this lens mainly for baby & children lifestyle portraits. I love my 50mm prime!

  338. Melanie
    April 13, 2010 at 11:47 am — Reply

    Subscribed to RSS!

  339. April 13, 2010 at 11:48 am — Reply

    I posted about this contest on Facebook!

  340. Lori F
    April 13, 2010 at 11:48 am — Reply

    ~I only have one lens my 50mm (which I love) & I think it would be more versatile b/c I would like a wider focal length & I only shoot in natural light it would be great!
    ~this would be for my portrait photography
    ~my 50 is FANTABULOUS!!!!

  341. April 13, 2010 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Just posted the MCP banner to my blog. Thanks for the give a way!

  342. April 13, 2010 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Why do I need this lens?
    Good question! I am needing a faster (besides my 50mm) lens as well as the mobility this offers. I find it hard at times to shoot the 50mm, only in tighter spaces.

    What type of images?
    Mostly portraits.

    What is my favorite focal length?
    Probably the 50mm, however, this question actually actually makes me stop and really think about that!

  343. April 13, 2010 at 11:49 am — Reply

    I would love love to win this lens! It would mean the world to me and make this journey so worth it!It would help me continue to grow and expand my range of learning and shots!
    I love shooting with my 50mm because it is the best lens I own lol and i always want my images to look as sharp as possible!
    I would love shooting newborns and doing portraits, it would give me more freedom than my 50mm

  344. April 13, 2010 at 11:49 am — Reply

    1)I would love to have the wide angle! Especially for indoor photography where I start running out of room.
    2)Children, babies, for portraits, especially indoors.
    3)I love my 50mm, but I don’t have a full frame camera. I love the length though, so I’d probably love the 85mm prime when I upgrade to full frame.

  345. Angela
    April 13, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    I have been looking at this lens for a while on Amazon!

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I have a Nifty Fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens) that I use for portraiture..this lens would definitely be a benefit to me!

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Portraits

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? 50mm..as that is all that I have at the moment (with the exception of the kit lens that came with my 20d)

  346. April 13, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply
  347. April 13, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    1-I need this lens because I currently only own 2 lenses. I do not own any Tameron lenses and would like to see how they compare. I think it would help me try to achieve a creamy bokeh that I would like. It would help in low light areas also.
    2-I take mainly of newborns and children
    3-I also like 50mm on a full frame camera but sometimes in newborn images like to be closer around 28mm

  348. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    shared on FB 🙂

    thanks!

  349. Tatum
    April 13, 2010 at 11:51 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    I am fairly new to professional photography and recently upgraded my camera, but have not been able to upgrade my lenses as of yet. I am really trying to get the perfect shot and have discovered that a really good zoom lens would be ever so helpful. I love Boca and would love to achieve great boca when shooting a group shot. I want to do more when I am out and about shooting random people, places and things. My current kit lens that I recieved with my old XTi just won’t cut it anymore. I mainly just use a 50mm lens at this point.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    What wouldn’t I shoot!!!!????? EVERYTHING, ANYTHING, ANYBODY! I love the versatility and f/2.8! I would love to start shooting some more newborn/baby shots with it and again, the group shot availability would be nice rather than backing up 10,000 miles with my 50mm.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I pretty much use just my 500mm prime lens, but that’s because it’s the only quality lens I own.

  350. April 13, 2010 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Added your link on my blog. To check click on LINKS tab on blog and scroll down a little. 🙂

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  351. April 13, 2010 at 11:51 am — Reply

    1. This lens would be great because it would cover both focal lengths I love – 35mm and 50mm without having to change lenses.
    2.Children and cows. 😉
    3. Right now my favorite focal length is 50mm.

  352. April 13, 2010 at 11:52 am — Reply

    I could use this lens to build variety, I only have one other lens. I mostly shoot newborns and children and love to be close and on their level so this lens would be great! Plus my kid’s are so quick, the 2.8 helps!

  353. Christie
    April 13, 2010 at 11:52 am — Reply

    Just became a fan on FB! I would love to add this lens to my bag because, with the crop factor, the widest angle I’m currently shooting is approximately 38 mm. It would be SO nice to be able to shoot interiors as well as sweeping landscapes with this lens. Right now, I currently shoot a variety of focal lengths, depending on the subject. But for shooting kids, I tend to stick to anything over 100mm and really fill the frame!

  354. April 13, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    I am already a Twitter follower (I retweet you often LOL).

  355. Kat
    April 13, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    -It would be awesome to have a wide angle zoom lens to add to my bag of tools.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    – People, especially my own children who are always on the move. It would be nice to have this lens to allow me some distance with my subjects to capture those candid moments.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    – As low as I can go with my kit lens.

  356. dawn
    April 13, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    I subscribed rss feed for extra entry!

  357. April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am — Reply

    1. I so need this lense so that I am not climbing on my clients walls. I shoot on location, natural light, mostly children, newoborns and families and need the large aperature to be able to have enough light to shoot. I also need a wide angle to get everyone in without cutting their heads off. I LOVE tack sharp and have heard great things about this lense so far. I so NEED this lense to help with low light and wide angle situations.
    2. I would shoot mostly kids, newborns and families with this lense. Oh it would help so much!
    3. I currently shoot with the 50 mm exclusively! I love being close to my clients, but sometimes this cuts their head off as I do not have a full frame camera. The tamron focal length would help so much.

  358. April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I need 🙂 this lens because I don’t have a very wide angle with the fixed aperture. I would shoot buildings in low light. My newest favorite lens to shoot with is my tamron 70-200/2.8 because it is so much fun to shoot dance productions upclose and personal

  359. Allison
    April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I need this lens because I really have only one other lens besides my kit lens, and I find it too limiting sometimes. I want to use it for everything — newborns, kids, families, nature, urban scenes. My ideal focal length is 35-50mm on a full frame.

  360. April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am — Reply

    —I need this lens because I only have kit lenses and nothing in the 17 to 24mm range. The speed improvements alone would help me to “get” more shots. But the zoom range could help me to see my subjects differently.

    —I will be photographing the things I love right now: children, pregnant mommas, and detail shots at celebrations.

    —Right now it’a 85mm portraits.

  361. April 13, 2010 at 11:55 am — Reply

    >Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’ve been wanting a fast lens in this range for a while! It would be a great indoor lens for tight spaces and lower light. So often my 50mm just is too close and walls get in the way as I’m backing up. Occasionally outdoors as well, I’m trying to capture the action of a larger group that’s spread out a bit. My husband would love it as well, he’s been craving a wide angle. (And yes, I’d share. 😉 )

    >What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    People; children primarily.

    >What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    50mm for full body shots, 100mm for closeups.

  362. April 13, 2010 at 11:55 am — Reply

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  363. April 13, 2010 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Retweeted! 🙂

  364. April 13, 2010 at 11:56 am — Reply

    1st entry…
    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I only have my kit lens and my 50mm and I desperately need a wider angle lens to help eliminate limb (and other body part) chops and that is tack sharp. This is the lens that is next on my list!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Mostly my children and I also do some creative and still life.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    My 50mm lives on my camera.

  365. dawn
    April 13, 2010 at 11:56 am — Reply

    Became a facebook fan!

  366. April 13, 2010 at 11:56 am — Reply

    Now following on Twitter!

  367. April 13, 2010 at 11:57 am — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need this lens for the wide angle capabilities. I shoot indoors and out and without a full frame camera, so having that extra space would be a tremendous help.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Child, Family and Engagement Lifestyle images.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    35 mm on my Canon Rebel

  368. Valery Bunnell
    April 13, 2010 at 11:57 am — Reply

    1. I really do need this lens. I want to get into wedding photography and I NEED a zoom lens!
    2. I want to use it for weddings and also just standard portraiture.
    3. I have 2 prime lenses, so my favorite to shoot at is 50mm.

  369. April 13, 2010 at 11:57 am — Reply

    1.) I NEED this lens because my current go-to lens has been damaged and I want to replace it with a good all-purpose zoom (which this seems to be).
    2.) The majority of what I photograph is the day-to-day life of my two little girls, ages 3 1/2 and 21 months. They keep me busy (and shooting!)
    3.) I really love to shoot my girls with my 50mm 1.8 lens. I am saving up for the 1.4, but for now, this one gives me beautiful results.

  370. April 13, 2010 at 11:58 am — Reply

    1. I need this lens because it’s time for me to break out of the 50mm rut!
    2. I plan on taking photographs of people, but some animals and inanimate objects may be in the crosshairs, too!
    3. My favorite lens is the 50mm.. it really is the best!!! (until you convince me otherwise with this new lens 😉

  371. Melissa Brown
    April 13, 2010 at 11:58 am — Reply

    I LOVE Tamron lenses. I just saw this advertised yesterday and thought WOW then Jodi has it today for a a contest. I need this lens for the wide angle yet has a zoom. I would photograph family portraits as well as use for sports. My favorite focal length is 50mm right now.

  372. Kat
    April 13, 2010 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Just joined the Fan Page for MCPActions on facebook. 🙂

  373. Kim
    April 13, 2010 at 11:58 am — Reply

    I shoot Real Estate photography and this would be a great lens for detail shots. The versatality of having a zoom 2.8 lens would be perfect for this.

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Detail shots with low light interiors would be a great help and freedom of the zoom option.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Detail architectural elements with being able to blur background and focus on the accessory.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    For Architectural real estate photographer: Wider at usually 10-22mm
    for open sweeping views and rooms.

  374. April 13, 2010 at 11:59 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I’m trying to do what I can with only my kit lens… nuff said? It was fine while I was learning the basics, but I’m finding it kind of limiting now.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Well, at 17-50, it’d be my dream “all-around” lens! See below for why 😉

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I actually find myself shooting a lot at either 18mm or 35mm (give or take)

  375. April 13, 2010 at 11:59 am — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    My first Nikon DSLR is set to arrive tomorrow (4/14)! I am just starting my journey, so this lens would be a great help with my photography.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I would be taking pictures of my children and my family members.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I’ve only been using a P&S up until this point, so I don’t have a favorite. But I’d like to say it was this Tamron. LOL!

  376. Kristen
    April 13, 2010 at 11:59 am — Reply

    I am really needing a wider angle for indoors, scenery, etc. I think I would use this on a variety of subjects, but mostly children. My current fav focal length is 50 on full frame…not too little, not too much….just right!

  377. April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    1. I just started my own photography business this year and have 8 wedding this summer. I have a 50mm and 85mm lens. I would love this addition to my collection, beause I think it would be a great lens to get some of the wide angle shots of groups, reception and ceremony at the weddings I have coming up.

