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8.6 out of 10

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD

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Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD

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Overall 6
6.0

mixed feelings

karro, B&H Photo
12 March 2014
  • Excerpt: They say: don't get your hopes up too high, and they are quite right on that. I had really high hopes for this lens, but the initial impressions are less than stellar. K-x is the current body for the lens. Let's start with the bad: 1) constant underexposure by about 1EV. 2) "purple/yellow fringing" is quite pronounced 3) slightly lifeless color rendition at times. "plasticky" probably would be a good word. Will try it on a different body, maybe they'll get along better.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Pronounced Cas, Underexposure
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Overall 6
6.0

Lens Cap Won't Fit

Bonnie, Adorama
10 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I have no issues with the lens, but the lens cap does not fit on over the filter offered with this kit. I would not recommend the extra money for the kit. Just get the lens.
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Overall 6
6.0

not bad

kristi leff, B&H Photo
19 June 2013
  • Excerpt: So far, the lens is okay. I haven't seen the "wow" that most people have written about. I have a big shoot coming up. I hope it does a great job. It also turns the opposite direction for zooming. That is kind of tricky when you're used to the other way.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Great image quality, but I had to return it

M. Weimar, Amazon
7 January 2013
  • Summary: My experience with this is on a Canon 50D. I really waffled on returning this lens. Shooting in good light results in really sharp, really vibrant photos. Unfortunately shooting indoors in low light results in a very low rate of "great shots" when it comes to focus. This lens seems to have a much harder time focusing indoors than my widest Canon lens (28-135mm f3.5-5.6). Combined with the lack of IS, and it makes for a mediocre indoor lens when shooting without a flash.
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Overall 6
6.0

Quality control problem on focus

Leslie, Abes of Maine
27 December 2012
  • Excerpt: There was an issue on the focus of this lens. The front focussing is a problem, and I switched it for another one of the same lens which was a bit better, but not as perfect as I was hoping for. It works great in manual and with adjustment, but that takes more time than I wanted.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Front focus problem, Heavy, Quality Control Problem
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Overall 6
6.0

Good but not great

Steve, B&H Photo
1 December 2012
  • Excerpt: This is overall a pretty good lens, but don't even consider it if you plan to shoot video. It is a bit softer than I would like, even considering the price range. It is definitely more contrasty and clear, but pixel peeping reveals its sharpness is comparable to my old 18-55 kit lens. Also, the big reason I can't recommend it for video, it takes a very short twist to go from 17-50 and to rack its entire focus range.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: Hard to manual focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Good optically, but be aware of problems

Ramon E. Salazar, Amazon
31 October 2012
  • Summary: PROS: (+)The lens performs well, optically is very very good, the images are so pleasing. But please be aware of the problems. (-)Reliability: It broke down and I had to send it to Tamron, they did fix it under warranty but as with a car, you always want the most reliable product, not one you had to take to the mechanic. (-)Autofocus: The front/back focusing problems are serious with SOME SPECIFIC camera models.
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Overall 6
6.0

Works, just fragile

matthew, Adorama
21 September 2012
  • Excerpt: works great to keep the lens flare down but have to figure a better way of attaching / storage. mine broke in half after 2 weeks of using it. i usualy put them backwards over my lens when stored and this one did not make it. i have a canon lens with a hood that has lasted about 4 years now.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
  • Cons: Weak Casing
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Overall 6
6.0

Great lens, but not at f2.8

Joe, B&H Photo
23 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Great focal length for my canon 7d, but soft at 2.8. Doesn't make sense in buying a 2.8 if it's not sharp until f4. Which is why i'm returning it. Plus the af is noisy. I'm pretty sure there are some videos on the web. Never going to buy tamron again. Sticking to canon lens.
  • Pros: Great focal length
  • Cons: Soft wide open
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Overall 6
6.0

Disappointed

John, B&H Photo
7 February 2012
  • Excerpt: It was my second copy. I exchanged my first copy due to bad front focusing problems (I had to dial a -10 in the AF Fine Adjustment page to make it focus reasonably). The second copy was even worse. Out of frustration, I returned it for a refund.
  • Pros: Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy
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