Tamron AF 19-35mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by craigchinohills

reviewer#1088 date: Aug-13-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28-105 3.5-4.5
Minoklta 28-70/2.8 G
price paid:$139.95 US (after re
positive:Inexpensive - a viable alternative to the "kit' lens and 18-xxx zooms for a simple wide angle
negative:Inexpensive - light construction (however, not bought to be brutalized)
comment:Updated ratings. Preliminary assessment is that it performs better than the 28-105, seems sharper and to be more contrasty. I'm not sure if it is or isn't the same design as several others, seems to be some differences in weigfht and pictures. This was my first outing with it and not a valid testing session, mostly checking for function or obvious problems. After more outings I've had more time with it, no surprises and no obvious shortcomings. Hard to tell on flare control as I haven't really tried it under flare inducing conditions but have had some more or less towards the sun with no problems or obvious loss of contrast either. Haven't really pixel peeped but in a subjective sense, happer with this one that I was with the "kit" which it was competing with for moderate and cheap wide angle range extension.

Reports 18mm in exif data.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 3.96
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 3.58
  • distortion: 3.67
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 3.79
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