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

reviewer#10455 date: Aug-16-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Tamron 90mm f2.8
Tamron 28-200
Tamron 70-300
Sony 50mm 1.8
18-55&55-200 kit lenses
Lensbaby muse
price paid:£250
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
*Affordable f2.8
*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.

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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