Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD
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REVIEW: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 VC XR Di ll LD
9 February 2012
Conclusion: This lens has turned out to be a very interesting alternative to manufacturer's own offering in this focal range. It is capable of producing images with very good resolution, especially in the centre of the image and the Vibration Compensation feature has proved itself a worthy addition, greatly...
Pros: Excellent resolution in the centre at most apertures and focal lengths, Vibration Compensation is very effective, Good value for money
Cons: Falloff in resolution at 50mm and f/2.8, Flare control
Conclusion: The Tamron 17-50/2.8 Di II VC is a viable alternative to the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM , ( compare prices ) ( review ) at a price that’s about $450 lower. The image stabilization is very effective and overall performance is good, though not quite as good as the Canon lens, especially wide open...
Excerpt: This high-speed digital only ultrawide ($650, street) upgrades Tamron’s nonstabilized 17–50mm f/2.8 ($460, street). Like the earlier lens (which remains in the lineup), this version uses an Extra Refractive (XR) element, two elements of low dispersion, and three of compound aspheric glass—adding up...
Summary: * Length and weight values given are for Nikon cameras (with built-in AF motor). ** Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc, may be changed without prior notice.
Pros: Very well built, Comfortable controls, Capable VC system, Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, Produces beautiful results when stopped down, Appealing focal range, Half the price of it's Nikon and Canon competitors
Cons: Quite soft when wide open, Small amount of visible CA, I felt the zoom ring had a bit too much resistance, AF and VC systems make a good amount of noise, Some front focusing was noted while capturing indoor portraits
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Good Gear Guide.au
9 March 2014
Summary: Tamron's 17-50mm F/2.8 lens is a good upgrade if you own an entry-level or middle-of-the-pack camera, as it can provide a noticeable jump in image quality, as well as better performance when shooting in dim lighting conditions.
Pros: F/2.8 aperture, Good upgrade for entry- and mid-level camera bodies
Excerpt: The Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II VC is a standard zoom lens designed for primary shooting duties. The lens aims to stand out for its f/2.8 designation, which is a fast, open aperture designed for low light shooting.
Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] VC (Nikon) - Review / Test Report
15 March 2011
Conclusion: The build quality of the lens is good although not professional grade ( as can be expected in this price range). The AF is very fast whereas the short focus path isn't exactly suitable for precise manual focusing.