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

B&H # TA175028NQ MFR # AFB005NII-700 USA
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Product Highlights

  • Vibration Compensation (VC)
  • For Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Internal Focusing (IF)
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Extra Refractive Glass (XR)
  • Low Level Distortion
  • Excellent in Low Light
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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 Nikon 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 Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
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)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    TamronSP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens
     
    4.2

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
    • Improves picture quality (16)
    • Consistent output (14)
    • Durable (11)

    Cons

    • Heavy (8)
    • Slow focus (4)
    • Blurry focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (21)
    • Shooting outdoors (18)
    • Weddings (16)
    • Low light (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (6), Tech savvy (6), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good lens. Low ratins are off the mark.

    It's not as good as the Nikon 17-55/2.8. It's also considerably lighter and smaller than that lens, at less than half the price.

    Some of the one- and two-star...Read complete review

    It's not as good as the Nikon 17-55/2.8. It's also considerably lighter and smaller than that lens, at less than half the price.

    Some of the one- and two-star reviews of this lens are way off. One reviewer complains that he couldn't use it wide-open to photograph weddings. No kidding. If you're using this lens for professional wedding work, you should either be stopping down and using a flash, or purchasing a better lens, or finding a new line of work. Of course you can't use this wide-open to shoot a wedding: it's a convenient, compact travel lens -- it's not high-end glass for professional low-light work. If you want to shoot with available light in a church, buy a f/1.4 prime from Nikon or Zeiss.

    Another reviewer compares it to his 90mm Tamron macro. Absurd. Even the Nikon zooms compare poorly to their Micro-Nikkor counterparts. Macro lenses are the sharpest lenses you can buy, but they're often large and unwieldy -- you sacrifice convenience for image quality. There are always tradeoffs. Welcome to the real world.

    Bottom line is that, for what it is, this lens is quite good: a compact, lightweght walkaround lens. It's a little soft wide-open, but good enough for the majority of shots you'll take with it. Stopped down it's on par with Nikon glass.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sadly Returned

    Let me start off by saying that I had high expectations for this lens; unfortunately, it fell short. I felt that the VC worked better that the VR on my Nikon 18-105...Read complete review

    Let me start off by saying that I had high expectations for this lens; unfortunately, it fell short. I felt that the VC worked better that the VR on my Nikon 18-105 or the 70-300 so that feature, in my book is a winner. However, the indoor and low-light images I shot wide open at 2.8 were simply unusable. Blurry would be an understatement. Yes, I know that its possible that I could have received a copy of the lens that somehow slipped through QC and others may have great results at 2.8, I did not. It did get pretty sharp above f4 but even then it was only average compared to the lenses I currently own. I'm sad that this lens didn't work for me.

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    1.0

    Absolutely Awful

    By Aaron

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Loud focus
      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus
      • Useless Manual Focus

      Best Uses

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

        I bought this after having used the more expensive 24-70mm on a Nikon D7100. I traded up and opted for the less expensive lens for the DX format camera.

        I was wrong. I took exactly two shots with it. The results:

        - Poor low-light focus
        - NOISY. Noisy noisy noisy. Both the auto focus motor and the VC system make a whirring noise when active.
        - Takes forever to focus.
        - The focus ring is LOCKED when in autofocus mode (meaning one has to switch out to manual focus mode in order to fine-tune.

        Giving it one star since it was an immediate return.

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        4.0

        used it on GH4 for 4K video

        By Blue Voyage Productions

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Zoom Is Rough

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        paired with Metabones Speedbooster and Panasonic gh4, this lens generates nice 4K video. I use this as my normal lens. 35mm - 50 mm range. Does provide good shallow DOF. It is not as sharp as expensive lenses. But, Panasonic GH4 is too sharp and I think this lens gives a better organic feel.
        It is solid lens. Zoom is a bit rough.

