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

reviewer#5623 date: Jul-1-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta AF 24 f2.8
- Minolta AF 28 f2.8
- Minolta AF 50 f1.7
price paid:350 Euro
positive:- sharpness
- build, weight and size
- bokeh
- constant f2.8
negative:- only APS-C
- odd filter size of 67mm
comment:Compared to my f2.8 and faster primes in the 17-50mm range, the Tamron performs great. Stopped down to f4 it beats both my 24mm and 28mm in sharpness. Performance wide-open is great for this relatively low priced zoom. The best standard-zoom for APS-C, imo. Only draw-back: not very useful on full-frame cameras.

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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