Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF)

Last updated (21 July’10):
– Review by Nikonians

The Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) features 17-35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8-4. The lens construction has 14 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 104 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.3m (11.8″) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) lens weighs 15.5 ounces and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF)
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) Reviews

Nikonians reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The Tamron SP AF17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical [IF] Model A05 is an excellent performer, producing sharp, contrasty images with little or no distortion. Optically, it leaves very little to be desired, and will produce images of professional quality.”
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SLRGear reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“On a sub-frame (APS-C sized sensor) camera like the Canon EOS-20D we use as a test platform in our lab, the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 SP is a really excellent lens at a very affordable price. It suffers from soft corners wide open at maximum wide angle (somewhat less so at longer focal lengths), but closing the aperture just one f-stop dramatically improves sharpness, making it a very f/4-5.6 wide zoom. Close down one stop more, and sharpness is excellent by any standard.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Alphamountworld reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Overall the build, mechanics, color, weight, and versatility (excellent on APS-C, and very good to excellent on full frame) of this lens highly outweigh the bad points to the degree I will simply overlook them, or work around them. Since barrel and vignetting distortions are correctable, the only main issue of this lens is flare, even with the attached hood in place. “
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Shutterbug reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Particularly in the 17-30mm range of focal lengths, and especially at f/8, image quality is superlative with edge sharpness matching central sharpness. Flare was very well controlled, a real benefit on sunny days in the Valley of Fire State Park, even in extreme sidelighting.”
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Photozone reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The resolution figures are excellent in the center of the image and good to very good at the borders. Distortions are very pronounced at 17mm but very moderate otherwise. Typical for full frame lenses vignetting is very well controlled. The build quality is generally pretty good but the direct competition does a little better job in this respect.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“If you want a lens that will serve both as an ultra wide zoom on full frame as well as a wide to standard zoom on a cropped sensor, then this lens is unlikely to disappoint. Used on a tripod for landscape or Architectural work, where stopping down reduces the variation in quality across the frame, the lens is a good performer, especially in its price range. “
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Photodo reviews the Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The optical performance of this lens is both extremely good while at the same time being quite disappointing! The results from the centre of the lens, especially at the wide end, are very good indeed. “
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User Opinions

Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) User Reviews

A very sharp lens with good contrast | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Tamron is a much faster lens at f/2.8-4, and as it is designed for full-frame SLR use, the photos you’ll get on a 1.6x crop factor camera are outstanding. The edges are sharp and just as bright as the center. In fact, the images produced with this lens are so sharp that you’ll find yourself reducing the in-camera sharpening for portraiture. Additionally, my photos show great contrast and need very little–if any–post processing. “ – by Deluxe

Consider this lens instead of a kit lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am using this lens on a Pentax K10D and have been extremely impressed. I’d recommend that someone looking at a Canon body with a kit lens to consider this instead of the kit lens. It is a much better lens, with a better warranty. The advice I’m passing on is that instead of blowing your lens budget on the kit lens and another lens, spend the extra money for this one lens. It’s well worth it. “ – by Doug Milligan

Wide angle lens winner. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This brand’s version, Tamron, is rock solid, inexpensive for the level of image quality, and can serve as the default lens to leave on your digital SLR. It’s that good. Whatever they did to make this lens, you are not aware of seeing “wide angleness” when viewing the images.” – by Newlpost

Looks good where it counts | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I upgraded my kit lens that came with my XTi with this lens. I took it with me on a 2 week mission trip to Nicaragua with me and it did a superb job. Great resolution all around but it would be nice if it put out a little more in macro.” – by Michael Weglarz

good len for the money | Rating: ★★★★★
“i got this lens 4week ago iv taken alot of pic.with it and they all came out flawliss.it a 2.8 len so it fast.iv had no problem with this len i like the tamron lens they truely are the best lens for the money in my book.give them a try see what you thing you won”t be sorry “ – by C. toutant

almost a general purpose lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens produces sharp pictures outside and in good lighting conditions (non-flash situations). However, it does leave something to be desired for low-light hand held indoor shots of people.” – by Mr. Vijay Venkataraman

Incredible lens – great price! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I know this lens is a little bit older than say the Tamron 17-50 and several other Canon lenses that I checked out (including the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) that, like this lens are made more for the DSLRs, but this one won out due to the great reviews that I’ve read that say that the optics in this lens compare with the L Series Canon lenses and after vewing the results I can see why. With a f/2.8 it’s an extrememly fast zoom lens especially in low-light situations.” – by S. Meloche

Excited so far.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“So I finally decided on this lens over the Sigma, and I must say that it’s giving me much better quality output from my camera than I’ve ever had. I was *this* close to getting an entire new system, but I have no problems out of my current one other than the fact of age…and a few more megapixels.” – by A. B. Pennington

Sharpest lens I’ve ever owned | Rating: ★★★★★
“I took a few pictures in our back yard and at Herrick Lake, (see some of my Photos). Again I was just amazed how sharp this lens is. I noticed the Pics. were sharpest closed down to about F5.6. The lens feels solid and the focus is fast and quiet. “ – by Richard E. Zwiesler

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Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) Specifications

Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras.

Advent of an ideal ultra wide-angle zoom lens well balanced in all aspects. With its superb image quality, compact size and excellent operational ease, this ultra wide-angle zoom lens lets you enjoy dynamic image composition by exaggerating your main subject against a wide background.

Tamron’s ultra wide-angle zoom lens starts at 17mm when used with a conventional 35mm SLR camera. When mounted on an APS-size digital SLR camera, it provides a focal length coverage equivalent to a 28-55mm (on a 35mm format camera), covering the desirable wide-angle to standard range.

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