Tamron SP AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 16   
reviewer#10366 date: Jul-8-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K-M AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D)
Sigma AF 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II
price paid:£120.58 (used)
positive:IQ
Width Coverage
Build Quality
Price
negative:Slight distortion wide open
comment:Having owned the K-M version of this lens, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Tamron 17-35mm matches it in all departments and possibly better in terms of build and price. For full frame bodies, this is an excellent choice for WA, plus it's well built, has a nice tactile feel, superb IQ, and great coverage. This isn't a lens designed for APS-C, so it's best get you get an appropriate APS-C sensor lens for the full wide-angle coverage such as a Tamron 17-50/2.8 or Sigma 17-70 DC.

Overall this is an excellent bang for buck lens that delivers in spades for (if you're lucky) minimal outlay. Very highly recommended for FF shooters and one to seriously consider if you're after a WA zoom option.
reviewer#8796 date: Mar-17-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:My only wide lens at the moment.
price paid:300USD
positive:Good build
Well Priced
Good Colour
Fast and accurate AF
negative:Soft borders and corners when wide
Vignetting at 17mm
comment:A good lens. Especially good with flash at night.
Vignetting an issue, especially at 17mm.
Always in my camera bag or on the A850
reviewer#8359 date: Dec-5-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G
Sony 100mm f2.8 Macro
Sony 50mm f1.4
price paid:$800 NZ
positive:Sharp in the centre
Very inexpensive
Light
negative:Borders and corners softer
Focus not very accurate at wide end on Dynax 7 and a700
comment:A lot of lens for the money (1/4 of the cost of the CZ 16-35). Focuses accurately on the a900 with V1 firmware, but once V2 installed not accurate at the wide end initially. With continued use seems improved at the wide end - strange. Very sharp in the centre but softer on the edges and in the corners. F11 gives good results. More flares than at Woodstock when the sun is in the frame.
reviewer#8304 date: Nov-25-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:That's my only wide angle lens, so I could compare it only to Minolta 24-105D and Minolta 35-70. It's simply different.
price paid:about 350 USD (new)
positive:It's enough sharp from F11 to F14. Nice colour. Good distortion control. Good build, professional look.
negative:With some angles very visible flare, but it's possible to avoid it (change your position). Corner sharpness is not enough good (F5.6-F8). F2.8 - F4 is completely unacceptable for me.
comment:At this price it's very good lens. When you use apertures from 11 to 14 entire image quality is very good in most cases. Because of that in my opinion this lens is good only for landscapes, mostly with tripod (taking photo in room is not very convenient). Central sharpness is OK, edges don't look great and it's visible on all apertures. Do not use it on apertures beneath F9-F11, because you'll be dissapointed. In the begining you have to learn, how to do photos with this lens. Anyway distortion is nice controlled, which can you see on these pictures:
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reviewer#7925 date: Sep-2-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:300 used
positive:cheap, light, wide :)
negative:vignetting, distortion
comment:very nice lens for the price.
vignetting and distortion can be heavy especially at 17mm.
my main use is f8-f18 and I am happy with sharpness across on a900. only used wide open once or twice and was happy withe center sharpness (didnt take much notice of edges)
reviewer#7883 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8
price paid:770 USD
positive:Nice on KM 7D. No distortion
negative:Big
comment:I have had this since 2005. Very nice on the 7D and also on A900. Gives sharp nice picktures with high contrast. Needs to be stepped down to perform the best.
reviewer#7249 date: Apr-6-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70z
17-80
price paid:260 usd (used)
positive:Cheap
Light
Well built
relatively sharp
color
negative:flares
comment:now i know this isnt a fair comparison but shooting side by side (tamron on an a700, 2470z on an a200) the zeiss delivered better shots nearly 100% of the time (peeping of course). but that doesnt mean the tamron is bad, because it doesnt matter how well the 2470z does if you cant get wide enough to capture it.