    2. I love photographing kids, families, pregnant moms and soon weddings!

    3. My favorite lens is my 55mm. I use 90% of the time.

  378. Angela
    April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    I’d love this lens, the only wide angle lens I have is the Canon kit lens, so this lens would be great in my stash. I love to use it for portraits of kids and families.. Right now, I love my 85 1.8 especially outside. I only have Canon lenses, and I would love to try a Tamron!

  379. April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    Why do I need this lens?
    -I have been shooting with the Canon Rebel for 4 years now and hopefully next week I will be buying a full frame camera and I could really use a lens with it.
    What type of subjects or images will you photograph with this lens?
    -Children and newborns.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    -It is a toss up, I love the 50mm but I also really like the 35mm. With this lens I could do both.

  380. dawn
    April 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm — Reply
  381. April 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this drawing.
    1. I ‘need’ this lens because my current zoom that fits this range is only a 3.5 and having this faster aperture will let me take better portraits and wedding shots.
    2. I’ve recently begun taking more intimate wedding shots, showing facial expressions in close up. This lens would allow me to work with depth of field in a more artistic way.
    3. I prefer shooting portraits at 50mm full frame and wildlife/nature at 400mm+ full frame.

  382. April 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    1. I need this lens because I am in the market for a new wide angle. I currently have a 50mm and a 70-200mm L, but would love more versatility. Also, I mainly shoot in natural light.
    2. I would use this lens to shoot seniors!
    3. Love shooting at 50mm!

  383. April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    *I “need” this lens because I don’t have a non-telephoto lens with an aperture greater than f4. An f2.8 would be awesome, and It’s really not in my budget right now or anytime soon.
    *This would definitely be a candids and portrait lens for me when I’m close to my subject and I can’t get further away.
    *My favorite focal length depends on the application, I shoot portraits (30mm-135mm), candids (28mm-200mm), surfing (minimum 200mm) – so it really depends, I also shoot digitally on a 1.6 crop but also with 35mm film.

  384. April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    2nd entry: Tweeted about it! http://twitter.com/redpeach

  385. April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    I love my Tamron big lens, now I need a small one to go with it!

  386. April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    i need a new lens, my old is not the best.I would love this lens to help with shooting portraits. i love shooting portraits 35-50 mm. Wish me LUCK!!!

  387. April 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    I subscribe to your blog

  388. April 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    I added your link to my blog. Click on the LINKS tab and scroll down a little. Here’s the link: http://simplytowers.blogspot.com

  389. April 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    3rd entry: Added a banner ad to my site: http://www.redpeachdesigns.com/weblinks.htm

  390. April 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Added a banner to my blog: http://minkyandbomb.blogspot.com/

  391. April 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm — Reply
  392. April 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I need it because we just got a second camera body (no rentals!!!) and are often apart during weddings. The versatility of shots with another lens is definitely needed.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Mostly people and weddings

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love my 50 most of all.

  393. April 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm — Reply
  394. April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    1. I need this lens to make my collection of lenses more rounded. Currently, I have my Nikon 50 mm fixed lens and 24-120 VR zoom lens. Sometimes I need just a wider angle to fit everything in when doing portrait photography – because I just can’t step back any more.
    2. I plan on shooting portraits with this lens. The fast speed will help me in low-light conditions like weddings.
    3. My favorite focal length to shoot is 50 mm since I have the primary lens and it’s fast. It gives me that bokeh that I like.

  395. Jennifer H.
    April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I don’t have many lens and would love to expand my focal range
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    My toddler son!
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    50mm

  396. April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm — Reply
  397. Julie P
    April 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I “need” this lens because of the wide angle portion of it. I do not have anything that goes down to 17 mm and that would be great to add a little creativity to my photography.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I do nature photography…especially flowers. The fixed 2.8 aperture would be awesome for floral pics to create lovely blurred backgrounds.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    Hmmm…I think I’m all over the range. I currently have a 28-100mm lens that I use, though I especially enjoy macro photography which I also need a new lens for.

    Thanks for this awesome contest!!!!

  398. Angela
    April 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I shared on facebook:D

  399. April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    4th entry: Am a fan on Facebook!

  400. Valery Bunnell
    April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm — Reply
  401. April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm — Reply
  402. Julie P
    April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Shared on FB!!!

  403. Kristin Schmucker
    April 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    I am a new photographer just building a lens collection, so it would be wonderful to add this to my collection. I shoot mainly portraits and I love shooting at 50mm.

  404. April 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    i Need this lense because i am very shaky and hate using a tripod

    i would take pics of anything and everything if i had a zoom

    right now i use my 50mm for everything

  405. April 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    1. Would love to have std zoom lens with a wide angle
    2. I am a pet photographer so it would be great to get some fun wide angle photos of dogs
    3. 85mm portraits on a full frame camera

    facebook personal post: http://www.facebook.com/paulamw
    Facebook fan page post: http://www.facebook.com/paulamw#!/pages/Vancouver-WA/DoxZenPetPhotos/149211833679?ref=ts
    Twittered: @doxzenpetphotos and @paulamwessells

  406. Susan
    April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    I need this lens to round out my collection. 😉 I don’t have a good wide angle. I haven’t really go into shooting landscapes, so this would give me a push. I prefer my 24-70L for portraits, but am trying to love my 85mm.

  407. April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I would love a different lens than the one that came with my camera and my macro. I’ll need to zoom in for all his hits and catches.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    DGS playing baseball during his first season.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera
    I’m a scrapper/amateur photographer and I like close up shots so I don’t have to do alot of cropping. If I take a wider shot, I like to add actions, text and brushes in pse

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie’s passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

  408. April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    I added your link to my blog. Just click on the LINKS tab and scroll down a little. Here’s the link: http://simplytowers.blogspot.com

  409. April 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Honestly, I suppose that I don’t NEED this lens, but I sure would like to add it to my arsenal. I mostly shoot with my 50mm 1.4, and currently own the 28-70mm 5.6, but that lens just isn’t fast enough for me in most situations. I love the idea of an even wider angle and the “faster” aperture.

    I’d plan to shoot portraits with this lens mostly in addition to some landscape photography, I mean it is a 17mm after all.

    Currently my favorite focal length to shoot is the 50mm for portraits and the 70-200mm for sports.

  410. April 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Why do I need the lens and how will I use it? I have very few lenses at the moment. I love to do newborn photography and like to get up close. I also enjoy taking various up-close pictures i.e. nature etc..I would use this lens to eventually do charity work with it,bereavement photography.

  411. April 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    I sent out a tweet – http://twitter.com/gagglephotog

  412. April 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    *panting* Also I’m a new follower to your RSS using my gmail account (anniebananiedesigns)

  413. Melanie
    April 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    Following you on Twitter!

  414. April 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I need a lens that is in this focal range and can go down to 2.8. It would be very helpful for my wedding shots. The widest lens I have is 28mm f/3.5. ( i only have 2) one zoom & one prime.
    I am mainly doing portrait & wedding photography and really need more equipment to be able to take on more jobs and hopefully start my own business. This lens would be great for the ceremonies and family shots.
    I love my 50mm 1.8. I love to play with shallow depths of field.

  415. Tiana C.
    April 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Need: I just started picking up photography a few months ago and have fallen in love – but my lens collection is in dire need of an addition!
    Subjects: Any and all people! I love people watching and taking their photos now.
    Favorite: I got to play with a shooting buddies 50mm and fell in love with that length!

  416. April 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    New Twitter follower (AnnieOh)

  417. April 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    I really like to shoot wide to show the environment my subject is in. My wide angle only opens up to 4.0 and using available light inside (like in a nursery) is difficult sometimes. I would definitely be using this lens on some newborns 🙂 I love to shoot in the 17-20mm range.

  418. April 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I’m a facebook follower ..

    This picture is supposed to go with answering the three questions but everytime I tried to post it said I was posting too quickly, even on my first post. So, the post that went through didn’t have the picture.. I’m a scrapper and these are the type pictures I take and place in a layout. (using actions)

  419. Laura P.
    April 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I NEED thise lens because aside from my kit lens I only have one other. I would love to have a wider range to work with, but haven’t been able to afford to purchase a new lens. I would mainly use it for portraits and to capture my kiddos in motion. I’ll be shooting some family beach pictures soon and this lens would be great! I mostly shoot with my 50mm.

  420. April 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    New fan of your FB fan page (Annie Bananie)

  421. April 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    This lens would be awesome. I own a Sony A850 so I would have to choose the 28-75mm. I just recently purchased this camera and I only have the 50mm lens. I have been wanting to get another, but can’t afford it right now. I mainly photograph children, babies and some families. I love it. My favorite focal length is 50mm on the full frame camera. It’s perfect for what I do.

  422. April 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    5th entry: Following on twitter! (redpeach)

  423. Valery Bunnell
    April 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    3rd entry

    blogged about it on my photography blog
    http://vrbphotography.blogspot.com/2010/04/win-tamron-lens.html

  424. April 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    I am a friend on facebook 🙂

  425. April 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I only have a 50mm and an 85mm (which I love) but find myself constantly wishing I had a wide angle lens when photographing families and groups so I don’t have to shoot from 20 feet away! I love photographing people and my favorite range is my 85, but when I had my film camera and old lens I shot a lot at 35mm.

    p.s. I am joining facebook now and am going to share this link on both of my blogs.

  426. Kirsti Fleming
    April 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I am still working with the one that came in the kit with my D90. I mostly shoot portraits of children, with my three being my test pilots! I find myself usually shooting at 55mm.

  427. April 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm — Reply
  428. April 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’ve been shooting almost exclusively with one lens – because I don’t have anything else! I use a prime lens and LOVE it, however, it’s not always ideal to have to stand half a mile away to capture a family, for example, and chasing toddlers with a prime isn’t the best either.

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    I picture using this lens when doing shoots with moving targets such as toddlers and for family portraits when I need to pull back more.

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? My 85mm 1.8 is my main lens and I love it for portraits.

  429. David Mc
    April 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    Hi, I really need this lens because I have never had a lens other than the kit lens that comes with the camera and the 70-200 zoom. I love to take pictures of my kids and as they get older, nore and more of their friends want me to take pictures for them.I have my first grandson to celebrate and it is time for me to get a little more serious about my photography. I admit, looking at all the other post, I must not know too much about the correct lens and focal length fpr portraits because I have always liked the lower end of my 70-200 zoom. It always got me in close. All the more reason that I need this lens.

  430. April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    OOh this lens sounds delightful. I do not have a fast zoom so that would be why I would “need” it. I do have a crop sensor camera so it should work great!
    I would use the lens for indoor shoots of newborns or outdoor large groups/landscape. It would work great for low light situations.
    Currently my favorite lens is my 85 1.8 but it is pretty tight indoors. This lens would be a great addition to my collection.

