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

reviewer#11611 date: Jan-15-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:CZ 24-70/2.8
Tokina ATX-Pro 28-80/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:299 EUR (new)
positive:Overall IQ, focus speed and precision, size, bokeh wide open when background is not too busy, no lens creep. A fun lens to use with rewarding results!
negative:Build: Front lens part which holds lens shade, screw-in filter and first optical lens group came loose, developed play after three years of modest use which allowed the lens' first lens group to have play. Repaired under Tamron Germany extended warranty. First of my lenses to show such build weakness.
comment:While not as punchy as the CZ zoom, it leaves the Tokina zoom behind due to much better sharpness wide open, less flare, less CA/PF. In same league if not better than Minolta 50/1.7.
The Tamron has a perfect market: Those who want to upgrade in IQ and versatility (2.8 constant aperture!) from the kit zoom lens but do not want to spend the money for the Sony 16-50/2.8 DT SSM. I can highly recommend this lens and consider my build problem a case of bad luck which was taken care of under warranty.

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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