Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 VC

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

Officially, it’s called the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF), quite a handful for a lens name. This was announced by Tamron a few weeks back and is an update to the previous non–stabilized model. If you recall the older model, it is a good performer for an f/2.8 zoom, especially if you consider it’s price.

Now for approximately a 20% surplus in price, you can now get the same sharp f/2.8 zoom with a Tamron’s “Vibration Compensation” technology, very much like Canon’s “Image Stabilization” and Nikon’s “Vibration Reduction”. With this update, this lens might give Canon’s 17-55 f/2.8 IS a run for its money, and at a much lower price.

The Nikon version of this lens was already shipping a few weeks ago while the Canon version starts shipping this week. I’m looking to get a Canon version, so hopefully I’ll have some sample photos soon. For now, here’s three web–resized samples from Tamron.

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Tamron 10-24 ultrawide

Tamron 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5

Tamron has just announced the Tamron SP AF 10–24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF), a new ultrawide that should supersede the slower Tamron SP AF11–18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) which they’ve offered as a wide–angle alternative for Canon and Nikon shooters for a while now.

The range for this ultrawide is better than similar offerings and is even better than the Canon EF–S 10–22 mm, one of the better ultrawide lenses for APS–C cameras. It also shares the same max aperture throughout the range, putting it in direct competition with the Canon lens. If it sells for much less than the Canon 10–22, the Tamron 10–24 should be a good seller especially if it inherits the excellent optical qualities of Tamron’s 28–75 and 17–50 f/2.8 zooms.