Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by ricardovaste
|ricardovaste#5501 date: Jun-4-2009|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||24-105, 15-30, 28/2, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 24-85|
-Fast aperture for a zoom
-Relatively quick focus
-Good flare control
-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.|