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

reviewer#2427 date: Jun-9-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:CZ 16-80
Minolta 17-35
price paid:
missing
positive:Build
Usable 2.8 and handy during low light situation.
Color and contrast
negative:Range, limited to 50mm. Wishing for more.
comment:Much better then the Minolta 17-35 in terms of sharpness (center to edge), and range. The only reason to keep the Minolta is for full-frame.

Compare to the CZ, this is a good value lens. Half the price but not half the performance. At similar widest aperture of the CZ, this lens gives the CZ a tough fight. If you don't pixel peep or print large photos, casual viewing of photos taken from both lens will not show much difference. If you know what to look for, the CZ does show better sharpness, color and bokeh.

Using the CZ in low light can be a real challenge at times. The Tamron at 2.8 does have an advantage here. Build wise, I prefer the Tamron over the CZ.

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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