Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) Standard Zoom Lens for Canon EOS, 6 Year USA Warranty

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About Tamron 17-50mm

Di II: Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for 35mm film cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

The SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 is a lightweight, compact, fast standard zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras, expanding the product concept of the popular SP AF28-75mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

In addition, portrait shots are made beautiful with the natural out-of-focus effect characteristic provided by the fast f/2.8 aperture. Additionally, a broader photographic expression through the use of faster shutter speeds as a result of the maximum aperture offers enhanced photographic pleasure. The lens boasts one of the best close-up shooting performances in the class of fast standard zoom lenses designed exclusively for digital cameras and featuring an f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range, to ensure stress-free photographic shots at all focal lengths and distances.

The Tamron 17-50mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Upgrade, Video, Weddings and more.The Tamron 17-50mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 17-50mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 17-50mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (65),Consistent output (45),Lightweight (45),Easily interchangeable (40),Strong construction (34),Durable (30),Nice bokeh (22),Rugged (21),Easy to use (8),Sharp (5),Compact (5),Improves picture quality (4) Clear glass (3),Easily mounted (3),Simple controls (3),Fast (3) View All
Cons:
Slow focus (15),Heavy (11),Blurry focus (7),Poor clarity (5),Noisy focusing (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (37),Low light (35),General purpose (30),Weddings (30),Night photography (27),Portraits (14),Sports/action (12),Video (12),Travel (9),Landscape photography (8),Upgrade (7),Photojournalism (5) Shooting indoors (5),Shooting outdoors (5),Special effects (3),Wildlife photos (3),Close up filming (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (22),Photo enthusiast (22),Semi-pro photographer (20),Pro photographer (8),Semi-professional (7),Casual photographer (5),Tech savvy (5),Casual user (3),Professional (3)

Tamron 17-50mm Specifications

Construction
13 Groups/ 16 Elements
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Angle of view
78° at 45' - 31° at 11', (APS-C size equivalent)
F stop range
2.8- 32
Closest Focusing Distance
10.6in. (0.27m)
Maximum Magnification
1:4.5
Maximum Aperature: f/2.8-4
Filter Size
67mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
L: 81.7 x D 74.0 mm / 3.2" x 2.9"
Weight
14oz. (398g) appx.

Tamron 17-50mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 109 reviews)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (43)

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    (43)

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    (10)

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    (7)

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    (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Suprisingly Good!

I have been using this lens for about a year now and I was always wondering if I made the right chioce. Honestly, I got it for it's price, I wanted the WA and constant aperture and couldn't afford Canon 17-55 at the time. Results were very good from the start, but still I thought it would be better with, well, more expensive glass. So, recently I purchased two L lenses and I borrowed the 17-55 and did some extensive testing. Guess what? I am keeping the Tamron, it might be noisier than Canons...

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I have been using this lens for about a year now and I was always wondering if I made the right chioce. Honestly, I got it for it's price, I wanted the WA and constant aperture and couldn't afford Canon 17-55 at the time. Results were very good from the start, but still I thought it would be better with, well, more expensive glass. So, recently I purchased two L lenses and I borrowed the 17-55 and did some extensive testing. Guess what? I am keeping the Tamron, it might be noisier than Canons and has no IS, but the image quality is right there with L glass, tad less resolution in shadows and slightly different color balance, but everything else is a tie... With some unmarked samples, I actually picked Tamron over Canon. Very nice lens and the price is just great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Spotty QC

My wife bought one of these for her Canon EOS 60D and it is an excellent lens. So excellent that I bought one for my EOS 60D. It consistently focused six inches behind my chosen focus point, and even at its best focus was not sharp. Worst of all my lens exhibited severe chromatic aberration on backlit subjects. Entire one-quarter inch tree branches turned purple. My wife's lens has none of these problems. If you get a good one this can be an excellent lens, but mine was not even good. See the...

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My wife bought one of these for her Canon EOS 60D and it is an excellent lens. So excellent that I bought one for my EOS 60D. It consistently focused six inches behind my chosen focus point, and even at its best focus was not sharp. Worst of all my lens exhibited severe chromatic aberration on backlit subjects. Entire one-quarter inch tree branches turned purple. My wife's lens has none of these problems. If you get a good one this can be an excellent lens, but mine was not even good. See the attached photo. I sent this lens back for a refund and purchased a used Canon 17-35/2.8L.

Reviewed by 109 customers

 
3.0

Lens Cap Won't Fit

By

from Kansas City  -  Casual Photographer

I have no issues with the lens, but the lens cap does not fit on over the filter offered with this kit. I would not recommend the extra money for the kit. Just get the lens.

