Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by barri
|barri#1402 date: Nov-9-2006|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 1.4/50|
|price paid:||380 Euro (new)|
|negative:||some distortion and vignetting, but nothing major. slightly soft corners at 17mm when wide open. a little loft wide open.|
built not up to professional standards
|comment:||This is an excellent lens. It's sharper than the 11-18 and the Tokina 28-70 ATX-Pro II. It even nearly reaches the Sony 1.4/50 and 70-200 SSM. However, it does not reach the sharpness of the Zeiss 24-70. Especially wide open.|
Slight vignetting issues at 17mm when wide open, but they can be corrected in RAW post processing. Picture corners at 17mm a bit soft, but still usable.
I found that there can be purple fringing in wide angle shots. But I guess, it is not worse than with other lenses of this kind.
Great lens for the price.
My only gripe: The lens is a consumer lens. It's plastic built quality is giving up after about 40,000 shots. The rubber zoom ring came off. Also the zoom barrier at 17 mm broke...