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Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical (IF) (Canon Mount)

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  • Vibration Compensation technology for minimising camera shake with handheld photography
  • Fast F/2.8 maximum aperture for low light conditions
  • Super Performance designation for photographers who demand the very best in image quality
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 9.4 cm ; 572 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 835 g
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  • Item model number: B005E
  • ASIN: B002OED6ZQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

The large-aperture and excellent optical performance that this lens offers is ideal for low-light photography and enriched creative picture composition possibilities. The new lens delivers pin sharp results and remarkable contrasts throughout the entire focal length range. With an aperture of F/2.8 impressive photos with smooth, even bokeh (background blur), can be shot helping to emphasize subjects by means of a very shallow depth of field.

This lens is equipped with a tri-axial image stabilizer called vibration Compensation (VC), a Tamron proprietary development. The VC feature minimizes the effects of camera vibrations and shake of hand-held photography. The lens offers more photographic possibilities for shots at longer shutter speeds, making it ideally suitable for "Available Light" photography in low-light conditions.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. D. Kelly on 19 April 2010
I own a Canon 7D, and after owning a disappointing and extremely unreliable Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, I decided to make a change. I wanted a fast Wide-Medium Telephoto Zoom lens that was pin sharp at f/2.8 throughout the focal range. The Sigma I owned was useless until f/4, which detracted from the reason i bought it in the first place. So after thorough investigation I narrowed my choice (due to budget) down to the Tamron 17-50, Sigma 18-50 and the new Tamron 17-50 VC. Cut a long story short, I decided to take my chance with the Tamron with VC. I already own the 18-270 VC, and know how good the VC works. A lot of Internet and Magazine reviews say that the Tamron 17-50 VC is soft wide open, and in the corners. They also say that the non VC model is much sharper and has more contrast. Well, sorry to buck the trend, but my copy is absolutely astonishing! I have corner to corner sharpness, and it is tack sharp at 2.8 wide, and zoomed in!!!

But here is the catch, upon opening the box I did some tests at home to see how good it was, and to be honest, it was OK but not great.......BUT the new line of Canon (and Nikon i believe) have a very handy tool in the menu. It's called AF Micro Adjustment. This tool allows you to calibrate each lens that you own, so that your AF is ALWAYS accurate. It's almost like fine tuning a TV, and it works an absolute treat. My Tamron seemed to be Front Focusing ever so slightly, but once i fine tuned it with that Menu......Oh my! The great thing is, once tuned, your body will remember it any time it is attached!! How cool is that!?!

So my Advice would be, if you have a Canon or Nikon, check to see if you have the calibration option in your menu. If you do........GET THIS LENS NOW!!! Once it is tuned, it'll give the Canon/Nikon equivalent a heck of a run for it's money......Trust me on that!!

Good Luck
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mcmenamb on 16 Jun. 2011
I have a Canon 7D and wanted a good general purpose short tele-photo lens. I looked at Canon, Sigma offerings then a friend told me to look at the Tamron offering. A great bit of advice! I did read some of the internet reviews and some were commenting on softness when wide open. Given that the Tamron was 1/3 the price of the same glass from Canon I opted for the Tamron. A good choice! I have been using the Tamron now for 6+ months and have been increasingly impressed by the sharpness of the lens, even wide open. I use this lens for 80%+ of the shots I take and the lens has always returned great quality images with great contrast, vibrancy. Like other reviewers here I think this lens is a fantastic piece of glass for the money and I would highly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. Russell on 9 Jun. 2008
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This is a pretty good replacement for the 18-55mm kit lens that usually comes with the Canon 350/400/450D cameras. The main feature is the wider aperture, which is good for two reasons:
1) low light situations
2) shallow depth of field effects, which can make a huge difference to a photograph

Why 4 stars, not 5? Well, it's true that the autofocus is a bit noisy, but that hasn't been a problem so far. The main thing is that the lens is perhaps not as sharp as a prime lens (no surprise). I also have to switch it to manual focussing more often than I'd like.

Still, overall a good purchase, and I haven't put my kit lens back on since I got this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John H on 2 Nov. 2012
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I came to this lens by a different path to what I have read of most people. I first tried the non VC version, and although it did produce some good results, the focusing was a little erratic on my EOS 30D. So, I decided to try the VC version (which normally seems to get a worse press than the VC version) and guess what.....it's fantastic. I have, over the years, used Canon and Sigma standard zooms but this Tamron is fast becoming my favourite. Sure, it would be nice to have silent focusing and permanent manual override, but the sharp results and build quality for such a miserly outlay more than make up. Also, the ability to shoot indoors with available light is a real bonus.

Before summing up, I should also like to praise Amazons returns policy and excellent overall customer service.

In short, an excellent well made optic which in my experience can produce excellent results and is a joy to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Westworlds on 24 Feb. 2013
Very Happy with Lens, have owned it for about a year now,Have taken probably a couple of thousand images with it, Have even used it at weddings for friends and relatives,Shots turned out lovely. The Lens has been paired up with a Canon 60D.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy J. Barnett on 5 Jun. 2010
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after reading far too many reviews of the sigma equivelent and this lens I finally bought this one. I have no regrets about my decision. The sharpness is excellent, difficult to tell difference from my L series lens and a marked improvement from the kit lens. Autofocus and be a bit slow and hunts a bit when photographing water etc but not enough for it to be too much of a nuisance. Im using it on a 7d and am getting excellent results.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tasos Constantinou on 29 Aug. 2013
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I wanted a lens mainly for filming and now this is my standard lens for everything,
I've been using this amazing lens with my Canon 600D and I think it saved me from keep moaning about my camera's quality. Sharp pictures and great for video and pulling focus. I actually enjoy the bulky build. It gives the camera a very professional look and believe it or not it secured me a couple of jobs. It convinces (the untrained) people that your camera can handle anything and that you know what you're doing.
You can check projects that I've filmed on my youtube channel using only my 600D and the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8, at youtube.com/tasoscon.

I love it. I was considering on the near future to upgrade to a 5D but I don't want to stop using this lens so the 7D is in my plans. Absolutely amazing!
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