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

reviewer#44191 date: Dec-12-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 DT
Sony DT 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 ZA
Sony DT 35mm f1.8 SAM
Minolta 28-75mm f2.8
Sigma 18mm f3.5
Sigma 24mm f2.8 Super-wide II
price paid:54.99 (used)
Wide and fast
Relatively compact and light
Decent build quality
comment:As it was purchased used I can only review the copy I own.

When looking for something to fill this niche it was between the Tamron 17-50 and the Sony 16-50SSM and this one ultimately won simply because of the cost; I got it for a steal through a lucky auction.

Quite sharp in the center portion, through the zoom range, even wide open. Tested when I got it and it was on target between the 28-50 focal lengths, minor MFA for the wide end of the zoom.

Edges and corner are much less good at 2.8 and slightly imrove when stopped down. Most of the primes do much better (which I expected). I wouldn't recommend this as a dedicated landscape lens, but as a walkaround w\approx equiv 28-75mm FL I enjoy it and the images it creates.

In sum, it provides good image quality, color, AF accuracy, focal range, fast aperture, and all in a compact lens and it's very modestly priced. By all accounts the Sony SSM 16-50 seems to be a better lens, but it's also more expensive so this makes a great alternative.

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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