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I have a Canon 1100d, the standard 18-55mm lens kit, and the 50mm f1.8 lens. I want to buy a zoom lens as I would like to be able to get closer to far away subjects.

I have been looking at both the Tamron and Canon lens. The Tamron is a lot cheaper but the Canon has IS. Could you give me advice on which one to buy?

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The Canon model has image stabilization which can come quite in handy when handholding and not using a tripod. It also has a UD element which may improve the chromatic aberration on that lens. The Canon has 50mm longer reach, which is a benefit.

The Tamron has full time manual focus which is nice to have.

One thing to point out, is that the Tamron is not a macro lens by any stretch, either is the Canon. I believe Tamron markets this lens as such, but don't buy into that.

From what I am looking at, the Canon is about $25 more on Amazon, so for the image stabilization alone I would say that is worth it. I don't see any compelling reason not to choose the Canon in this situation.

These are the two lenses I am looking at:

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