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

reviewer#5501 date: Jun-4-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:24-105, 15-30, 28/2, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 24-85
price paid:
positive:-Good detail/sharpness
-Decent size
-Fast aperture for a zoom
-Relatively quick focus
-Good flare control
-Punchy colours
-Great value for money
-Good sharpness/detail even when using very small apertures
-Nice relatively high contrast
-close focus is nice, especially at 17mm
negative:-Colours can be too saturated a lot of the time
-Sharpness wide open is very usable, but could be better
-Too short for head/shoulder portraits, I get distortion from getting too close (seems shorter than a regular 50mm prime)
-build quality isn't great. had a few problems and it doesn't feel like it will last you forever like a quality minolta lens.
-distortion is there, a little at the wide end. that may be a problem for some, not for me though.
-vignettes at wide angle/wide apertures. again, not a problem for me.
-softness in corners at wide angle even when stopped down to peak aperture. Not a problem for me.
comment:Great value for money, but mine is starting to show it's real 'value' after only gentle use. Highly recommended for any aps-c shooter looking for a good quality standard zoom. What impresses me most about this lens (atleast compared to older minoltas ive used) is the flare/glare control, along with the good amount of detail you can stil get (with good technique) even at very small apertures (f/22-f/32). I use this lens often for landscapes, so the above are very important to me and hence why i got on so well with this lens at first... only after time i felt a bit let down as the lens starts to crack and rattle.

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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