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        4.0

        Nice lens, with some drawbacks

        By Chris

        from St. Louis

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Noisy AF
        • Noisy image stabilizer

        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:

        Shooting with the 60D, I needed a good crop lens with image stabilization. My first choice was the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS, but with even used models going for $600 or more, it was out of my range. Enter the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 with VC. At a fraction of the cost of the Canon, it is a nice (albiet imperfect) alternative.

        The good: wide-angle zoom (perfect for crop sensors), constant f/2.8 (great in low light), vibration compensation.

        The drawbacks: VC motor is on the noisy side, AF is on the noiser side, no constant MF override (you have to flip the switch). Also, the zoom ring has a little more resistence to it than I would prefer (but this is just a personal preference).

        The advantages of the Canon over the Tamron would be near-silent focusing and IS motor as well as the ability to manually focus without having to flip the switch. Are these advantages worth an extra few hundred dollars? It will just depend on what you are using the lens for and how picky you are. If you can live with these things, the Tamron is a great and much cheaper alternative.

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        5.0

        Perfect for my need

        By GotLensEnvy

        from Charlotte, NC area

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          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 bought this lens as a companion to my 70-200 mm f2.8 with image stabilization. I take a lot of photos in low light and this lens has done everything I wanted it to do. You can pay more for metal construction and water resistance, but for me it was the results that mattered and this lens does the job.

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          4.0

          One Of the tool

          By CubanoPhoto

          from Nyssa Oregon

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          This It One of the great Tool For my Business On Church it Great Because it Low Light

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          4.0

          Better than the previous version

          By NY-Z

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Video

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

            Besides adding the IS, this version has quieter AF and more camera compatibility.

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            5.0

            Fantastic lens!!

            By Dom

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            Great Depth of field

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            5.0

            Good lens. Low ratins are off the mark.

            By johnnydc

            from NJ, USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Walkaround

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

            It's not as good as the Nikon 17-55/2.8. It's also considerably lighter and smaller than that lens, at less than half the price.

            Some of the one- and two-star reviews of this lens are way off. One reviewer complains that he couldn't use it wide-open to photograph weddings. No kidding. If you're using this lens for professional wedding work, you should either be stopping down and using a flash, or purchasing a better lens, or finding a new line of work. Of course you can't use this wide-open to shoot a wedding: it's a convenient, compact travel lens -- it's not high-end glass for professional low-light work. If you want to shoot with available light in a church, buy a f/1.4 prime from Nikon or Zeiss.

            Another reviewer compares it to his 90mm Tamron macro. Absurd. Even the Nikon zooms compare poorly to their Micro-Nikkor counterparts. Macro lenses are the sharpest lenses you can buy, but they're often large and unwieldy -- you sacrifice convenience for image quality. There are always tradeoffs. Welcome to the real world.

            Bottom line is that, for what it is, this lens is quite good: a compact, lightweght walkaround lens. It's a little soft wide-open, but good enough for the majority of shots you'll take with it. Stopped down it's on par with Nikon glass.

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            5.0

            Beautiful sharp lens

            By Bobcatmike

            from Cambridge, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Got this lens just before my cousin was married last weekened. I wasn't the paid photographer, but I did shot a lot of pics over the weekend and was extremlely pleased with the results. Very sharp photos even in low light condtions. For the price, this lens is a must have.

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              4.0

              Nice moderate to wide zoom

              By George

              from Merrimack, NH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slightly stiff zoom

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I like to take landscape shots and use a wide angle to get up nice an close to subjects. So I missed my Nikon 18-200 when I gave it to my wife. I have a 70-200 but my other zoom was an old 35-85. I decided this on this lens for the wide angle and fast f-stop. I have not been disappointed. I like having an f2.8 through the entire zoom range. And having vibration reduction is just that much better.

              Honestly, the only thing that kept me from rating this with 5 stars is the fact that the zoom is a little stiff. Not unusable by any means but not as smooth as a nikon lens or my Tamron 70-200. I'd still recommend this for someone that wants both wide and fast.

