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

reviewer#5597 date: Jun-25-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:- sal18-250
- sal 18-70
- cz1680
- sigma 18-50 f2.8
- minolta 28-75 f2.8
- minolta 28-85
price paid:550 SGD (used)
positive:- Best lens ever for APS-C
- Very sharp even wide open
- Useful constant F2.8
- Fast AF even at lowlight
- Great colours
- Good contrast
- Well build
- Fantastic rubber grip (as opposed to Sony's goner)
negative:- Limited zoom range (best if it's 17-105)
comment:What can I say, I think this is the best APS-C lens ever with it's versatile constant f2.8, useful zoom range and good IQ with sharpness that can compete with the top range lenses.

I don't think I will ever sell it away as long as I am still with APS-C. Even if I were to switch camps in future, this lens will still be in my arsenal.

For the price, build quality, sharpness, colours and IQ, no other lens I know of can beat it.

The sharpness of this lens is equivalent to cz1680 at almost all focal length while it's constant F2.8 is more versatile for indoor purpose.

I even considered to get a 2nd one to keep as spare, which shows how good this lens really is.

Definitely a lens for everyone in every camps...

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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