Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens

Last updated (06 December’11):
- Review by SLRGear

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) is a standard zoom lens. The lens features 17-50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 78 degrees @ 45 feet to 31 degrees @ 11 feet. Closest focusing distance at 10.6 inches and has a filter size of 67mm. The Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) lens weighs 15.2 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long.

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF)
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

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

SLRGear reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“One stop down to f/4, and its sharpness is very good to excellent across the entire frame at all focal lengths. Diffraction limiting sets in somewhere between f/11 and f/16.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Popphoto reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
” SQF testing showed Excellent sharpness and contrast at three tested focal lengths — while good, the numbers are about average by today’s standards… “
rating: N/A

Photodo reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“With the exception of the distortion at the wide end, this is a very competent lens and a considerable jump up from the general standard of kit lens that it would replace. There is little else that lets it down and good resolution across the frame that is acceptable even when the lens is used wide open commend it. “
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“CAs could be a little better at 17mm but otherwise the issue is quite well controlled. Mechanically the lens isn’t top notch but it compares very well here to other third party lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bobatkins reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] is a good lens. It’s pretty sharp at all focal lengths, even wide open, but contrast does go up a notch when stopped down from f2.8 to f4. Chromatic aberration and distortion are generally well controlled, though there is noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom range.”
rating: N/A

The-digital-picture reviews the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The optical quality of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens is excellent (especially for the price). I find my images sharp even when wide open at f/2.8 at all focal lengths – I do not hesitate to use this lens at f/2.8. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Reviews

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens Reviews

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User Opinions

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

No focus problems here, great general purpose lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was wary of picking this one up, but so far I haven’t noticed anything wrong at all with autofocus: very clear, crisp images, and I’m loving the speed compared to my D40′s stock lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). “ – by M. Hendry

Good all-around lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Tamron lens is very good for all around use. I like the 2.8 aperture all the way through. It is a bit soft and some times focusing takes a bit longer than I’d like it to, but I am very much using this lens exclusively now, unless I am outside and want something with a stronger zoom. “ – by Marco Falcioni

Excellent Lens for the money, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love the lens and have had maybe two focusing issues with it, but they were expected (low light, direct sunlight). It is tack sharp in the apertures I use for portrait work (mainly 2.8-4 at the most). “ – by J. I. Foster

Great Alternative for low budget minded people, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“One of the best part of this lens is contrast. Color really pops out. Even at 2.8 I have had no major issues that I can not use this lens… It’s not a magic lens so you really have to experiment. But for everyday carry lens I think it’s excellent. It’s light and it’s fast. Focus well and quick in low light.” – by S. Chon

Pleased with purchase | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Great low light ability, productive focal length, and sharp images! A tiny bit soft in the corners at 17 (28), but I have noticed nothing unexpected from the hundreds of images I have shot so far.” – by James Enos

Excellent Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“All lenses are at their sharpest when stopped down about two stops from their widest aperture, so for this lens expect to get your sharpest photos at apertures around f/5.6. It really helps to mount the camera on a tripod whenever you’re photographing to eliminate any blur caused by handholding. “ – by B. Steinagel

A Nice Fit for Your Nikon | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“The focusing is pretty fast, well suited for fast paced situations such as weddings and concerts where everybody is in constant movement, also very quiet! If you are on budget i strongly suggest you to buy this lens and you wont be disappointed. “ – by Isaac Alonzo

A Nice Fit for Your Nikon | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Nikon lens weighs twice as much, but it’s pictures are sharper at the edges at f/2.8 then this lens. Still, I’ve taken thousands of shots with this lens, it focuses fairly fast, the pictures, once you get up to f/4, are every bit as sharp as the Nikon’s and it’s light.” – by Tiffany Ann

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Manual

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

- Download Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) User Manual (PDF – 418kb)

Features

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

Designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers, this Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-II zoom lens is ideal for a host of situations. The fast f/2.8 aperture, for example, provides a natural out-of-focus effect for portrait shots and other intimate moments. The lens’s faster shutters speeds–a result of the maximum aperture–also provide a broader photographic expression to enhance your photographic pleasure. As a result, the lens boasts one of the best close-up shooting performances in the class of fast standard zoom lenses, with the f/2.8 maximum aperture extending throughout the entire zoom range to ensure stress-free shots at all focal lengths and distances.

Note: The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II zoom lens is not designed for conventional cameras or digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

Specifications

* Focal length: 17-50mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
* Angle of view: 78 degrees @ 45 feet to 31 degrees @ 11 feet
* Type of zooming: Rotation
* Diaphragm blades: 7 (circular)
* Minimum aperture: f/32
* Minimum focusing distance: 10.6 inches
* Macro magnification ratio: 1:4.5
* Filter size: 67mm
* Corresponding mounts: Nikon
* Built-in motor: Yes
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long
* Weight: 15.2 ounces
* Warranty: 6 years


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