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

reviewer#3669 date: Jun-4-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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
price paid:$470.00 (new)
positive:Fast Constant aperture
Good color and contrast. Flare well controlled
negative:Large filter size. Slightly heavy. Could be a bit longer in the telephoto end.
comment:I like this lens. It is sharper than the SONY kit lens though it doesn't have the reach. Images are sharp at all focal lengths. Sharper wide open than many lenses out there. Highly usable wide open.

A very good lens for indoor use

I dislike the large filter size as getting a Circular Polarizer is going to be an expensive proposition.

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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