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

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Filter thread 72 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.13 x 3.7" (7.95 x 9.40 cm)
Weight 1.25 lb (570 g)


Magnification 0.20x
Angle of view 78° - 31°
Groups/elements 14/19
Diaphragm blades 7
Format compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.8
Camera mount type Canon EF-S
Minimum focus distance 11.4" (28.96 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Focal length 17 - 50 mm


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Steve s digicams.32814386
28 December 2010

* Length and weight values given are for Nikon cameras (with built-in AF motor). ** Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc, may be changed without prior notice.

  • +

    Very well built, Comfortable controls, Capable VC system, Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, Produces beautiful results when stopped down, Appealing focal range, Half the price of it's Nikon and Canon competitors

  • -

    Quite soft when wide open, Small amount of visible CA, I felt the zoom ring had a bit too much resistance, AF and VC systems make a good amount of noise, Some front focusing was noted while capturing indoor portraits

9 February 2012

This lens has turned out to be a very interesting alternative to manufacturer's own offering in this focal range. It is capable of producing images with very good resolution, especially in the centre of the image and the Vibration Compensation feature has proved itself a worthy addition, greatly...

  • +

    Excellent resolution in the centre at most apertures and focal lengths, Vibration Compensation is very effective, Good value for money

  • -

    Falloff in resolution at 50mm and f/2.8, Flare control

Photo net.32822890
21 January 2011

The Tamron 17-50/2.8 Di II VC is a viable alternative to the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM , ( compare prices ) ( review ) at a price that’s about $450 lower. The image stabilization is very effective and overall performance is good, though not quite as good as the Canon lens, especially wide open...

The digital picture.32823291
16 September 2009

Is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in The-Digital-Picture.com's review!

Pop photo.32824722
22 March 2010

This high-speed digital only ultrawide ($650, street) upgrades Tamron’s nonstabilized 17–50mm f/2.8 ($460, street). Like the earlier lens (which remains in the lineup), this version uses an Extra Refractive (XR) element, two elements of low dispersion, and three of compound aspheric glass—adding up...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
22 October 2015

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.

  • +

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

  • -

    A Little Noisy

25 March 2014

This lens is well worth the money asked. It might take a little experience before you obtain optimal results each time, but it will definitely help an amateur or enthusiast photographer grow in the art

  • +

    F2.8 gives you the edge in low light situation, solid construction excellent sharpness, excellent colors, excellent stabilisation, excellent depth of field, sufficient zoom coverage, low distortion, fast glass, smooth focus ring.

  • -

    Many think that the lens has trouble with focus. You should consider that while shooting in F2.8, the focus zone gets really small. Here's some trick to achieve better success rates: 1- Looking in the eyepiece, select the focus point the is located in the zone you want to focus to.

20 January 2015

Optical Quality = excellent. for the price, having a fixed aperture zoom is great. BUT, the trade off is a slightly plastic feel, a cheap feeling focus ring, and a clunky zoom ring.

18 July 2012

This lens offered me the best bang for the buck as I am starting to do Weddings and events. I need a fast lens for low light venues and this lens does a great job. I have it paired with a Canon 7D and it has given me some clean crisp shots.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

  • -

    Heavy, Slow Focus

Wolfcamera com.32823248
12 August 2011

The lens is great for the price. It takes really good photos and sharp above f3.5 - The VC (Vibration Control's) motor is noisy when it engages and disengages. It is really annoying especially if you have tried Nikon's VR and Sigma's OS version of vibration control.

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    Compact Design, Easy To Use

  • -

    Poor Clarity

Photography review.32822891
19 January 2010

I wanted to provide some detail about my experiences with this new lens, and it's performance in my day to day photography work. If you had asked me 15 years ago, I would have been very hard pressed to recommend a Tamron Lens, but with some work and time, they have managed to sell me on this...

  • +

    Solid Construction: OK, we hear a lot about "plastic" feel and less than rugged construction. I think we will have to get used to this construction method as it will be the norm going forward.

  • -

    Auto Focus Lock: OK here is where I will complain about Tamron's way of doing things. On other AF lenses that I have from Nikon, you can turn the Auto-Focus Ring, while the lens is set to Auto and it freely turns without causing any potential damage to the lens.

Product Highlights
  • Vibration Compensation (VC)
  • For Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism
  • Internal Focusing (IF)
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Extra Refractive Glass (XR)
  • Low Level Distortion
  • Excellent in Low Light
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In The Box
  • Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for Canon EF
  • 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)
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