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

reviewer#3981 date: Aug-18-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:KoMi 28-75 / 2.8
20/2.8
28/2.8
35/2.0
price paid:650 CHF
positive:- Tack sharp
- Weight
- Size
- Aperture
- Metal bayonet
negative:- Focal length
- Price
comment:The lens is outstanding. Metal bayonet. Sharp like the other prime lenses i used to have. Better wide angle than the 28-75 but shorter in tele. I'd wish it would be 17-70/2.8 Would have been more convenient.

It's weight is perfect. Not too heavy. Not a tank like the Sigma 24-70.

So far i haven't noticed any barrel distortion or vignetting like some tests say. At least for me it would not be a show stopper.

Size is perfect, not to long, this prevents better, the bottom shadow when using flash at short distance to object. It's not completely gone, but much better than the 28-75.

Highly recommended!!


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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