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

reviewer#11340 date: Sep-14-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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:Sony 18-200 3.5-6.3 DT
Sony 50 1.8 SAM DT
Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6 SAM
price paid:350€
positive:-Very sharp at 2.8
-Beautiful contrast/color
-Very cheap for what you get
-2.8 all the way
-Good af for the price
negative:-A lot of flare
-AF just a bit noisy
-Bad copies out there.
comment:Amazing lens for the price. Cheap with great build, workhorse for me as a wedding photographer. Not the greatest for landscape due to the flare and range, but outstanding for events. It's absolutely usable at 2.8. Just make sure your copy does not have any back or front focusing, since my first copy had a great back focusing problem. Gave me a second one in really short time.

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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