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

reviewer#11030 date: Apr-10-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 f/4
Sony 18-55 f/3.5 - 5.6
Helios 44-2
Sony 50 f/1.8
price paid:400 SGD (used)
Fast f/2.8
negative:Manual focus ring travel is short
comment:I love this lens as its my main lens for my A57. Perfect lens for everyday use. Good for wide angle to portraits close ups. Focuses really close much closer compared to my 50 f/1.8 and Minolta. Excellent image quality.

Parafocal lens which comes in handy in video shooting. Only thing I don't like is the less travel of focus ring.

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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