Recently, I purchased my newest lens, the Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC. This was meant to replace my Nikkor 18-105 kit lens,.....yes, I DO use the kit lens professionally. However, I felt it was time to step up my lens quality and wanted an affordable contender in at least an F2.8. I'm always a slight nervous when buying a new lens, one reviewer will sing it's praises and and another will say they've never seen a more terrible lens. What made me go for the 17-50 2.8 Tamron, was the price. I had about a $500.00 limit and this fit that bill perfectly. Secondly was my complete and utter love of my Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC. There are many shooters out there that will NEVER use a Tamron professionally as they believe then anything other then Nikon lenses for Nikon cameras is a waste,....and they have every right to that opinion. If they can afford well over $2000-$2600 for a Nikon 70-200, more power to them. I, however feel that Tamron delivers a maximum bang for an affordable buck.
I got the 17-50 just one day before I took my wife and daughter to MomoCon 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. I thought it'd be a good way to put it through it's paces. I shot in several types of conditions: Inside-low light, outside sunny day light, and inside almost completely dark. I was on Manual Mode all day and I was constantly adjusting all the settings to accommodate the shooting conditions. And my d7000 and Tamron 17-50 were a great pair. The images came and sharp and crisp. Very dark shooting conditions, which required a really high ISO, and shooting wide open, the lens worked pretty well,....although some did come out a little grainy, none-the-less I was happy with the result - I don't mind a little grain. I also noticed the images were just slightly sharper when I'd zoom all the way out, and then ease it back just a bit. Overall, I'm very happy with this lens. For around $400 or so, I am very happy and will use this lens professionally.
I'll do a full video review of the Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC soon.
In the meantime, you can see my "Shooters-Eye-View" below as well as the Full Gallery HERE.