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

reviewer#44260 date: Apr-19-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Zeiss Pancolar 1.8/50
Zeiss Tessar 2.8/50
Pentacon 2.8/135
Tokina 2.8/11-16
Sony 2.8/16-50
Sony DT 1.8/35
Sony DT 3.5-6.3/18-200
Minolta 1.4/50
Minolta 1.7/50
Minolta Macro 2.8/50
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 28-135/ f4-4.5
Minolta Beercan 28-85
Minolta 70-210, 3.5-4.5 f3.5-5.6
Minolta 100-300, 4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta 100-400, 4.5-6.6 APO
price paid:250
positive:Not so heavy, sharp, fast, compact, inexpensive
negative:Since then, China produces high production control, zoom stop pin very sensitive, tends to decenter, unfortunately not tight and sensitive to pollution.
comment:I use this lens a long time at my Sony alpha 55 and take with them very nice pictures. Is less expensiv as like the Sony 16-50/2.8.I have later on reason of a favorable offer on the Sony 16-50 / 2.8. Today I am not sure if this was really necessary as my Tamron was still produced in Japan and was of excellent quality. Later I bought the Tokina 11-16 / 2.8. Since this covers the whole range up to 16mm, I would probably not buy the Sony today, because the price difference is high and the imaging performance of the Tamron at the same level.

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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