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

reviewer#4091 date: Sep-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:50mm 1.7
kit 18-70
price paid:350 (used)
constant 2.8
flare control (see below)
negative:color is a tad off, but I understand this may be a correction in my camera's newest firmware update.
comment:I love the range of this lens for family shots and for landscape shots. The lens is light and is also a great walk around lens. I did have some flare on the lens, but was shooting into the sun over the ocean. I think that flares would be hard to control under these circumstances, so I gave flare control a 5 as that was the only time I had flares in a shot. My price included shipping and 1/2 paypal fees. I do not remember what the lens only price was (sorry).

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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