Afflicted with G.A.S and consider purchasing a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 non VC. I have gone through a few reviews and they are fairly positive. I would like to get a Nikon 17-55mm f2.8, but the price is well beyond my reach. The Tamron seems a good alternative. If you own this lens, I will be really grateful for your feedback: pros and cons?
Another non-related question: what is your way dealing with high-contrast scenes, like sunrise when there are several stops difference between the foreground and the sky?
I know shooting raw will help to retain details. Hopefully I will get a Nikon D7000 soon and this camera has exposure bracketing function. Will this help?
I guess the best way is to use a GND filter. Cokin GND filters are comparatively cheap, but it seems they have bad colour cast. I have not bought any and I am thinking of buying one or two GND filters. Will they help? What brand do you recommend for a reasonable price?
Thanks in advance. Your knowledge and thoughts are highly appreciated.