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

reviewer#3382 date: Mar-20-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 18-70mm/f3.5-5.6
Minolta 50mm/f1.4 (original)
price paid:340 € (new)
solid build
constant f2.8
negative:sharpness could be better at f2.8
comment:I compared this lens to the above mentioned Sony and Minolta. At 18mm the kit-lens gives the Tamron a tough fight at f3.5 but as you stop down, the difference between the lenses gets clearer and clearer. At f8 it's like day and night: The Tamron delivers great sharpness (from center to edge), colour and contrast, where as the Sony gives flat colours and the edges are cleary unsharp.

Sony vs. Tamron: same as above

Minolta vs. Tamron: The Minolta is sharper at every aperture setting as expected, but it was really amazing to see that the Minolta had no chance in terms of contrast and colour

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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