Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by jenik.nk

reviewer#10339 date: Jun-28-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:directly to Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5
older Minolta AF lenses
price paid:5000 CZK
positive:sharpness even at 2.8
quite good feel
good lens cap
negative:some distortion problems
range a bit short
comment:The most positive feeling about this lens is that there is not too much to say about it. I had Sigma 17-70, but I needed a 2.8 zoom because I shoot in lower light. I managed to sell it and bought this Tamron, even a bit cheaper. And I am very happy.

Sharpness is not an issue. I shoot at 2.8 most of the time and I don't lack sharpness. It's absolutely OK. Great. Sigma 17-70 was not so sharp wide open and it was slower. I have nothing special to say about colors. I can't see the "wow effect" I am used to with Minolta lenses, but there is also nothing to complain. I would give it 4.5 if I could.

Build is not excellent, it's plastic, but it seems OK and it should last. I had some problems with distortion in middle range, a bit disappointing (don't remember is with the Sigma), I shoot paintings at exhibitions sometimes. But at the widest setting the distortion is very acceptable, much better than the Sigma. I have never had problems with flare, but maybe I have never used it outdoors, so I give it a 4.

Generally - very pleased with it. Not a special lens, it is a standard range, but it works very reliably. Recommended!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 214
  • sharpness: 4.59
  • color: 4.45
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.36
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