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By

from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

After purchasing the Sigma 50mm 1.4 I was frustrated with my only wide angle option, a Nikon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6. I just was not getting the quality I'd seen others get on my same camera (D7000). I began looking at options, and ran across this lens. The price and reviews really had me excited, so I ordered a used copy. This lens is FANTASTIC. I really feel like I'll get many more years out of my camera thanks to the sharp image quality this lens affords me. I don't regret this purchase at all, and I especially recommend getting used gear from Adorama. The lens came exactly as they had rated it and I could not be happier.

 
4.0

Very happy with choice

By

from SE Washington  -  Photo Enthusiast

This 17-50mm lens was bought used from Adorama and I am very happy with it. It's the first lens I've bought beyond the kit Sony SAL 18200mm lens and I immediately saw the difference in the quality of the images varying from landscapes to grandkids playing at Christmas. It is heavier than the 18200 lens, but it's a great trade-off to get better quality images.

 
4.0

Nice Lens

By

from Austin  -  Pro Photographer

I have owned this lens for some time and I think it's a solid choice with a couple of drawbacks. If you get a good deal on it, it just may be the best bang for your buck lens on a crop sensor camera. It's designed for use only on Crop-sensor bodies by the way. The optics are nice, and I believe it compares favorably to Canon L glass, especially for the price. However, the AF motor is quite noisy. If you're shooting a wedding in a church or something, it's definitely too loud. For the casual user, maybe it's not a big deal. From my understating, the version with stabilization is somewhat flawed as you have to wait a moment for the stabilization to engage, and if you don't it can actually make your shots more blurry. And at f2.8 in this focal length, IS is usually not a deal breaker. I have not used mine too much lately only because I primarily shoot full frame these days, but I think that this is an overall nice piece of glass and I can get use out of it for video as well because of the relatively fast f2.8 aperture.

 
5.0

Great Lens!!!!

By

from Columbus, OH  -  Pro Photographer

I've only had this for 2 weeks but have used it for a wedding and my family sessions! I love the crisp shots I've been getting and the wide range it has! Great lens for the price!

 
4.0

A SUPERB LENS

By

from New York  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Acquiring reference images on the fly requires a dependable lens. For someone who uses a camera for both documentary and creative needs, this Lens delivers superb possibilities. Despite its limlted zoom range, its fine optics compensates for this set back.

 
4.0

Overall verry good Stuff

By

from Kittery  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Also verry good for food photography

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Too much back focus

By

from Massachusetts  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first Tamron and also my first business with Adorama. The lens was delivered a day earlier than promised. I used it on my D7000, try to take the advantage of a $75 coupon offer. It's the version with built-in motor. Its focusing is quick enough, just like the speed of my beloved Nikon 18-200 and the noise is bearable. But it has too strong back focus from 17mm to about 35mm, rendering this lens almost unusable at wider apertures within this range. The back focus disappears at 50mm and gives pretty sharp image at center even with aperture wide open at 2.8. I fine tuned the autofocus in-camera up to -18 to give acceptable results at 17mm-2.8, but then at 50mm it's not focusing right and gives blurry pictures. After 500+ pictures, I also discovered that the left side one-sixth of the picture seems always more blurry then the right side. I've sent back the lens and Adorama promptly gave me the refund. The customer representative handling my call was great. I will do business with Adorama again.

 
4.0

Pretty good and solid lens

By

from San diego  -  Photography Student

Overall, the lens is a solid and reliable lens. It feels very durable but is on the slightly heavier side. It comes with a lens hood which is helpful. The only real problem i had was with the auto-focus, sometimes its really hard to change the focus of the autofocus. It doesnt work very well in low-light situations either. The bokeh is not too bad, at f2.8 you still get that blur and fuzz.

 
5.0

Great lens!!!

By

from Fresno, ca  -  Casual Photographer

Used for personal photography and video

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DARRON S  My wife bought one for her 60D a few weeks ago. I was so impressed with the combination I sold my EOS 1Ds and 24/2.8 and bought a 60D to go with this lens.
Shopper  Does this lens have a fixed 2.8 aperture or is it variable?
MATTHEW H  It's a fixed 2.8, not a variable aperture.
Shopper  Can this lens be used on a Canon Mark 5D III camera?
ERIC T  It'll certainly mount to the 5D3 but not sure about the photo quality. A friend borrowed my lens and reported a dark ring around the outside of the photo's. He was shooting with the 5D2 and using flash at the time.
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