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

reviewer#4891 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 18-70
Sony 55-200
price paid:440 USD
positive:Solid build but still compact and relatively lightweight. Excellent optical performance across the board. Good lens hood included. Six year guarantee. Constant 2.8
negative:Nothing
comment:My first lens after the kit lens. This lens has performed as the reviews on Dyxum and elsewhere led me to expect. I do occasionally miss the extra 50-70 available on the kit lens. The optical performance at 2.8 is very acceptable making it an excellent lens for interiors - churches and museums where flash and tripods are not acceptable. This is my everyday lens.

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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