Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] Autofocus Lens

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Expert Reviews
The digital picture.34755376
18 August 2016

The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens delivers very good image quality in a small , light , fast and affordable package. Add in the very popular focal length range and you have a lens that is just right for many digital SLR camera owners.

What digital camera.32818507
1 May 2010

Designed for APS-C cameras but with a pro-spec build quality, this sub-£500 optic is a good update to an already popular lens

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    Fast aperture

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    Non-internal focusing

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
3 June 2009

Putting aside such glaring issues as build quality, noisy and slow AF, Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD ASPH IF is capable of producing pretty good results. Unfortunately, the performance is rather inconsistent across the zoom and aperture ranges.

10 October 2008

With the exception of the distortion at the wide end, this is a very competent lens and a considerable jump up from the general standard of kit lens that it would replace. There is little else that lets it down and good resolution across the frame that is acceptable even when the lens is used wide...

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    Good resolution and control of CA, Nice build, an improvement for Tamron, Consistent through the focal range

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    Distortion at the wide end., No supplied case or pouch.

Bob atkins.32834441
25 February 2010

A hood (petal style) which mounts on the lens using a bayonet fitting is supplied with the lens. The front of the lens is threaded for 72mm diameter filters and the lens cap is a "center squeeze" design which makes it easier to remove and replace with the lens hood mounted.

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

DSLR photographers looking to move up from the distortion and limited sharpness and speed of their kit lens will welcome this new wide-to-medium tele. Tamron has toted out big-gun technology for its 26-78mm equivalent ($450, street).

Techradar uk.32817471
25 July 2011

Outperforms similarly priced lenses, but quality control could be an issue

Photozone de.34752480
5 July 2009

The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] is a very serious performer capable to deliver very sharp images at all focal lengths. Vignetting and distortion are about average for a lens in this class. CAs are a bit on the high side towards the short end of the focal range.

What digital camera.32818507
23 January 2009

Review of the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II IF Aspherical lens

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    Compact and keenly priced

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    Slight stiffness on zoom ring

Bob atkins.32834441
23 July 2008

Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Autofocus Part II - Distortion and Vignetting Part III - Image Quality Part IV - Macro and DOF vs. Aperture Part V - Conclusions The initial impression of the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] is that it's a solid lens. It feels "dense".

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
2 May 2017

I have been using this for quite sometime shooting landscape. Though I find soft in some instances, I am very satisfied with overall performance of it and would recommend others for everyday use lens.

4 weeks ago

I recently purchased an older version of this lens (no vibration compensation, no built in autofocus motor) and have been very pleased with the quality of the images. Images appear uniformly sharp edge to edge and corner to corner.

12 June 2016

It's a great lens, tends be be my "go to" for every day and even portrait photography. Clear images, quick focus, if you're looking for a day to day, especially good in low light lens, this is the one.

Photography review.34752477
8 January 2011

When I first started searching for a wide angle multipurpose zoom lens, I shortlisted Canon 18-200mm IS, Canon 18-55mm IS, Canon 17-50mm F2.8 USM, Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 & Tamron 17-50mm F2.8. I read various expert reviews, user reviews and lens comparisons on the internet.

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    Sharp photos in good light conditions, excellent wide angle outdoor shots

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    At f2.8 / 17mm photos are not sharp, difficult to focus in low light conditions

1 week ago

its just about ok. not the superlative quality claimed.

B h photo.32817553
2 weeks ago

It feels like a good piece of lens. Takes great pictures

B h photo.32817553
1 August 2017

Yesterday, July 31, 2017, I received my Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens. First, BH Photo delivered it on time and well-packaged. The whole online purchase was smooth and easy to complete. I am a seasoned photographer and in the past did a lot of wedding photography with medium-size Mamiyas as well as 35mm...

B h photo.32817553
15 July 2017

Perfect wide angle. Not too much. I'd highly recommend this lens. It's a great deal and takes some amazing landscapes. Using this on a Nikon D5200

14 July 2017

While the description compares this lens to a 28-75mm F/2.8 zoom lens, you actually need to multiply both the focal length AND the aperture by your crop factor, resulting in this lens actually being equivalent to a 25.5-75mm f4.2 on Nikon DX or 27.2-80mm f4.5 on Canon APS-C.

14 July 2017

While the description compares this lens to a 28-75mm F/2.8 zoom lens, you actually need to multiply both the focal length AND the aperture by your crop factor, resulting in this lens actually being equivalent to a 25.5-75mm f4.2 on Nikon DX or 27.2-80mm f4.5 on Canon APS-C.

Product Highlights
  • Zoom Super Wide Angle
  • With Built-In Motor
  • For Nikon Digital Cameras
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In The Box
  • Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] Autofocus Lens
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Nikon AF
  • RHAF09 Lens Hood for 28-75mm f/2.8 & 17-50mm f/2.8 (non-VC) Lens
  • 6-Year Warranty
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