Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by Mauricio11

reviewer#2900 date: Nov-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 18-70
price paid:retail
positive:- sharp
- 2.8 through the range
- fast AF
negative:- long end not enough
- not FF capable
- lock button is useless
comment:This lens is so sharp that I have to wear gloves when using it (just kidding). But seriously, sharpness is a huge positive aspect from this glass. I could say it is sharper than M20/2.8 and M24/2.8. Definitively sharper than M28/2.8 and kit lens.
I've bought this lens to replace my kit lens and make a couple with my T90/2.8 when traveling. I can say they do the job, very well done.
Lock button is only for transportation (it locks at 17mm only). It would be nice if it was a zoom lock button.
As you can expect, there is some distortion at wide end. You need correct it in PP. Recommended.

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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