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

Zoom lens | Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Nikon F (DX)
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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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BryceM
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Fantastic value! Sharp at 2.8, lovely color and contrast, compact and handy enough to hang off your shoulder all day. Just be careful not to bang it against a wall or doorway too hard as the plasticy build quality will brook none of that nonsense. Problems: i-TTL integration on Nikon bodies sucked - erratic exposure behavior when using fill-flash with this lens. Not a problem for Nikon-branded lenses, but common in off-brand lenses.

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Jose Rocha
 
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I got this lens used for 175€. In my opinion this lens is a great standard zoom with f/2.8 capability. I bought it to use on travel but only because of the price and popularity. I decided to give it a try, and I may sell it for a higher price anytime of I want to. Pros: - Nice size, for such a wide aperture zoom lens the size is very compact due to special XR elements. The weight is moderate too. - Excellent sharpness at the center already at f/2.8 and any focal length. The corners are ...

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Optical performance of this lens is really good, a bit better performer than the similar canon versions that were around when I bought it. I also knew that the canon Is version had serious issues with dust getting into the lense so I chosen Tamron over Canon/Sigma/Tokina similar versions. I was extremely pleased with the lens and could see no difference in my photos compared to those shot with the 24-70L from canon which was my best lense for 5-6 years. I sold the 24-70L soon and kept only ...

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