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

reviewer#1402 date: Nov-9-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Sony 1.4/50
Tokina 2.6-2.8/28-70
Tamron 11-18
sony 2.8/70-200
zeiss 2.8/24-70
price paid:380 Euro (new)
positive:good sharpness
very small
fast focussing
low price
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...

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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