  431. April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Added the MCP BANNER to my blog..

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie’s passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

  432. Wendy Tienken
    April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Great giveaway Jodi! Here are my answers:

    1. i’ve been wanting a wider lens for a while as i’d like to photograph families exclusively in their homes. so the range and the speed of this lens would be great for that!
    2. families and kids.
    3. i really love close-up shots of details. i tend to use my 28-75 at 75 the most.

  433. April 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I became a fan on facebook 🙂

  434. April 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I would LOVE to win this!
    Right now the only lens I use is the 50mm 1.8. I would love to try this out.
    So far I’ve just shot kids and seniors. I’m hoping to start weddings soon.
    50mm would be my favorite, since that is all I’ve used up to now.

  435. Kacey
    April 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Follow on Twitter – check.
    Become a Fan on Facebook – check.
    Repost on Facebook – check.
    Retweet – check.

  436. Susie OConnor
    April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    i would love this lens! Pick me, pick me! I’ll use it all the time!

  437. April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    And finally, posted on my blog about the contest.
    http://minkyandbomb.blogspot.com/2010/04/win-lens-on-mcp.html

    *passes out*

  438. April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Just became a fan of MCP facebook!

  439. April 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    I need this lens but it is the focal length that I am missing (except for the kit lens!) I am currently building a portfolio and this is the perfect range to shoot indiv/families, I love shot at full range to get the bokeh.

  440. Laura
    April 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Following you on Twitter!

  441. Lee Ann
    April 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I am in desperate need for this lens on my camera as I currently do not have a fast “walk-around” lens that takes clean and crisp pictures. I have been wanting a Tamron 17-50 2.8 for so long!

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    I love shooting pictures of toddlers in action!

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    Now my favorite focal length is 50 mm.

  442. Cherisse
    April 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    I hope I win! I need something besides my kit lens!

  443. April 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    I put a link to the website on my blog nicholesphotoblog.blogspot.com . It is at the bottom. I tried adding the banner but it didn’t work 🙁

  444. April 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    This would help soooo much because of it’s anti- shake. Working with children and having 2 of my own the anti-shake would be wonderful!!
    I would mostly be taking shots of babies and children but may venture to take some wedding portraiture as well.
    Right now my favorite length is 50mm but that’s mostly because of the 1.8 app. I’d love to try a 35mm so this would help me try out more favorites! YAY!

  445. April 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    I would love to upgrade to the VC of this lens, chasing around a two year old, I need all the help I can get since I’m often found running and shooting! I shoot my toddler, BD:) My favorite focal length is 85 on a cropped frame, but I tend to make full use of all my glass!

  446. April 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    I really need a lens that will help me photograph newborn portraits. I think it will be fantastic to have a lens that has a 2.8 aperture.
    It will increase the quality of my images and give them a special touch.
    I currently have the 24-70 2.8 which is great but having a 17-50 will complete me :o)

  447. April 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    1. I would love to have a wider angle.
    2. I would probably use it for outdoor & indoor portraits, and nature photography.
    3. I find that most of the time I use around the 50 mm length as well.

    Great giveaway!!

  448. April 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    1.I need this lens because I do a lot of weddings and available lt. photography and don’t have a fast wide angle.
    2. I will use it for weddings especially in small spaces and events to shoot people.
    3. My favorite lens is the NIkon 80-200VR 2.8.Great for portraiture in and out of the studio.

  449. Valery Bunnell
    April 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    4th entry

    subscribed to updates feed

  450. April 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm — Reply
  451. April 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    I posted on my blog. nicholesphotoblog.blogspot.com

  452. Thaomee
    April 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    1. I don’t have a wide angle lens and it’s been a struggle when I’m shooting in low light or trying to get a wide enough shot without cutting anything or anyone out.
    2. I would love to photograph people and kids, but mostly my son.
    3. I shoot with the kit lens, but lately I’ve been shooting with a 35mm lens because it’s the best out of the three I have.

  453. April 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I only have one other..the nifty 50.
    I would photography mostly children and families with this…although I would love to try it on newborns!
    My favorite focal length is obviously the 50mm because that is all I have besides the kit lens.

  454. Kaci Graves
    April 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I would really love this lens! We recently had our 4th baby, and it is getting harder to “fit” everybody in one shot and still be close enough to help little ones keeps their hands to themselves!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I mostly shoot pictures of my kids and family. Sometimes fun nature, too.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    The only fixed I own is the 50mm, and I most often use the zoom 28-135, as I really like the ability to adjust with the kids.

  455. April 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    1. I need a wide angle lens for photographing in my small natura-light window room that I have not used much since going digital.
    2. I mostly photograph newborns, babies, and small children.
    3. I don’t think I have a favorite focal length…I tend to vary.

  456. April 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    I’m a Facebook Fan!!

  457. April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    for some reason it is not letting me leave a comment. Let’s try this again…
    1) I ‘need’ this lens because I do not have a fast wide angle zoom lens and frankly can’t afford one at this time in my life
    2) I will mostly use this lens to shoot landscapes. Maybe some portraits here and there, but I love shooting nature, sunrises, travel photography, that sort of thing. This lens will also be good for indoor travel photography since I could use it in lower light situations.
    3) Currently my favorite focal length to shoot at is 35mm, but that is mainly because my only fast lens is a 35mm fixed focal length.

  458. April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    I would love to have a 2.8 to help with the low-light situations I tend to find myself in….

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    My kids at gym setting/sporting events and indoor venue for the occassional wedding.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.

    I’m weird- I love my 70-300- for almost everything….such soft bokeh…. but when I’m shooting portraits under studio lighting I reach for the 18-55. Thus far- they’ve done well for me- but I’m ready to start adding more tricks to the bag…

  459. April 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    I am now a follower on MCP twitter!!!

  460. April 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    :: I am a FB page fan!

  461. April 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Wow !
    I would just use it on anything and be creative with my shots!
    I use my 50mm for portraits allot, for children and infants.
    What I love is everything can not just pick one!

  462. kaci graves
    April 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    I posted a link on facebook. Thanks! 🙂

  463. April 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    :: I am now a follower of your blog!

  464. stephanie
    April 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    i “need” it so that i can do some additional experimentation an self learning!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? children! i love how they’re aloof to the camera!

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. i like my 35-50!

  465. April 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    I posted about the giveaway on my blog. Here’s the link:
    http://simplytowers.blogspot.com

  466. April 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    I love shooting with my 50mm on my D300! I love shooting wide angle for seniors so this lens would be a GREAT help.

  467. April 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I only have longer zoom lenses and keep thinking it would be nice to have something that I could get in a little closer with and to get a wider view on my shots and not so close in and narrow. I had to get up on top of a chair to shoot this shot

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Children

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I try not to get too close or too wide with the telephoto lens and like to shoot somewhere around 85mm when I can.

  468. April 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    1: I need the lens for the Bokeh and fast aperture

    2: My 2 greatest gifts Master P and Bella

    3:WWWIIIIIDDDDEEE open portraits

  469. Bret
    April 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    This lens would be a big help for fast moving kids. It’s very versatile. I enjoy chasing my daughters and their friends around trying to get portrait shots. I like shooting at or around 50mm on my D300s.

  470. alessandra Manzotti
    April 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    would love this lens because I only own one (17-200 f4) and I cannot afford to purchase a new one right now. I shoot mainly pets and children. I like to shoot at 50mm. Good luck to everyone. this is a great treat!!

  471. April 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    :: I follow your twitter!

  472. April 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I would LOVE to have the wider angle lens and the aperture of 2.8 is awesome! I have a full frame camera and I would love to be able to take advantage of that focal length
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? people and I do some buildings.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. my favorite is 50 mm but I love to play with wide angle, i only have a lens down to 24mm.

  473. Kelly Aley
    April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    I would LOVE to have this new lens. I live in Puerto Rico where I try and shoot a lot of surfing action. Often, they are just too fast for my camera, so I miss what could have been amazing. This lens would also enable me to better photograph the facial expressions of the surfers carving up the waves. The wide angle iwould provide a much more open look including the wave as well as the surfer. I usually shoot with an autofocus and am barely starting my SLR journey. This lens would help me greatly. Thanks for the fun contest!

  474. Thaomee
    April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Added banner and link on blog.
    http://thaomeephotoblog.blogspot.com

  475. April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    I definitely need this lens! (The 28-75) Why? Though my favorite is to shoot portraits with my 50mm lens, I would love the flexibility to have the extra zoom in each direction, allowing for more variety and also less foot moving!

  476. RCH
    April 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    1. I don’t have a good wide angle; this would be an awesome addition to my bag o’ tricks!

    2. I mostly shoot my kids / extended family, but I recently moved to a beautiful area of the country and would love to use this lens to get into landscape photography, as well.

    3. I love my 85mm prime for portraits — so flattering, such pretty bokeh — but it can feel tight sometimes!

  477. April 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    (sorry if this is a dupe)

    1.) I am just starting out and only have the 50mm and kit lens. Also because my little girl does a lot of indoor things…gymnastics, school..

    2.) I want to photography my daughter, my family… and others children and family. i have been praying for the funds to do this.

    3.) 50mm is my fav, but I would love to get in closer to babies and children. i just don’t want to miss something!

  478. April 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need a whide angle lens as the widest I have now is 24mm. This lens would be PERFECT PRIMO for my upcoming trip to Europe to shoot landscapes with!!!!
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    For starters. . . Landscapes in Europe!
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera
    My favorite length is as far as I can go and wide open. Right now my max capabilitiy for this is 105 at 4.0. Love it for portraits 🙂

  479. Thaomee
    April 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    Buttons and links are on my blog.
    thaomeephotoblog.blogspot.com

  480. April 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I am wanting a lens that gives more versatility so I can get a wider angle if I need to, but still having the great aperture that this lens has.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Children/Seniors/Couples
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    Currently I use primarily my 50mm 1.8…

  481. April 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    1. I have very little experience with wide angle capabilities and a lens with that ability would open a whole new photographic world to me.

    2. Landscapes, cityscapes.

    3. Right now my favorite focal length to shoot is 50mm because that’s the best lens I own so far. I would love to expand those possibilities!

  482. April 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    I just started my photography business in October and I could really use this f2.8 lens to improve my shots!!! I have no professional training, just a passion!!! I will be doing my first wedding this summer and would love to have this lens!! I might also use it to take some shots of my new baby coming in September!!
    I usually shoot portraits between 35-50mm.

  483. April 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    I follow your RSS/blog feed, too! 🙂

    -Sarah

  484. April 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    That lens has extra wide length I am looking for and would be great for me as I am pet photographer and do a lot of on location shooting. The lens would give more flexibility of shooting even wider when I am out shooting.

    My favorite lens would be my 50 and my 90 macro lens.

  485. Martha
    April 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm — Reply
  486. April 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    I also added your button to my sidebar. 🙂 I read every post you write, and hope to use PhotoShop soon to begin learning through what you post (Once I get it!)… so why not?!

