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Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens USA

You Pay: $649.00
Product Highlights
  • Vibration Compensation (VC)
  • For Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism
  • Internal Focusing (IF)
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Extra Refractive Glass (XR)
  • Low Level Distortion
  • Excellent in Low Light

Tamron's SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) is a high-speed, wide-to-moderate-telephoto zoom lens designed for Canon digital SLR cameras with smaller sensors. It covers the very popular 17-50mm focal length range (equivalent to 26-78mm in the full-frame 35mm format) making it extremely versatile. Tamron's Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism minimizes the effects of handheld camera shake (up to 4-stops), providing a means to great low-light shooting.

The lens delivers impressive sharpness and striking contrast over its entire focal length and aperture range. A maximum aperture of f/2.8 delivers images enhanced by shallow depth-of-field, and smooth, natural transitions in out-of-focus areas of the image. Additionally, this lens carries a 6-Year Tamron Limited Warranty (U.S.A. only)

Di II Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras or digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size (24mm x 16mm).

Performance
Focal Length 17 - 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 78° - 31°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.4" (28.96 cm)
Magnification 0.20x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 19/14
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.13 x 3.7" (7.95 x 9.40 cm)
Weight 1.25 lb (570 g)
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Petal-Style Lens Hood for Tamron 18-270mm (Non-PZD) and 17-50mm Lenses
  • 6-Year Tamron Limited Warranty (U.S.A. Only)
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    TamronSP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 104 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (40)
    • Durable (37)
    • Strong construction (37)
    • Easily interchangeable (34)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)

    Cons

    • Heavy (21)
    • Slow focus (20)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Poor in low light (5)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (53)
    • Landscape/scenery (42)
    • Weddings (37)
    • Video (28)
    • Night photography (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (71), Yes (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (9), Tech savvy (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works very well

    I've used it mainly for indoor, moderate light situations. It's worked well, and the vibration control has made a substantial difference in the exposure times needed (2 stops at the least). So...Read complete review

    I've used it mainly for indoor, moderate light situations. It's worked well, and the vibration control has made a substantial difference in the exposure times needed (2 stops at the least). So far, no problems/concerns (it's a bit noisier focusing than my Canon lenses, but minimally).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worth the extra $100-$150?

    You found this lens while looking for the non-VC Tamron 17-50 and you're asking the question "Is it worth the extra $100?" In a word, no.
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    You found this lens while looking for the non-VC Tamron 17-50 and you're asking the question "Is it worth the extra $100?" In a word, no.

    On it's own this is an average lens. The vibration control does work and if you can take your time to take the picture I think you'll be pleasantly surprised from this lens from time to time with it's performance. Ken Rockwell says it needs a second to lock in the exposure which may be the problem that people are having with the softness of this lens. I have noticed shot wide open this lens does produce softer images that are lower contrast.

    The other version of this lens (non-VC) is simply amazing! They aren't even in the same league. My only regret about that lens is that it's not FX.

    I'm not a super huge fan of zoom lenses to begin with. You do give up something using them over prime lenses so they are always a matter of convenience. Nikon has it's winners and losers and so does Tamron. This is an ambitious effort on behalf of Tamron, but it does fall short. You should be able to handhold the non VC lens for 1/15th of a second at 17mm.

    I highly endorse it's non-VC counterpart. If it worked on the FX bodies in a non-crop mode I would be in heaven!

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    5.0

    Fantastic lens by a premier Lens company

    By Photography afficianado

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

    I use this product for landscape and architectural photography.

    The speed of the lens (F/2.8) coupled with the VC is a combination that cannot be ignored.

    The focus is crisp and silent and is without a doubt a keeper and I highly recommend this to everyone.

    Finally, the images this lens helps to produce are the best with absolute clarity.

    I intend to keep this lens indefinitely to use with my 1.6 crop factor camera bodies.

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    5.0

    I have bought this product again.

    By grwwmo

    from Hayti, MO

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

      The Tamron lens works just fine and the cost is mid-range. This is the second lens of this type I have purchased in the past year; both were gifts for my daughters. Excellant lens and good feel. Great service and speedy shipment from B&H.

