Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD
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Amazing quailty and sharpness for a great price
J. schmid "blueapples", Amazon
19 November 2014
Summary: Amazing fast lens for the price. this retails for $650 in the US. buying from Japan for $370? worth it. the lens is SO crisp and sharp. holds up against $10k lenses on a RED (on a BMCC 2.4k as a B cam) shooting films.
Summary: I tried to love this lens. I really did. I took many photos in all sorts of different places and settings but they all came out a little blurry. I know it's really comparing apples to a different kind of apple, but the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G blew this tamron lens out of the water in terms of the clarity, sharpness, and every other aspect.
Summary: Tamron usually makes good, inexpensive lenses, but the build quality on mine was quite poor. The zoom function was stiff from the beginning and never loosened up enough to make it fluid during use. A jerky zoom is not very effective. Consequently I returned it and received a full refund. I was a bit reluctant to try another of the same model so I opted for the 18-35mm F1.8 Sigma, a much better (and more expensive) lens.
Summary: Lens stopped working after 1 year. I contacted Tamron Japan and they refused to provide me warranty service. I contacted Tamron USA and they refused to service as well. Repair would cost about $250. I would not recommend buying from this source. I would highly consider an OEM source. I also emailed the seller and never received a response. I have a nice paper weight now. The error I get is "communication error" likely related to the aperture ring mechanism.
I love it. None of my other Nikkor lenses produce ...
Douglas Hunt, Amazon
25 September 2014
Summary: I am not an expert photographer and there are plenty of other reviews from people more experienced than me, but I just have to give this lens my own personal thumbs up. I bought it because I wanted a zoom with with a larger aperture than my kit lens and I was 'walking too much' to use my 1.8 prime lens for anything but portraits. My camera is a Nikon D5200. This is the only non-Nikkor lens that I own.
Summary: I was hesitant to buy a used lens on line, since I could not see it in advance of the purchase. I am happy to say that 'Condition: Used - Like New' was accurate. I have used the lens for about a month and I ran some tests I found. The lens has performed well. The Amazon site has little box: Will This Work with Your Camera? Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR (Body Only) No!
Excerpt: paired with Metabones Speedbooster and Panasonic gh4, this lens generates nice 4K video. I use this as my normal lens. 35mm - 50 mm range. Does provide good shallow DOF. It is not as sharp as expensive lenses. But, Panasonic GH4 is too sharp and I think this lens gives a better organic feel. It is solid lens. Zoom is a bit rough.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Presently being used on my D7100. Focus motor is fast, quiet, and accurate and the image quality is superb at both ends of the 17-50mm range. Manual focus is also smooth with a focus ring that is snug but not restrictive. This lens is rapidly becoming my walk about lens of choice and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relatively fast lens in the wide to normal range.
I have nothing but good things to say about this lens
ELM "E-Man", Amazon
13 July 2014
Summary: As a prior Tamron lens owner, I have nothing but good things to say about this lens. It's very well-made the quality of the case and the quietness of the motor are very impressive. Since I own another Tamron lens, I am familiar with the quality of their products. And at F2.8 this is a very capable lens. Good quality at a good price!
Summary: This lens is exceptional no questions about that. My problem is that the lens is gray market. This is not mentioned anywhere on the product page. A gray market lens does not carry the same warranty as a US warranty product. It is cheap no doubt, so if you are willing to take that risk, go ahead. Though it should be clearly mentioned that it is a gray market product and does not carry the same warranty as a US product.