Tamron SP AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF A-mount lens review by 9000AF

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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.

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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