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

reviewer#44480 date: Mar-18-2020
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC
Samyang 12 F2
Sigma 12-24 EX DG HSM
Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Tamron 17-28 F2.8 RXD
Tokina AF 17 F3.5
Samyang AF 18 F2.8
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Tokina AF 20-35 F3.5-4.5 I & II
Canon EF 22-55 F4-5.6 USM
price paid:120 USD (used)
positive:No obvious tilt or misalignment
Sharp in the center
Minolta/Sony zoom direction
negative:Size and weight
Dark, mushy corners
Warm color cast
Complex distortion
No Lens Compensation
Opposite focus direction
comment:A fairly clean copy with original box, missing the original rear cap and hood. It came with a screw-in JJC LS-77 hood that will not stay attached to the lens's filter threads. According to Tamron this lens was discontinued in 2008 just 4 years after it was released. Konica-Minolta rebadged this lens, but Sony did not. "MADE IN JAPAN"

This lens supposedly uses the same petal hood as the DT 11-18 F4.5-5.6 that Sony still sells and the recently discontinued SP 10-24 F3.5-4.5 Di II. I ordered a new JJC LH-AB001 replacement bayonet hood for it which fits perfectly.

Overall a very decent wide budget zoom from Tamron. The extreme corners at 17 mm are pretty poor and the long end isn't very good either. It was only a small fraction of the cost of the Tamron 17-28 F2.8 Di III RXD.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.12
  • color: 4.59
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.06
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.11
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