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

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About Tamron 17-50mm

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, Night photography, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors and more.The Tamron 17-50mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Tech savvy among others.The Tamron 17-50mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 17-50mm: Compact, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Improves picture quality and Strong construction

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 17-50mm 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 17-50mm 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.

Tamron 17-50mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Tack Sharp, Great Bang for the buck

Bought this lens verses the non VC version to try out the VC in low light conditions, I have shot 2 weddings in the last month where I was dealing with low light and a no flash requirement, lens worked like a charm, pictures looked great (note: used this on the second wedding 9/26 after receiving it on 9/23, you could easily see the difference in the photos, all the lenses I use are F2.8 or better and this is my second non-Nikkor lense, I plan on using it again and will be taking a closer loo...

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Bought this lens verses the non VC version to try out the VC in low light conditions, I have shot 2 weddings in the last month where I was dealing with low light and a no flash requirement, lens worked like a charm, pictures looked great (note: used this on the second wedding 9/26 after receiving it on 9/23, you could easily see the difference in the photos, all the lenses I use are F2.8 or better and this is my second non-Nikkor lense, I plan on using it again and will be taking a closer look at Tamron products


Most Liked Negative Review


My Tamron lens

Len's is great. Very sharp photo's. [...]

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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Garrett F  This lens says it autofocuses and is made for cropped sensor DSLRs. Does this lens autfocus on lower end models like the d3200 and the d5100?
THOMAS T  The lens has an internal focusing motor so should work on those models. I use it on a D300 and it focuses quite fast but in using the VC, you have to let the lens "settle" a second or so to achieve vibration control.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MARVIN I  Bought for the f2.8 and the VC, not worth the money, focus was way off, and a little slow to focus. The VC worked Ok, could not get photos sharp even with AF fine tuning, all looked like you had a soft filter on the lens. I have the 28-75, and it's not bad. Got rid of the 17-50, now I've got a bad taste about Tamron.
Ha T  Can you compare nikon 17-55mm 2.8 vs Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. The different they qualities?
LAUREN T  Yes. They are the same thing and Tamron will fit your Nikon camera.. Of course the Nkion lens have a little higher quality and a lot higher prices but unless you already have a gig will a city newspaper there is no need to purchase a nikon brand lens. its a waste of money to not get Tamron especially if ur a beginner and likely to damage your product. Better a 800 dollar lens get broken than an 8000 dollar lens. Get Tamron! I did
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