    -Sarah

  487. April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I posted about your giveaway on my blog. 🙂
    http://simplytowers.blogspot.com

  488. Kelly Aley
    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I just made a facebook status update with the webaddress.

  489. Hannah
    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    *I have just recently entered the world of digital photography and LOVE it! Right now I only have two kit lenses so it’s hard to get the beautiful bokeh that I love with a lowest aperature of 4.0. That and the awesome wide angle.
    *I just had a brand new baby girl, she would be the perfect subject!
    *50mm is my favorite length.

  490. Lisa Baum
    April 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I have the basic lens and recently got a tamron zoom lens for the sporting events. Would love to have this lens for the more portrait pictures I would like to start taking. I like 50mm to get some of the blurred background in the picture.

  491. Martha
    April 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I tweeted about it too… I’m @In_Focus_

  492. RCH
    April 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Facebook fan!

  493. April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    I’m just starting out in photography and this lens would be a great addition to my equipment.

    Right now I’m mostly focusing on portraits, particularly of small kids since I happen to have 2 of them at home.

    For portraits, I love my 50mm 1.8, but I hope to upgrade that lens once I feel more comfortable behind the camera.

  494. April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    I have drooled over this lens for the past year. I am relatively new to the world of DSLR and had the good fortune to receive a Tamron 24-78 for my Nikon last summer. I love using this lens, but am still frustrated when trying to photograph inside or getting more into the picture when shooting landscapes. I visited a local camera store and tried the 17-50 and swooned over the wide side of it. Over the past year I have gravitated between photographing my children, nature/flowers, and landscapes. My urge to get a wide angle lens became more evident to me when chaperoning my daughter and classmates in NYC and my 50 mm just didn’t cut it. I have come to the conclusion that my favorite focal length is at the 28 and below range and the opportunity to win this lens would be wonderful. Thank you.

  495. April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Shared on facebook

  496. Laura P.
    April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm — Reply
  497. April 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    Being a novice, I would love to further my knowledge of photography and lens selection. My most prized and shot subject is my 6yr old daughter and I know this lens would be fantastic for portraits. Secondly I have some concerts coming up and contemplated learning to use a 50mm, 1.4 to personally capture the stunning images I always see everywhere else!

  498. RCH
    April 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    3rd entry – posted on Facebook!

  499. April 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    currently renting lenes can get expensive and it would be so exciting to own my own and more exciting to win it 🙂 I would love to shoot families because it is exciting to capture those perfect moments. My current favorite lens to shoot portraits with is a 50mm 1.4!

  500. Chelsi
    April 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    This lens would be the perfect addition. I do not have a zoom lens at the moment and this would be the perfect portrait zoom lens. It would give me a lot more flexability during my shoots.I do mostly portrait photography. My favorite focal length is 35 mm on a dx camera. I love my 35mm 1.4 lens!!

  501. April 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    This would be really nice to have!

  502. April 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    i added a banner to my blog 🙂

  503. April 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I love Tamron Lens i have 90mm it so perfect lens

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Newborns and my child

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    my favs Tamron 90mm & Canon 50mm

  504. April 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    I became a facebook fan!

  505. April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    Became a facebook fan

  506. April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    I love contests!

    1. I need this lens to take more creative shots of locations that are commonly seen as everyday backgrounds.

    2. I would use it for buildings and scenic locations for family portraits and weddings.

    3. My favorite focal length is 50mm prime.

  507. April 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because i want to push myself to try new things whenever I can.

    I typically shoot children, families, and weddings but i would like to start challenging myself with landscape/cityscape pictures

    My favorite lens right now is my 24-70 and I shoot wide but I’m on a cropped sensor so the 17-55 would be great for me :o)

  508. April 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    I need this lens! The only other zoom lens I have is my kit lens and it’s just not clear enough. I’ve been looking for another zoom lens.
    I would probably use this for photographing kids and possibly weddings. I’m looking for a good wedding lens and I think it just might do the trick.
    I keep my 50mm on my camera at all times. I just love the creamy look and bokeh I get with it.

  509. April 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    I would love to add this lens to my collection. I am shooting a Nikon D200 with a Tamron 2.8 28-105 as my main (and only lens), and I love it! I have only the one lens as of now, and would love to add the 17mm so that I can get a little wider of an angle than the 28 I am using now.

    Tamron lenses are awesome, so hopefully fate does me a little favor on this one!

  510. April 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    I need a wider angle. I have a fisheye and then a 50mm. I’d like to be able to shoot full body adults/seniors without having to get too far away. My favorite shots are headshots with my 85.

  511. April 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    Why do I need this/how would it help my photography: I’m just starting out in the photography business, so I’m slowly adding each new piece of photography equipment as I can afford them. I don’t have a lens with these capabilities yet, and this would certainly add to my ability to shoot with natural light (what I love best!) Besides, what photographer couldn’t use another lens?
    What type of images would I be shooting with this: Mostly portraits (students, children, etc) and weddings.
    My favorite focal length: Whatever works for what I’m shooting at the moment.

  512. April 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    I need this lens! I am “professional” photographer but only a few months ago actually started charging people. I know, I know I should be charging way long ago, but was nervous about it. So now that I am charging I am desperatly saving up for new lenses and a flash. My subjects (families, babies, seniors, weddings) I think would benefit from sharper images and wider angels of that this new lens would offer. I find myself actually renting this exact lens for weddings so to own it would be golden! Thank you for this contest, I have posted on my personal facebook, my photography facebook as well as my blog.

  513. April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I shoot on the Canon 30D and have the kit lens and the 24-70. I find so much of my shooting ends up being between 24-35 and have longed to have the capacity to go wider. I shoot portraits and editorial.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Without getting to play with the lens, I think I’d use it for a variety of purposes. I do a lot of editorial magazine work and frequently do photo essays. I love to be able to show the ‘whole’ picture and my 24-70 restricts me at times.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.

    I still love a 50, for portraits and other work, but for my editorial work I find I am usually in the 24-35 area and hate feeling constricted at 24.

  514. April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    badge is on my blog

  515. April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    signed up for RSS feed

  516. April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Your link is on my blog: http://www.xpphotography.blogspot.com

  517. April 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    I’m a Facebook fan. 🙂

  518. Sophia
    April 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    This lens would be perfect! I have a 50mm prime, which I love, but really wind-up against the wall a lot trying to get my whole subject in the frame. The 17mm range would be so much easier for me to photograph my kids indoors with the wider angle. I guess 50 mm is my favorite length right now…since that’s all I have!!! 🙂

  519. April 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    I need this lens! I am “professional” photographer but only a few months ago actually started charging people. I know, I know I should be charging way long ago, but was nervous about it. So now that I am charging I am desperatly saving up for new lenses and a flash. My subjects (families, babies, seniors, weddings) I think would benefit from sharper images and wider angels of that this new lens would offer. I find myself actually renting this exact lens for weddings so to own it would be golden! Thank you for this contest, I have posted on my personal facebook, my photography facebook as well as my blog. Right now I use mostly my stock lens from 2 camera bodies ago (I’ve only upgraded bodies, not lenses!) because I love the option of wider angels and a zoom if I need it. I do love my 50mm though. I love the sharpness and the depth of field I get with it.

  520. April 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    would love to broaden my horizons, i seem to stick with my favorites lenses instead of branching out!

  521. April 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    1.) I need this lens for portraits, of course. Right now, I rely almost totally on my 55 mm but having options would be great.

    2.) People. Faces. Babies. Puppies. 🙂

    3.) 55 mm

  522. April 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    I’ve signed up for your RSS feed too.

  523. April 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    I love the speed of this lens combined with the wide angle- love the wide angle! I have a 17-85mm right now, but it’s a bit slow and tough in low lighting- and tough for taking pictures of an active toddler! 🙂

  524. Christy
    April 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    -I have a fixed 50mm lens that I use. I love it, but would LOVE some zoom!
    -Most of my photography is is of my family and children. I would love to start taking newborn photos though!
    -Since I only have one fixed 50mm lens, I guess my favorite focal length would have to be 50mm 🙂

  525. April 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm — Reply
  526. Sophia
    April 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Posted a link to your site on my FB page!!!

  527. April 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    this lens will help immensly for my newborn sessions. my favorite focal length is under 35mm (on a cropped sensor) due to limited indoor space. i would use for indoor/outdoor portraits and newborn sessions.

  528. April 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm — Reply
  529. April 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    following you on twitter 🙂

  530. April 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    I love my 24-70 f2.8, but it would be really awesome to have a 50mm for family portraits! Thanks for sponsoring the contest!! I love contests!

  531. April 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    I became a fan, subscribe via email and just got you on my google reader.

  532. April 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    now a fan on your facebook page!

  533. April 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I love to shoot low light portraits indoors without flash and landscapes in the early morning and late evening.
    The large aperature and VC would be very helpful in this pursuit.
    My favorite focal length is 50mm for portraits and 17mm for landscapes.
    Tamron lens’ have always been my favorite!

  534. rebecca h
    April 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Following via twitter

  535. April 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm — Reply
  536. April 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    Having the ability for a wider angle lens with a lower aperture would give me more flexibility when shooting inside portraits and switching to outside landscapes.

    Mostly straight portraits but some environmental portraiture as well.

    I currently shoot mostly portraits on my 50mm. It’s my absolute fave.

  537. April 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    I follow you on twitter

  538. Steve B
    April 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    1) My present Wide angle Zoom only goes to F3.5, I would live to have more Flexibility on my Nikon.

    2) Portraits and Archecturial shots.

    3) Wide angle, the wider the better. The 17MM focal length on this lens would get a lot of use by me.

  539. April 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I was just telling the hubby about how I need a wider angle zoom lens! Lately I’ve found myself shooting a lot of landscape and city-scape photos and would love to use this lens to shoot those. It would be great to get the full shot I’m wanting without having to go 1/2 way down the street! My favorite focal length is my 50mm.

  540. April 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    spreading the word on the blog 🙂

  541. April 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I blogged about this contest as well!

  542. Leesa
    April 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    Why I need it? The lens I am using right now for wider angle shots is the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 that came with the kit, haha! I am in MAJOR need of an update!

    What I would use it for? Weddings!

    Favorite focal length? I prefer my 50mm when photographing children. Love the shallow depth of field.

  543. April 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    I have a banner on my sidebar! (Have for weeks now) 🙂

  544. April 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need a wider angle lens, especially for weddings. This would be such a great help!

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Groups, especially at weddings, as well as closer action shots.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.

    I love shooting with 50 mm 1.2 lens… when I have access to it, although I do wish I could get closer to my subjects—my camera is not full frame.

