Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC Lens

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Key Features

  • 17-50mm focal length
  • 25.5-75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 27.2-80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F32 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization, vibration compensation
  • 72mm filters
  • 0.29m/11.42" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (DX) mounts

Product Description

The Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) is a standard zoom lens for Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras, offering a constant aperture of F2.8 and covering an effective focal length range of 26-75mm. Tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible by combating image blur resulting from camera shake. Optical construction includes XR (Extra Refractive Index) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in an optical formula employing 19 elements in 14 groups.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 17–50 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (vibration compensation)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX)
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F32.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes circular aperture
Elements 19
Groups 14
Minimum focus 0.29 m (11.42)
Maximum magnification 0.21×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 570 g (1.26 lb)
Diameter 80 mm (3.13)
Length 95 mm (3.72)
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 72 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code flower shaped hood
Tripod collar No


User Reviews

  • Alexandru Stavrica, Apr 14, 2012 GMT:

    This Tamron is netter than mush lenses on optic, an image quality. Problems: Cunstruction is not very solid like Sigma !

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  • mikedidi, Apr 11, 2012 GMT:
    Great all around Lens

    I have had this lens for over 6 months and have taken a couple of thousand photo's. I like the feel it offers on my Canon 60D. It is very sharp and spot on. F/4 is the best for me, and I have used this lens in all locales. Indoor w/low light, outdoors in sporting events, at the zoo, landscape etc. When I just want to go out to look for opportunity's for a photo, this is on the camera. The build feels solid and durable, the AF is a little noisy, but then again I don't mind. and it is cheaper ...

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  • pluis, Apr 2, 2011 GMT:

    I've had this lens for almost a year now for my Nikon D90. This is my go-to lens for traveling, and wider studio work. The bad: at 17mm, the corners could be better and there's quite severe barrel distortion (but it's perfectly correctable in Lightroom, for instance). Across the zoom range, f/2.8 is slightly less usable due to softness, although it's still there if you really need it. The neutral: build quality is decent. It's all plastic, except for the lens mount, and definitely wouldn't ...

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  • Parry Johnson, Apr 26, 2014 GMT:
    As good as a proprietary lens for less

    When I bought this lens about three years ago for my Nikon DX cameras, I had already used and loved the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 non-VC. In fact, that other lens was just as sharp as the Nikkor 17-50 f2.8 and about 1/3 the price when I bought it in 2006. I had expected similar results from the VC version, and I wasn't "really" disappointed. No, it's not quite as sharp, but in normal shooting situations, you can't tell the difference. It's a bit bulkier (67 vs 62mm filter thread, for example), so ...

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Questions & Answers


Canon 50 1.8 + Canon 18-135 or Tamron 17-50 + Tamron 70-300 vc for a Canon 60D

Hello.  Currently have a Canon 60D, got it kit with 18-135.  Have recently added the tamron 70-300vc for tele.  Appreciate your thoughts on adding either the Canon 50 f/1.8 and retain the 18-135 + 70-300 + Canon 580 flash, or sell the 18-135 skip the nifty-fifty and get the tamron 17-50 f/2.8 to combo with the tamron 70-300 vc + Canon 580 flash. Am just an amateur/hobbyist, most pictures are of family and trips (indoor and outdoor equally), a few wildlife once in awhile, and indoor events right now entirely with flash. Pretty well know that getting primes means ++$$$ unfortunately budget is an issue. Appreciate your opinions.

bigdaddycool asked
2 years ago


It is difficult to give advice on this kind of decision because there are so many alternatives and considerations - I could probably name 5 or 6 other lenses that you could consider.  Since you have the focal range from 18-300mm covered, staying with what you have is certainly an alternative. I am inclined to say that if you need to ask the question, you shouldn't buy any new lens until you have identified what lens you ​need ​ and can make the decision for yourself.  I would also say that if you are in photography for the long term you should try to delay buying new lenses until you can afford a top quality lens that will last you for a long time. So, to start off, what do you need to be able to do that you can't do with your existing lenses? Continue Reading