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      4.0

      A really good for the price

      By Jorge

      from Puerto Rico

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

      Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

      Great for close objects in low light.

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      • No

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      1.0

      give this a miss

      By pdb

      from northfield, mn

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

            generally good optics but, of the five i purchased in sept of '11, two have suffered what is apparently now a known zoom ring lock-up problem. this is no mere matter of a little extra stiffness. it's stuck, as in won't move all the way through the range of focal lengths.

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            5.0

            Awesome All-Around Lens

            By Rick

            from Clarion, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Weight

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

            I use this lens as an all around lens for when I go out. The constant aperture allows me to save time switching lenses, and the zoom range lets me go from wide to close-up, giving me a variety of shots from one location. The sharpness is good all around and the VC compensation helps hand held video be much more stable and usable. Only thing I don't like about it is the weight.

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            5.0

            Great Lens!

            By BNLHART

            from Memphis, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                Great lens for a great price, the photos are very crisp.Really works well in low light.

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                4.0

                Best performance/price ratio

                By Pez Gordo

                from Montevideo, Uruguay

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                  I use this lens with a canon 60D mostly to produce video. I had the same lens without the VR and now upgraded it to this one.

                  The VR is very useful for handheld video shooting, specially on the tele side of the lens range.

                  It is great both for low light conditions and/or to achieve narrow depth of field.

                  Very sharp, with beautiful color reproduction, a bit on the warm side sometimes though it depends on your camera settings.

                  It is also nicely build, really strong construction not like other lightweight, plastic molded lenses.

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                  5.0

                  As advertised

                  By TheBigCheeze

                  from Houston, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Wish Range Was Greater

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                  The imagery captured with this lens was terrific.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Very pleased!

                  By DixieImages

                  from Gulf Shores, AL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                  Mostly used for landscape and even some portrait photography.
                  Seems to be of sturdy contruction and durable. Clear, crisp photo's. Great bokeh.
                  Does have shutter lag at times.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Great all purpose lens!

                  By hsk9146

                  from new york, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Walk around lens
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                  I bought this lens as an upgrade from the kit canon lens.
                  And if you are upgrading from the kit lens you will notice how big and heavy it is.
                  Sharpness-wise, it's pretty sharp. Not extremely sharp though, sharper than the kit lens but not by much. sharp at f2.8 though
                  Bokeh is not amazing, still pretty good though.
                  the zoom ring is a little stiff. it's kind of a nuisance when I'm in situations where I need zoom. But it's not a big deal though.
                  Something interesting about this lens is its image stabilization system. When you half-press the shutter button, you can hear the lens make a sound, which I assume, is the image stabilization working. I also noticed that when this happens I can actually see the image stabilization system work, like my vibrations are reduced, literally, which I find it really interesting. the noise is kind of a nuisance not a great one.
                  The lens still renders great images, it's contrasty, colors are okay.

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                  3.0

                  Worth the extra $100-$150?

                  By Splash

                  from Chino Hills, CA

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                  You found this lens while looking for the non-VC Tamron 17-50 and you're asking the question "Is it worth the extra $100?" In a word, no.

                  On it's own this is an average lens. The vibration control does work and if you can take your time to take the picture I think you'll be pleasantly surprised from this lens from time to time with it's performance. Ken Rockwell says it needs a second to lock in the exposure which may be the problem that people are having with the softness of this lens. I have noticed shot wide open this lens does produce softer images that are lower contrast.

                  The other version of this lens (non-VC) is simply amazing! They aren't even in the same league. My only regret about that lens is that it's not FX.

                  I'm not a super huge fan of zoom lenses to begin with. You do give up something using them over prime lenses so they are always a matter of convenience. Nikon has it's winners and losers and so does Tamron. This is an ambitious effort on behalf of Tamron, but it does fall short. You should be able to handhold the non VC lens for 1/15th of a second at 17mm.