strength of this lens is in its price, at nearly 10th of the price of the 16-35z. i only plan to really shoot this lens at the wide end so theres no reason for me to pixel peep the shots. colors are great on the lens.
reviewer#7028 date: Mar-7-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8
price paid:450 SGD (used)
positive:sharpness,
colours,
weight
negative:Flare
comment:Nothing much to complain about this lens hence it's price.
Sharpness is excellent wide open
reviewer#6288 date: Oct-28-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85 f1.4 G D
CZ 24-70 f2.8 SSM
KM 28-75 f2.8 D
Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G
Tamron SPAF 70-200 f2.8 Di LD (IF) macro
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Sony 18-70 DT kit
price paid:$350 AUD new
positive:inexpensive for the quality of results
light
colour reproduction
close focus distance
negative:build quality
some flare
corner sharpness
comment:For the price and versatility this is a really surprising lens - much better than expected in final output. As a predominantly portrait photographer I really don't care that it can be slightly soft in the corners providing a pleasing border and highlighting the subjects. However, if I was a landscape or architect photographer you would have to go for the CZ 16-35 f2.8 for across the frame sharpness. Otherwise a great lens. It has some distortion but then again it is the effect I am after so it isn't a problem.
reviewer#6000 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Sigma 24mm f2.8
- Minolta 24-105 f3.5-4.5
- Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5
price paid:200 USD (new)
positive:+ center sharp wo, corners good at f5.6
+ FF compatible
+ AF fast and accurate
+ compact size for FF
+ 77mm filter
+ moderate distortion
+ D-lens
+ cheap
negative:- vignetting at 17mm
- flare control (bulbous front element), hood useless
- soft from 30-35mm
- discontinued
comment:APS-C review: Complements the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, size, weight, look and feel are almost the same. APS-C benefits from sweet spot. I like this lens for landscapes and cars when you can't get far enough away. I mainly use this at 17-28mm since performance seems better at the wide end. On film 17mm is pretty spectacular and fun to use. I was contemplating the Tamron 17-50 until I got this on clearance and added the 28-75 later. I like the combination and it works on film/FF. Flare control is the only major issue with this lens. The front element looks like a fish bowl and catches light from all angles. I figured out that the hood is useless (and bulky), so I ended up using my hand to shade the lens.

On FF this is a good lens. I rarely need more angle than my Minolta 20mm f/2.8 but when I do this one works well. It's best at 24mm, worst at 35mm. Corners need stopping down to f/11 to get really sharp at 17mm. Great bang for the buck.
reviewer#5226 date: Apr-12-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 17-35D CZ 16-80
price paid:
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positive:Sharper than I expected on Full Frame. Benefits from being stopped down to get corners sharper of course. Quite nice central sharpness even at f/2.8
Can be found at reasonable prices.
negative:Useless lens hood
comment:This will tide me over until I can justify spending 4 times the price on the CZ 16-35mm
reviewer#4645 date: Jan-8-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to: + 18-70
price paid:160 USD (used)
positive: + Build quality.
+ Nice color.
+ Fast focus on A700
negative: + Only 2.8 at 17
+ Size and weight
comment:This is good lens. It's my walk-around lens though it forces me to move a lot. I would recommend for portrait shooter.
reviewer#4513 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm Kitlens
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:180EUR
positive:sharp at all ranges
full frame
low vignneting
fast af
negative:apreciable distortion at 17mm
only 2.8 at 17mm
77mm filter and very necessary
comment:
missing
reviewer#1880 date: Feb-23-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8
Sigma 18-200
price paid:$249 USD (used)
positive:- Reasonably bright
- Good color
- Good value
- Distortion is manageable
- Nice range flexibility vs. wide primes
negative:- Not razor sharp
- Build not quite up to Tamron 28-75
comment:A decent low-cost alternative to Minolta primes. I found it to be slightly sharper than the 24mm (my 24 was disappointing) and it's nice to have the flexibily of some zoom when shooting wide. It's sharper and exhibits less distortion on the wide end than does the Sigma 18-200 but can't compare in sharpness to its longer big brother, the Tamron 28-75. A good option if landscapes aren't your top priority and you want some width indoors, but don't want to spend hundreds more on a Minolta 20mm or other such.
reviewer#305 date: Dec-20-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Cosina 19-35 3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:price
negative:softness at 17 2.8
comment:Descent, but not the best lens in my opinion, i preferred the cheap cosina (vivitar voightlander..) 19-35 3.5-4.5, for sharpness wide open.
reviewer#176 date: Oct-26-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35/2.8-4
price paid:€ 259
positive:Good build quality
negative:Distortion at 17 mm
comment:Great lens, feels good, nice mount and better sunhood than the KM equivalent. Great for for my a850 and the combination is good. But some day it will be sold together with its KM 17-35 22.8/4 D sister to fund the CZ 16-35 SSM
reviews found: 16   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 16
  • sharpness: 4.28
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.06
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.81
  • overall: 4.19

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