Chris R-UK answered
2 years ago

Thanks Chris.... Like I've said am a newbie but think I'll be taking on the hobby seriously.  Am trying to better my set, so the larger fixed aperture of tamron 17-50 f/2.8 which has been getting good reviews seems better for some low-light no-flash shoots which the 18-135 may not be able to do.  Don't get me wrong, the 18-135 + flash delivers me great shots but being able to take some without flash is a plus.  I am the camera guy at work, so office events (meetings, functions, seminars, parties) sees me carrying my stuff most of the time. Would be better to be discreet without flash for some candid photos.  There are instances that I use the 70-300 indoors too (with flash unless light permits).  How does the tamron 17-50vc + 50 1.8 to combo with the 70-300vc + flash sound? Again thanks !!  Continue Reading

bigdaddycool answered
2 years ago

it depends, f2.8 is good for some situations but many low light non-flash shots require an f1.4 or f1.8 lens.  Also, it's better to bounce the light from a flash from a ceiling or wall for better "DOF" (depth of field) in corporate or party event situations where there are groups of people Continue Reading

beagle1 answered
2 years ago


Outcome from Fuji XT1 18-55 kit darker compared to Canon T3i/600d Tamron 17-50 VC

I just bought my Fuji XT1 today! And I did a side by side comparison, with all the same criteria (ISO, aperture etc), however I noticed that the JPEG outcome from Canon is brighter than Fuji. Am I setting something wrong on my Fuji? Or is my Canon better in terms of exposure? This sort of reduces my excitement over the Fuji :( Please let me know if there's any settings I should take note.

candice21 asked
3 months ago


What I find amazing is the amount of money someone is willing to drop on something they know nothing about and haven't researched.  In every review you read online, and in countless threads on here, it's been discussed ad nauseam that the way Fuji calibrates their ISO is different than the way Nikon and Canon calibrate their ISO; there is a difference in exposure (Fuji is underexposed compared to others) at identical settings, especially at higher ISOs. What is even more amazing is that you have existing gear (Canon DSLR and a nice Tamron lens), you know something about photography (know enough to set ISO, aperture and shutter speed equal when doing side-by-side testing) yet up to this point never posted - actually never even had an ACCOUNT - on DPReview.  The first thing you did when getting your new camera isn't to take it out and have fun with it, but to shoot scenes with identical settings side-by-side with your existing camera.  Your first reaction to finding that something is ... Continue Reading

Mike in Kansas answered
3 months ago

To be honest, I'm slightly offended by this post. And being a new 'poster', it does make me feel scared to post here in future again, afraid that I might be too naive for this place. I understand where you are coming from. And no, I did not drop all my money not knowing anything about the XT1. I did do my research and read a lot of reviews on XT-1 before buying it. (and nope, I never searched about Fuji before until this camera) However, trust me, I did not read about the different calibration of ISO, at all. Maybe people talk about this on Fuji reviews in general not on XT-1 reviews seeing that maybe they expect people to know, but I don't. I do not read DPReview all the time, only when I search things and those threads I search come up. So I never needed to get an account to post anything. I also have friends who use Canon gear which are professional photographers that I can always go to. But this time around, I choose to post the question because none of my friends use Fuji and I ... Continue Reading

candice21 answered
2 months ago

But I am sure you noticed the vastly improved quality of the images let alone the quality of the camera.  I too had the Canon and always had to compensate by at least minus one half stop as it produced images that were too light on bright days. Moving from Canon to Fuji, for me, there really is no comparison here. I hope you get to enjoy your XT1 Continue Reading

afm answered
2 months ago


D7100 and tamron 17-50 mm 2.8 vc

im going nikon from canon. im planning to buy d7100 body only unit and a tamron 17-50 2.8 vc. is it fully compatible like the focus modes af-s-, af-c ,af-a. (1) Contrast Detect (sensor) (2) Phase Detect (3) Multi-area (4) Center (5) Selective single-point (6) Tracking (7) Single (8) Continuous (9) Face Detection (10) Live View

2 months ago


Don't have that lens, but as far as I know, yes! They're fully compatible. Continue Reading

Nung answered
2 months ago

Yes it's fully compatible. Did you consider the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS HSM? They're both very good lenses. You wouldn't go wrong with either one, but I think that the Sigma is a slightly better in image quality and focus speed. Continue Reading

mgd43 answered
2 months ago

I did alot of research for a lens in this range, and it's mostly agreed that the Sigma is better than the Tamron in almost every aspect. The Sigma does have a bug when browsing pictures you took though (forgot what exactly it is). This bug actually caused me to become interested in the 17-70 instead, although it is a very different lens. Continue Reading

Cingen answered
2 months ago


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