                  I highly endorse it's non-VC counterpart. If it worked on the FX bodies in a non-crop mode I would be in heaven!

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                  3.0

                  Not anything great

                  By Nick

                  from Worcester, MA

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Autofocus
                  • Color saturation
                  • Low light transmission
                  • Poor Clarity

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                    OK, let's be clear: for the price, this is a pretty decent lens. You can take good photos with this lens.

                    Here are some things that have been bugging me for the past 7 months of ownership.

                    * The AF is unreliable and inaccurate. And slow. NOT FOR SPORTS!
                    * The focus ring goes from min to max depth in about 1/4 turn. Nearly impossible to focus manually, or during DSLR Video.
                    * The F-stop might be 2.8, but I'd be interested in seeing the T-stop on the lens. The actual light transmission seems to be much less.
                    * Color saturation is reduced.
                    * Not very sharp.

                    TL;DR - You get what you pay for.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By SoonerMike88

                    from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                    About Me Intermediat Photographer, Sports enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wide Angle

                      Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                      I've only used this lens on one occasion. I shot the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a night race where i needed the aperture values to be low. This lens did incredibly well at capturing action shots of the pit stops during the race.
                      I had read some reviews saying it was soft at 2.8. It is a bit soft(as are most at 2.8) but useable. However, it is extremely crisp between f/8 and f/16. I never really closed it down much more than that.

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                      3.0

                      Disappointing

                      By mBADt

                      from Hayward, CA

                      About Me Experienced amateur, Tech Savvy

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Can't get a sharp focus

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                          Bought this lens by accident; meant to buy the 17-50 non-VC. Can't get a sharp focus with this lens on a 20D body. Maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but I've been disappointed thus far. The Tamron 17-50 XR II Di is an excellent lens.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing

                          By BTuck

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                              Focus is great, zoom is great. Smooth operating. VC makes a huge difference.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Love this lens!

                              By Bobbyphoto

                              from NJ

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                                As a video producer and filmmaker, I was looking for a basic kit lens for my backup 7D. This lens has a great range and is tack sharp. The focus is a bit slow, but that is really not a big deal for the work I do.

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                                5.0

                                Great versatile lens, but soft at f2.8

                                By LL

                                from Madison, WI

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors

                                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                                  As my title says, the focal length range of this piece is pretty decent. Use it as a walkaround lens and you'll be surprised how much it can do. Images are largely pretty sharp and focusing is acceptably fast as well.

                                  The main drawback is that at 2.8, the images appear pretty soft. Images are alright at 3.2, but much better at 3.5 and above. This is a significant pity, since, if like me, you prioritize sharpness, then you'll arbitrarily forced to shoot at 3.5 and above. In which case, the allure of the 2.8 fast lens diminishes significantly.

                                  Mine is the VC version. No complaints here.

                                  And there's a very nice grip to the lens. Feels very good to the touch.

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                                  5.0

                                  Really love this lens..!!

                                  By Wes

                                  from Dallas, Tx

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Picture Quality
                                  • Very sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors
                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                                    This is my first really high quality lens since I got my camera. After a lot of research I decided to go with this one. I currently have a 50mm and wanted something that would allow me to zoom out a bit and still be great in low light. The 17mm, works like a champ. I can almost put my lens on the subject and still get very clear shots. I'm sure I'll be using this one all the time.

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                                    4.0

                                    worth the money

                                    By dave

                                    from new lebanon, ohio

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                                          pro's, i work with my local fire dept. to shoot accidents and fire for traning propose's so i work in all levels of light and i have found that it serves me well good clear pic at a wide range of ISO's as well for the money a exelent lense
                                          cons, the zoom is a little stiff and sticky but i can live with that to save the money from the cannon equal

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Lens

                                          By Base

                                          from Philadelphia, PA

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Improves Picture Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Close Up Filming
                                            • Shooting Outdoors
                                            • Upgrade

                                            Comments about Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens:

                                            I use this lens quite often, works great, picture quality is amazing and based on my research before and after purchasing this lens I recommend B&H for your good pricing and fast shipping.

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