  545. April 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Following with RSS in Google reader

  546. April 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Subscribing to your blog through RSS feed.

  547. Rebecca Rossini
    April 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    I love shooting with my my 50mm but would love to have a little wider angle sometimes especially when I am in a tight location and dont have much room. I mainly shoot portraits and this lens would be great for family shots. I love to shoot at 50mm so this would be a great additional lens to have.

  548. April 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Following you on Facebook.

  549. April 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Wow, this is so amazing!

    I need this lens because I recently was forced to sell my wide angle canon 24-105mm on ebay because I needed to money, so now I am without any zoom lens or wide angle.

    With this lens I would be able to capture more angle and more scenery when Im shooting a family or a person, I would get alot more personality out of my picture with the 17mm.

    My most favorite lens was the one I had to sell, but the lens I’m using now is my 50mm 1.4 for my potraits, and I love that lens to death! It is working wonders for me.

    YAY for this amazing contest! 🙂

  550. April 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I need a good quality lens that isn’t a prime lens! This lens would be perfect to shoot large family portraits at my summer weddings this year! My favorite focal length to shoot right now is 50mm. I just got my 50mm a month ago, and I love it!

  551. Alyssa
    April 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    I just got a new to me 50d and I usually use my 50mm but would love to get wider on my cropped frame while taking photos of my family and friends!!!

  552. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    This lens would be a perfect “walk around” lens as far as I’m concerned. I shoot mostly nature but would love to get into portrait photography…this lens could help me out with that. My favorite focal length seems to be around 30 to 50mm …. I do like to get up close.

  553. April 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Bonus entry I am a fan on Facebook!

  554. April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    I would love to have this lens, because it would be my first experience with it. I have a Tamron 18-200 lens, and a 11-18 wide lens. This will give me another option to do some good photography.
    I must be honest here I wouldn’t know what to shoot but I would like to shoot some small creatures for my sons. He love the little creatures. But I really would to see for my self. I am not a pro, but am learning fast.
    I am doing just sporadic shots, as a designer I love to catch what come across my eyes. Eye catching, colors, objects. Anything that has catch my eyes.

  555. April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Following you on twitter @elenawilkins

  556. Tom Beardmore
    April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’d like a faster replacement for my Nikon 17-55mm kit lens. The Tamron is considerably faster and better made, and has superior vibration control.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Natural light portraits, indoors and out; action shots that need the faster lens & vibration compensation.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    About 40 to 50mm for portraits, 250mm for animal action shots (like dogs catching frisbees, etc.)

  557. April 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    I am a Facebook fan.

  558. Denise in MN
    April 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? Oh I could use a lens like this I do not have one in this focal range.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? People, kids
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I have the 28-75mm that I am lloving.

  559. April 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    I “need” this lens b/c I shoot lots of landscape/travel photography. I also do a lot of children photography. So this amazing lens with the focal range and VC is just what I need! I love to shoot in between 18mm-45mm on a APS C size sensor.

  560. April 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    would love love love to win this lens.

  561. April 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Shared via Facebook for a bonus entry!

  562. April 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    1. This lens would give me some versatility in my shooting. I only have one portait lens with this large of an aperture (a 50mm, 1.4) and while its great, it limits me.
    2. I only shoot weddings so I would use this for engagements, bridals and even some wedding day portraits.
    3. Right now, my fave is the 50mm.

  563. April 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    1. I really need this lens to fill my focal length “void”!

    2. I shoot mostly sports, so I have a lot of longer lenses, but would like to have a shorter focal length for those family shots, the landscapes… I could go on!

    3. I shoot a lot at 200 mm with my sports, then for some odd reason, 135mm seems to be the second most used, for those closer up sports shots.

  564. April 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    I would love this lens so that I don’t have to take 2 or 3 lenses with me out shooting. Also, the VR is a bonus. I shoot everything from landscapes to faces, and although I love my 50 fixed, this would be great! Thanks for the givaway!

  565. April 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    * I need this lens because I’m relatively new to photography, and I would love to build up a nice collection of lenses, but finances will not permit;)
    * My FAVORITE subjects are newborns… so primarily newborns, along with kids and families.
    * 50mm. I have the 1.8f and I am loving it… I would love to upgrade to the 1.4f, but again, finances;)
    Thanks for offering this great giveaway!
    Stacey

  566. Kevin Cooper
    April 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    1. I need this lense because I have graduated from point/shoot camera’s, by buying a D100 from my boss. I’m planning on purchasing lense’s first and when I have an understanding of the camera/lense capabilties, then I will upgrade the body. This lense should make it easier to learn with.
    2. This lense would be a great help for family photos, especialy during Christmas, vacations in our fishing boat and for my both of my son’s basketball games.
    3. My only lense is a Quantaray 70-300mm f/4-5.6, and I use the full range. But I really like zooming in at 300mm to catch my son and his friends riding horses.

  567. April 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    i tweeted about the giveaway.

  568. Krista
    April 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for a great giveaway.

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Because I have very few lenses to use. It would help my photography by allowing me to take photos inside in lower light situations without the harshness of a flash (and places where flash is not allowed).

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    For one I would like to try it to shoot indoor volleyball (my daughter is a Senior so is my last chance). I currently use a zoom that is a 2.8 but would like to do candids of the girls and wider shots in the horrible lighting in the gym. Also to do some newborn pics of new grandchildren. I would also like to start getting involved in a group who goes and volunteers to take pics of families who have just had a baby who died or is going to die. So they have beautiful memories of their child at such a tragic time. Again-indoor pics where I can do without the invasiveness of a flash.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    My favorite is to use my my 90 mm macro lens (I got it years ago to do pics of jewelry I make). I love to use this length to do portraits too.

  569. Cassie
    April 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    I just noticed that my first comment didn’t post…I got a message about there being too many comments at one time…anyway, here is my initial post:

    I had gone back and forth for a while about pursuing photography as a serious hobby versus a profession. After my nephew was stillborn last fall, we had a photographer come and photograph the day and those pictures are precious to my sister and the family. After that, I decided that I wanted to share that same gift with others, so I am in the process of starting up a photography business that blesses those that have suffered loss or illness or those that have adopted. I’m not sure what it will look like, but I know the 17-50mm will be a great addition to my camera bag:)

    As of right now, my favorite focal length is 50mm. I pretty much use it for everything because it makes such a great portrait…but I’m learning to use some of my others, too…for variety, you know 🙂

  570. Michelle
    April 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    I love to shoot upclose and personal so around the 35-50mm range. The wider angle would be so awesome to use, especially with senior season coming up.

  571. Krista
    April 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    Became a facebook fan for an extra entry

  572. April 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    The widest lens I currently have is 28mm and it’s hard inside on my crop sensor to get back far enough.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I mainly shoot children and families. Newborns would rock with this lens!
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    I love my 50mm 1.8 for newborns.

  573. April 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    Now following you on Twitter for a bonus entry.

  574. April 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    I am IN LOVE with my 50mm, and I cant seems to get away from it to use my other lenses. So the 17-50 would be awesome! My 1st nephew will be here around May 1st and I cant wait to take his pictures!!

  575. Krista
    April 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    Just became a confirmed subscriber too for an extra entry. I really want this lens!

  576. Michelle
    April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm — Reply

    I am a Facebook fan!

  577. April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm — Reply

    – I need this lens since the wide angle will be really helpful in capturing more of the scene when doing portrait sessions…

    – I want to shoot portrait sessions with this lens

    – my favorite focal length is 50 mm but I want to break out of the box with some wider angles 🙂

  578. Michelle Hamstra
    April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    I would love to be more creative with a wider angle!

    I’d mainly be shooting families and children.

    I think my favorite focal length is 24 or 50… I think I can be more creative with a 24 focal length so I’d be excited to see what a 17 is like!

  579. April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    I signed up to receive daily updates! 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this awesome lens!

  580. Jon
    April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    I could use some faster glass. 2.8 opens up more possibilities. I’d use it for portraits, which are my favorite to shoot (currently with my 50mm). This lens would allow for a wider (no pun intended) range of compositions.

  581. April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    1. I currently shoot with a 24-105 f4 lens for the majority of my portrait work. Having this lens would extend my flexibility . .
    2. Using the 17mm wide angle for some landscape photography I’ve been wanting to do
    3. I also shoot with a 70-200 2.8 and primarily use it around 100mm for portrait work

  582. April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I could use a nice wide angle lens, I currently use a 24-70mm or a 50mm prime lens.

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would use it for families and children.

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? My favorite focal length to shoot is between 24-50mm range on a crop frame camera.

  583. April 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    I would love own a wider lens. The widest I have is a 24-70. It would be great to use for interior photographs and for close ups. I normally use my 50mm on my Nikon D700. The attached photo was shot at 28mm.

  584. April 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I don’t have any lenses -just the one my camera came with, so this would be amazing.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I do mainly family shoots and children.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love to be close! xo A

  585. April 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Im a stay at home mum trying to make my dream of a photography a reality.It sounds like an awesome wideangle lens or even one great for portraits.We are trying to make it back to germany this year to visit family we havnt seen in many many years and I know the camera and lens would be in constant use .I love shooting with my 50mm or the 100mm lens i got.

  586. April 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because the only two quality lenses that I have are 50mm and 100mm. I have no wide angle lens which would be immensely helpful when shooting families and toddlers (they move so fast!); I am generally a prime girl, but I did try the Tamron 28-75 last year and ended up with a very soft copy. I loved the focal length and would like another one, but frankly, the soft copy scared me away from ever purchasing that lens again (so winning this would easily solve that problem).

    I would be using it almost exclusively for portraits (especially for babies and little ones as well as families for the wide angle) but if I needed to shoot something with a wide angle then I’d use ti for that too.

    My favorite focal length is 50mm.

  587. April 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    I need a good zoom lens. I have a very cheap zoom lens right now and it is rather clunky and very slow.
    I shoot children and infants most often but will be honing in on birth/newborn photography hopefully as I set up a duel doula/photography business.
    My favorite focal length is my 50mm f1.8 (though I’d love a 1.4 for that added crispness!) on my D700.

  588. April 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    – Because 17-50mm is a highly used focal range and this lens delivers images of amazing quality!!!
    – I plan to test it out on EVERYTHING! But I shoot primarily babies/children and portraits. This would be an amazing lens for everyday shoots as well…like vacations, parties, family outings, etc!
    – Because I shoot mostly portraits my favorite focal length is 50mm – this lens would be the perfect addition to my humble, though loved, small set of lens!

  589. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    1. I would love better equipment to continue my education with, but can unfortunately not yet afford to upgrade on my own. It would help me have a more versatile range and give me some added confidence knowing i’m using something quality.
    2. Infants and Children! Particularly my beautiful son. I want to capture every precious moment of his existence so that i’ll never forget how he smelled or the face he made when he was learning something new and such.
    3. My favorite is 35-50mm. I live in a very small apartment and love having some roome to be able to get close and crop when needed.

