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

reviewer#3574 date: May-8-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 (kit lens)
Konica Minolta 28-75/2.8
Minolta 24-105
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:$350 (used)
positive:- Very acceptable sharpness wide open at F2.8
- Sharp in center and corners when stopped down to F5.6
- Excellent color/contrast
negative:- Plastic build?
- Not full frame
comment:This lens is very usable wide open and is just as sharp as my 50/1.7 when stopped down to F5.6 - F11. Sharpness is equal to the 28-75/2.8. Center and corner sharpness is far better than the 24-105 at comparable ranges. Shooting at 17mm there is some slight distortion. Excellent and very accurate AF with the A700.

After viewing the resulting images this lens produces wide open and stopped down, I'm VERY pleased with this purchase, as I was needing a wider lens for landscape, group shots and indoor zoom lens. Highly recommended for those sticking with a cropped sensor. Not recommended for those upgrading to the Sony full frame once it is released.

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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