Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by gm4jjj

reviewer#1526 date: Dec-10-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony Kit Lens, KM 28-75D, KM 17-35D
price paid:299 UKP
positive:Fast autofocus
Nice construction.
negative:Poor corner and edge sharpness even stopped down to f/4.5. Vignetting very evident. Worse than the Sony 18-70 kit lens in most respects.

Expensive in the UK
comment:I am not impressed with this lens at all - I must have a poor copy. It will be going back for replacement and hopefully the next copy will be OK.

Further tests indicated a back focus problem as well.

I have returned the lens and replaced it with the CZ 16-80

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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