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              1.0

              very disapointed

              By zeek

              from columbus, oh

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

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

                  Bought this with hopes that it would be as nice and sharp as my tam ron 90. Lens was not sharp at 2.8 and was slow in both focus and stabilizing. Very disappointed overall with tam ron but b&h has been very helpful so far.

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                  5.0

                  Great Value

                  By Carlos Pereira

                  from Brazil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I went for this lens after reading some reviews on the internet and the value when compared to the Nikkor counterpart. Then I had to decide between the VC and non-VC version of it. In the end, I chose the VC to have a help during low light hand held shots. The lens delivers great results even in difficult light conditions. I mainly have taken photos in a travel and portraits at small parties but nothing professional.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By RuReady

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Pro photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Sharp focus

                    Cons

                    • Slow to focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

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

                    I used this lens for a Basketball team shots and it performed GREAT. I have rented several different lens in the past until I made enough to purchase this one and I would get another Tamron. In the past I would decide which shot was best based on which one's in focus. Not this time I got to pick the one I liked.

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                    5.0

                    A real-world excellent lens.

                    By CliffordS

                    from NYC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I recently wrote an article for photos4clix on this lens. If I were to sum-up my experience it would be an excellent lens, for real world use. The VC (vibration control) adds an additional depth. Sharp, even wide open,a good compromise in zoom range, I have no difficulty in calling this a pro-quality product.
                        I purchased the Tamron 17-50mm VC from B&H because I knew that if my lens came in defective, I would have recourse.
                        Reminder: When using VC press the shutter button down half way and give it a second tom do its magic.

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                        5.0

                        Follow-Up on my review: Baby is Fine!!

                        By RussianOne

                        from NYC, NY

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Close Up Filming
                            • Panoramic Filming
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Upgrade

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

                            1. Since my last review, I put this lens through several field 'Road Tests" including one "emergency" shoot with temporary glitched D7000 AF system ( For no apparent reason D7000 refused to use 39 focus points and used only one center focus point during whole shoot ,only next day i "reset" the camera and solved problem. i expected a lot of out of focus pics from this shoot. To my surprise almost all pics were sharp corner to corner ! ) Lens passed the tests with flying colours: Very Sharp corner to corner !!
                            2. Some folks might wonder: What about VC- Vibration Compensation ??
                            Well, Short answer is: Who cares ??!!
                            Long answer is: I almost always use tripod, if i can`t use tripod I use monopod. To prevent accidental shooting with tripod/monopod and having VC on ( NO...NO) , VC is always 'OFF". If u shoot handheld, that means You don`t really care for IQ , so why bother with VC ??
                            3. I bought VC version just to be on the safe side "glasswise" .Didn`t care one bit about VC.
                            4. Conclusion: This is Very, Very good, Sharp lens. Wade in.

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                            5.0

                            From now on, I`m Tamron customer !!

                            By RussianGuy

                            from New York City, NY

                            About Me PhotoVideo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Close Up Filming
                              • Panoramic Filming
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Upgrade

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

                              Bought Tamron 17-50mm VC lens to compliment Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 to shoot video with D7000. This is my first Tamron lens ( have plenty of Nikon and couple of very good Sigma (10-20mm and 50-500mm). Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 was not an option because of size and weight- U don`t want to carry Nikon 24-70mm with Nikon 80-200mm. Hence Tamron, also was curious, saw beautiful vids shot with this lens.
                              Got to say: very, very happy with this lens. Glad I got it. Built very good, have really nice feel in your hands. The size just right ! The lens are very Sharp and Bright. Yes, sharp at all F stops. I was pleasantly surprised with gorgeous colour rendition. Now , i have my eye on Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens.
                              Reading some reviews, I`d like to point out one obvious, but apparently not for everyone, thing to remember :
                              At large apertures f2.8/3.2 depth of field is Very shallow , so only tiny!! slice of picture is in focus, the rest is out of focus and it is Not !! malfunction. That`s the idea of wide aperture. Try to keep that in mind when You evaluate lenses. Be sharp, don`t listen to bad-mouthing. Try Tamron , I think You will be happy as I am. Thanks, Tamron. Keep it up!

