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

reviewer#3667 date: Jun-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:28-135 f/4-4.5, 28-85 f/3.5-4.5
price paid:400 USD (new)
positive:sharpness, colour, weight
negative:flimsy hood, slight loss of sharpness at f/2.8
comment:For the price the lens is quite awesome. There is slight loss of sharpness at f/2.8 but still quite usable. F/4 onwards it is absolutely sharp. The build is ok. If one is not knocking it around violently, it will last. The hood is flimsy and may break if one is not careful about it. The zoom lock is useful while moving around to stop any zoom creep.

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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