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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)

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    (52)

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    (38)

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    (6)

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    (5)

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    (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

 

It's an "Okay" lens

I must be doing something wrong. I primarily used this lens (& my Canon 7D) for professional video. However, for the last year I've been using the same camera and lens for...Read complete review

I must be doing something wrong. I primarily used this lens (& my Canon 7D) for professional video. However, for the last year I've been using the same camera and lens for much more photography - landscape, portraits, etc.. This lens is fine for video work (manual focus) with the proper lighting (just turn the VC off when shooting video on sticks or a rig). However, for photography the auto focusing ability leaves much to be desired.

For photography situations I have yet to have a crisp clean photo in low light while hand-held (with the Image Stabilization [IS]) on, Auto Focus on. I'm fairly disappointed with the quality of the shots I get in low light with this lens. I'm usually forced to use strobes (flash) in every low light situation because it couldn't focus fast enough or accurately. Even in great lighting situations the lens can take forever to focus and many times it's still slightly out (especially at 50mm) even though the camera (EOS 7D) indicates everything is good. I've used every possible AF option the camera offers (single point AF, 19 point AF, Zone AF, etc.) to make sure. I've actually resorted to using the AF to get me close then switch to manual to tweak. Obviously, that doesn't work when you're in a run-n-gun situation. Something else I've experience frequently (since day one) was a periodic (and random) "Lens Communication Error" with the camera where I need to power cycle the camera to continue using. The lens/camera contacts are clean and there's no specific reason for this except to know that this lens doesn't seem to communicate well with my EOS camera.

I admit though, that I'm not a "professional" photographer and the focus issue "could" be user related, but as a professional filmmaker I think my knowledge and skills in this realm transfer well enough to know how to take a photo properly.

If you're looking for a fast zoom lens on a budget and are shooting video (manual focus), the this lens is a great buy. For me, the jury is stil out on the photography side of things especially for low-light and the auto focus speed/accuracy.

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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

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          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

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                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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                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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                3.0

                Great all purpose lens!

                By hsk9146

                from new york, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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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                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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                            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

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                                    Cons

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                                        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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