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

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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to 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)
Width Coverage
Build Quality
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.18
  • color: 4.65
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.06
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.13
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