Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Nikon) - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D7000 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 29.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 31.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 31.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 38.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/6400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 25.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 48.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 36.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 27.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] is a very serious performer capable to deliver very sharp images at all focal lengths. Vignetting and distortion are about average for a lens in this class. CAs are a bit on the high side towards the short end of the focal range.

Unfortunately the lens suffers from strong field curvature at 17mm which may push the corner portions out-of-focus. The level of distortion is about average in this class whereas vignetting and lateral CAs could be somewhat better.

Mechanically the lens isn't top notch but it compares very well to other lenses in this price class. Thanks to the very moderate price tag the lens is highly attractive and definitely worth a deeper look when shopping for a quality standard zoom lens for your DX Nikon DSLR and it's also a very interesting alternative to the genuine Nikkor standard zooms.

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