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

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About Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC

This Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC Bundle comes with $29.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free!

The new SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC covers the heavily-used 17-50mm focal distance range (angle of view equivalent to 26 78mm when converted to the full frame format) making it an extremely versatile, high-performance zoom lens.

Achieving sharpness and striking contrast, the lens produces beautiful images that are enhanced by the shallow depth-of-field afforded by the maximum aperture of F/2.8 and enriches the user's range of photographic expression.

The new lens is equipped with Tamron's proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization mechanism, which provides more opportunities for hand-held photography, such as low-lit conditions like evening, night scenes and indoors, leading to a dramatically enhanced level of photographic freedom.

The Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Video, Weddings and more.The Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC Features

  • Compact Fast Zoom with VC
  • Fast Constant F/2.8 Aperture
  • 26-78mm equivalent* on APS-C DSLRs (*Tamron uses 1.55X as an average conversion to full frame)
  • For use on APS-C size DSLR cameras
  • 11.4" MFD / 1:4.8 Max. Mag. Ratio
  • Internal Focusing

Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC Specifications

Construction
14 Groups/ 19 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
11.4in. (0.29m)
Maximum Magnification
1:4.8
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
94.5 x D 79.6 mm / 3.7" x 3.13"
Weight
20.15 oz / 570g appx.
Mfr #
AFB005C700
SKU
TM1750VEOS

Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI-II VC Reviews Powered by TurnTo®

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3.7

(based on 35 reviews)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely fabulous lens!

I have the 17-50mm non-VC version and just got a VC as an upgrade and what can I say! Absolutely amazing! I tested it on my 7D and the quality is on par but in most instances better than non-VC version. Actually it's sharper wide open and throughout the range it wins or on par with the old version. It's a bit heavier than old version, but the built quality seems to be solid (not L-class tho), focus and zoom rings are smooth and have normal resistance. Includes lens hood which should do the jo...

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I have the 17-50mm non-VC version and just got a VC as an upgrade and what can I say! Absolutely amazing! I tested it on my 7D and the quality is on par but in most instances better than non-VC version. Actually it's sharper wide open and throughout the range it wins or on par with the old version. It's a bit heavier than old version, but the built quality seems to be solid (not L-class tho), focus and zoom rings are smooth and have normal resistance. Includes lens hood which should do the job (doesn't come with Canon's EF-S lenses). Auto-focus is rather fast, but a bit noisy, but if you compare it to non-VC it's actually a bit quieter. If you have VC On you can hear when it kicks in and it may delay a bit focusing, but it's still reasonably fast. If VC is Off - focus speed is fast. Overall I am very satisfied with the performance of the lens!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK, but not great.

I wanted a general purpose zoom lens for my Canon Eos XSi and after reading extensive reviews of various lenses I decided to try the Tamron to save a little money over the equivalent Canon lens. I also liked the idea of the 6 year warranty that Tamron offers and the ability to shoot at f/1.8 throughout the zoom range of the Tamron lens. In test shots I found that the focus wide open was unacceptably soft and therefore negated any benefit from having it in the first place. The image stabili...

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I wanted a general purpose zoom lens for my Canon Eos XSi and after reading extensive reviews of various lenses I decided to try the Tamron to save a little money over the equivalent Canon lens. I also liked the idea of the 6 year warranty that Tamron offers and the ability to shoot at f/1.8 throughout the zoom range of the Tamron lens. In test shots I found that the focus wide open was unacceptably soft and therefore negated any benefit from having it in the first place. The image stabilization (or VC for "vibration compensation" as Tamron calls it) mechanism is very noisy and "clunky". It makes so much noise that at first I though it was actually broken. You must press the shutter down half way and wait a second for the VC to do its job before you press the shutter all the way or your shots will be even worse! I was pleased with its performance on some hand held shots indoors in low light though. If you have the time to wait and compose your shots you can get good images handheld at 1/10s with this lens. I finally decided to send this lens back and get the Canon 15-85mm, which I'm very happy with. It's only a bit more expensive but the quality is better and the extra range at either end of the zoom is really nice.

