Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by Pirate
|Pirate#10697 date: Nov-13-2012|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma AF 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro|
Sony AF DT 16-105mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL16105)
Tamron SP AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di XR LD
Minolta AF 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 RS
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 Di XR LD
Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 (D)
Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 Macro
Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D)
|price paid:||£150.00 (used)|
Constant F/2.8 Aperture
|comment:||This is one of those lnses that can easily be overlooked when considering a kit lens replacement. As well as the Sigma AF 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro and the Sony 16-105mm, these three lenses are arguably the best of the 'affordable' short range zooms for APS-C, though still can be used at 11MP on A900/A850 full frame.|
The one advantage this lens has over the other two is it's constant F/2.8 aperture giving the user far greater control of the depth of field (DoF) and thus the 'togger' can be a bit more creative, though at the cost of the focal length compared to the other two.
That said, this lens produces clean, sharp, colourful images with smooth bokeh. It's lightweight and feels 'tight' in terms of build quality. I like this lens a lot, but not as much as the Sigma AF 17-70 F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro, because for me, the additional 20mm is more useful than the constant aperture and the Sony 16-105mm although excellent, is twice the price, so for that reason I'm discounting it (sorry).
In short, this is an excellent lens which is very affordable (especially on the used market) as is it's Sigma rival, and I have no reservations in recommending this lens to anyone looking for a fast WA constant F/2.8 zoom lens, especially if looking for a kit lens replacement. Good things do come in small packages.