Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF SP AF Review Round-Up


If you own or have used this lens, let us know what you think! Leave your comments and thoughts below.  Get information and user reviews for this lens from Amazon: Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0 Di LD SP Aspherical (IF) Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Photo Zone

The Tamron AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF SP proved to be a very decent standard zoom lens within the tested APS-C DSLR scope. The resolution figures are excellent in the center of the image and good to very good at the borders. Distortions are very pronounced at 17mm but very moderate otherwise. Typical for full frame lenses vignetting is very well controlled. CAs are a little on the high side specifically at 24mm. The build quality is generally pretty good but the direct competition does a little better job in this respect. When shopping for a new lens the Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP may be a tad better and more versatile in terms of focal length range but without full format capabilities. If you prefer to have a lens living in both camps the AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di SP may be still worth a deeper look. READ FULL REVIEW

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SLR Gear

The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 SP is a really excellent lens at a very affordable price. It suffers from soft corners wide open at maximum wide angle (somewhat less so at longer focal lengths), but closing the aperture just one f-stop dramatically improves sharpness, making it a very f/4-5.6 wide zoom. Close down one stop more, and sharpness is excellent by any standard. The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 SP represents an excellent bargain for sub-frame shooters. Wide open it’ll be a little soft in the corners, but just one stop down, it turns into a real jewel of a lens at a very affordable price. We don’t recommend it for full-frame usage. READ FULL REVIEW

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  1. I have been shooting events with this lens for years with fill flash to retain the colors of the events. After smashing 3 UV filters on dance floors or wild parties the lens is going in for repair and eventually sale. I’m replacing it with a nikon 24-70 f2.8. I know I’m going to love the new lens, but I’ll miss this old standby. What a workhorse.

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