Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#16272 date: Jun-14-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 18-55/3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony 18-135/3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta 24-50/4
Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5
KonicaMinolta 17-35/2.8-4
price paid:1500SEK
positive:Very sharp especially in the wide end. At the long end you need to stop down to f:4 to get sharpness in the corners.
negative:Before adjusting it was not sharp on the left-handside at f:2.8-f:4. After adjusting it is sharp all over. Build quality may vary, I have seen other copies both sharp and not sharp.
comment:My to-go lens for APS-C. This lens spends a lot of time on my camera. Very sharp after adjustment over the frame at f:2.8 in the wide end. Approx at 40mm it gets a little less sharp. At 40-50mm it needs stopping down to f:4 - f:5.6 to get full sharpness.

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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