  590. April 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    1) Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?

    Because I am clueless about lenses and always looking for the “perfect” one for both portraits and groups (ie. weddings, generational, etc). I think this lens will help me achive the clarity I’m trying so hard to get.

    2) What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Mostly children, newborns and portraits

    3) What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    I also love shooting portraits at 50mm and at 80mm on my full frame Canon but I have limited space in my studio and my lenses above are primes so it’s hard to back up enough.

  591. April 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm — Reply
  592. April 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I have this lens BUT had bought it used and would LOVE to have a brand NEW one. This lens is awesome!

    I have been shooting lots of different subjects and have 6 weddings booked for this year and would LOVE to have this lens as my “USED” one has some light scratches 🙁

    Shooting at 50mm is my all time favorite but need the 17 for groups!

  593. April 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    — I feel like with this lens, my shooting will be more multifaceted.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    — Mainly for portraits, but summer is coming and the wide angle would be great for outdoor activities and taking pictures while camping!
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    — Right now my 50mm. But I would love the ability to zoom! I’m tired of my feet being my zoom with my favorite lens. :p

  594. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    I became a fan on FB!

  595. April 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Tweeted about the contest here http://twitter.com/faithschaos for an additional entry.

  596. April 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    1. I need this lens so badly as I have just started doing weddings. This would be a great lens for group shots!
    2. I would be using this at weddings and even some Seniors too!
    3. My favorite focal length is 50 for people

  597. Nestor Marsollier
    April 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    I like Tamron, it’s time to upgrade my lenses with this 17-50 VC !!!!

  598. April 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I live in Alaska (moved here last summer) and want to take crisp clear wide angle shots of the beautiful landscape, which I just can’t capture with my current lens. I would shoot the mountains, rivers, birch trees and sporting events like dog mushing.
    Currently, my favorite focal length is 50 mm, because that is my prime lens and it’s the sharpest and opens up to a f/1.8.

  599. April 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    Posted on Facebook about the giveaway! Hope somebody I know wins. 🙂

  600. Amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    I blogged about it for an additional entry:

    http://mandaplustwocoles.blogspot.com/

  601. April 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I could use, would use, and need this lens. 🙂 I have one lens that works right now and its the 50mm 1.8. so this would give me so much more to work with.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    newborns, children, seniors.
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    i love 50 mm, but would love to get to about 28.
    i use to have a 28-70, but my daughter fell on it while it was extended and broke it. good times. 🙂

  602. selena
    April 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    *Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I have been wanting to trade my Tamron 28-75 for the 17-50 for awhile now. Sometimes I find myself wanting a little more of a wide angle.
    *What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Babies and kids…my third child is due next week!! 🙂
    *What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I find myself shooting around 28-50 most of the time on my Tamron.

  603. April 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    I have a link to your site on the right side column of my site. http://www.hopeandmemory.co.nr/

  604. April 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need this lens because I am a newer photographer who is just starting out and needing better tools to achieve my photography goals.

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? My subjects are newborn babies at William Beaumont Hospital. I just started a new job there as a newborn baby photographer. I would love to supply mothers with a more rich photo experience by using the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens to zoom into those tiny toes, little hands and sweet precious baby faces with impressive sharpness.

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love 50mm on a full frame camera too. Portrait taking is my passion!

  605. April 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    Became a fan on Facebook!

  606. April 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    17-50 at 2.8 would go great with my 70-200 at 2.8. I would be set with this.

  607. ReneeL
    April 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I do a lot of lowlight shooting in this range. I have a 18-55 kit lens, that does not perform well in this capacity. I have wanted an f2.8 lens in this range, and have even looked at this one in particular, but financially it is not in the cards right now.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I do hospital newborn photography. So I am using18-20mm full body shots and then zooming in close for those “little parts” photos. Having a low light lens in a hospital room where you are in tight quarters and have funky lighting would be a great benefit. I think this lens would be much sharper than the lens I am using now.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I am really shooting primarily within this particular range. My favorite is probably 35mm, but even that is almost impossible to use and get the full body shot in tight quarters.

  608. Carley Michael
    April 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    I am just getting in to photography and only have 2 lenses (the kit and one extra) I would love to expand my equipment and be able to learn more with different lenses!

  609. Jaymers
    April 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    I mostly shoot pictures of my children with my 50 mm prime lens, and focus really on their faces, close up. But now that they are more active and exploring their world I want my photos to tell more of a story of how are growing and experiencing life. This wider-angle lens would help me capture those stories.

  610. Nestor Marsollier
    April 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    I need to upgrade my lenses, and the tamron 17-50 VC is the best lens that you can buy.

    I like this lens to show indoors, small spaces and to make wonderful landscapes.

    I love the range between 24mm and 80mm; i thik that this range is the most usefull.

  611. April 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    And following on Twitter!! 😀

  612. julie
    April 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    my collection of “budget friendly” frames can really wear me out. I’d love to be able to move less and only use one lens during a shoot. My number one subject is toddlers….so I am always moving anyway. 🙂 I love my 50mm, but having the capability to go wide would also be great in my very small spare bedroom/studio.

  613. shanda
    April 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    well, i NEED this lens because i am almost limited to my kit lens. i am getting by with it, but i know that a good, fast lens would help me progress as a photographer. i photograph mostly families with young children. i do own the nifty fifty, and love it. but i drool over the bigger and better 50 and 85mm lenses.

  614. April 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    1)A 2.8 lens is wonderful for a narrow depth of field, it lets you get those really blurry backgrounds. it is also great in low light (sunrise, sunset)I love shooting landscape and arcitecture.
    2)This lens would be great for shooting my one year old son. He is my favorite subject.
    3)My favorite focal length, to be honest, My favorite focal length is whatever my subject that I am shooting calls for. My most used lens is the Tamron 18-270 on my Nikon D300. it is the most versitle lens I have.

  615. April 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    I have shared about this contest on my twitter!

  616. Carley Michael
    April 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    I am just getting in to photography and only have 2 lenses (the kit and one extra) I would love to expand my equipment and be able to learn more with different lenses! I love to take pictures of children and nature! I don’t have much experience with different focal lengths yet, I really love to take close pictures though!

  617. April 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    I linked to your site on my preferred vendors page.

  618. April 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    – I would love to have a wide angle to take pictures of kids in their rooms. I feel like that a wide angle is the only lens that I am missing.
    – Kids in their homes.
    – I use 70mm a lot and I love my 105mm. It makes the backgrounds in portraits gorgeous.

  619. April 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    I would LOVE this lens because I don’t have a lens with this range that is so fast! My 17-200 Nikkor is nice but is F3.5 – F5.6 and not great in low light. The 2.8 would be just what I need to capture those speedy kids! I love to get up close to the eye lashes or pouty lips so shooting wide is my favorite right now.

  620. Brandi
    April 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    I would love to have this lens!! I am just starting out with photography and currently expecting a baby in June. This lens would be great to take all the newborn shots I plan to take of our new addition. My favorite focal length and the one I typically tend to reach for would be my 50mm.

  621. April 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    love me some tamron

  622. April 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    1. We all think we “need” every lens that comes along. I would say that I need it to increase my photographic opportunities. A zoom is a great walkaround lens for me. I can bring things up close or capture a scene far away without having to trot up to it. The stabilization feature would be great because I do tend to have camera shake :(.

    2. I would use this as a portrait lens but doing it as candid. I always have success with this. going to a wedding, picnic or big function allows me to step back and take some nice shots of people as they are enjoying the moment. I share those photos with them later. Always brings a smile. At weddings, I can be the unpaid second shooter, which is great. I usually know a lot of the attendees and adding these candids to the bridal unofficial photo album brings them joy, (I hope, at least).
    3. 50mm is great for getting nice and personal.
    Thanks for listening!

  623. April 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    I would absolutely love this lens. Currently I have the Tamron 18-270mm, which is a great, great lens. However I would like to add a lens with faster aperture. I would use this for low light situations, photos of children and pets, and portraits. I don’t necessarily have a favorite focal length.

  624. April 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? Because I would like a wider angle for landscape shots so I can go on photo sessions with my Dad.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Mostly landscape shots and portraits. I rented this lens during a photo shootout and loved it.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. Because I don’t have a full frame camera I love my 30mm and 50mm.

  625. kristen
    April 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    What a great give-away!

    * I “need” this lens because I currently only own one other lens (Canon 50mm 1.4). At the moment, I don’t have money for “extras” like lenses and it would be a HUGE (and MUCH LOVED) blessing to win it!!!

    * I would use this lens to photograph people – mostly my kids and just the moments that make up my every-day life. Also would use it for photographing my husband’s tile and granite work to build his business portfolio and website.

    * My favorite focal length is 50mm!!!

  626. kristen
    April 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    ** Just signed up for RSS feed…

  627. Haley Aldrich
    April 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I only have one other lens (besides the kit lens)for my Nikon D90! My favorite photography subjects are my adorable little boys, I have a 2.5 year old and a 10 month old. Both have fueled my love of photography! I currently shoot 50mm 1.8. It is my favorite!

  628. kristen
    April 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Blogged about this and posted a link at: wwww.kristenohran.blogspot.com

  629. kristen
    April 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    ** Am also a FAN on Facebook!!!

  630. Christin
    April 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    I’ve been looking at a zoom lens so this would be great to add to my other lenses. I primarily photography children. It would be great to zoom in and out without running back and forth. Right now my favorite focal length is 85mm on a full frame camera.

  631. Judy L
    April 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    I would love this lense to replace my current zoom w/ variable aperture! It’s ok for my needs (just a hobbyist) but would love the better zoom for those tight spots my 50mm 1.4 can’t do. I mostly shoot my kids and our family adventures. I just got the 50mm and am really loving it!

  632. April 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    I love shooting with my Tamron lenses.

  633. Jenny
    April 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I love to be able to shoot low light conditions, it’s the perfect range for up close and personal!;)
    I love to shoot boudoir and conceptual photography. This lens is the perfect addition!
    I tend to shoot between 28 and 50mm most. This lens would be right on for me!

  634. April 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    I need this lens to broaden my wide angle skills. I have never used a Tamron lens and would love to see what it can do. I would love to photograph children at the arboretum with this lens! Would be great to capture an innocent moment with a landscape in the background. My favorit focal length is 50 mm.

  635. April 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    I “NEED” this lens because it is currently my favorite lens in my bag but the anti-shake(which I don’t have) would make it the absolute perfect lens for me!!
    My favorite subjects to shoot with this lens are my kids and their friends. It is versatile to get the whole group or close up for individual expression.
    My favorite focal length is 50mm for portraits.

  636. Diane
    April 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    1. I need a 2.8f lens to do better indoor and low lighting photography.
    2. Dogs doing flyball or horses being riden indoors…
    3. I like shooting action shots, such as horses and dogs preforming. I use different focal lenghts would vary accorrding to subject and lighting.

