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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
very good landscape lens for the money
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.
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.
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
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.