A while back when I was buying my D90 (like many others) I picked up an
55-200mm VR kit for my hello into photography. These are still the only two lenses and I have gotten a lot out of them but now I have a big event comming up and am looking to upgrade my kit. I love my 18-55mm for all that it is worth and I have gotten a lot of use out of it but I am ready to get something a little more flexible for that focal range.
I've researched it as best as I know how and it looks like the most flexible option for a zoom within my budget is an F-mount
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 Di-II sans
VC. (Never used VR on my kit anyway) The thing is, it looks like a $350 lens posing as a $2,000 one. I know the reviews indicate otherwise but I don't want to have the same experience with it as my little kit lens.
I'm not talking about my experience specifically but are third party lenses generally solid enough choices to keep in your bag?