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

reviewer#2606 date: Aug-5-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:Tamron 18-200 (ok, that's easy)
KM 50/1.7
kit lens (easy too)
price paid:€ 449 (new)
positive:2.8 aperture, high resolution, sharp. Build is generally good
negative:Front ring to which filters and hood are to be attached, is flimsy. (Fixed by Tamron)
comment:Most of the time this lens was on my camera, it's my walk around lens. I'm thinking of trying a 16-80 CZ, not for sharpness but for versatility, one might miss the 50-80mm
Apart from the flimsy front ring, I can't think of any complaint. It's sharp,even on extreme small aperture (for longer shutter times) it's fine.
Distortions at short end are easily corrected, so is CA
Zoom is fine and easy to use, a general Tamron remark AFAIK

Note: I sent the lens back to Tamron. They fixed the front ring, cleaned it and adjusted it. Didn't have any trouble ever since.

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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