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Tamron SP AF 17-50 mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC

Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP AF 17-50 mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 17 - 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 78.75 - 31.18 o
Closest focusing distance 0.29 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.8
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 19 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Canon EF-S
Dimensions 79.6 x 94.5 mm
Weight 570 g
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Owners reviews (5)
  1. joe
    joe 22 November 2013, 18:17
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    IP 31.212.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 375
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: terrible CA's wide open on wide angle not so sharp as expected for this high price,especially in the corners

    Pros: solid construction

    Summary: I find the price of this lens is too high compared with results on f 2,8. A lens with smaller aperture and all elements of traditional glass will give even better results

  2. Hasgarn
    Hasgarn 14 June 2012, 11:48
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    IP 31.32.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price: 350*
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Build is correct, but don't forget to block the zoom before you remove it : dust can go inside the lense. 17 mm with lots of barrel, witch is quite normal on this type of lense

    Pros: good overall quality, sharp until f/4, f/2.8 a bit soft, but usable Stabilization is excellent, works well. No big issues while shooting in raw, every thing can be fixed.

    Summary: It was my first lense, and it never let me down. I made 5000 pictures with it, and I still use it when I need a wide angle.

  3. addgez
    addgez 18 October 2011, 15:57
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    IP 195.159.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 250 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: -Zoom-ring turns the oposite way then Canon lenses. -Noisy AF. -Sometimes struggling to find focus in low-light situations.

    Pros: +Image quality. +The price.

    Summary: An affordable upgrade from the kit lens with great image quality. Highly recommended for begginers. Beats the newer version with IS in terms of image quality.

  4. Peter Watson
    Peter Watson 17 February 2011, 16:20
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    IP 94.192.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £300
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: The image begins to soften at apertures below f13. This is, however, to be expected in a lens of this size. In any case, at f13 depth of field extends from a little less than 3ft to infinity which should be adequate for most situations.

    Pros: Excellent image quality between f5.6 - f11. Compact size.

    Summary: An attractive and affordable alternative to kit lenses.

  5. Hugh McDonnell
    Hugh McDonnell 9 March 2010, 12:52
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    IP 122.106.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: =/ $800
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: massive amount of barrel distortion at 17mm slow(ish) + noisy af plasticy barrel with poor focusing ring poor dof control

    Pros: vc works very well looks impressive resonably good iq

    Summary: Had high hopes for this lens; i was expecting a highly portable walkaround lens which offered a wide aperture (thus useful for portraits) coupled with vc to do low-light gigs+parties. While the lens is useful; i would recommend a cheaper varient (namely the sigma {renowned for excellent af etc} or the non-vc {which apparently exhibits less distortion and has higher iq} ) and save the extra money for a portrait specific lens (i have now also bought an ef 85mm f/1.8; absoloutely amazing glass <3 )

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