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TamronSP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens
 
4.3

(based on 57 reviews)

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89%

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 (7)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Slow 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 (8), Pro photographer (6), Tech savvy (6), Casual photographer (4)
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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

 

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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

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

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    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

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        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

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            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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                          4.0

                          great lens

                          By doug

                          from daly city, ca

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Close Up Filming
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors

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

                            great low light. make noise when it auto focus but its not terrible. can live with it. just be sure to pick the lens designated for nikon or canon. works great with crop sensors.

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