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

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Improves picture quality (16)
  • Consistent output (15)
  • Lightweight (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Shooting indoors (21)
  • Shooting outdoors (18)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (6), Tech savvy (6), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

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.

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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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4.0

Sharp Lense

By Happy

from New York

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • A Little Noisy

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 for Nikon F:

I purchased this lense to replace a NIKON 18-55MM lense. The photo quality of Tamron is very sharp and focuses quickly on a Nikon D7100. I do wish that the Tamron lense was quieter. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the Tamron 17-50 lense.

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1.0

Not Acceptable!

By Blind Eddy

from Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This is by far my least used lens and it is the most problematic. I have read other reviews that call it noisy, but I think 'noisy' is letting it off pretty easy...maybe something more like 'obnoxiously loud' is a better starting point. As I was out doing sunset shots the other evening, and had it mounted on a Tripod, I heard an even stranger sound. The sound was the lens falling apart from the inside...a small plastic disc inside the barrel was free floating.
    Now for a hard use lens, perhaps on some level that would be 'the price of doing business' but this was probably only the fifth or six time out for this baby. Save your money and get a real one, I have Sigma and Nikon lenses that have been on my camera and in use daily, for well over four years, no problems whatsoever. Optically, they're great, but who cares if they won't stay glued together!

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    5.0

    Fantastic Lens for the money

    By ExBlue

    from Central Illinois

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • 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 for Nikon F:

      I am a wedding and event photographer and was looking to replace an older lens. This lens worked flawlessly at the first event I shot. the focus was quick and sharp as a tack. The build feels solid. The lens was bigger than I had expected but still very manageable. I have only had the lens a few weeks now but all the Tamron's I have owned in the past have held up very well.
      For the price this lens far surpasses my expectations!

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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 for Nikon F:

          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 for Nikon F:

          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 for Nikon F:

          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 for Nikon F:

            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 for Nikon F:

            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 for Nikon F:

              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 for Nikon F:

              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 for Nikon F:

              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 for Nikon F:

                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 for Nikon F:

                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 for Nikon F:

                    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 for Nikon F:

                      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 for Nikon F:

                      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 for Nikon F:

                          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 for Nikon F:

                              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 for Nikon F:

                                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 for Nikon F:

                                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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