  637. April 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    Rigth now I own a Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 but it doesn’t satisfy my needs anymore. I am looking for a lens with similar focal lenght range but I want it faster and sharper and I believe that a Tamrom will work great. I love shooting landscapes and also portraits of my kids. I think this lens would be great to replace what I already have. I need a versatile lens. I don’t want to exchange lens when going out to shoot, I might miss a beautiful moment! I want to photograph landscapes and also be able to capture lovely portraits of my boys in the same location.
    My favorite focal lenght is 18mm landscapes, cityscapes and 35mm-50mm portraits.

  638. Giselle
    April 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I don’t have fixed aperture lens, or a lens with image stabilization. I would like to take more portrait shots, and scenic shots and having f2.8 would help a great deal.

    I’d like to shoot nature and people with this lens. Even use some macro extension tubes with it to take pictures of insects and small flowers.

    I don’t have a favorite focal length since I really like both portraits of people and landscape nature shots. For landscapes the 17mm would be ideal combined with the f2.8 aperture for sunsets. The 50.mm end would be quite useful for model and location shoots.

  639. April 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    Retweeted about the giveaway here at MCP Actions 🙂

    http://twitter.com/sweetiekjo

  640. Judy L
    April 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    now subscribed thru Google reader!

  641. Ed Kawczynski
    April 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    An old dog tryin’ to learn some new tricks. Back in the day, (early 70’s) photographed weddings…we used Leica M2 rangefinders & the strobes had wet cell batteries…(and I don’t mean cellular, I mean H²O)
    1. “need” wide angle lens for new-fangled digital camera
    2. kids & family group portraits (one of those new tricks I mentioned)
    3. old dogs learned to shoot (good) portraits with med-long lenses…
    still do.

  642. Jenny
    April 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    I shared this contest on FB and I subscribed to MCP feed!;)Good luck to all!!

  643. April 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    I like to shoot at at 50mm too. I do mostly portraits of kids. Lots and lots of them and I need this lens! The zoom is great too, but the VC anti- shake is what I am excited about. I really want and need this lens to prevent those out of focus shots.

  644. April 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    I NEED this lens, plain and simple. I am starting out doing portrait/wedding photography and don’t have a good quality zoom lens yet. My favorite focal length to use is my 50 mm. This lens would be such an addition to my camera bag, help me out Jodi! 🙂

  645. Tracy
    April 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    *Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I have a 50mm prime lens that I use for portraits but would love to have the ability to zoom.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? Portraits and weddings
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Love shooting at 50mm

  646. April 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    I ‘need’ this lens, as I do alot of portraits and my 50mm is sometimes ‘pushing it’ when it comes to space!
    I will shoot a bit of everything! Maternity, newborns, children, etc!
    My favorite right now is 50mm – the Bokeh is awesome!

  647. Judy
    April 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    following you on Twitter now :o)

  648. Karis
    April 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I currently have been using a 70-200 and would like to start doing work that is closer and adding this would give me that ability

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would like to do more landscape picture, I shoot a lot of ice art photos and this lens would give me some more versatility.
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    I have been shooting with my 70-200. I do sports photography for my son’s hockey team and love to be able to adjust for the distances.

  649. April 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    1 – This lens will allow a wonderful wide angle option in my camera bag! I also love that it has the 2.8 aperture for more bokeh in the background.
    2 – I shoot families, babies & high schoolers on location in natural lighting.
    3 – My go to lens is a nikon 50mm 1.4

  650. April 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    I shoot mostly high school seniors and families. I NEED this lens because I am starting to shoot weddings this summer and I would love to have the SPEED and VERSATILITY that IS this lens! I generally shoot with a 70-200mm 2.8 and I also use my 50 mm 1.2, but I don’t own a wide angle such as this because I have been waiting for something with the speed this glass has. I have uploaded and image that I LOVE because of what MCP helped me do with it. I used bag of tricks- magic black drop spell, quickie collections sharp people, magic skin- powder your nose and goldilocks got framed from the quickie collection. Keep ’em comin’ I LOVE MCP ACTIONS! You have taught me more than ANY class I have ever taken on photoshop! THANK YOU!

  651. April 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    # Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I have read about this lens and the sharpness that it is able to get to the finished produce. Just starting out and having a limited lens supply this lens would be, a joy to learn with.
    # What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    living in the west I photograph mainly landscapes and western materials buy I have been know when asked to photograph people. Need lots of practice on the later.
    # What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I am like you I love my 50mm for people and for wildlife my 300mm and for landscape well all I have is my kit lens.

  652. nicole
    April 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    I could really use this lens! I just switched from pentax to canon, and now am the proud owner of a 40 D gripped. Sadly, I have no lenses yet. I have borrowed a few from a friend in order to decide which I should buy first. In fact I have her 24 to 70 (i think that is the range) tameron lens right now, but need to get it back to her soon. I’m not sure what focal length will be my favorite, as I was shooting mostly with primes on my pentax. I would use this lens to photograph my own childern and my friends children that I have been practicing with, and perhaps a few flowers around the yard. thank you for the opportunity to win such an awsome prize.

  653. April 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    1. It would improve my photography by letting me see a new … wider:) .. perspective and work with that.
    2. I’d love a wider angle lens for both landscapes and portraits where you want to capture the subject’s environment
    3. Portraits w/ 50mm because it is all I have!

    So Random Generator … pick me:)!

  654. Judy L
    April 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    just became a fan on FB!

  655. April 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    I am now a fan!

  656. April 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    I need good low light lens with wide angle capabilities. My photographic subjects range from quaint or dilapidated houses, landscapes, and anything found of interest. With my current lens capabilities, I have to get so far away to get everything in the frame, it is difficult to get the light just right. My favorite focal range is 18mm. I would love a full frame camera, but my Canon T1i is doing a great job for now.

  657. April 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I don’t currently own anything in this range. My shortest lens is 50 mm, which I use quite a lot, but I don’t have a full frame camera so it makes it tough to shoot in tight spaces or small rooms when I’m shooting indoors. I would like to use this lens for indoor shots and for outdoor events such as soccer games, etc. Since I don’t have many lens, the majority of the time I shoot with the kit lens that came with my camera because it is the most versatile (Cannon 28-135).

  658. Laura M.
    April 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    I “need” this lens because I love landscape photography. I’m an avid hiker and hike up to some gorgeous mountain summits and really need a wider lens. Right now my widest lens is my rebel kit lens, which has been good to me so far, but I could really use an upgrade!
    As I mentioned, I really love landscape photography… I truly enjoy all aspects of it.
    My favorite focal length definitely depends on what I’m shooting… if it’s landscapes, I’m often going as wide as I can get.

  659. Tesa
    April 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    I am also a newbie and have a couple of different lenses, photographers are like kids in the candy store with new photography equipment! I think this lens would help improve my photography and add depth to my pictures! I love to shoot children outside in the natural light and this would be a great addition to my equipment bag. 50mm right now is my favorite focal length, good luck everyone!

  660. Heather
    April 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I’m just starting out and “need” all the lenses I can get, as I only have one at the moment.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    Mostly portraits of children. I like shooting flowers too.

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    At the moment it’s 50mm.

  661. April 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I need this lens to give me more range in where I can shoot. As of right now i mostly use a 50mm, but sometimes, even that is tight.

    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    I would use this lens to photograph children when weather forces us inside. I have actually never even played with anything smaller than 28mm so this would be a fun lens for me. 🙂

    What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
    My favorite focal length right now is 50mm. It is a pretty versatile length to use.

  662. April 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    This lens would be awesome because I currently only have a 50 mm lens and a kit lens for my DSLR. It would give me more flexibility. I’d love to use it for vacation photography this summer. My favorite focal length with the lenses I have is 50 mm.

  663. Jerri Lynn
    April 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    I need this lens since it is a wide-angle – something I currently don’t own, so I can get closer to my subjects. I would use the lens for pictures of my family, mostly my two kiddos. My favorite focal length would have to be my 70-200, I love the brokeh you get with it.

  664. April 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    1. I NEED this because I want to shoot both wide angle portrait and landscape with something other than the kit lens I’ve had for years!

    2. Portrait and Landscape

    3. I think I prefer wide, in the 20s…

  665. April 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    1) It would offer me a LOT more versatility in portrait photography. I’m trying to break into the business, but can’t quite afford to splurge on this kind of equipment just yet!
    2) Children and weddings!
    3) I am really enjoying my 35mm (on my crop-frame) – but that’s because it’s the widest, fastest lens I own. To have a non-fixed lens with a wide aperture… now, that’s the dream!

  666. Tiffany Parrott
    April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I need this lens so bad! I have a 50mm f 1.4 lens that I love but I need a more diverse lens. I shoot portraits and the 50mm is great but with kids moving and grooving around I need a lens with diversity that I can not have to physically move in and out with!
    I photograph small children mostly, I have 3 boys of my own ages 3, 2 and 6 months and a lens like this would make is so much easier to catch a shot of them! I would like the 17mm aspect so I can get a wider angle, making it easier to get portraits of newborns and groups.
    My favorite is shooting 50mm portraits with my canon 7d, I am in love with taking photos! Please Please pick me!

  667. April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I shared on FB!

  668. April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    *I am a beginning natural light children’s photographer and the low aperture that this lens offers is a must in natural light photography (so I am finding out)! This lens would give me greater versatility in my field.

    * My subjects primarily consists of children and newborns which makes this lens a great option for those beautiful CLOSE ups!

    * My current favorite is my 50mm 1.8! I love close ups and the Tamron 17-50 would give me a greater opportunity to achieve those shots!

  669. April 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    I need a faster lens in a shorter focal length for family gatherings. My mil’s house is dark and small. I would be photographing my dh and 7 kids and extended family. The lens that’s on my camera most of the time is 85mm 1.8, so I guess that would be my favorite! Thanks!

  670. April 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    1. I would love to own a wider angle lens with a 2.8 f stop. It would help me to have the wider angle because I have a crop sensor camera.
    2. I would use it to shoot portraits and maybe some landscape
    3. Currently my favorite focal length is 20mm on a crop sensor.

  671. Melissa
    April 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I am fairly new to DSLR and this, particularly the wide end, would fill the hole in my assortment of lenses. I am studying photography pretty seriously, taking classes, practicing all the time, reading everything, experimenting and many of the shots I love are taken with a lens of similar focal length.

    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I live in beautiful Tucson, AZ and I would like to begin practicing for portfolio building via volunteering for my child’s preschool fundraisers by shooting photos of their days.

    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? For me to look at my photos — macro shots. I just ordered a Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM and I cannot wait to get it. The macro shots are just for me, where my other shots of people with other lenses are a constant stream of gifts to share with families and friends.

