Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)

Zoom lens | Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Nikon F (DX)
Stathis Panagiotopoulos
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A super lens with only 300 euros and f/2.8.Is my favourite lens for landscapes,portrait and action in short distances.Is fast and the autofocus is very good.

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DDWD10
 
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I bought this lens to replace the Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 WR kit lens that I had a really hard time getting a good image out of.  In comparison, the image quality across the frame is much better, with sharper borders, less CA and less distortion.  Stopping down just a bit guarantees an image that is corner-to-corner sharp.  Center sharpness is fantastic at all apertures.  The zoom action is a bit stiff but has no play.  The manual focus action is gritty and unrefined.  Overall, the build is ...

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Disappointment.  My copy of this lens back-focused so severely that I had to send it back to Tamron for calibration.  It came back much better, but it never has been consistent in focusing.  To this day, the lens has unreliable focus, and has been assigned to permanent back-up duty.  Also, the images are quite soft at f/2.8, despite the claims of other owners.  By f/5.6 images are decently sharp, but why not at wider apertures? Apparently, Tamron has virtually no QC operation for the ...

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ityx
 
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I'm not a "technical" person so will basically review this lens from experience - not from any technical aspect of it. I've had this lens for a little less than a year. I bought it without doing any research first because I needed one pronto and went to my local camera shop and they said "this one is good" and so got it because I needed a "fast" lens for the next day. That gig turned out to be a disaster for me because of the really awful photos I ended up with and I left thinking it was ...

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Story of Purchase I have many EF lenses for 5D3 and 600D, but I was looking for short zoom lens for 600D as a light setup. A Retailer website offering daily deals, I was checking it almost everyday, someday, I found Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 non VC for $299. So, I started searching for reviews about it, most of these reviews praise the sharpness of this 2.8 lens, so I ordered mine. After couple of days using it, I can give a personal view of it: Pros - Sharp lens, close to some Canon L lens. - Light ...

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Meowr
 
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When I bought this lense, I was still considering buying other lenses to compliment it, but soon realised that short of buying exotic primes or ultra-wide angle lenses, this lense covered almost all my photography needs.It is a very good alternative to the 17-55 lenses in Nikon and Canon's repertoire at about a third of the price, and it produces stunning results for the price. It's very sharp across the frame when stopped down to about f/5.6 but even at f2.8 it produces very sharp images in ...

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Doru Motoru
 
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I say this is the sharpest zoom, and probably the sharpest LENS I have ever tested, at least when at f4 or lower. Contrast and bokeh are nice too, even at 2.8, it fits perfect with K-5, autofocus works fine and quite fast and, yes, it's noisy, but no one died so far because of this. One more thing...it costs about 40% of Sigma 17-50mm, f/2.8 Problems: Plastic body looks cheap...

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This is a solid performer with good contrast and color rendition, resolution is impressive wide open and by f4 is outstanding. Focus speed and noise are more than acceptable. The most impressive characteristic I noticed straight away, is the superb control of flare, or almost totally absent at wider apertures when shooting into the sun. This is quite exceptional compared to any lenses I have used and very desirable for landscape work. Problems: I don't know if it is just my copy, but I have ...

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Great Optically Problems: Quirky AF problem under 3 mtrs at F5.6 or above

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The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] is a very serious performer capable to deliver very sharp images at all focal lengths. Vignetting and distortion are about average for a lens in this class. CAs are a bit on the high side towards the short end of the focal range. Unfortunately the lens suffers from strong field curvature at 17mm which may push the corner portions out-of-focus. The level of distortion is about average in this class whereas vignetting and lateral CAs ...

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