Reviewed by 35 customers

 
4.0

A SUPERB LENS

By

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

Also verry good for food photography

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK, but not great.

By

I wanted a general purpose zoom lens for my Canon Eos XSi and after reading extensive reviews of various lenses I decided to try the Tamron to save a little money over the equivalent Canon lens. I also liked the idea of the 6 year warranty that Tamron offers and the ability to shoot at f/1.8 throughout the zoom range of the Tamron lens. In test shots I found that the focus wide open was unacceptably soft and therefore negated any benefit from having it in the first place. The image stabilization (or VC for "vibration compensation" as Tamron calls it) mechanism is very noisy and "clunky". It makes so much noise that at first I though it was actually broken. You must press the shutter down half way and wait a second for the VC to do its job before you press the shutter all the way or your shots will be even worse! I was pleased with its performance on some hand held shots indoors in low light though. If you have the time to wait and compose your shots you can get good images handheld at 1/10s with this lens. I finally decided to send this lens back and get the Canon 15-85mm, which I'm very happy with. It's only a bit more expensive but the quality is better and the extra range at either end of the zoom is really nice.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wedding Photographer

By

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. I do find the focus to be a little slower than my canon lenses but it is still a very nice addition to my gear. With an indoor event I find this lens was all I needed to cover all my shots from fine table details to formal group portraits.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What a great lens for the money

By

My hobby has been photography and the Tamron lens is a great addition. I've used this lens several times and it has performed great in low light and outside shots. Great lens for the value. The zoom is a little stiff but you will soon get use to it either way you can't beat the price for a L lens.

 
3.0

A good lens for the money

By

very good landscape lens for the money

 
4.0

Great Lens

By

First of all, I see a lot of people saying it's not an L lens, no USM, well no kidding you should have known that when you bought it.... I find this lens a great all around lens on my Canon Digital Rebel XSI and gives me sharp images....Far superior to the kit lens. I have not had a problem with slow focus like a lot of the reviews have mentioned, I shoot mostly landscape and night scenes it delivers. If i go on a trip and have to choose a lens to take it's this one and it doesn't let me down. For the price it's a great addition to any one that want's a affordable lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent optics, quirky AF and VR

By

Very sharp even wide open. No discernible color aberrations. Moderate barrel distortion at wide angle. Neutral bokeh (out-of-focus highlights rendered as uniform circles). Autofocus accuracy is close to Nikon's, though a bit slow. Optical stabilization is very effective, but require a one-second delay to settle down after every half-press or flash burst. Build quality is OK, though there's a tiny bit of play in focus and zoom rings. Both autofocus and stabilization are acoustically noisy. The lens hood is a bit loose in its clip, so it rattles. Overall, a wonderful low-light/indoor zoom, excellent value. Autofocus on mine failed after 2 years (no longer acquired lock). Fixed under warranty service. Great service: no hassles, no charge, mailed back within a couple of days and in perfect condition.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By

This lens is truley amazing. Shooting hand held in very low light conditions with the Vibration Compensation feature on produces sharp, steady images even at wide open. The color reproduction and contrast is fantastic. Images are sharp and crisp across all apretures. The construction is solid with no lens creep. The focal length ring operates smoothly with no slop. I am very pleased and frankly amazed at the quality and perfomance of this product

 
3.0

Decent, but still needs work

By

This lens still needs some work. I have tried 2 of them and each has a focus problem. The lens fails to grab the outside edges of photos sharply meaning in large group shots you'll have some people in focus and others out. I like Tamron gear but this one needs more refining to help it live up to the rest of their lenses.

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Shopper  will this lens work on eos 5d mark ii?
NICK R  No, this lens is physically designed to only work with EF-S mount cameras (7D and lower models with APS-C sized sensors). The 5D Mark ll is a full frame camera with the standard EF mount for its lenses. Hope this helped.
Shopper  Is the F/2.8 throughout the focal distance or only at 17mm?
ERIC D  Throughout.
Shopper  Is the F/2.8 throughout the focal distance or only at 17mm?
ERIC D  Throughout.
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