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

by Tamron
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
RRP: 504.00
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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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Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical (IF) (Canon Mount) + Hoya 72mm UV(C) Digital HMC Screw-in Filter + Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing Filter
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 9.4 cm ; 572 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: B005E
  • ASIN: B002OED6ZQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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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Rear Dust Cap
Front Lens Cap
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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!!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamron 17-50 F2.8 VC Canon Mount 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
4.0 out of 5 stars good buy 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice upgrade from the kit lens 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens! 16 May 2012
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Being a newcomer to DSLR, (but having owned an OM-1, Yashica SLR, Yashica Rangefinder and using a Pana LX3 I'm no blushing, bumbling novice)
I did hours of research on lens to bring me up to speed, so along with my Canon 600D body I bought the Tamron 17-50 and the 50mm 1.8f, primarily to shoot my sisters wedding and to use for general purposes.
All I can say is, WOW! I love this lens, shoots well in low light, backlit, action shots, landscapes etc. the only issue is it can stutter to find its mark on closer, moving objects sometimes, but then, that may have been my shortcomings and not the lens, but overall I would not hesitate to buy it again if I damaged it......

Unfortunately I dropped my lens on a tiled floor before the wedding, thinking it would be totalled, I was surprised that it still worked well enough for another few weeks to take some great shots without any obvious problems until it started freezing, so I sent it off for a repair estimate with Tamron, and they wanted 371 for a lens that cost just over 300!, thankfully my insurance will cover most of the cost of a new lens, and I will be buying it again!

I rented a Canon 17-55 2.8f, for the wedding (as I obviously couldn't have a glitchy lens failing on me!) what with it being the closest equivalent to what I had been accustomed with, and to be honest I can't tell the difference in the results, or the functionality of the lenses, and to be honest, I actually preferred the feel of my Tamron, the zoom was firm and smooth, with no issues with lens creep, something the Canon suffered with (again that could have been because it was a rented lens and not brand new) The Tamron was slightly smaller too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great lens
Bought this lens on the strength of the amazon reviews, ive always bought canon lenses but felt that their equivalent was over priced so plumped for the tamron. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jb007
5.0 out of 5 stars My everyday lens
Its been a while since I've bought this lens and I refer to it as my #everydaylens
It stays on the camera body the most, at 2. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cndt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Value, Fast & Sharp
I don't often do reviews but because of the amount I've time I spent researching which lens in the 17-55/17-50 2.8 range to get I thought I'd add my piece. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rich83
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best lens I've ever used!
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tasos Constantinou
1.0 out of 5 stars Made in China quality - says it all
I am so surprised that this lens got a 5-star review. May be I was just unlucky, but I have nothing good to say about Tamron 17-50. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jamie Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars VC Vrs Non VC Vrs Sigma
I must admit that the hype around this lens being soft is totally unfounded. In my view its sharpness is no different to my brother's non VC version. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Adam Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Lens
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Westworlds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent optic
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John H
5.0 out of 5 stars tamron 17 50
this is a very good lens for the money unfortunately I have an EOS 5d camera and this lens is made for a camera without a full frame. Read more
Published 18 months ago by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the kit lens.
I haven't got the equivalent canon f2.8 lens so can't compare. But compared to the kit lens (18-55 EF-s IS f3.5) This is a fair bit better. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by A., Maximillian
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