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                              3.0

                              Great in low light, good value for $$

                              By Ripi

                              from Lake Ann, MI

                              About Me Adv amateur Photog

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

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

                              It was great in low light, but I found that it didn't work for many things I shoot.
                              Terrible if shooting into the sun and the VC was too slow for action (like animals on the move). And it was a bit heavy.
                              Though, it was very impressive in low light situations. I was amazed at the clarity that it produced when shooting in a dimly lit room. Some things were a compromise, but for the money it could be a good addition.

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                              5.0

                              Customer Service

                              By Eric

                              from Ledyard, CT

                              About Me Amateur

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • 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:

                                Very good lens with awesome service.
                                Had very little back focus issue. Send it back to Tamron. Five days later it was back to me. That's fast service. It was also done under warranty, icing on the cake. Very pleased with tamron.

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                                4.0

                                Great lens for the price! Great surprise

                                By Leoparder

                                from Shanghai, China.

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Prosumer, Technically Challenged

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good stabilization
                                • Sharp

                                Cons

                                • Plastic

                                Best Uses

                                • Night
                                • Portrait
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Video

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

                                I am a prosumer, photography is my passion. I probably shoot as much as a professional, but I don't earn money for it.

                                That being said, I use a D7000 and love to shoot cities at night. Before bying this lens I was suspicious about Tamron and other brands like this (Sigma, Tokina ...). I only had Nikon Lenses until then.
                                But I tried, and jumped on this cheap and great opportunity.

                                So far I have to say :
                                - The lens is a little big, not too heavy but well constructed. It feels pretty good.
                                - The stabilization is good, but produces a little noise (take it in account if you shoot video without an external mic (who DOES ??))
                                - For its price and range, it is sharp. Not super sharp but great. And it is from corner to corner. I don't see any difference between the middle and the corners at 17mm 2.8.
                                - The VC (stabilization) takes half a second to start, but then it works great. I don't see a lot of difference between my Nikkors VR and this Tamron VC.
                                - When you engage the manual focus, it is smoothand great to manipulate, one of the best I used.

                                For this price, I think that you get more that what you're paying for. It is a great deal for any one who wants a fast, everyday lens :)

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                                4.0

                                Pretty good

                                By Nickelbn1

                                from Springdale, AR

                                About Me Semi Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                • Shakes image using VC
                                • Stiff zoom ring

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Weddings

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

                                I had tried the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 lens at a local camera store a couple times and have been wanting to get it for awhile. The lady at the camera store then starting telling me about this lens and said the people at the store had been messing around with that lens and were amazed at how sharp the pictures were. She thought it was just as good as the Nikon. So I went home and started reading some reviews and it didnt appear to be as good as the Nikon, but have the VC where the Nikon does not intrigued me. I really loved the feel of the Nikon and how fast and quiet it was, but as always, the price was a big problem. I found this lens used for a great price and compared to a used Nikon, I was saving $600, so i just couldnt justify the extra cost. I got this lens today and have been testing it out. I was not impressed with it as much as I was the Nikon. It is noiser and a tad slower in focusing. The zoom ring is stiffer then the nikon and I dont like it as much. But the biggest annoyance is the VC. When it is active, it will cause your picture frame to shake right before it locks focus. The manual states that this is normal. I dont really care for my picture to shake for a second before my focus locks on. Kind of annoying. As far as quality of pictures...i have not taken very many yet, but they do seem to be good quality pictures and it does a good job. Is it as good as the Nikon? I dont think so, but is the Nikon worth $600 more?....probably not. If you have the money, get the Nikon, but if you are on a budget, then this lens is worth the money and you will be hard pressed to find the difference in picture quality vs the Nikon.

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