  672. April 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I adore my Tamron 28-75 lens and would love to have a wider angle lens like this. I also like shooting wide at 2.8, so this allows for the flexibilty that I need shooting indoors and out.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? I typically photograph my family members and pets.
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Love portraits at 50mm. I like doing a lot of close-up shots of people, but I like having the option to shoot wider for fields of wildflowers, for example.

    Love your lenses. My 28-75 stays on my camera all the time 🙂

  673. Melanie C.
    April 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Right now my zoom lens has an adjustable aperture of 4-5.6, so this lens would REALLY help me capture photos I’m not missing in low light situations.

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? My kids are my favorite subjects!

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Right now I shoot a lot with a 50mm because I can get down to f/1.8, but would really like the flexibility to use a zoom indoors.

  674. April 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    *Why do I need this lens? Long or short version… I only own 2 lenses at the moment and don’t currently own a zoom lens in this range. I constantly borrow my grandfather’s 17-70mm for shots. It never fails that he misses his own shots while I borrow it. I love shooting larger angles and this would be wonderful.
    * My subject matter varies. I love photographing children. Children are fast moving blobs in low light situations and this lens would help sooo much with that.I mostly shoot families and individuals but I have been asked to shoot weddings. Because I don’t have a wide angle lens it makes it hard to accept large groups or wedding parties. Grandpa . . . can I borrow your lens again?
    * My fave length is between 35 and 50. I saved up for months and bought a 50mm 1.4 which is my fave (only) for portraits but because of hubby cutbacks at work any money I make now goes straight to our food budget. For some reason my kids like eating 3 times a day… hee hee. My grandpa doesn’t mind lending me his lens but I really would love not to have to borrow it every time I have a large group. (plus his isn’t 2.8f that would be a dream!) who could say no to this face?

  675. April 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    I tend to go on a lot of adventures and have spur-of-the-moment, once-in-a-lifetime shots. Being able to have more control in low-light situations and the ability to get sharper shots compared to my kit lens would help me bring home more memories.
    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    everything from alligators to my friend Zeke
    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera.
    At the moment, I love 50mm because my nifty fifty is the nicest lens I have. But I kind of like 200mm when I’m shooting alligators.

  676. Nancy R
    April 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    * Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    Actually, it’s for a very good friend. I can’t afford to buy it for her & she just got a 40d body w/no lens (she’s borrowing one of mine!) Since this would be the first (and only) lens of her own, I can’t describe how much it would help her photography!

    * What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? She shoots children & newborns. She also uses it at school where she is a speech therapist & works a lot with autistic preschoolers.

    * What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. Before switching from Pentax to Canon, she shot mostly with her 24mm.

  677. April 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    I have a link back on my blog. [Yay extra entry!]

  678. April 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    I was just looking at this lens, I would love to have it! I do a lot of indoor sessions and this lens would be nice to have when room is an issue. My clients are usually children, families and the occasional wedding and this lens would be perfect for all of those. Currently my favorite focal length is 50 mm, I just love the bokeh you can get with that.

  679. April 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    I am an avid RSS (Google Reader) follower!

  680. LeeYen
    April 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    What a perfect super wide and portrait lens it would be!!! I live in Hawaii so sunsets with beautiful skies would come out so beautiful!!!

  681. April 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I need this lens because I don’t have any zooms yet… just primes. I would use it to photograph my 3 little kidlets. I love shooting w/ my 85mm on my full frame camera!

  682. April 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I signed up for daily updates!

  683. Melanie C.
    April 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I became a follower on Twitter.

  684. April 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I would love to have this lens, because it would be my first experience with it. I have a Tamron 18-200 lens, and a 11-18 wide lens. This will give me another option to do some good photography.
    I must be honest here I wouldn’t know what to shoot but I would like to shoot some small creatures for my sons. He love the little creatures. But I really would to see for my self. I am not a pro, but am learning fast.
    I am doing just sporadic shots, as a designer I love to catch what come across my eyes. Eye catching, colors, objects. Anything that has catch my eyes.

    and I am following you on Facebook.

  685. April 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  686. April 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I NEED this lens for those low light situations when shooting brides and grooms primping before the big ceremony.
    This lens would excel at any low light situation….babies, pets, low key product photography.
    My favorite focal length would have to be 12mm on D80 for landscapes

  687. April 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    oh my gosh, I would love this lense as I currently do not have any VC lenses for my Nikon. I love to take photographs of my Grandsons and my French Bulldog and need a lense I can leave on my camera to catch them in action in whatever light is available. I like to try to take photographs using natural light and without flash so the extra shutter speeds for low to natural light would be amazing choices to have. I use my 35mm f/1.8 lense now to take a lot of shots without flash – it’s one of my favorites and the price was right.

  688. Melanie C.
    April 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    I became a fan on Facebook

  689. April 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    I’m a wide angle type of girl and as wide open as I can get so the 17 is just wide enough. for me I would use this lens for family sessions outside so I love the detail of the environment.
    It hlep me by adding to my tools to use during a session more options is always a good thing.

  690. Gwen
    April 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    # Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I only have two lenses I use, and I really could use a third. This would give me more options when I’m doing a portrait shoot.

    # What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?

    Mainly portraits (my own children mostly, but sometimes children of friends). But I’ve been taking more nature pictures (landscapes and trees) and I think this would be a fun lens to use for that.

    # What is your favorite focal length to shoot?

    It varies. I really love being around 30-50mm for most of my work.

  691. Melanie C.
    April 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    I retweeted this contest on Twitter. Yay Extra Entry! 🙂

  692. April 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    Doesn’t everyone with kids need a lens that zooms? 🙂 I have twins so it would be nice to have the flexibility of the zoom, with the 2.8 so I can use flash less often.

    who do I take pictures of – KIDS!! (mostly my own)

    I really like 50mm on my crop sensor.

  693. Gwen
    April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    Shared on my facebook 🙂 (already a fan, so I guess I can’t get an entry that way)

  694. April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    For bonus entries, you have a button on my blog page, I’ve re-tweeted this – my twitter is litasworld and I’m definitely a fan on FB and subscribe to your feed….thank you!!!

  695. Lerryn Trzcinski
    April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography? I am constantly learning more every day. I have been using a 50mm lens and I feel this would give me more flexibility.
    What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens? our dogs and MOST importantly, the new baby boy we are adopting in a few months!
    What is your favorite focal length to shoot? I love my 50mm/1.8!

  696. Holly Belle
    April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    I love to shoot at 50mm portrait, full frame

  697. April 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    I am just starting out in the photography business….and this would be a great addition to the 2 lenses I already have. I use my 55-200 lens quite frequently and love the outdoor shots I can get with it. I am getting into wedding photography and I think this lens would be excellent for that. I usually shoot around 55mm….but would love th fact that i would have alot wider angle to shoot my subjects

  698. April 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    I NEED this lens to give me the ability to zoom at low F-stops while photographing children. I shoot mainly with the 50mm 1.4 but it would be nice to have a zoom option when filming those quick children.

  699. April 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    I would LOVE this lens! I currently just have the 50mm and 85mm, and as much as I love those lenses, I do a lot of indoor work and have been thinking about purchasing a zoom with this focal range so I could get in closer! That being said, right now my favorite focal length to shoot on my full frame camera is 50mm indoors, 85mm outdoors. Thanks for the contest! 🙂

  700. April 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    1. I would like this lens because I am currently building my camera bag up and this lens would make a nice addition to my yet small collection
    2. I only shoot people 🙂
    3. Same with you portraits is my think 70-200:)

  701. julie cuevas
    April 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    I am in my 2 nd yr and am desperate for a good lens. I like to shoot portraits at 50mm.

  702. Angie Blackburn
    April 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    This lens would be amazing to own. I have two kids that I love to photograph. My favorite lens is my 50mm, but it is not the easiest to use with kids. I would love a wider angle to help with that.

  703. April 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    I need this lens so I won’t have to rent one for shooting Architecture, for which I believe this lens would be ideal.

    While attending a family wedding in Chicago IL, USA I was able to borrow my son’s 18-55 to create this photo of the John Hancock building. He and I don’t live near each other so I normally have to make do with my 28-105. 28mm on an APS-C sensor just isn’t wide enough to get this kind of photo.

    My favorite focal length has to be my 180 macro on my APS-C sensor. I get plenty of working distance, soft backgrounds and small angle of view which helps to isolate the tiny subjects in macro land.

  704. April 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    •Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
    My DREAM is to be a wedding photographer, but right now all i can afford is one lens – the one i have which is the 50mm.
    •What type of subjects or images are you wanting to photograph with this lens?
    weddings and babies
    •What is your favorite focal length to shoot? Mine for example is shooting portraits at 50mm on a full frame camera. My favorite focal length right now is 50mm on my canon 7d. I love it!!

  705. April 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I tweeted. toddzwife

  706. April 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Awesome giveaway!

    1. I currently have the Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens, and I like the versatility of the zoom range, but would love to have this Tamron for the quality glass, the f/2.8 and the extra shutter speed stops for low light/natural light shooting.

    2. My favorite subjects are my two little boys–I take pictures of them almost every day!

    3. I like the 50mm focal length the best so far, but I’m interesting in trying out the 35mm someday so I don’t have to back up as far.

  707. Marc K.
    April 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    I need this lens to be able to take stop-action shots indoors in relatively close quarters in low light.

    I would use this lens to photograph mostly family occasions. There are a lot of young kids in our family who move around too fast for my 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 to really capture them without motion blur.

    My favorite focal length to shoot is somewhere between 35mm and 50mm on a crop sensor camera (or about 55mm to 80mm effective focal length on a full frame).

  708. jon
    April 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    FB fanned

  709. I would love to have a wider angle lens for my D700. Now that I have switched to full frame I do not have a wide angle lens for those amazing landscape and fun portrait shots. 17mm would give me a little more range than the 24-70 that I currently have. I live in a great town with amazing architectural detail and think I could love this lens. I also have a wedding coming up later in the fall that this would be great to have for inside of the church.

  710. April 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    My husband and friends would say, “yea, you need another lens like a………” BUT the 17 – 50mm is a lens that goes everywhere and creates wonderful, lighted shots. I would like this lens as I take my camera everywhere! I love the zoom idea of the 17mm – 50mm as I have a prime 50mm that cannot do what this lens can do. It creates very versatile shooting opportunities.
    Favorite subjects are children but I also love to photograph flowers and my beautiful town.
    I like to shoot anywhere between 50mm – 150mm and macro.

  711. April 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm — Reply
  712. Julie P
    April 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    Became a fan on FB!!!

  713. April 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    1. I need the lens because I would love to do some weddings, so shooting larger groups of people with a wide angle would be nice.
    2. Plus, landscape type shots would be wonderful.
    3. I think I’m liking 50mm, but the only other lens I ha