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

reviewer#1564 date: Dec-22-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28/2,35/2, 28-75/2.8, Sony 50/1.4, 24-85RS,Sony kit
price paid:366 EUR
positive:Sharp, good AF even in fairly low light, weight, size, Nice colours sometimes almost old style minolta like
negative:bit soft at 2.8, very usable for small prints but f4 is so much better.
comment:This is a very nice zoom lens, stopped down the quality is like a prime. Nice range, compact compared to the 28-75. OK the build is not like the old Minolta lenses but for me that's no issue, I prefer less weight. Ideal walkaround lens for nature & city, even indoors on ISO 800/1600 it can perform if the lighting is OK. Think it's a very good lens for the price. CZ will have to do a very good job ( e.g. very sharp full open) with the 16-80 to convince me to trade this lens.

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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