Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by superx2won

reviewer#3706 date: Jun-12-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:50/2.8 Macro
50/1.7
Kit len
price paid:285 USD (Used)
positive:Light weight
Constant aperture of 2.8
negative:Len become longer when Zoom
Loud noise when AF
comment:This is the standard Zoom len that i buy it to replace my kit len. Great to be use in indoor using external flash. Great sharpness @F5 onward. In low light shoting @ wide open without ext flash, the sharpness just can't fight with 50mm macro, but AF is faster. When zooming to 50mm, then len protrude out and it is quiet hard to get sharp image. You may need to hold the len firm in order to get sharp image. A Prime len is a better solution.

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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