Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by gooseta
|gooseta#10455 date: Aug-16-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 90mm f2.8|
Sony 50mm 1.8
18-55&55-200 kit lenses
|positive:||*Great sharpness even at f2.8, amazing at f3.5|
*Very good build quality, although plastic, is very rugged and zoom ring and focus ring feel nice. Metal mount too
*Colors are very vibrant and almost Minolta-like
*Distortion control is pretty good, could be better.
*Zoom lock is a nice feature
*AF IS OK!!
|negative:||Lens hood is flimsy|
|comment:||This is a truly awesome lens for beginners, or more experienced photo takers. It is a great upgrade from the standard 18-55 as it provides a constant f2.8 and 1mm more on the wide side (that's quite a bit, actually) for a very low price tag (£200-250). Sharpness is very good at f2.8, and is awesome at f3.5. Very little CA or flare is seen and bokeh is ok for this price tag. The build quality is good, and the plastic feels rugged. It also has a metal mount. I am surprised at people who are saying that the AF is noisy. The AF is quite quick and not very loud. The only downside is the cheapo lens hood.|