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 17-50mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Video, Weddings and more.The Tamron 17-50mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, 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, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
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...View full Review
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!
Most Liked Negative Review
Decent lens if your on a budget
This is a decent lens if you are on a budget. If you have the money to spend I would go with the canon 17-55mm over this. I have had this lens for almost 3 years. I send it in about every 6 months to get some issue fixed. I have sent it in to fix the autofocus, to fix the lens contacts, and to get it cleaned. Dust gets behing the front element of this lens pretty easy, and sand and other elements seem to jam up the focus ring pretty easily as well. All that being said, I would say I am a lot ...View full Review
This is a decent lens if you are on a budget. If you have the money to spend I would go with the canon 17-55mm over this. I have had this lens for almost 3 years. I send it in about every 6 months to get some issue fixed. I have sent it in to fix the autofocus, to fix the lens contacts, and to get it cleaned. Dust gets behing the front element of this lens pretty easy, and sand and other elements seem to jam up the focus ring pretty easily as well. All that being said, I would say I am a lot harder on my equipment than many people out there. I shoot in rugged outdoor conditions every week. Also, Tamron has always been really good about fixing the lens free of charge under warranty, and it has a 6 year warranty! That is awesome. The fast aperture is really nice, and it is pretty sharp wide open. The vibration compensation is great too, especially for video which is what I mainly use this lens for. Autofocus on this lens for photo is mediocre at best. But if video is your game, this is a pretty good choice for a fast lens at a decent price. I would give build quality a 3 out of 5, but if they weather sealed it, I would give it a 5.
Reviewed by 109 customers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Also verry good for food photography
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.
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.
Used for personal photography and video