Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Tamron and the model was launched 2006.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is designed and meant for Canon and Nikon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.

Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. The possibility to use autofocus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in autofocus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate autofocus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.

The lens has a focal length of 17-50 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 27-80 mm if you have a Canon camera or 26-75 mm if you have a Niko camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.

A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 17 mm or at 50 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 67 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

Together with the lens there is a lens hood included but we have unfortunately no further information on model etc so feel free to contact us if you know more.

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by several newer versions. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Prices and awards

EISA

EISA Awards 2006-2007:

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The price (more info)
  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • A lens hood is included
  • Light weight (430 gr)
  • The lens was awarded at EISA Awards 2006-2007:
  • No built-in autofocus motor (the Nikon version)
  • Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
  • This lens has been replaced by several newer versions
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust

Specification

Product Name:Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2006
Manufacturer:Tamron
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 17-50 mm

This is a "Di-II" lens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 
On Canon cameras: 27-80 mm
On Nikon cameras: 26-75 mm

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 16 elements / 13 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 27 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 67 mm
Lens Hood: Included, but no info available
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 73 x 83 mm
Weight: 430 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Other Model A16

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Reviews

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2006) Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF
(2008) Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF (motorized)
(2009) Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF VC

Alternatives to Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM

Alternatives to Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD Asph IF . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2,8 G ED
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM

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