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

reviewer#3777 date: Jul-2-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Minolta 28-135 f/4
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 35mm f/2
Minolta 70-210 f/4
Minolta 135 f/2.8
Sigma 20-40 f2.8
price paid:419 usd
positive:Sharp at f/2.8
Prime sharp at f/4
negative:I wish it was a bit longer...
comment:Sold my Sigma 20-40 f/2.8 to get the extra reach and width. This lens is INCREDIBLY wide. The colors are excellent, and the sharpness is VERY nice. I shoot mostly portraits/people, and the only negative is I wish it were a bit longer. Of course, who doesn't want a 17-500mm f/2.8....
Also, the build surprised me. I expected it to be cheap plastic, but it has some nice solid heft. It is unfair to compare newer lenses to the old ones like the beercan and the 28-135. I bet I could crush my kit lens with this one...
I'm definately happy with my purchase.

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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