Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC (Vibration Compensation) Lens Kit,for Canon EOS, with Tiffen 72mm UV Wide Angle Filter, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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  • 17-50mm Wide Angle To Standard Zoom SLR Len
  • 72mm UV (Ultra Violet) Filter
  • Cleaning Kit

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

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
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
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 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

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
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
94.5 x D 79.6 mm / 3.7" x 3.13"
20.15 oz / 570g appx.
Mfr #
AFB005C700 K

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

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Reviewed by 109 customers


Lens Cap Won't Fit


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.


Fantastic Lens


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.


Very happy with choice


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.


Nice Lens


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.


Great Lens!!!!


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!




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.


Overall verry good Stuff


from Kittery  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Also verry good for food photography

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Too much back focus


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.


Pretty good and solid lens


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.


Great lens!!!


from Fresno, ca  -  Casual Photographer

Used for personal photography and video


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
KEITH M  Great lens at a great price. If using this for video be sure and use a mic other than the one one your camera. The stabilization is loud enough to hear in the on board mic.
Teng Z  Do you mean in this Lens Kit, there are two lens? One is SP AF17-50mm, what about another one? Thank you
JIM H  I'm not sure about the second lens, I got the original lens 17-5-mm and a UV lens filter to protect my investment. I also got a cleaning kit so I knew I had the right product to keep my lens clean.
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